principal's corner

January 2018

Dear Mayer Elementary Families:


Happy 2018! A new year always gives us the inspiration to reach our goals. This is a great time to talk to your child about setting academic goals. Some conversation starters for a goal-setting talk could be: "What is the next book you want to read? Tell me the next interesting question you plan to research. What is the next art project or science experiment you want to plan?”


You can also coach your child to set goals by teaching them how to measure their success. For example we measure oral reading fluency by counting the number of words a student can read correctly in one minute on grade-level text. This measurement is called an Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) score. Your child’s teacher can tell you how many words your child is currently reading an what his or her ORF number should be by the end of this grade level. Once you have this information, you and your child can set short-term and long-term goals to read more fluently. You can ask your child’s teacher what the goal is for their grade level in addition, subtraction, multiplication or division and also the current score for your child.

Once you set the goal, it is all about practice. Teachers like to say, “Practice makes permanent.” Short amounts of daily practice with oral reading fluency and with math fact fluency ensures that your child will reach his or her goal. Even more important for your child is that your family practices together! Ask your child to give you an Oral Reading Fluency or a Math Fact Fluency test! Children are more engaged and motivated to reach their academic goals with their parents or family practicing with them!


Have fun reaching your 2018 goals!


Mrs. Leonard



Patti Leonard

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