Reading block added at Eastwood


We asked principal Susan Alig: What are you looking forward to most this year? “Having the students back in the building. I always love hearing about their summers, where they went, and hopefully they read every day or were read to. But just getting back into the school because there’s so much anticipation to the students.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “It’s not a challenge but it’s making sure our new teachers feel supported and have what they need with professional development and the support from me and the rest of the teachers to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “I think you’re going to love Eastwood school. We are a very friendly school. We have fabulous teachers here. You’re going to learn a lot and some days you might be challenged a little bit with what you’re trying to learn but that’s OK because it means your brain is working and that you’re learning.” What do you want parents to know? “We always appreciated your support and we look forward to that continuing. And as always keep the line of communication open with your child’s teacher for any concern no matter how small or big it is. We are in this together, it’s a partnership. Also, get involved with PTO and volunteer with PTO events or during the school days.”


We asked principal Susan Alig: What are you looking forward to most this year? “Having the students back in the building. I always love hearing about their summers, where they went, and hopefully they read every day or were read to. But just getting back into the school because there’s so much anticipation to the students.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “It’s not a challenge but it’s making sure our new teachers feel supported and have what they need with professional development and the support from me and the rest of the teachers to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “I think you’re going to love Eastwood school. We are a very friendly school. We have fabulous teachers here. You’re going to learn a lot and some days you might be challenged a little bit with what you’re trying to learn but that’s OK because it means your brain is working and that you’re learning.” What do you want parents to know? “We always appreciated your support and we look forward to that continuing. And as always keep the line of communication open with your child’s teacher for any concern no matter how small or big it is. We are in this together, it’s a partnership. Also, get involved with PTO and volunteer with PTO events or during the school days.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/08/web1_Susan-Alig1.jpgWe asked principal Susan Alig: What are you looking forward to most this year? “Having the students back in the building. I always love hearing about their summers, where they went, and hopefully they read every day or were read to. But just getting back into the school because there’s so much anticipation to the students.” What do you see as your greatest challenge? “It’s not a challenge but it’s making sure our new teachers feel supported and have what they need with professional development and the support from me and the rest of the teachers to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “I think you’re going to love Eastwood school. We are a very friendly school. We have fabulous teachers here. You’re going to learn a lot and some days you might be challenged a little bit with what you’re trying to learn but that’s OK because it means your brain is working and that you’re learning.” What do you want parents to know? “We always appreciated your support and we look forward to that continuing. And as always keep the line of communication open with your child’s teacher for any concern no matter how small or big it is. We are in this together, it’s a partnership. Also, get involved with PTO and volunteer with PTO events or during the school days.”

A designated reading block will be offered this year at Eastwood Elementary School.

First- and second-graders will have a 60-to-90-minutes block and kindergartners will get 45 minutes to delve into books either on their own or with guidance from teachers.

Principal Susan Alig said she she wanted to have an uninterrupted reading time during the day so students can focus on strengthening reading skills.

“I’m trying to make it so the schedule works and the Title teacher isn’t trying to come and take students during math time,” she said. “It’ll help to make sure the students are really staying focused during that time.”

Students get support services in 45-minute blocks. Students who don’t need intervention can spend time reading alone or in groups during that time.

A Spanish room has been added to Eastwood this year for teacher Julia Thomas, who was hired in June.

She will work with Oberlin College students who are part of the district’s Spanish in the Elementary Schools program. They visit weekly to teach elementary students a foreign language.

“We’re still going to have sites,” Alig said. “The kindergartners will get sites twice a week and the first- and second-graders will get the Spanish teacher once a week and sites once a week.”

The building will have four new teachers this year. Two have been long-time substitutes for the district.

Alig is looking forward to seeing how the district’s new meal provider, Sodexo, will look this year in her building because it will offer a variety of options and healthier choices for students.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

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