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Reading success at Beacon Elementary

During the month of March, we conducted our annual Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge. Students tracked the number of minutes they read or were read to at home. These minutes were tallied in classes.

Each class had a target for minutes. Classes received a popcorn reward party and watched a Dr. Seuss video for meeting their reading goals.

Mrs. Blancas’ third grade class recorded the most total time with 10,696 minutes read. The entire school’s grand total was an amazing 73,289 minutes read during the challenge! Reading practice is vital for students to develop fluency and comprehension. The goal of our reading challenge is for students to extend their reading practice from school to home as well.

Throughout the year many students take advantage of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. Through this program students earn points for reading specified library books and completing tests on a computer. The computer tracks the books a student reads and rewards points. Top students are recognized during the year and at the year-end assembly. At the end of the second trimester, third grade student Danah Yun recorded the most points with 126.2. The other top 10 students in the building are Levi Kloempken, 84.9, Malachi Backholm, 60.1, Vanna Prom 40.0, Cohen Anderson, 37.8, Tyler Johansen, 37.1, Emmagin Salazar, 35.7, Carsyn Wintrip, 25.5, Shaelyn Martens, 25.4 and Jared Whisenhunt, 24.4.

Preschool and kindergarten open enrollment for the upcoming school year is scheduled for April 22–26. A legal birth certificate and a current immunization record are required at the time of registration for all students. To be eligible for community preschool, a student must be four years of age prior to Sept. 1. A developmental preschool for three year olds is also available to qualifying children. To enroll in kindergarten, a child must be five years of age prior to Sept. 1. We offer a half-day kindergarten program to all students. There are morning and afternoon sessions. There is also a tuition-based full-day kindergarten program. Registration may be completed at Beacon between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration forms may also be printed from our website at Parents who complete the necessary registration information during the scheduled open enrollment week will have priority placement for their child.

State testing for the third grade is scheduled for May 7 and 8. Third grade students are required to take tests in reading and mathematics. All students must be tested, so it is important for them to be in attendance on those days. Testing occurs in the morning.

Students should come to school rested and ready to work. A good night’s sleep and having a good breakfast are important components to testing well. Parents should encourage their children to try hard and do their best.

The PTO Fun Run is scheduled for May 4. Additional information will be sent home in the boomerangs. There will be an early release on May 10 at noon for staff training. There is no school on May 24, as this day was reserved as a weather make-up day. There is no school on May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. The last day of school is June 12. The first day of school next year is scheduled for Sept. 3.