The Heusner staff recognizes that reading is the most important subject taught in the elementary school years. A solid reading foundation is essential for every child to be successful in school and in life. After researching best practices for reading, the Heusner staff has developed a reading program for Heusner students including the following key elements:Our School Cares About Reading
It's OSCAR time at Heusner School and the Heusner Staff is excited to be a part of this reading initiative focused on helping every child reach his/her potential in reading.O.S.C.A.R. is Heusner's at home reading program. Each week students take home a bookmark and track their minutes of reading. It is expected that students in first through fifth grade read at least 20 minutes 5 nights per week. Kindergartners should read 75 minutes per week.As an incentive for students to read and return their bookmark the Reading team has created a prize. Each week, the Reading team will pass the OSCAR medal to the class with the highest percentage of students turning in their bookmarks. This class will also get to create a page in the Heusner scrapbook telling what they have been reading along with their class picture. At the end of the month, the four classes that had the OSCAR medal will be entered into a drawing for a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.CONGRATULATIONS OSCAR WINNERS!
At the end of each quarter, all students that have met their reading minutes will be invited to participate in the OSCAR party. We hope that all students earn this party!
- Intensive, early intervention to give kindergartners and first graders a solid reading foundation
- Students reading at their level with the opportunity to progress at their own rate
- Small class size for struggling readers
- A solid phonics program and phonemic awareness for beginning readers
- Exposure to quality, real literature through oral reading by the teacher to increase vocabulary of readers
- A rich classroom library of reading materials at the students’ reading skill level
- Increased opportunities for increasing reading fluency through partner reading
- Attention to meaningful vocabulary development related to the reading selection
- Emphasis on reading comprehension through higher order questioning skills and rich class discussion
- Exposure to a variety of literature genre—many categories of literary composition
- Attention to not only narrative selections but also expository, persuasive, and technical reading
- Alignment with the USD 305 Curriculum and the newly adopted Common Core State Standards
How is the Reading Initiative Implemented at Heusner?
Heusner staff has set aside a portion of the school day as an uninterrupted reading instruction time (Kdgn – 60 minutes/1
st, 2nd & 3rd – 120 minutes/4th & 5th – 90 minutes). The first half of OSCAR is whole group instruction where students are exposed to on grade level text and skills. The second half is leveled reading time where students are engaged in reading text at their instructional level. Homeroom teachers also extend reading time beyond the OSCAR time in the classroom to continue teaching reading skills. Certified teachers--including the At Risk Teachers, interrelated special education teachers, and ESL teacher—join homeroom teachers as reading teachers. Increasing the number of reading teachers creates opportunities for some smaller classes for beginning readers and struggling readers, team teaching, and accelerated levels.
At the beginning of the year each student’s reading skill level is determined. A reading selection is read by the student in the fall, winter, and spring to monitor his/her growth. Each student’s progress is monitored weekly in the classroom. Due to the flexible groups, students may be moved to a different skill level at anytime during the year to match their reading progress. We ask parents to set aside time at home to read with their child on a daily basis.
Learning to Read, Reading to Learn