Drake Doings

1/15/2016 Weekly Update

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Your Child's Reading Level

In last week's newsletter, I mentioned that grade cards for second quarter would contain information about your student's reading level. The guided reading level correlations that we use as a District are based upon the scale below. Please note that these levels come from Scholastic, which is what our guided reading system and assessment is built upon in Strongsville. However, you may find some other programs that use slightly different ranges. Because of this, teachers look at the child comprehensively to determine the “at, above, or below” level up to this point in the year. This checkbox of student’s level will again be on the 4th quarter report card. If you have any questions about the levels, guided reading, or report card marking, please contact your child’s teacher, the building principal, or Erin Green, Director of Curriculum, at 440 572-2016 or eringreen@scsmustangs.org


Scholastic “At Level” Guided Reading Ranges:


Grade K:- A-D (will start second semester)

Grade 1: Levels A-I

Grade 2: Levels E-N

Grade 3: Levels J-Q

Grade 4: Levels M-T

Grade 5: Levels Q-W

Grade 6: Levels T-Z

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Drake Geography Bee

On Thursday morning, 1/14/16, Drake held its annual Geography Bee. As a first step, all classes in grades 4,5 & 6 determined their champions. The following students participated as classroom champs:

- From Mrs. Ambroziak's class - Carter Estrela

- From Mrs. Boodheshwar's class - Cameron Miley

- From Mrs. Bova's class - Cal Klinzing

- From Mrs. Sermak's class - Maria Telitsa

- From Mrs. Sherwood's class - Caden Vigh

- From Mr. Walker's class - Radwan Zaarob

- From Mrs. Goetz's class - Doug Barefield

- From Mrs. Hrabnicky's class - Brooke Ouk

- From Mrs. Nosan's class - Zak Kakos


Congratulations to Drake's 2016 National Geographic Geography Bee Champion, Zak Kakos (above - center). We also recognize our first runner-up, Carter Estrela (above - left), and our second runner-up, Caden Vigh (above - right). Zak Kakos now has the option to compete at the next level, with a chance to win up to $50,000 in scholarship money at the national level. Good luck Zak!


Special thanks to Mrs. Sherwood for organizing and hosting this event. We also thank our judges, Mrs. Ambroziak, Mrs. Sermak, and Mrs. Nosan. And finally, we thank all the parents who came to be part of this activity.

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Mismatch Day

Today was "Mismatch Day" at Drake. School spirit days strengthen the Drake community by providing a common theme. Students get to share in the fun, along with staff. Thanks to all of you who help by keeping up with the spirit day calendar and encouraging your child to participate!

PTA Getaway

This is a reminder that the Drake PTA has set up a family fun get-away to Great Wolf Lodge on Sunday, March 20th. “Bee” sure to save this special date on your calendar! An informational flier will be sent home in the near future

Dates to Remember

January 2016

  • 15th - Early Release Day - 2:30 dismissal

  • 15th - Friday – Rockin’ at the Rec

  • 18th - Monday – No School – Martin Luther King Day

  • 21st - Raising Cyber-Conscious Kids - 7pm - SHS Little Theater

  • 28th - kindergarten Information Meeting - Muraski Gym

"The hard soil and four months of snow make the inhabitants of the northern temperate zone wiser and abler than the fellow who enjoys the fixed smile of the tropics. "

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


That's just a more eloquent way of saying the same thing my favorite old t-shirt said: "CLEVELAND - You gotta be tough!"

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