EUREKA MATH PARENT LETTERS: Did you know that there are Eureka Math letters available to help parents with each lesson or group of lessons that support the same standard? On the parent letter you will find an explanation of the strategy used in class to solve the math problem. It's important to remember that in Eureka Math we are teaching multiple strategies to solve problems, beyond the algorithm, to deepen the understanding of the concept. There are also suggestions on how you can help support your child at home with these mathematical concepts. Ask your teacher about your parent letters, or access them by following the link to EUREKA MATH PARENT LETTERS. You can also visit the RESOURCES FOR PARENTS page on my blog!
LITERACY: Jackson follows the GA DOE's Lexile Framework. The best way to explain the Lexile Framework is to quote the state:
"A Lexile measure is a standard score that matches a student’s reading ability with difficulty of text material. A Lexile measure can be interpreted as the level of book that a student can read with 75% comprehension. Experts have identified a 75% comprehension level as offering the reader a certain amount of comfort and yet still offering a challenge. The Lexile® map shows Lexile measures ranging between approximately 200L and 1700L. However, some reading materials and readers do have Lexile measures below 200L and may have a code of BR* for beginning reader."
How are we supporting this framework at Jackson? Through our Fountas & Pinnell measures. Teachers assess and monitor students' growth through the year to ensure that students are making adequate progress and growth. More information regarding the DOE's Framework and F&P can be found on the RESOURCES FOR PARENTS page.
FUNDATIONS: K-2 PHONICS PROGRAM K-2 Fundations: Fundations is a multisensory, systematic, and explicit phonics program used in all classrooms from Kindergarten-2nd grade. Fundations aligns with Georgia’s Standards of Excellence and takes an integrated and comprehensive approach to teach reading and spelling. Using the principals of Orton-Gillingham, Fundations provides research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program emphasizing phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, handwriting, and spelling. **All of the teachers in grades PK-2 have completed (at minimum) the 30 hour Orton-Gillingham training to support our students. . These are the same strategies utilized with students at The Schenck and the Speech Schools. SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES: This year the standards for Science and Social Studies have changed across all levels. Many of the resources for both of these subject areas are now available online for teachers, parents and students. Here is a list of the resources that the district has provided for teachers to support the new standards, please ask your teacher for more information:
PARENT RESOURCE TRAINING: Ms. Lynn Freeman, our Instructional Technology Specialist, will be holding a training for parents on how to access the digital resources available in MY BACKPACK. This training will be available on September 8th @ 9:30 in the Main Campus Media Center. PARENT\STUDENT HANDBOOK: Please download a copy of the 2017-2018JACKSON PARENT\STUDENT HANDBOOK.