|A Team Approach to Reading
Each week, first grade Hawthorne teachers Nancy Arenholz and Janet Heppe meet with the school's reading specialists Diane Corbett and Amy Janavich to take a team approach to plan reading instruction for the following week. Together, they are using a teaching method called guided reading instruction - the flexible grouping of students who are working on the same skill, topic or text.
While the students focus on reading daily, they are grouped differently each day based on their needs and interests. A student might read and discuss with a single partner one day but work in a group of three or five other students the next. The teaching method allows teachers to personalize and adapt the instruction based on a student's need, ultimately improving reading instruction and challenging all students to become stronger readers.
Hawthorne has implemented guided reading as a school-wide strategy to improve student achievement. The strategy not only caters to the needs of 21st century learners by allowing students to work in small groups for discussion and personalized learning, but also the strategy allows teachers to work in teams to collaborate and create meaningful learning opportunities for students.
Hawthorne Principal Danielle Moran is thrilled with the results. "Guided reading instruction ensures our students are reading challenging texts at their level, while focusing on the skills they need to improve comprehension," says Moran. "By supporting core reading instruction, we have seen huge gains in student achievement. Our reading specialists and teacher teams work together to understand, interpret and discuss student reading data and have meaningful conversations about how students are as readers. Looking at a score on a piece of paper doesn't always tell everything about a student, and our Hawthorne teachers excel at analyzing data to put best reading practices into actions that achieve results."
Pictured above: This past week Hawthorne first graders read Soccer Game and Soccer in the Park and compared and contrasted differences between the two books in small group discussion.
MWAH Parent-Student Seminar - October 19
On October 19, the PTA Council is sponsoring a parenting seminar that you won't want to miss. Joel Clousing, a parent of a former student, will speak about losing his son to heroin, a drug addiction that began in middle school. Mr. Clousing is coming to us with the organization MWAH.
MWAH (Messages Which Are Hopeful) is an experience that delivers inspirational messages of hope and love from young people to young people, empowering them with the knowledge, courage, and strength to deal with life’s
challenges. Through words, music and dance, they are changing lives and saving lives, one performance at a time!
October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Monroe Middle School, 1855 Manchester Rd., Wheaton
Please note: This seminar is appropriate for middle and high school age students and their parents.
2016-17 Calendar Available for Public Review
On October 14, the Board approved to post next year's calendar for public review and comment. Comments can be directed to Dr. Robert Rammer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-682-2015.
Upcoming Board Meetings
Wed., October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
To view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
Committee of the Whole
School Service Center
Wed., November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson Early Childhood Center
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MWAH Parenting Seminar - Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School. Brought to you by the PTA Council. For more information, see the flier. Special guest speaker, Joel Clousing, a parent of a former student, will speak about losing his son to heroin.
Parenting Seminar - How to Have Difficult Conversations with Your Child- Thursday, October 22 12-1:00 p.m. at Wheaton Community Center. As kids grow up, they begin asking questions about drugs, divorce, sex or other topics that catch their parents off guard. Adam Russo, CEO of Edgewood Clinical Services, will share how parents can best prepare for these discussions so they can communicate effectively and confidently, while minimizing their child’s anxiety during the discussion.
Fall Physics Program for Middle School Students - begins Oct. 20. Online Pre-registration is now open for the Fall 2015 Physics Club Program for Middle School Students. Link to online pre-registration and course information: http://goo.gl/4YFwV0. Contact: Esther at email@example.com or 630-544-0680. Flier
Your Choice: A Family’s Journey
to Recovery - Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 PM at Naperville Municipal Center. See the flier for more details.
Franklin Holly Jolly Market - Saturday, November 14 from 10am to 2pm at Franklin Middle School. For more information, or to participate as a vendor, please contact Michelle Rollins at 630.649.9588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Event Flier