We recently started a new Internet Safety Curriculum called Common Sense Media. This program focuses on teaching students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions online. Please look for the weekly family note for the topic covered each week. For more information about Common Sense Media visit the following web page: Common Sense Media What is Reading Recovery? Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for the lowest-achieving first graders. The intervention is most effective when it is available to all students who need it and is used as a supplement to good classroom teaching. Nationally, approximately 75% of students who complete the full 12 to 20-week intervention can meet grade-level expectations in reading and writing. Follow-up studies indicate that most Reading Recovery students also do well on standardized tests and maintain their gains in later years. The few students who are still having difficulty after a complete intervention are recommended for further evaluation. Recommendations may be made for future support (e.g., classroom support, Title I, LD referral). Children in first grade who are having the greatest difficulty learning to read and write are taught by a Reading Recovery teacher who designs daily individual 30-minute literacy lessons that are responsive to each child’s strengths and needs. The goal is to accelerate each student’s progress to average levels of reading and writing within 20 weeks. Researchers attribute this faster-than-usual progress to the one-to-one nature of the instruction, the teacher’s professional development, and the instructional components of the Reading Recovery lesson. Reading Recovery received the highest marks from the What Works Clearinghouse, a division of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Of the 153 beginning reading programs reviewed, only Reading Recovery was found to have positive effects across all four literacy domains and only Reading Recovery received the highest possible rating for general reading achievement. See ratings for beginning reading interventions, including Reading Recovery at http://www.whatworks.ed.gov/. Schools with Reading Recovery have been using a Response to Intervention approach to deliver instruction to students who do not profit from classroom instruction in the first grade. These students are provided with more intensive instruction from specially trained Reading Recovery teachers in a one-to-one setting for twenty weeks. Students who do not respond to Reading Recovery instruction are then referred on for testing and possible placement in more intensive special education settings; however, 90% of students do respond to Reading Recovery instruction and are not referred for more intensive instruction. Students can also qualify for Tier 2 and Tier 3 reading intervention through the use of our NWEA and AIMSweb Plus assessments. These students can be seen in our morning tutoring program (grades 1-4) or in a small group during the school day. I look forward to working with your children this year both in Reading Recovery and small groups!