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Valerie Tidwell » Reading Intervention for Grades 5 through 8

Reading Intervention for Grades 5 through 8

     Reading is a life-long skill.  It is one of the keys to a successful school experience, better job opportunities, and better way of life in general!  I am proud and happy to provide extra reading instruction to students in grades 5 through 8.  Smaller class sizes and use of an award-winning reading program (READ 180) enable my students to work at their own level while challenging them to learn new vocabulary and skills.
     Each year, I assist with screening all of Morrison's students in grades 5-8 at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year in order to determine reading abilities and needs.  Currently, we are using a computer-based software program called STAR Reading.  It is a timed test containing 34 questions about vocabulary and comprehension skills.  Please ask your child about his/her results as we want all students to be aware of their results...and room for growth!
     Another aspect of my job is as co-chair for our annual ELA Family Reading Night!  This reading-centered event gives staff the opportunity to explain the use of the Accelerated Reader program (a computer-based program which allows students to take short comprehension quizzes over books read).
     As the mother of two boys, I understand the challenges often faced by parents when their child doesn't want to read or can't find a book they enjoy.  I am here as a resource not only for students, but also for parents.  Please contact me if you have a question about your child's reading performance: tidwellv@warrenschools.com.  I look forward to working with your family!