Van Derveer Elementary School
Van Derveer Elementary SchoolPreschool - Grade 22017-18 WIG
During the first half of the school year, the focus of the Van Derveer Staff was to examine the trends and patterns regarding independent reading. Students were provided opportunities throughout the instructional day to engage in reading for pleasure. Additionally, a school-wide reading log was created and maintained by every Kindergarten through second grade student. Students were highly encouraged to log onto myOn, an on-line resource of thousands of texts. The result of these efforts is fostering a community of readers and evidenced in the weekly logs and myOn usage. The final months will be spent creating benchmark expectations and identify barriers and problem-solving solutions to such to support students’ reading success.
The 2017-2018 WIG is the first step in a two year WIG with a goal established that by June 2019 Van Derveer PS-2 will increase the minutes per day the students engage in independent, authentic reading resulting in secure and confident young readers. The ultimate goal for our students is to create a love of and excitement for reading among all students!
Our previous two year WIG’s have focused on early literacy skills in young readers. The final, natural step in this progression is to foster and encourage independent reading. The Fall was spent collecting more information regarding our students as readers and our classroom routines to support this.
Van Derveer Elementary SchoolPreschool - Grade 22016-17 WIGFebruary 2017 UpdateThe focus on building our young readers' fluency and reading automaticity has resulted in great success. When students are able to read works with confidence, they are able to focus on becoming a reader thinking about the text, rather than each word. The individualized word rings and book bags, reinforced nightly at home, have provided the students with practice reflective of their needs. As a school community, we continue to support our students with school-wide initiatives including March my-On Madness, Music and Movement Night, and displayed words throughout the building. We can't wait to see the achievement of the students by June!
November 2016 UpdateDuring the 2016-2017, the PS-2 staff continue their unwavering commitment to building the strong literacy foundation in all of our students. The success of the 2015-2016 WIG will be built upon in the 2016-2017 WIG. This year the focus will be to apply phonetic principles to strengthen fluency and comprehension. This is the natural next step to last year’s WIG based on the analysis of the data. We will again work as a focused team to achieve this as we will continue to foster each child’s needs while maintaining high academic and behavioral expectations. Every kindergarten through second grade student will have an individual word ring to practice nightly. The trick words and words of the day will be integrated into all components of the instructional day from displayed on the PRO's station to cross curricular actives. The staff will continue to provide parental support in a plethora of avenues to continue to strengthen the strong home/school partnerships, a cornerstone of the PS-2 community.Van Derveer Elementary SchoolPreschool - Grade 22015-16June UpdateAs we reflect on the WIG data of the year, we are overwhelmed with pride with the achievement of our students and their success. With a focused emphasis on phonics in every PS-2 classroom, the teachers were committed to our school-wide goal and the noteworthy results exemplify this. The students exhibited tremendous growth as they mastered fundamental phonics skills. In addition to the explicit instruction in the classroom, a plethora of school-wide activities took place. An interactive bulletin board, word cards placed throughout the building and special area integration ensured the students were meaningfully and fully immersed. A strong partnership with our families enhanced the fulfillment of the WIG including monthly family activities, instructional parent videos and a Partnership Portal of
resources on the PS-2 website. The attainment of our WIG exemplifies the commitment of the PS-2 Van Derveer Staff for being All In for our students.#vdvpartners4progress
February UpdateThe PS-2 school community has embraced the WIG into every aspects of our instructional days and beyond! Every student in Kindergarten through second grades receive direct phonics instruction using a multi-sensory, research
based approach. In addition to this block, literacy is integrated throughout the day. In an effort to strengthen our partnership with the parent community, several initiatives have been developed and expanded. A Partnership Portal on the PS-2 website provides resources for parents. Additionally, information videos and parent seminars are presented to the parents. The school community has embraced the power of technology as all teachers utilize Twitter to highlight programs and learning, using #partners4progress (which also feeds into the school website) and Periscope, an interactive video stream, to engage students with bedtime stories and parents with a peek in to the classrooms. Quarterly evening programs are hosted to reiterate what the students are learning in the classroom and am opportunity for the parents to learn more strategies to support their children at home. The hallways are displayed with trick words, a bulletin board showcases best practice strategies and all students practice their own words on an individualized word ring.Currently, all students are participating in a March myOn Madness, a school-wide competition to encourage students to read the most minutes. The more the students read, the better readers they become.
November 2015 UpdateThe Preschool to Grade 2 Wildly Important Goal for the 2015-2016 school year is to improve phonemic awareness skills in students to foster literacy development. The Van Derveer Staff will partner with parents to promote pupil progress. Through the implementation of a phonics based program as part of our balanced literacy program coupled with increased parent communication, including a twitter hashtag (#VDVpartners4progress), periscope, partnership portal on the website and trainings the WIG is a focus every day in the PS-2 community.
Van Derveer Elementary SchoolPreschool - Grade 22014-15Final UpdateThe PS-2 Van Derveer Community truly focused on applying communication and literacy opportunities through meaningful and engaging learning experiences. The students engaged in learning centers which enabled meaningful application and practice of skills while utilizing technology and a variety of integrated, differentiated resources. Differentiated assessments were utilized to monitor the students' progress. Staff collaboration within and across grade levels, including special area teachers, enhanced cross-curricular connections for the students. The PS-2 school community is committed to continuing to tailor instruction to meet the needs of the students through meaningful engagement.
February WIG UpdateThe preschool to second grade staff has maintained our school WIG at the forefront of the instructional day. As teachers reflect on their instructional practice and continue to analyze student data, student's needs are met through differentiated learning centers, evolving RTI groups and authentic learning opportunities. The staff continues to differentiate assessments to ensure the student's depth of learning is tailored to the students' needs.November WIG Update:The preschool to second grade staff are committed to providing students with daily opportunities to apply communication and literacy through meaningful and engaging learning experiences. The staff will "synthesize subjects for student success". During this kaleidoscope of learning our Wildly Important Goal remains the focal point of our daily interactions and instruction.