SUPPORTING STRUGGLING STUDENTS
Literacy for Life recognizes the importance of helping all children have a successful school experience by ensuring individual reading needs are met, and that struggling or at‐risk students receive early intervention. SVSF funds reading support groups, a volunteer reading buddy program, and a literacy coordinator. Since the program was initiated in 2008, elementary school students reading at grade level has increased from 68% to 77%. Math Intervention at every middle school helps students master the skills needed to advance to progressively more challenging math courses. This last year has seen strong improvement in students performing at grade level in math with 5.0% to 9.0% increases.
The implementation of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) at Mt. Si High School was announced in spring 2012. This program offers students the opportunity to explore computer science and to learn programming skills working with seasoned Microsoft professionals in the classroom. Registration in the Introduction to Computer Science and AP Computer Science courses quickly filled up and students are clamoring for additional course offerings.
Using IXL Learning Math Tools, elementary school students learn to love math while they practice and play with math skills through games. The kids seek prizes and treasure, educators seek to build student confidence and skills. Parents are pleased that doing math homework is fun.
A strong foundation in mathematics is more important than ever. High School Math
Tutors are available to students who seek help. In the last year the percentage of
students performing at grade level in math has increased by 5.5% to 7.0% across
every grade level.
Foreign language learners at the middle school level throughout the district benefit from anytime‐anywhere access to Rosetta Stone lessons and tools available online.
SUPPORTING STEM EDUCATION THROUGH CLASSROOM GRANTS
High School students are able to Measure Cellular Life Processes— observing photosynthesis and cellular respiration indirectly— using probeware equipment.
Through a series of Underwater Robotics design and programming challenges 6th through 12 grade students will gain an understanding of the scientific method, the engineering design process, computer programming, and scientific principles such as buoyancy, force and motion, 3‐dimensional spatial awareness, & stability.
Using “Math Kinect”, students will be able to stand up in a math class and use their own hand and body movements, manipulate graphs of equations and geometric shapes displayed on the whiteboard at the front of the room.
With access to the Discovery Education website – and the lessons, videos, readings, ebooks, and project resources – over 600 students at Fall City Elementary School made their own Discoveries in Science.