The Watzke Weekly

Week 2

Walk to Read

This week, all 2nd grade students started Walk to Read. The students did a great job learning the routines of transitioning to a different classroom for their reading instruction.

Safety Drills

At school, student safety is our priority. This week, we practiced a lock down drill, a shelter-in-place drill, and a fire drill. We discussed the purpose of each of the drills and why we need to take different safety measures for each one.

STAR Testing

This week, 2nd graders took the STAR reading test. This is a computerized test that adjusts the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. Teachers are given a detailed report on students' strengths and on areas that need extra practice. On average, it take most students 20-30 minutes to complete. Next Thursday, our class will be taking the STAR math test.


- No school on Monday, September 7th

- No school on Monday, September 21st

- EACH NIGHT, please remember to initial binders and PAWS to Read Calendars.

- Students need to read 15-20 minutes each night.

- A healthy snack is provided Tuesday-Friday. On Mondays, students will need to provide their own snacks.

- Library books will be due next Thursday, September 10th.

What's Up Next?

- Mrs. Westphal's and Mrs. Melling;s Walk to Read students:

-Daily 5

-Background knowledge (schema)
-closed-syllable patterns

-Read Well Classrooms:

-Grammar: Produce simple sentences

-Writing: Generate Ideas

-Number Grid Puzzles
-Equivalent Names for Numbers