Roaring Reader Report

The Latest Update on Lincoln's Reading Initiative

Roaring Readers is making a difference at Lincoln!

One of our school-wide goals was that by Spring 2020, 65% of all students in grades 1-3 would meet grade level benchmarks as measured by DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment). As of February, our K-3 Proficiency is at 64% compared to 56.7% this time last year. We are thrilled that we are within 1 percentage point of reaching our goal with 3 months remaining in this school year. School wide in grades K - 5, we are at 63% proficiency, compared to a 57% proficiency this time last year. Our teachers are hard at work providing rigorous literacy instruction throughout the school day, yet we are all witnessing that our efforts promoting reading at home and providing reading opportunities in the mornings before school are paying off. So, THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ROARING READERS!
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Celebrating READING is so much fun!

Despite our December dip in remembering to record our 20 minute reading routine over the holiday break, Lincoln students came back strong in January, with 59% of students meeting or exceeding their goal of reading 20 minutes a day outside of the traditional school day. December's Celebration was a Pajama Day. January's surprise was a TATER TOT Party with the Principal sponsored by a local favorite: Sloopy's. Meeting February's goal earned students an invitation to a Dr. Seuss- themed gathering where they enjoyed Tootsie Pops and a story read by the Principal, Mrs. Zahner. Each month provides us another opportunity to celebrate our students as they meet their goals.

Before and After School Opportunities

In our previous Roaring Reader Report, we mentioned that our staff was considering whether or not to offer alternate reading opportunities to target and engage our older students before school. After looking at our school-wide data and the up-turn in reading, teachers elected instead to offer a couple of math enrichment activities before and after school heading into testing season. Needless to say, there are plenty of times our math students are reading word problems- so our efforts to support reading are not lost when we traverse across curriculum.

Reading options remain for students each morning. Mrs. Ewers maintains a quiet, free-reading space in the Ben Carson Reading Room and Mrs. Galloway continues reading enchanting books with students of all ages before school in our library. Students are currently enjoying HARRY POTTER! At Lincoln, time spent waiting for the school day to begin or the bus to arrive is an opportunity for growing minds in enjoyable ways.

Roaring Readers - School Interrupted

KCS released the following statement on March 17, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.

Dear Families and Staff of Bristol, Kingsport, and Sullivan County Schools: We have continued to consult with the Sullivan County Health Department, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the CDC since our last communication, receiving updates and information related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it affects school operations.

As of 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020: The closure of Bristol City Schools, Kingsport City Schools, and Sullivan County Schools has been extended through Friday, April 3, 2020. This includes all extra-curricular and athletic activities. Please be aware that assessment of this situation will continue and any changes regarding additional closures or when and how school will resume will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

Packets with instructional support in literacy and math will be provided to our Lions during this unprecedented time. Included in those support materials will be a reading calendar that WILL act as documentation for students who read 20 minutes each day. It is our sincerest hope that our efforts to create a culture of readers thrives despite the irregularities in our school routines for this temporary period of quarantine. Ideally, we will have much to celebrate once students return, healthy and well-read!