Jackson Update

Monthly update of the happenings within the AST classroom


Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are



Mission Statement

The mission of Helen Keller Elementary School is to establish and maintain an educational community that empowers all students to become principled, independent inquirers who are socially responsible global citizens.

January in the AST room

This month is filled with continued learning and Benchmark assessments. All students will be completing the NWEA (Math, Reading and Language Arts) assessment along with completing a DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment). These assessments will help to continue to guide our instruction within the resource room, general education classroom and help write precise goals for your child's IEP.


Reading is so important to our students learning and brain growth. Reading helps reduce stress, use the imagination, exercises the brain and help increase our vocabulary. Just 15-20 minutes a day can help a child become a more fluent reader. I have include some links below with some great articles to read and links to great books at any level.
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Oakland Schools

Another great resource that we have locally is out at Oakland Schools. They not only are available for questions but also run classes to help you understand what is going on in your child's IEP world. Check out their site and see what Oakland Schools has to offer.



Acronyms are used in our everyday language. Acronyms such as LOL, 24/7 and ASAP are just a few of the common acronyms you might use daily. Since these acronyms are used daily we are familiar with their meaning. During your child's special education meeting acronyms are also being thrown around. To help guide you through the Special Education acronym world each week I will include three new acronyms to help you understand what we are talking about at your child's next IEP.

Great Reading and Math resource

Moby Max is a great website to help your child work on their reading, math and vocabulary skills. I have set up an account for each student that is tailored to each of their individual needs and their IEP goals. Please have your child visit the website.


School Code: Mi5305

Username: First name

Password: First name

Great Apps for your tablets

Some of the apps listed below are free while others there may be a fee. Please check them out and see what may work for your child.



ReadingIsland 1, 2 or 3 -

I Speak WORD - k, 1, 2 - helps students put sounds together in order to create a word

Hooked on Phonics - Has great stories and phonics activities to help your child become a fluent reader.

MonkeyWord - Great for K, 1 students who are just learning to read

Recorder - Great for having kids read into it and then have them listen to themselves. Helps to improve reading with expression.


Khan Academy - Great for all math levels, kids and adults. This free app will help you understand your child's crazy new approach at math.

Lakeshore Math - works for Grades 1-2, 3-4, the initial app is free but you'll have to purchase the different levels.

Upcoming Events for January

Jan 4 - Return to school

Jan 12 - Keller and Oakland Kindergarten Welcome Night

Jan 18 - No School Martin Luther King Day

Jan 28 - End of 2nd marking period

Jan 29 - No School