April Middle School Reading Updates

Welcome to Spring!

Volume of Reading Matters: No April Foolin'!

I hope you all had a wonderful spring break full of rest and relaxation, and I hope you had a chance to enjoy a few great reads. As we head into the home stretch, I encourage you to continue to support students with an increased volume of texts, including exposure to tier II complex texts with practice writing in response to reading.

PLEASE complete this short survey to help us plan forward for curriculum resources for next year and summer professional development. THANK YOU!

Data Drivers to Note for the Home Stretch

Levels Accuracy Checks:

  • Window opens 4/12 and closes 4/25
  • The purpose of Levels Accuracy Checks is to help us ensure all students are leveled accurately in SchoolPace, so we can provide the right supports and reading goals.

Growth Goals:

  • By 4/15 our goal is for all students to have made a minimum of .80 annual growth and 1.6 catch up growth.


  • Don't forget to add student engagement in SchoolPace by clicking on "Report Student Progress" under the Tools section in your classroom pages

Conference and Stamina Posters

New Reading Guides for Small Groups with the IRLA Toolkits

School Highlights

Technology Tidbits

A few awesome resources you should check out if you haven't yet:


  • This site allows students to create video "selfies" to communicate what they've learned.


  • This site helps students create books online that include links, voice-overs, etc. Free for up to 45 books

Immersive Reader

  • This is an option you can enable on office 365 that will allow students to change the font to support students with dyslexia and/or dysgraphia, translate a text into multiple languages and allow for students to listen to the text in a variety of languages

Save the Date! Summer Professional Development Opportunities:

Don't forget to mark your calendar for the following summer learning opportunities:

June 17-21: World Class Learning Institute (participants are paid to attend!)

July 29-8/1: Together We Learn

May 1-End of Summer: Reading Endorsement courses open in myPGS on May 1

See this Plan It! Document for more information. I highly recommend the Positive Behavior training.