Cecil Sly Elementary
Cecil Sly Families,
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I am proud of the staff, students and you. Please take a moment and visit the Oregon Report Card link. The information contained at the site will allow you to see many details about your school’s performance as we compare to other elementary schools in our fine state. There are some details to really celebrate and a few topics to dig in and keep working for improvement.
Our reading achievement is well above average and you will notice that is true locally and compared to other schools at the state level. There are many reasons for that and one includes a dedicated reading time at home each night. If you insist that your student reads each night in a book of interest in the older grades or you read to them using the readers sent home from class, you have contributed to the success. Your teachers are hard at work with best practice strategies dedicated to get every student participating in the learning process. This is true with our Title services, Special Education and in every classroom.
In math, our growth is right in line with the rest of the state and improved from last year to this year overall. Our achievement ratings have not caught up with our growth. That will come. Please join in this important task by setting a consistent homework time each night, insisting that your student practices their math facts and please do work on this routine with them. At school, your teaching staff is beginning the same type of plan that we used with reading that has definitely paid off. We are looking for the best ideas from other successful districts. Trainers of best practices have come to our staff and will keep coming. We are focused on lining up our teaching to the Common Core State Standards, producing an informative report card and selecting assessments that give us useful information. That information will be used in our planning not just at Cecil Sly, but our whole district.
Our attendance was above the state minimum for an Outstanding rating of 92%. That equals only missing one day each month for each student as an average. It is no mystery that the more a student is at school, the more they learn. Making attendance a priority and only missing school for fever and stomach illness is the best plan and we use the same approach during the day when we contact family.
This will be an outstanding year with much to be proud of. Thank you for being a significant member of the team.
Your Principal – Jim Bates