Blue Ridge School Principal Shares New Reading Program with Rotary Club

on Wednesday, 15 January 2014. Posted in Recent Programs

Program Recap - January 15, 2014

Blue Ridge School Principal Shares New Reading Program with Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley received a presentation by Blue Ridge School’s principal, Teri Walawender, on a new reading program being introduced to the school.

CashiersRotary WeeklyProgram2 20140117Created by McGraw Hill, the Reading Mastery program will be added as an extra component to all kindergarten, first and second graders. In addition, it will be administered  to third through six graders who have corrective reading needs.  Ms. Walawender explained how the project began with a reading level assessment test conducted last August.  “The study results showed we need to do more,” said Teri.

Research demonstrates that there is a critical need to address reading skills as early as possible, and that’s why beginning in kindergarten is important. “If children don’t learn the fundamentals of reading first, they are handicapped in learning other subjects.”   All teachers are being trained in this  phonics-based reading skills  program.  Everyone will be working in small groups and the lessons will be interwoven into the daily curriculum. “Consistency is key to the success of this initiative, and if practiced daily most students learn to read within one year,” concluded Ms. Walawender.

The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley meetings are held  Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Cashiers United Methodist Church, 894 107 S.  Non-Rotarians are welcome to attend as a guest by contacting a Rotary member or calling 828-743-5490 for more information.