Principal's Message

January 2018


Greeting Everyone!

It’s nice to be back after the Christmas break and New Year’s.  January has been a great month at school.  Our students are working hard.  A lot of effort has been expended towards preparing for the DIBELS tests that are coming up.  Grades 1-3 will be tested on January 18th and the other grades will be tested in February. 

We look forward to receiving the results of this test.  The teachers will be examining this data closely and making adjustments to their plans and instruction based on what they see.  As I have mentioned previously, we are committed to improving the literacy skills of our students.  Our goal is to have 80% of our students on benchmark by the end of the year.  Even if some students do not quite reach benchmark, we are really pushing for them to make lots of growth. 

Thanks again for your support!    

Mark Johnson
Principal


Lake View Community,

Winter is upon us, unfortunately.  It was a lot colder this morning as I stood outside during morning drop-off.  With the season, we have had a lot of sick students lately.  Please remind your student(s) to wash their hands often and to cough into their elbow.

In-spite of the cold, December is a fun time at school.  We always look forward to our sing-along assembly and the Madrigals from the high school will come and perform for us as well.  They are amazing!  The students are always excited about Christmas.  It’s fun to hear them talk about Christmas parties and presents.  I hope that you all have a nice holiday season.

In the meantime, we will continue to work hard and do our best to make sure that our students are learning and making lots of progress.  Our goal for the year is to have 80% of our students reach their grade-level reading benchmark by the end of the year.  Each teacher at our school has carefully examined data from our reading assessments and they have all made instructional plans to meet the needs of their students.  Our long-term vision is to eventually have ALL of our students reading on grade level!  This is no small task and one that would be easier to reach if we have your help at home.  Any kind of reading you do at home is helpful.  Read to your children, listen to them read and ask them questions about that reading.  Make it fun and read things they are interested in.

Thank you for your support and for loving your children.  That is the most important thing in the world to them.

Sincerely,       
Mark Johnson

Principal


November 2017

Dear Lake View Community Members,

The time is flying by!  I can’t believe we are already in November.  Halloween was a lot of fun and Red Ribbon Week was great.  The message of Red Ribbon Week is so important.  Most of us probably know someone who has struggled because of drug use.  I hope that none of our students ever start.  Our PTA ran the Red Ribbon Week activities.  They also just finished up the fund-raiser.  The money raised goes toward field trips for our students.  Wow!  The PTA has been so awesome!  We really appreciate everything they do for us.

Don’t forget about Art Night at Lake View.  It is on November 13th from 6-8.  It should be really great.  Student art work will be on display and there will be several different stations for fun activities including story-telling and making a craft.   

As the cold weather approaches, remember that we have the gym open in the morning.  Students can wait in there until school starts if they choose to.  Of course, they can also play outside on the playground until the morning bell rings.  We do ask that students stay out of the hallways prior to the start of school. 

Another thing to keep in mind is the potential spread of sickness once it gets colder.  When you have this many children together under one roof, lots of germs can be exchanged!  Please talk to your children about washing their hands often and coughing into their elbow.  Nobody wants to get sick. 

I hope you all are happy and safe and that you can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. 



October 2017

Hello Lake View Families,

October is a busy month.  We have a fund-raiser coming up, we just finished our DIBELS testing and parent/teachers conferences are the 11th thru the 13th.  The parent conferences are a great opportunity.  I hope you all feel welcome and that you are able to attend.  We will share with you some information about your student that should be valuable.  The book fair will also be going on during the conferences, so stop by and find a good book! 

I would encourage each of you to look closely at your child’s DIBELS score.  Reading is our focus and we will be tailoring instruction based on those scores.  Our goal is to help all of our students to improve on their reading scores.  We would love to have every one of our students reading on grade level.  The more that students read at home, the more likely that is to happen.  Reading on grade level is a huge indicator of future success both in school and in the work force when they become adults.  That is why it is so important to us. 

Have a great October and Happy Halloween!
Sincerely,


Mark Johnson; Principal

September 2017
Parents,

Thank you for helping us get off to a great start this year!  I am really excited about this school year and what we can accomplish.  Our biggest priority is making sure that our students can read at grade level.  We are putting a lot of time and resources into making this happen.  Reading well is definitely the most important skill children can develop in elementary school.  Anything you can do at home to encourage your student(s) to read more is beneficial.

We have many new students this year and I want them and their parents to feel welcome at our school.  Come and stop by and say hello if we haven’t met yet.

Also, we are looking for volunteers to help at the crosswalk at Fishburn.  If you think you could help for ten to fifteen minutes after school, maybe even just one day per week, please let me know.

Thanks for everything you do!    



August 2017 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!      
Our teachers and students worked very hard last year.  Our focus last year was to improve in reading.  We used our beginning of year DIBELS scores to set goals in each classroom.  Then we set a school-wide goal.  Our goal was to have 79% of our students on grade level at the end of the year.  We did not reach our goal, but we did achieve some amazing growth.  At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, 61% of our students were at benchmark.  At the end of the year, 74.3% had reached benchmark.  At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, 69% of our students had achieved a benchmark reading level.  So, in one year we improved by over 5% as a school. 

As you look at the grade level results, please bear in mind that the benchmark to be on grade level at the end of the year is much higher than the benchmark at the beginning of the year was.  So, it is possible to improve quite a bit and still not reach benchmark.  The assessment standards in second grade are particularly difficult as they make the largest jump from the beginning of the year to the end. 

2016-2017 results on DIBELS by grade level:
Kindergarten     51% to 78%
First grade        78% to 79%
Second grade    77% to 72%
Third grade       60% to 69%
Fourth grade     69% to 74%
Fifth grade        59% to 74%

We will continue to focus on reading for the coming year.  Our land trust plan and the majority of our title I money will be devoted to paying reading aides who assist us with our reading groups.  Once we have completed our DIBELS assessments in September, we will set new goals.  Our long-term vision for our school is to have every student in our school reading on grade level. 

In order to accomplish this, Lake View teachers will be involved in a great deal of professional development, self-evaluation and coaching.  Our teachers are amazing.  They work very hard and they are committed to student growth and achievement.    

We also enjoyed lots of help from our PTA last year!  They organized lots of fun activities for our students, they led our fundraiser and they paid for lots of great field trips.  We are grateful for their help!

I also want to remind you of your rights as a parent. If you ever have questions regarding your child’s educational performance or what they are being taught, please just drop in or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to answer your questions. Your child has a right to quality instruction that is centered on rigorous curriculum with high standards and relevance.  The focus of this instruction is literacy and numeracy to promote economic prosperity, citizen participation, strong moral and social values, and commitment to constitutional government. We believe that educational success is most likely to be achieved when we develop a partnership. We hope to develop and nurture those relationships.  Please keep us informed of your child’s needs or any impactful changes.
The district has provided us with information about supplemental health and accident insurance that is available for you to purchase. It is purely optional.  For more information, visit our web-site.   

An ongoing problem that we have noted is the poor attendance of many of our students.  When students are absent, key instruction is missed and those students typically fall behind.  PLEASE have your child here each day unless they are ill or there is a legitimate emergency. If your student is ill, please call to inform us that they will be absent.     
It will continue to be mandatory for all visitors to the school to check in at the office and then wear a visitor’s badge.
            We believe that an orderly, safe environment is essential for students to learn and achieve academically.  To promote this type of environment, we will continue to use our discipline program.  Students can earn blue slips by demonstrating outstanding behavior.  They may also be given a white slip when their behavior is not so great.  The rules we expect students to follow when they are not in class:
·         FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GIVEN
·         PUT OTHERS UP NOT DOWN
·         KEEP HANDS, FEET, MOUTH AND OBJECTS TO YOURSELF
·         ALWAYS BE IN THE PROPER PLACE or HAVE A HALL PASS
·         ALWAYS WALK IN THE BUILDING
·         USE ALL MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT PROPERLY
Lake View Elementary remains a Love and Logic school.  To learn more, visit their web-site: www.loveandlogic.com
           
 ASBESTOS:  By law, each year we need to inform you that we have asbestos in our school.  We are in compliance with all EPA standards and regulations. The asbestos is under the school and has been covered to protect occupants of the school. District and state personnel monitor the asbestos levels, which has not been a problem.

STAFFING CHANGES:  Mrs. Aimee Wells, our long-time and amazing reading aide, has become a teacher!  She will become a part of our awesome 2nd grade team and will be replacing Mrs. Durney.  Senora Petersen has decided to retire after a very successful career of teaching.  We will miss her very much.   We are welcoming BreAnne Driesel who has the tough task of replacing Senora Petersen!  We have a lot of confidence in Miss Driesel and we look forward to working with her.  Our third new teacher is Mrs. Barnett.  Mrs. Barnett will be joining our first grade team and is replacing Mrs. Mitton.  Mrs. Barnett has many years of experience and is an all-star teacher!  We are thrilled to have her join us.     

LUNCH and BREAKFAST: If you had free or reduced price lunch last year, you will need to re-apply again this year at the district office.  The regular lunch price this year is $1.90 and the reduced lunch price is $0.40.  Adult lunches cost $3.75.  Breakfast will be served each day from 7:30 to 8:00.  Breakfast is free for all Lake View students.  Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.50.      

OTHER NOTES: 
1—The drop-off and pick-up procedures remain the same.  Please follow these guidelines:
·         Approach the school using Lake View Drive heading east.
·         Do not park or leave your vehicle at the curb along the south side of Lake View Drive.  This area is for loading and unloading only.  This lane of traffic must keep moving!
·         Do not block the faculty parking entrance.
·         Please be patient and drive slowly. 
·         Do not drop your child off away from the curb.  Do not have them cross in front of other vehicles.
·         Have your child exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.
·         During morning drop-off, please do not enter or exit the church parking lot from Lake View Drive.
·         Please be aware that when you drop off children in the front of the school, we are on a NO U-Turn street. 
2—As always, we are concerned about the safety of our students.  For this reason, wheelys, bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller blades should not be used on school property.
3--Regular Day Kindergarten Schedule.  Morning kindergarten will begin at 8:10 and end at 11:20.  Afternoon kindergarten will begin at 11:30 and end at 2:30.
4—Early Release Wednesday—School will end at 1:30 each Wednesday. On Wednesdays, morning kindergarten students will attend 8:10 – 10:15 a.m.  Afternoon kindergarten students will attend from 11:25 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

THANK YOU for all you do as parents.  I am grateful to be able to work with you. 

Sincerely,
Mark Johnson; Principal


June 2017
Hello Lake View Students and Parents!
The summer break has arrived.  I hope you are all able to enjoy the break and that you will be able to spend lots of time with your families.  I feel like we had a great year this past school year.
Our teachers and students worked very hard.  Our focus last year was to improve in reading.  We used our beginning of year DIBELS scores to set goals in each classroom.  Then we set a school-wide goal.  Our goal was to have 79% of our students on grade level at the end of the year.  We did not reach our goal, but we did achieve some amazing growth.  At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, 61% of our students were at benchmark.  At the end of the year, 74.3% had reached benchmark.  At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, 69% of our students had achieved a benchmark reading level.  So, in one year we improved by over 5% as a school.
As you look at the grade level results, please bear in mind that the benchmark to be on grade level at the end of the year is much higher than the benchmark at the beginning of the year was.  So, it is possible to improve quite a bit and still not reach benchmark.  The assessment standards in second grade are particularly difficult as they make the largest jump from the beginning of the year to the end.
2016-2017 results on DIBELS by grade level:
Kindergarten      51% to 78%
First grade           78% to 79%
Second grade     77% to 72%
Third grade         60% to 69%
Fourth grade      69% to 74%
Fifth grade          59% to 74%


May 2017
Hello Parents,
Please remember that we have DIBELS testing on May 3rd and 4th.  We are also completing SAGE testing for grades 3-5 the first two weeks of May.
With field trips and other things going on, May is probably the busiest school month of the year.  Please help your child to be successful by making sure they get plenty of rest and that they have breakfast each day.
We are so appreciative of all you do for your awesome children.  We love our Lake View students and we are so excited to see the progress they have made on their DIBELS assessments.  We will share those results with you when they come in.  Our students have been working very hard this year!
It’s hard to believe, but the school year is nearing an end!  Don’t forget that the last day of school this year is May 26th.  That is a bit earlier than usual.  Please keep in mind that school end at 12:10 on May 26th and that there will be no lunch or breakfast service that day.   
Mark Johnson
Principal


April 2017


Lake View Parents and Community Members: It is that time of year when the students start to get a little antsy as the weather gets nicer and nicer!  Spring break will be great and we will all be planning our summer activities.  I just want you remind everyone to keep reading!  We still want to reach our end of year goals on the DIBELS assessment!  Our students have worked very hard this year and several of our classes have already reached their end of year classroom goals.  Now we just hope they can do well on their end of year DIBELS test.  We will also begin our SAGE testing for grades 3-5 at the end of April.  Between the tests and field trips, this is always the busiest time of the school year.  Let’s not lose our focus and let’s keep on reading!  It is the most important skill to develop at this level.  Please continue to encourage your child to read at home. Thank You!Mr. Johnson 



March 2017
Hello Parents!

Wow, doesn’t that sunshine feel good!  After this winter, spring is going to be very nice.  We have begun the final trimester of school.  I can’t believe how fast this school year is going by! 
I want to remind you all of the important reading goal that we set for our school.  At the beginning of the year, we looked at where our students were on their DIBELS reading scores.  We came up with a school-wide average and then set a year end goal for our school.  The goal we set was for 79% of our students to be on grade level by the end of the year.  When our students took the mid-year DIBELS test, we were at 72%.  So we did make good progress from where we started which was about 65%.  We really want to reach our goal.  One way you could help us is by encouraging your student to read more at home.  Any reading they do will help them to become better readers. 
Research shows that reading is the most critical skill a student can develop.  Good readers perform better in all levels of school, including high school.  They will get better grades and they are much more likely to graduate from high school if they are good readers.  They are also far more likely to go to college or some type of trade school.  Regardless of their interests and career choice, being a solid reader will help them to be successful.
You probably already know all of this, but it never hurts to hear it again.  Please encourage your student to read!

Thank you!
Mr. Johnson    


February 2017 Greetings parents,

It has been an eventful week at Lake View.  We completed our mid-year DIBELS testing on January 30th and 31st.  The DIBELS test is a short reading test that gives us some good information on the current reading skills of our students.  Over the course of the two days, all of our students were tested one on one by a test administrator who is provided by the district.  The students are asked to read a short passage or to provide letter names or sounds, depending on their grade level.  Their performance is carefully recorded by the tester.  Then the results are shared with us in a report.  We will be using the reports to determine if we should make some changes in our instructional plans.  If you have any questions about how your child did, just ask their teacher.  You should see the report at SEP conferences.  

Speaking of SEP conferences, they are coming right up.  They will be on February 22-24.  Make sure you have made an appointment and we will see you there.  The book fair will also be going on during conferences.  That is always a fun opportunity.

Thank you and have a great February!  (Hopefully it won’t snow too much)

Mr. Johnson   

January, 2017


Lake View Parents,
Our DIBELS test is coming up soon!  It will be on January 30 and 31.  We are committed to helping all of our students become better readers.  In this message I have included our school-wide goal mission and goals.  We have been working very hard to reach this goal.  You can help us at home as well.  The more your child reads, the better.  You can also help them to become better readers by reading aloud with them.  If you would like to know more about the DIBELS test or our efforts on reading this year, just let me know.

Mission                Our mission at Lake View is to assure that ALL students will be successful and learn at high levels.  We will do this by providing a safe and nurturing environment where each child is valued and all staff members collaborate toward this collective goal.   

Vision                  Our vision is to have all students reading at their grade level benchmark according to the end of year DIBELS assessment.

Goals                   Our school-wide goal is to have 90% of our students reading on grade level, by the end of the 2018-2019 school year.  We will reach 85% by the end of the 2017-2018 school year and 79% by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Each classroom has set an individual goal for the end of the year for how many students will be reading on grade level. For specifics contact your child’s teacher
Each grade level will set a goal for the end of this year for how many students will be reading on grade level.  For specifics contact your child’s teacher.

Commitments    Each classroom has committed to doing specific things to reach their set goals. For specifics, contact your child’s teacher.

Thanks,
Mr. Johnson 

December 2016


Merry Christmas!!
I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday season with your families.

I would like to remind you of the schedule that will be followed on December 23:
·        On December 23rd, no lunch will be served, but breakfast will be served as usual. 
·        For grades 1-5, school will begin at 8:10 and will end at 12:10.  
·        Kindergarten classes will have the following schedule on the 23rd:
·         Morning classes: 8:10-10:10
·         Afternoon classes: 8:10-10:10 (Yes, this is correct.)
·         Full day class: 8:10-12:10
The Christmas break will be from December 24th thru January 2nd
We will be back to school on Tuesday, January 3rd

I also thought I would let you know about the reading goals that we have set in each class.  Working with the teachers, our new literacy coach, Mrs. Stokes, has created a classroom reading goal for each class.  We set the goals after carefully examining the data from the beginning of year DIBELS test.  The goal focuses on improvement on the reading skills measured by the DIBELS test.  If a class reaches its goal, they will get to have a class party.  Hopefully this will help to motivate our students to work hard and read more.  Our teachers are also working hard to become even more effective in their instruction and intervention.  They are closely examining data and making adjustments to their strategies.  We all recognize the importance of reading.   It is the key to future success for our students.

One other reminder.  Please talk to your student(s) about the importance of coughing into their elbow and washing their hands frequently.  Unfortunately, this is also the season for sickness.

Thank you for everything you do for your children and for working with us.  We are glad to be a part of the community.

Sincerely,
Mr. Johnson



November 2016 

Greetings from Lake View!

I hope that the Thanksgiving season is a happy one for all of you!  We have really been enjoying this school year. Our teachers, students and staff have all been working very hard. 
We recently have been talking a lot about reading.  Working together, we have set some goals within each classroom that we are going to try and reach.   Each grade level has also set a goal.  As a school, our goal is to have 79% of our students at grade level on their reading by the end of the year.  This will be determined by the end of year DIBELS score.  The DIBELS assessment is administered three times per year. 
We are working hard to improve our instruction and to use data more effectively as we track student progress.  We are also trying to be more flexible and adaptable with our use of small group instruction and group assignment. 
We have already benefited from the help of many volunteers who are helping us to monitor the progress of our students.  We are very grateful for that assistance. 
Time will tell if we reach our goals, but I am very optimistic that we can do it.      
Thank you for your support!  You children are incredible and they are our purpose here at Lake View.



Mr. Johnson


October 2016
Hello Parents,

Well, we have almost completed the first month of the school year!  I feel like September has gone really well.  It has been busy, but fun.  Our school was given a nice compliment by one of the district office people.  We completed vision and hearing screening on the 21st and the district sent several people to help us out.  After they were finished, one of the testers told us that of all the schools she has been to this year, the students at Lake View were the most respectful and best behaved.  That made me so proud of our students!

There are few important dates coming up that I wanted you to be aware of.  Fall break will be on October 20th and 21st.  SEP conferences will be on October 26-28.  The school carnival will be the evening of the 27th.  All carnival activities will be outside.  

I am also going to ask everyone again to be very careful during morning drop-off and after school pick-up.  Today I was shocked to see a parent stop their vehicle on the opposite side of the road and tell their student to cross the road to get to the school.  There were many cars going in both directions and the student looked terrified.  Fortunately, the student made it, but this was very dangerous and a bad idea.  I would much rather have a student arrive late than cross the road like that.  PLEASE be patient and careful.  Saving a few minutes is not worth putting a child at risk!  For the vast majority of you who are courteous and safe, I apologize for this message. 

Thank you parents for your time and effort.  We love your students and we really enjoy working with them. 


Mark Johnson
Principal
Lake View Elementary
851 S. 200 W.
Brigham City,  UT  84302


435 734-4922




September 2016

Greetings Lake View Families!

I hope that you all had a nice summer!  It’s great to see all of our students again.  We also have many new faces joining us this year and we welcome you to our school.

We also have several new teachers joining our faculty this year.  They are off to a great start and I have been so impressed with each of them. 

As we settle into the daily routine of school, I would ask you all to be mindful of traffic and safety in the morning.  Our enrollment is up by about 60 students, which means that we will have even more traffic before and after school.  Please be courteous to one another and drive carefully.  We do not want anyone to get hurt. 

Also, please be sure to get to know your child’s teacher.  The best way to communicate with them is by e-mail.  Teachers can also meet with you in person if you schedule a time with them.

I know that I have been a little bit tired the past few days and the students probably are as well.  We need to get used to our new schedule.  Please help your students to be alert and successful in school by making sure they get plenty of sleep and that they eat a healthy breakfast each day.

As always, attendance in school is very important.  PLEASE make sure your student(s) are here each day and that they are on time.  When students miss school, it hinders their growth and progress.    


Thank you for sending your awesome children to us.  We look forward to another great year at Lake View!  

Mr. Johnson
Principal



August 2016



August 1, 2016

Dear Parents and Students,

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!      
Our students worked very last year and made some great accomplishments.  Here are a few noteworthy achievements:
In basic reading skills, our kindergarten teachers were able to bring their students up from 44% at the beginning of the year to 75% by the end of the school year.
First grade was able to improve from 55% to 65%.
Second grade was able to maintain its achievement percentage at about 60%.
Third grade was able to progress from 73% to 83%.
Fourth grade increased from 60% to 66%.
Fifth grade started at 54% and moved all the way to 72%.   
Additionally, our third grade was able to achieve some great improvements on the SAGE test from last year to this year.  They improved from 41% to 51% on math.  They improved from 30% to 47% on Language Arts.  Those are huge gains.

Last school year, we allocated a great deal of resources towards improving reading achievement at our school.  This year, we plan to do the same and continue with our small groups in grades K-3.  The groups will be based on student achievement levels.  We will test all students regularly and focus on teaching them the skills they still need to acquire.  We also plan to have students chart their own progress and set reading goals individually.  You can do your part by reading with your student each day at home.

We also enjoyed lots of help from our PTA last year!  They organized lots of fun activities for our students, they led our fundraiser and they paid for lots of great field trips.  We are grateful for their help!

I also want to remind you of your rights as a parent. If you ever have questions regarding your child’s educational performance or what they are being taught, please just drop in or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to answer your questions. Your child has a right to quality instruction that is centered on rigorous curriculum with high standards and relevance.  The focus of this instruction is literacy and numeracy to promote economic prosperity, citizen participation, strong moral and social values, and commitment to constitutional government. We believe that educational success is most likely to be achieved when we develop a partnership. We hope to develop and nurture those relationships.  Please keep us informed of your child’s needs or any impactful changes.
The district has provided us with information about supplemental health and accident insurance that is available for you to purchase. It is purely optional.  For more information, visit our web-site.   
To improve our students’ reading skills, we will be implementing a new phonics instruction program for grades K-2. This program is called “Saxon Phonics”.  We will use it to provide structured daily phonics lessons to ALL students in those grades.  We will also be implementing the small group reading instruction program explained above from the beginning of the school year.  Another ongoing problem that we have noted is the poor attendance of many of our students.  When students are absent, key instruction is missed and those students typically fall behind.  PLEASE have your child here each day unless they are ill or there is a legitimate emergency. If your student is ill, please call to inform us that they will be absent.     
It will continue to be mandatory for all visitors to the school to check in at the office and then wear a visitor’s badge.
               We believe that an orderly, safe environment is essential for students to learn and achieve academically.  To promote this type of environment, we will continue to use our discipline program.  Students can earn blue slips by demonstrating outstanding behavior.  They may also be given a white slip when their behavior is not so great.  The rules we expect students to follow when they are not in class:
·         FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GIVEN
·         PUT OTHERS UP NOT DOWN
·         KEEP HANDS, FEET, MOUTH AND OBJECTS TO YOURSELF
·         ALWAYS BE IN THE PROPER PLACE or HAVE A HALL PASS
·         ALWAYS WALK IN THE BUILDING
·         USE ALL MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT PROPERLY
Lake View Elementary remains a Love and Logic school.  To learn more, visit their web-site: www.loveandlogic.com
              
The first day of school for grades 1-5 is Monday, August 29th.  Our school schedule has not changed.  School will begin at 8:10 and will end at 2:30.  Wednesday will be an early release day each week.  School will end at 1:30 every Wednesday.  Breakfast service begins on the first day of school.  Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:00 a.m. 
Kindergarten: The first day of school for kindergartners will be September 6th.  An appointment will be set for all kindergarten students to be tested during the week of August 31st.  On September 3rd, class lists for all kindergarten students will be posted on the main office doors.   

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:  Our open house style of Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, August 25th, from 6—7 p.m.  Back to school night will be for grades 1-5. (Kindergarten students will have their own back to school event on September 2 from 1:00-2:30.)  An optional Title I Parent Meeting will be held at 7:10 on August 25th. Yearbooks will again be available to purchase this year.  You will be able to pre-order during back to school night for $12.00.  Just look for the table.     

ASBESTOS:  By law, each year we need to inform you that we have asbestos in our school.  We are in compliance with all EPA standards and regulations. The asbestos is under the school and has been covered to protect occupants of the school. District and state personnel monitor the asbestos levels, which has not been a problem.

STAFFING CHANGES:  We will be joined by several new teachers this year.  Kim Wilson will be a new 4th grade teacher.  She is replacing Mrs. Ball who has moved to third grade.  Lauren Hamilton and Florence Chiu are new kindergarten teachers this year.  Courtney Mitton is replacing Mrs. Esparza in first grade.  Mrs. Esparza took a new position at ACYI.  Mrs. Stokes has accepted a new position and will now be the instructional coach at Lake View.  Replacing Mrs. Stokes in the second grade classroom will be Dana Durney.    

LUNCH and BREAKFAST: If you had free or reduced price lunch last year, you will need to re-apply again this year at the district office.  The regular lunch price this year is $1.85 and the reduced lunch price is $0.40.  Adult lunches cost $3.75.  Breakfast will be served each day from 7:30 to 8:00.  Breakfast is free for all Lake View students.  Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.50.      

OTHER NOTES
1—The drop-off and pick-up procedures remain the same.  Please follow these guidelines:
·         Approach the school using Lake View Drive heading east.
·         Do not park or leave your vehicle at the curb along the south side of Lake View Drive.  This area is for loading and unloading only.  This lane of traffic must keep moving!
·         Do not block the faculty parking entrance.
·         Please be patient and drive slowly. 
·         Do not drop your child off away from the curb.  Do not have them cross in front of other vehicles.
·         Have your child exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.
·         During morning drop-off, please do not enter or exit the church parking lot from Lake View Drive.
·         Please be aware that when you drop off children in the front of the school, we are on a NO U-Turn street. 
2—As always, we are concerned about the safety of our students.  For this reason, wheelys, bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller blades should not be used on school property.
3--Regular Day Kindergarten Schedule.  Morning kindergarten will begin at 8:10 and end at 11:20.  Afternoon kindergarten will begin at 11:30 and end at 2:30.
4—Early Release Wednesday—School will end at 1:30 each Wednesday. On Wednesdays, morning kindergarten students will attend 8:10 – 10:20 a.m.  Afternoon kindergarten students will attend from 11:25 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

THANK YOU for all you do as parents.  I am grateful to be able to work with you. 

Sincerely,
Mark Johnson; Principal







June 2016
Lake View Student and Parents,

It has been another great year at Lake View!  Thank you for your continued support!

Our students worked very hard this year and made some great accomplishments.  Here are a few noteworthy achievements. 
In basic reading skills, our kindergarten teachers were able to bring their students up from 44% at the beginning of the year to 75% by the end of the school year.
First grade was able to improve from 55% to 65%.
Second grade was able to maintain its achievement percentage at about 60%.
Third grade was able to progress from 73% to 83%.
Fourth grade increased from 60% to 66%.
Fifth grade started at 54% and moved all the way to 72%.   
Additionally, our third grade was able to achieve some great improvements on the SAGE test from last year to this year.  They improved from 41% to 51% on math.  They improved from 30% to 47% on Language Arts.  Those are huge gains.

We have allocated a great deal of resources towards improving reading achievement at our school.  Next year we plan to do the same and continue with our small groups in grades K-3.  The groups will be based on student achievement levels.  We will test all students regularly and focus on teaching them the skills they still need to acquire.  We also plan to have students chart their own progress and set reading goals individually.  You can do your part by reading with your student each day at home over the summer.

We also enjoyed lots of help from our PTA this year!  They organized lots of fun activities for our students, they led our fundraiser and they paid for lots of great field trips.  We are grateful for their help!

In conclusion, I hope you all have a fun and safe summer break.

Sincerely,

Mr. Johnson
Principal 


April 2016



Hello Everyone,

Isn’t it great that spring time has finally arrived?  We are enjoying the nice weather, but we are still working hard in school.  Just so you know, we have SAGE testing coming up this month.  We will start working on the writing tests the week of April 11th.  Please make sure your child gets enough rest every night to be ready for testing.

Green Ribbon week has been moved to the week of April 25th.  There will be a fun dress up activity for each day that week.

One last thing…Please remember to be patient and safe during drop-off and pick-up!

Thank you!


Mark Johnson
Principal




February 2016


Parents,

February will be a busy time.  During the week of February 16th we will be conducting parent/teacher conferences.  Each parent should have an appointment.  If you have questions about the conferences, please call the office. 

On February 16 we will begin reading our title I book.  Every Lake View family should have received a copy of A Long Way from Chicago.  The reading schedule should have been included with the book.  We hope you enjoy reading together as a family. 

Literacy night at the school will be on March 17 from 6-7 PM.  Please plan now to attend!  The activities will be based on our reading of, A Long Way from Chicago. 

The second trimester will end on March 4th.  As we always do, we will hold our end of trimester party!  If your student needs to work off any white slips, make sure they take care of it right away so they don’t miss the party.

The dual-immersion application window closes on March 4th.  If you are interested in having your kindergarten child begin the dual-immersion program next year when they are in first grade, you will need to submit an on-line application.  We can help you with that if you call the office. 

Thank you for everything you do!

Mark Johnson

Principal


January, 2016  


Parents,

I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and best wishes to you all for a Happy New Year!

At Lake View, we are ushering in the new year with lots of fun and hard work.  Did you know that many of our 4th and 5th grade students have become math tutors?  At a certain time each day, these kids go and help 1st and 2nd grade students with their basic math skills.  The tutors have been trained by our awesome math coach, Mr. Blake. 

Another exciting thing that is happening at Lake View is the continued implementation of our skill focused reading groups in grades K-3.  Each student in grades k-3 spends 45 minutes per day in a small group setting with a trained reading aide or teacher.  The students are assessed regularly so we know what skills they need to work on.  Then groups are adjusted as they make progress.  We are excited about the amazing progress they are making.  All of that teaching and assessing and re-working groups takes a lot of extra time and effort on the part of our teachers and aides.  I am very grateful for their dedication to make this program work. 

In grades 3-5 we have developed a new way of teaching our math.  Students are in much smaller groups than they have been in the past.  Some groups are practicing math facts on chrome books, some are doing practice problems and tasks based on the lesson of the day, and others are receiving direct instruction with their teacher.  Groups are formed based on student achievement and need.  This allows the teachers to teach a smaller group and at the right pace and level.  We are seeing great progress and the teachers feel like they have never been more effective.       

As always, thanks for your support.  You have wonderful children!

Sincerely,

Mark Johnson
Principal


December 2015 

Parents,
I hope you all are having a nice holiday season.  We truly appreciate working with your awesome children! 

The weather has turned cold and it looks like winter is really here.  Please make sure your child brings a warm coat to school each day.  We still have some students saying they don’t have a coat to wear out to recess. 

Please speak with your children about the need to cough into their elbow and that they should wash their hands frequently.  We have had a lot of sick students lately!

Also, please continue to help us out by making sure that students are here for school each day and that they arrive on time.  Attendance is a major factor towards school success.  Students who miss a lot of days or who are late often, usually fall behind their peers.  We hate to see this happen and it is usually easy to avoid. 

Please remember that school will be out from December 24th thru January 3rd.  We will be back in school on January 4th.  It is also important to remember that December 23rd will be a minimal day.  School will end at 12:30 on that day.


Thanks,

Mark Johnson
Principal



November 2015

Hello Parents!
I hope you had a fun Halloween!  I saw lots of you at the carnival and it seemed like everyone was having a good time.  We are so lucky to have such a strong PTA at our school.  Our PTA planned the entire carnival.  We are also grateful to the high school volunteers who came and helped out.
I want to make sure you know about a few other things going on here at school.  Our teachers have been involved in some exciting projects designed to improve our students’ academic growth.  One important project has been the creation of math curriculum maps.  The teachers have spent quite a few hours creating curriculum maps that guide their instruction for the whole school year.  The maps are based on the state standards and help the teachers establish how topics will be taught and at what pace and what will be tested and when.  They also establish what skills need to be mastered before moving on.  The teachers have also planned math tasking activities that are being done regularly in every classroom.
Our teachers have also been learning more about depth of knowledge in instruction.  Depth of knowledge, or DOK, is a concept that teachers use to help them guide students into deeper thinking and problem solving.  We believe that DOK is critical to prepare students for higher education and the competitive world they will be entering.   
If you have any questions about these concepts or anything else at our school, please give me a call!

Mark Johnson
Principal
Lake View Elementary
851 S. 200 W.
Brigham City, UT  84302
 435 734-4922



October 2015

Lake View Parents,
Thank you so much for your support!  We are off to a great start this year.  I would like to tell you a little bit about a few things we have changed for this year. 

We have begun using Saxon Phonics in all classrooms grades K-2.  This is a new program to us, but it has been around for some time.  There is a lot of evidence out there showing it to be very effective.  We are excited about the way it will help our students to improve their reading skills. 

We have also introduced new reading groups for our kindergarten students.  These groups are using a newly designed phonemic awareness program that was designed by literacy experts right here in our district.  This program should establish a better reading foundation for our kindergarten students. 

Dual-immersion at our school is now in grades 1-5.  It has been quite the process to get it through all the grades.  Many teachers have put a lot of work into this but it is paying off.  Our program is great and has been very successful thus far.  We are excited to have dual-immersion at Lake View. 

As always, I will also stress the importance of attendance.  Please make sure your student(s) are here each day and that they are on time.  Our teachers are using their time as effectively and efficiently as possible.  Every minute of every day is important.  Students who miss time in class cannot make-up what they missed by simply picking up work from their teacher.  That make-up work represents maybe twenty percent of what is taught and practiced in class with the guidance of their teacher.  I simply cannot stress this enough.  Students miss out on important things when they are late or absent.  If they miss a lot of school time, they are at risk of falling behind.   

Thanks again for trusting us with your students.  We have the greatest students in the world.    

Mark Johnson
Principal
851 S. 200 W.
Brigham City, UT  84302
435 734-4922


September/August 2015



Dear Parents and Students,
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!      
Lake View enjoyed a wonderful school year last year and we hope that 2015-2016 will be just the same.  This past year, our students made some great accomplishments.  I would like to tell you about one notable project that produced some great outcomes. Lake View decided to try something new this year.  We overhauled our K-3 small group reading instructional system.  We made several changes including: reassigning some aides to do reading groups, we increased the length of our group times, we changed the focus of the groups from basic reading practice to skill based intervention.  After testing every student to see where they were mid-year and providing training for the new aides, the new system began on February 17, 2015.  After six weeks, we did some assessment to see how we were progressing.  We found the following:
In third grade, we did our own DIBELS progress monitoring on students who were at either intensive or strategic levels.  (Both of these levels indicate a student who is below grade level.)  We had ten students who were strategic move to benchmark (on grade level) after the 6 weeks. 
First grade did something a bit different.  They looked at lexile guided reading levels.  They found the following:
48% of students gained between .5 and 1.5 reading levels.
46% of students gained 2 or more reading levels.  (15 students gained more than 3.5 levels. 32 students gained 2-3 reading levels)
6% of their students did not gain a reading level. 
I also want to remind you of your rights as a parent. If you ever have questions regarding your child’s educational performance or what they are being taught, please just drop in or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to answer your questions. Your child has a right to quality instruction that is centered on rigorous curriculum with high standards and relevance.  The focus of this instruction is literacy and numeracy to promote economic prosperity, citizen participation, strong moral and social values, and commitment to constitutional government. We believe that educational success is most likely to be achieved when we develop a partnership. We hope to develop and nurture those relationships.  Please keep us informed of your child’s needs or any impactful changes.
The district has provided us with information about supplemental health and accident insurance that is available for you to purchase. It is purely optional.  For more information, visit our web-site.   
To improve our students’ reading skills, we will be implementing a new phonics instruction program for grades K-2. This program is called “Saxon Phonics”.  We will use it to provide structured daily phonics lessons to ALL students in those grades.  We will also be implementing the small group reading instruction program explained above from the beginning of the school year.  Another ongoing problem that we have noted is the poor attendance of many of our students.  When students are absent, key instruction is missed and those students typically fall behind.  PLEASE have your child here each day unless they are ill or there is a legitimate emergency. If your student is ill, please call to inform us that they will be absent.     
It will continue to be mandatory for all visitors to the school to check in at the office and then wear a visitor’s badge.
            We believe that an orderly, safe environment is essential for students to learn and achieve academically.  To promote this type of environment, we will continue to use our discipline program.  Students can earn blue slips by demonstrating outstanding behavior.  They may also be given a white slip when their behavior is not so great.  The rules we expect students to follow when they are not in class:
·         FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GIVEN
·         PUT OTHERS UP NOT DOWN
·         KEEP HANDS, FEET, MOUTH AND OBJECTS TO YOURSELF
·         ALWAYS BE IN THE PROPER PLACE or HAVE A HALL PASS
·         ALWAYS WALK IN THE BUILDING
·         USE ALL MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT PROPERLY
Lake View Elementary remains a Love and Logic school.  To learn more, visit their web-site: www.loveandlogic.com
           
The first day of school for grades 1-5 is Monday, August 31st.  Our school schedule has not changed.  School will begin at 8:10 and will end at 2:30.  Wednesday will be an early release day each week.  School will end at 1:30 every Wednesday.  Breakfast service begins on the first day of school.  Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:00 a.m. 
Kindergarten: The first day of school for kindergartners will be September 8th.  An appointment will be set for all kindergarten students to be tested during the week of August 31st.  On September 3rd, class lists for all kindergarten students will be posted on the main office doors.   

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:  Our open house style of Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, August 25th, from 6—7 p.m.  Back to school night will be for grades 1-5. (Kindergarten students will have their own back to school event on September 4 from 1:00-2:30.)  An optional Title I Parent Meeting will be held at 7:10 on August 25th. Yearbooks will again be available to purchase this year.  You will be able to pre-order during back to school night for $12.00.  Just look for the table.     

ASBESTOS:  By law, each year we need to inform you that we have asbestos in our school.  We are in compliance with all EPA standards and regulations. The asbestos is under the school and has been covered to protect occupants of the school. District and state personnel monitor the asbestos levels, which has not been a problem.

STAFFING CHANGES:  We have a new dual-immersion teacher. Her name is Mrs. Ayala. Senora Ayala will be partnered with Ms. Haggerty in 3rd grade. Senora Dabb will be moving to 5th grade dual-immersion and will be working with Mrs. Harrop. We also welcome Mrs. Reeder to 5th grade to replace Mrs. Holmes who has moved to ACYI. Miss Montgomery will also be joining us as a new teacher in 2nd grade.   

LUNCH and BREAKFAST: If you had free or reduced price lunch last year, you will need to re-apply again this year at the district office.  The regular lunch price this year is $1.85 and the reduced lunch price is $0.40.  Adult lunches cost $3.75.  Breakfast will be served each day from 7:30 to 8:00.  Breakfast is free for all Lake View students.  Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.50.      

OTHER NOTES: 
1—Our drop-off and pick-up procedures remain the same.  Please follow these guidelines:
·         Approach the school using Lake View Drive heading east.
·         Do not park or leave your vehicle at the curb along the south side of Lake View Drive.  This area is for loading and unloading only.  This lane of traffic must keep moving!
·         Do not block the faculty parking entrance.
·         Please be patient and drive slowly. 
·         Do not drop your child off away from the curb.  Do not have them cross in front of other vehicles.
·         Have your child exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.
·         During morning drop-off, please do not enter or exit the church parking lot from Lake View Drive.
·         Please be aware that when you drop off children in the front of the school, we are on a NO U-Turn street. 
2—As always, we are concerned about the safety of our students.  For this reason, heelys, bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller blades should not be used on school property.
3--Regular Day Kindergarten Schedule.  Morning kindergarten will begin at 8:10 and end at 11:20.  Afternoon kindergarten will begin at 11:30 and end at 2:30.
4—Early Release Wednesday—School will end at 1:30 each Wednesday. On Wednesdays, morning kindergarten students will attend 8:10 – 10:15 a.m.  Afternoon kindergarten students will attend from 11:25 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

THANK YOU for all you do as parents.  I am grateful to be able to work with you. 

Sincerely,

Mark Johnson; Principal 


May  2015


Parents,

Thank you so much for another great year at Lake View Elementary.  Our students have done such a great job this year!  They have worked very hard.  I also wanted to make sure you all know about the great work that your PTA and community council have done this year.  Because of our PTA, we have had a fun carnival, Red Ribbon Week, Green Ribbon Week, the bike rodeo, class parties, SEP dinners for the teachers, teacher recognition week and a very successful fund raiser.  The PTA fund-raiser pays for our field trips, so make sure you tell them thank you!

The community council is in charge of the land trust plan.  With their support, Lake View implemented a new small group reading instruction plan this year.  These groups are being done in a way that hasn’t been attempted in our district before.  We are focusing on specific reading skills rather than reading levels.  We hired a few new aides and shifted a few other aides over to help run these reading groups.  The result is that for 45 minutes a day, every student in grades 1-3 is in a reading group addressing their specific skill need.  Kindergarten students are also in skill based groups that last about twenty minutes.  We have been monitoring the progress of our students and they have already made tremendous strides in their reading.  We plan to continue with these groups next year and hope that they will be even more effective.

As we enter the summer break, please encourage your student(s) to read.  I hope you have a lot of fun with your families and enjoy the summer!    

Sincerely,

Mark Johnson

 February 2015 


Parents,
Our annual writing assessment for all students in grades 3-5 will be conducted between February 10th and February 20th. Please make sure your student gets plenty of sleep and eat breakfast so that they can do their very best work. They have been working hard at improving their writing skills and we are very proud of them.
Mr. Johnson


January 2015

Parents,

                I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.  We are excited to be back to school.  There is always so much to do.  Please be aware that our students will be participating in DIBELS testing on January 26th and 27th.  Attendance on those days will be very important.  The DIBELS test gives us valuable information about the reading level of our students.            
                Please be aware that parent/teacher conferences are coming up on February 18th and 19th.  When it gets closer, you will receive a note from us with your appointment for the conference.
                If your child is currently in kindergarten, you may be interested in them starting in the dual-immersion program when they enter first grade.  If you are interested, you must submit an application on-line.  Do this by visiting the district web-site: www.besd.net  Applications may be submitted until March 6, 2015. 
                I also want to make you all aware that we plan to conduct a lock-down drill on January 22nd at about 12:50.  We are required to conduct lock-down drills each year.  Our teachers will practice with their students prior to the drill.  We will do everything we can to help our students feel safe as we practice and conduct the drill.  Sometimes students get a little nervous when we do drills like this.  It helps if you talk to your children prior to the drill and let them know the purpose of the drill and that it is just practice.    

Thank you and have a Happy New Year!

Mr.  Johnson




December 2014


Dear Families,

Merry Christmas!  I hope that you are able to spend time with your loved ones during this holiday season.  Thank you for everything you do to support your children and their education.  We will continue to do our very best and help your children to learn. 
We are just finishing up with our reading of Trumpet of the Swan.  It was fun to see the students get excited about reading that book.  We plan to do the same thing again next year with a different book.  Thank you for your support. 
Speaking of reading, people often ask me what is the best way to improve their child’s reading skills.  The answer I always give is to read aloud to your child.  When you read aloud, it allows children to focus on the story itself.  They are able to hear you read the book with proper expression.  It provides them with a good model for reading.  Listening to someone else read is also one of the best ways to develop and improve reading comprehension skills.  So, pick out some books your child likes and have fun reading to them!



November 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian:

This month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all school book club called One School, One Book.  Every family will receive a copy of the same book - E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan -  and asked to read it at home over the month of November.  I am personally asking you to make the time so your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader.  But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity.  With the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school.  Everyone - students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff - will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits.

Your child will receive his/her copy of The Trumpet of the Swan at a special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book.  When the book comes home, you will receive a tailored reading schedule so you can keep up at home.  Generally you will be asked to read a chapter a night – about 15 minutes per night.

In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive, aggressive listening.  You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story.  In class, there may be various activities which discuss or explore the book.   You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can be included.  Throughout November, everyone will be talking about The Trumpet of the Swan!

One School, One Book is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will all be listening to the same book.  Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense.  Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level.  And we also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves.  We have selected a title that can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children.

Good luck!  I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about the adventures of Louis, the Trumpeter Swan.  “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.”  With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.


Mark Johnson
Lake View Elementary School Principal


October 2014
Parents,

Thank you for your excellent participation at SEP conferences.  When I see so many of you here, I know how much you care about your children and their education.  The teachers really appreciate your support. 

I also wanted to make you aware of a few other things.  This year, our school is implementing a new phonics program in grade K-2.  The program is called Reading Horizons.  It is designed to deliver explicit instruction on phonics skills on a daily basis.  We are using this in all of our K-2 grade classes.  We deliver it in a whole group setting so that all students will benefit from it.  We are very hopeful that this will help our students to become better readers.  This type of phonics instruction has been proven to improve reading skills in many studies.

We have also opened a new computer lab this year.  So we now have two computer labs.  This allows us to use one lab for math facts practice and the other to teach keyboarding skills.  This will really help our students to develop those skills that are so important today.

I would also like to remind you of the importance of safety when we are dropping off and picking up students.  I have noticed several people making U-turns in front of the building.  That is actually illegal and a no U-turn sign is posted in front of the building.  I have even seen a few parents stop their vehicle on the other side of the road and have their child get out and run across the street to the school.  This doesn’t seem like a very good idea to me.  I am asking everyone to please take the extra minute to use the drop-off lane.  This keeps all of our students safer.  When you do use the drop-off lane, please pull all the way forward before having your child exit the vehicle.  Please have your child ready to go so that when you stop they can hop out and be on their way.  When picking up your student after school, do not stop in the middle of the road.  Find a place to park next to the curb or use the church parking lot.  Another great place to pick up a student is by the other church over on Fishburn. 



Thank you!





September 2014

Dear Parents and Students,

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!     
Lake View enjoyed a wonderful school year last year and we hope that 2014-2015 will be just the same.  This past year, our students achieved some awesome academic results.  From the beginning until the end of the year, our students improved in reading accuracy by 29%.  As a school, we improved in overall math proficiency by 4%  The average student at Lake View achieved one and one half year’s growth in math this past year.  Our 5th graders once again showed off their writing abilities as 80 out of 83 of them scored proficient or higher on the annual direct writing assessment.  The average score on this test went up from 23.7 to 25 out of 30 this year.  We are all celebrating these achievements!  The former district superintendent, Mr. Ron Wolff, recently sent us a congratulatory letter in which he cited the tremendous growth in academic achievement of Lake View students. 
I also want to remind you of your rights as a parent. If you ever have questions regarding your child’s educational performance or what they are being taught, please just drop in or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to answer your questions. Your child has a right to quality instruction that is centered on rigorous curriculum with high standards and relevance.  The focus of this instruction is literacy and numeracy to promote economic prosperity, citizen participation, strong moral and social values, and commitment to constitutional government. We believe that educational success is most likely to be achieved when we develop a partnership. We hope to develop and nurture those relationships.  Please keep us informed of your child’s needs or any impactful changes.
As we do each year, the members of the school improvement committee have met to analyze our school and make any changes we deem necessary to the improvement process.  To improve our students’ reading skills, we will be implementing a new phonics instruction program for grades K-2. This program is called “Reading Horizons”.  We will use it to provide structured daily phonics lessons to ALL students in those grades.  Another ongoing problem that we have noted is the poor attendance of many of our students.  When students are absent, key instruction is missed and those students typically fall behind.  PLEASE have your child here each day unless they are ill or there is a legitimate emergency. If your student is ill, they will be required to make up work that they missed. Please call to inform us if your child is ill or if they will be absent.     
We have also decided to make it mandatory for all visitors to the school to check in at the office and then wear a visitor’s badge.
When you visit the school this year, you will notice another new portable classroom.  Lake View is using this new portable to house our new computer lab.  This will give us two computer labs.  A few teachers have also moved to different classrooms to allow us to better collaborate.        
            We believe that an orderly, safe environment is essential for students to learn and achieve academically.  To promote this type of environment, we will continue to use our discipline program.  Students can earn blue slips by demonstrating outstanding behavior.  They may also be given a white slip when their behavior is not so great.  The rules we expect students to follow when they are not in class:
·         FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GIVEN
·         PUT OTHERS UP NOT DOWN
·         KEEP HANDS, FEET, MOUTH AND OBJECTS TO YOURSELF
·         ALWAYS BE IN THE PROPER PLACE or HAVE A HALL PASS
·         ALWAYS WALK IN THE BUILDING
·         USE ALL MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT PROPERLY

Lake View Elementary remains a Love and Logic school.  We will continuously seek to improve our school community by following Love and Logic philosophy and by providing students with recognition when they do something good.  To learn more, visit their web-site: www.loveandlogic.com






December 2013

Greetings Everyone! 
This has been a great year! I would like to tell you a little bit about our students’ hard work and success in math so far this year.  At our school, we use the SMI,(scholastic math inventory), to assess our students’ performance in math.  We test all students in grades 2-5 at the beginning, middle and end of the year.  Everyone took the test for the second time in December and we have achieved some great results.  The test is computer based and it is adaptive.  It measures a student’s present level of performance with points.  Here is how we are doing.  All of these scores are averages for the grade level:
Grade                   September score             December score               Average Growth             
2                              49                                           137                                         88
3                              219                                         317                                         98
4                              390                                         501                                         111
5                              511                                         619                                         108
Important note: Grades 2-4 are expected to grow 150 points in one full year of school.  We have not even finished half the year and look how much growth we have already achieved!!!
5th grade is only expected to grow 85 points in one full school year!!  That’s right, we have already surpassed that!
Congratulations to the students and teachers at Lake View!!!!!  

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