Holy Cross Catholic School
From the Desk of Mrs. Wagner
June 25, 2021
For the past few years, our teachers were discovering that our reading program needed more and more supplemental resources in grades 3-8. Our K-2 program adopted Super Kids and it proved to be amazing providing our students with the foundational skills needed for beginning readers.
The Kansas State Department of Education's new Dyslexia Initiative begins the 21-22 school year. We are compliant in most areas as we already use a universal screening K-8 and implement tiered levels of support. Areas of improvement for the initiative are to find a science of reading structured literacy program and recommendations of instructional time of ninety minutes each day. An example of how a lesson will be structured is below.
We were already researching and reviewing our 3-8 program when we decided that we would like a program that is comprehensive from Pre-K- 8 grades. After many meetings and extensive conversations comparing several different programs, our amazing curriculum review team has decided on the Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA).
Amplify CKLA is a structured literacy program that provides a fundamentally different approach to language arts. It is based on decades of early literacy research that demonstrates the importance of wide-ranging background knowledge that provides explicit and systematic instruction in foundational skills. It specializes in reducing the risk of reading difficulties, aids in improving achievement gaps for English learners, and enables students to make better than expected progress. The program also individualizes instruction for students which is vital to student success. We are so thrilled to have a program that will benefit all of our learner's PreK-8 grades.
Let's get together! We will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, July 18 at 5 pm in the back parking lot. Please feel free to bring friends and family to view our new preschool and primary school classroms. We will have a food truck and Kona Ice and cannot wait to see everyone.
Miss Megan McCoy
Megan McCoy is the music director at Holy Cross Catholic Church, and will be the music teacher at Holy Cross Catholic School! She is a student at the University of Kansas studying organ performance and has worked as an organist, choir director, piano teacher, and music theory tutor. What she enjoys most about being a musician is sharing her love of music with others. She is marrying her fiance Aidan Hill on August 21st at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, Kansas. Megan loves to cook, sing in choirs, thrift shop, and learn about her faith by reading. Megan hopes to become a great music teacher, a loving wife and mother, and one day, owner of multiple dogs and cats!