Where did September go, it seemed to fly by. Staff and students are working extremely hard! Thank you for the opportunity you have given, us as a staff, to work with your child/children. We have the beginning of the year testing complete. Teachers have collected data to help know your child's strengths and possibly pinpoint areas they may need some extra work. Each grade has a designated intervention/enrichment time where students will receive extra time in either math or reading as a chance to fill the gap or enrichment.
Uinta County School District #1 (UCSD#1) is implementing a new Reading resource this year. It is Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). It is the program the district studied and piloted this last yeat. Students may not bring books home from guided reading groups, but they are still asked to read each night.
K-2 have a knowledge piece where students are read to and as a group they discuss the stories working on listening and comprehension. The second piece is the skills piece which focuses on grammar skills. 3-5 has an inclusive reading and writing piece. They read a story and work through activity pages addressing comprehension and writing their responses. It is a different concept than our district has approached in the past and some children may find it challenging or frustrating because it is new to them.
School safety is a major concern and point of emphasis for UCSD #1. Steps have been taken to make schools more secure in our district. As mentioned in the beginning of the year parent letter, North has a couple of new safety protocols which will affect parents access to teachers and classrooms. The first is the Al-phone, it is in place and you will need to buzz the office stating the reason you are at the school and then you will be let in the door to go to the office. If you are needing to go to a classroom or visit a teacher, you will be asked to present your drivers license which will be run through a database system to run a background check. Once you are cleared, you will be printed a name tag which will let staff know you were properly checked into the office. After the first initial running of your driver's license, you can scan it each time and get your pass. If there is a chance you were not cleared, you will be informed of that and Miss Gardner or the resource officer will visit with you.
Parents, for your information, North is a school wide Title 1 program. North receives funding to support all students, but focusing on students who may require additional academic support. North has Title 1 interventionists to assist in classes or work with identified intervention groups. We will be holding a Title 1 informational meeting in the near future. Information about this will be sent soon.