Mrs. Holloway's Room 16 News

September 21 - September 25


Mix-it-up begins this week!

Every student participates in Mix-It Up time. Groups are formed based on NWEA and R-CBM data. Students are placed in groups for intervention (SRA Corrective Reading), grade level support (Words Their Way), and extension. (Wordly Wise). In order to receive targeted instruction, students will be "mixed-up" with other 2nd grade students who are needing to work on the same skills, along with a teacher who will be guiding students in improving on those skills.

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What is NWEA and Aimsweb R-CBM?

NWEA Assessment

The NWEA MAP is an assessment that measures the growth of student progress from year to year based upon a set scale called a RIT. RIT scores are based on the same measure from K-8 and allow educators, students, and teachers to monitor the growth from year to year to ensure students are making adequate yearly growth along with goal setting. A higher score represents a child’s ability to perform more complex skills and understand more difficult concepts. RIT scores generally range from 100 to 300, depending on the subject. The assessments are based upon Indiana Career Readiness Standards and shares information about where the students are performing. Benchmarks based upon grade levels will be shared on your child’s progress report. Please see the report and letter sent home last week.

AIMSweb R-CBM (This data will come home Tuesday)

Purpose: The purpose of this assessment is to screen all students and identify those students at-risk and in need of reading interventions.

Testing Environment: Students are tested individually.

Testing Process: The number of words your child reads in one minute from a 2nd grade level passage are counted and used to measure your child’s oral reading fluency.

What does the R-CBM score mean: The target score for RCBM is listed below your child’s screener score. Your child is meeting benchmark if his/her score is at or above the target score. Your child is not meeting benchmark if his/her score is below the target score.

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What is RTI?

RTI Tiers - Response To Instruction/Intervention

In Tier 1, all students receive instruction in the general education classroom. Universal screenings/assessments are used three times a year to assess whether or not students are achieving established benchmarks for success. Eighty percent of the students should reach the established benchmarks. If students begin to struggle meeting the benchmarks and are not making adequate progress in Tier 1, they move to Tier 2.

In Tier 2, more intensive services and research-based interventions and activities are provided in addition to Tier 1 supports. Tier 2 interventions provided to students are based on their needs. Tier 2 supports occur in a small group setting during Mix-It Up time. Tier 2 interventions occur for 25 minutes per day. Students are not missing classroom instruction during this time. Students’ progress is monitored more closely following a biweekly timeframe. Parents are notified via letter if their child is moved into Tier 2. If students continue to struggle and show little to no progress with these additional Tier 2 supports, they move to Tier 3.

In Tier 3, students receive intensive very small group or individualized services and targeted interventions in addition to Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports. Tier 3 support includes individualized, intensive interventions targeted to that particular child’s skill deficits. Parents are notified before their child enters Tier 3 so that an intervention meeting can be held to help map out the child’s plan of action. Students’ progress is monitored on a weekly basis. If students continue to struggle and show little to no progress with these additional Tier 3 supports, eligibility for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) would be considered.

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Reminder: Scholastic Orders are due this Friday!

Please return orders and money by Friday, September 25th. Make checks payable to Carissa Holloway.

You may also order online @ the link below! Each order placed helps us earn points to grow our classroom library!

What we are learning this week:


Fiction Skills:

This week's story: Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat

  • Realism/Fantasy
  • Story Structure (Characters, Setting, Plot, Problem and Solution)

Reminder: Tuesday is "heavy backpack night," which is when students will bring home their big reading book to read the weekly story and retell it to you. Please have your child complete this every Tuesday after the reading homework folder instead of reading a book of their choice. The reading homework folder and reading the weekly story will count towards your child's 20 minutes each Tuesday. Please remember to sign off on the reading calendar. Thank you!

Nonfiction Skills:

  • Steps in a process or procedure

Students will continue reading Scholastic News articles and other passages to identify steps in a process.

Reminder: Purple Reading Homework Folders will come home Tuesday! Please remember that this homework should be counted toward your child's 20 minutes of reading each night. Please be sure to complete this 3 days this week and to circle how your child did on the comprehension questions. I so appreciate you taking this time to help your child grow as a reader.

  • Click here to read the Reading Homework Folder Parent Letter
  • The reading homework should only take you and your child 5-10 minutes each night. Therefore, your child may spend the rest of the 20 minutes reading a book of his or her choice. Please consider having your child log on to Raz-Kids. These books are at your child's level and are nonfiction. Library books are also great to read in preparation for AR tests.


English Skill:

  • We will use and identify synonyms and antonyms.

Writing Skill:

  • We will begin writing pen pal letters to our Yorktown Football players/cheerleader!


Topic 5: Place Value to 100

  • Models for Tens and Ones
  • Reading and Writing Numbers
  • Using Symbols to Compare Numbers
  • Counting to 100

Reminder: Math Facts

  • We will continue to do addition and subtraction time tests. Each test has 24 questions and is timed for 1 minute. Once a student passes tests, like adding or subtracting 0, 1, and 2, he or she will move on to more challenging math fact tests.
  • The end of the year goal is to pass 100 addition facts in 5 minutes and 100 subtraction facts in 6 minutes.
  • Students may practice math facts at the following websites: (should work on computer and tablet) (requires flash - computer only)

Science/Social Studies

In Social Studies, we will continue to learn about responsibility and community helpers. We will be taking a Community Walk to visit different departments, stores, businesses, and the park. We will also have special visitors. We will take our walk on Friday, September 25th at 10 a.m. All students will need to bring a sack lunch from home in order to attend. Students will not be able to order a sack lunch from school.

Please return the bottom portion of the field trip letter and the permission slip by Wednesday, September 23rd! Thank you!

Contact me anytime with questions, comments, or concerns.