Reading is a social, thoughtful and reflective process, but most importantly it is fun! We at Lake Shore strive to achieve the county goal to help students read at or above grade level by the end of second grade as well as to encourage all students to reach their true potential. We are passionate in this endeavor at all grades and I am a passionate support for the teachers. Students in all grades are assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. This allows teachers to see how students decode (turn letters on the page into sounds) the words and how they comprehend the meaning of the words. Students in all grades will be taught using the small group Guided Reading model. This is an excellent way to address students’ specific strengths and to build upon their weaknesses. As part of this model, teachers will confer with students to help build their proficiency. Guided Reading also encourage students to discuss the text at hand. This develops the understanding and habit of reading being a social process. Teachers at Lake Shore are dedicated to this model and have seen the benefits. We know you will too!
Reading doesn’t exist in a bubble in life. Adult readers use reading for professional and other research endeavors. We work with students to help develop their ability to read content information that will help to enrich their understanding of the material within their grade-level Science, Math and Social Studies curriculums. Although our students are young, we look to their future use of reading in order to better develop 21st Century thinkers.
The Resource Team
Ms. Timko - Lead Special Educator
Ms. Peterson- Special Educator
Mrs. Plitt - Teacher Assistant
Mrs. Dickinson - Band/Strings Teacher
Instrumental music instruction is offered to students entering the third through fifth grade. students attend class for thirty minutes, twice a week during the regular school day. While music instruction is offered at no cost to you, you must provide your child with his/her own instrument and book.
Trying to decide which instrument is best for your musician? Try watching the "Strings Introduction" and "Band Introduction" to help you out! (Videos might take a minute to load)
Here are some considerations for you to discuss with your child:
- Regular home practice
- Regular lesson attendance
- Some weekend and evening activities such as concerts, are extensions of classroom instruction and student participation is expected.
- Students who have a successful beginning are expected to continue throughout the year.
Band and string classes begin in September and carry on until the end of the year. Enrollment information will be given to your child the first week of school.
I strongly urge you to consider instrumental music for your child, take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your child's musical understanding and intelligence.
Lake Shore Instrumental Music Students love making music, but they also have learned how to write it! Here is a sample of what they have created.
Check the school Blackboard site (screen name "lakeshore" and password "lions") for current schedules, permission slips, and further information.
Fun Fingering Practice!
There are several websites that offer previous instrumental students a way to practice fingerings for their notes and get immediate feedback through a "game" type of interface.
Flutes go to: www.flutetrainer.com Look for hints if a note comes up that you do not know yet.
Clarinets try: www.clarinettrainer.com Look for hints if a note comes up that you do not know yet.
Saxophones check out: http://www.saxtrainer.musickramer.com/ Beginners work up to level 3, advanced up to level 4.
All brass students go to: http://classic.musictheory.net/86 Click on "Set Instrument" and choose yours. Then click on "Set Instrument" again and go! If a note comes up that you do not know yet, click on "New Note."
Percussion students can use http://www.musictheory.net/exercises/keyboard-reverse/yktywyyb A piano keyboard is like a set of bells. There is still a top row and bottom row. See how well you can do!
Strings Check out: http://www.emusictheory.com/practice.html You DO NOT need to log in. Just click on your instrument from the list halfway down the page. Click on the "D Major" button. Read the instructions and have fun!
The mission of the elementary guidance program is to promote and facilitate academic success; career awareness; and personal - social development for all students.
The guidance program is proactive and developmental in nature. Counselors in the elementary schools begin by teaching about feelings in Kindergarten and work up to other social skills such as communication and conflict - resolution.
The objectives of the elementary guidance program are to assist students in developing:
Academic and study skills, such as: listening and paying attention, organization, relaxation techniques, and test-taking strategies.
An awareness of the world of work and how it relates to school.
Social Skills, such as: effective communication, conflict-resolution, and manners.
Personal Skills, such as positive self-concept, successful coping behaviors, and decision-making.
Lake Shore Elementary School has "state-of-the-art" technology. Through our Refresh program, our computer lab has been furnished with 32 computers, our Media Center with 12 computers, and our classrooms with 48 computers.
Our students are able to enrich and reinforce their technology skills by accessing a variety of county approved websites and utilizing approved software applications. From basic word processing, math skills, problem solving, and multimedia presentations, teachers are able to integrate technology into all areas of instruction. Students in grades first through fifth receive an hour of computer instruction weekly.
Our instructional focus is to enhance learning by integrating technology into the curriculum.