Prairie Point Elementary 5th Grade SB319 Parent Notification Letter
January 18, 2008
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Noria,
The Park Hill School District believes that reading is fundamental to success in school. As a result,
the District developed a Literacy Instructional Framework that guides classroom teachers in
consistent literacy instruction with the goal of improving all students’ reading achievement.
The district is required by Missouri law, SB319, to establish an assessment plan to identify all fourth
grade students reading below third grade level and then provide additional reading assistance to
those students during the school day and outside of the school day.
Students’ reading progress is regularly monitored using a variety of assessments. When a student
develops a pattern of reading performance that supports a referral to our Reading Specialist, a
screening is conducted. This screening helps determine if additional reading support through our
Triumphs Program is recommended.
As a result of several assessments and an additional screening, our Reading Specialist has
recommended that your student participate in our Triumphs Program for additional reading support
during the school day. This additional reading support will prepare and support your student’s regular
classroom reading program, Treasures.
Our goal is to help your student reach grade level reading by the end of fifth grade.
We believe that the combination of (1) regular classroom reading instruction called Treasures, (2)
the additional reading instruction called Triumphs, and (3) your student’s participation in our
Reading Club and (4) reading practice at home will provide your student with the support needed to
read on grade level by the end of 5th grade.
Your student’s Reading Support Plan will include the following elements:
1. Assistance in the regular classroom: Your student will receive assistance through the Treasures
Reading Program which will include regular classroom activities, assessments and parent to
home communication so that you can practice reading at home.
2. Additional reading support during the school day: Our school’s Triumphs Reading Program will
provide reading instruction that prepares and supports your student’s participation in the
Treasures Reading Program. Our Reading Specialist will contact you with the details.
3. After School Supplemental Reading Support: Reading Club will continue to support students in
their efforts to improve their reading skills while working toward rewarding activities such as the
Reading Counts Program and the Literature Festival.
4. Parent Support through At-Home Activities: The Treasures and Triumphs programs provide
teachers with additional activities students and parents can do for reading practice at home.
5. Quarterly review of your student’s whole reading progress: The classroom teacher and the Reading
Specialist will provide progress updates on your student’s reading improvement.
Your school’s Reading Specialist will contact you with details of the Triumphs Program and the
Reading Club. You will be asked to sign a permission form or to give permission by phone for your
student to receive additional reading support.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your student's reading progress please contact me or at
359-4380 or our Reading Specialist, Alicia Kershaw, at 359-5992.
Dr. Jennifer Corum