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Back to school WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011 9B SIDNEY HERALD Savage Schools (StatePoint)- Reading is the most important skill that children need to master to be successful in school and life. However, kids increasingly are struggling with this most basic of academic abilities. The United States current- ly has one of the lowest liter- acy rates in the developed world. According to the Na- tional Report Card, the coun- try is experiencing a literacy crisis, with 68 percent of fourth graders and 69 per- cent of eighth graders test- ing below grade level in read- ing. When children have diffi- culty reading, they quickly can fall behind their peers: Luckily, there are ways to im- prove almost any child's reading proficiency. "Telling children to try harder is not the key to devel- oping better readers. Rather, students need to be taught the building blocks of words: phonograms and spelling rules," says Denise Eide, a teacher and author of the new book, "Uncovering the Logic of English." There are many things par- ents can do to help: Explain writing is code. Many students guess wildly while reading because they have never realized words are made of individual sounds blended together. Show them how letters and groups of letters represent sounds. Then practice blend- ing the sounds to form words. Teach all the sounds. Many letters say more than one sound. For example, the letter "S" sounds different in the word "sad" than the word "is." Many students misread simple words, because they don't know all the sounds. Make it fun. Learning the basics doesn't need to be bor- ing. Engage young children through play. Practice the phonograms with games, large motor activities and art projects. Cover pictures. Many young students struggle with the left to right eye move- ment of reading. Allow stu- Parents can follow these tips in helping ter readers. dents to look at the pictures then cover them with a blank sheet of paper while reading. Covering pictures makes it easier to focus on text. Teach all nine "Silent E" rules. Many students know only one reason for a silent ffmal "E" - the vowel says its name because of the "E." This explains words like "game" and "ripe," but leaves many kids struggling to read "have" and "give." Learning the nine reasons, including that English words do not end in "V," prevents students from needing to memorize thousands of ex- ceptions. Find answers. Too often we answer questions about reading with "that is an ex- ceptio~' This frustrates SUBMITTED their children become bet- many bright students and discourages them from read- ing. Rather than dismissing words as exceptions, look for answers and explanations. English is more logical than most Americans think. Answers to questions about English reading and spelling can be found in "Un- covering the Logic of Eng- lish" and by visiting "Many students complain English spelling appears in- consistent, especially highly logical children who may grow up to be scientists or mathematicians," says Eide. "By teaching students how English works you will im- prove their reading abilities and encourage them to read!" BOZEMAN- A website that tracks budget data for Montana's K-12 schools has now been updated with the most current information available on public spend- ing. Earlier this year the Montana Policy Institute launched www.Open- that allows people to view public infor- mation on state employee salaries and school finan- cial data. The website has now been updated to in- clude 2010 school spending. "This is a great resource for all citizens concerned with how their money is spent, and keeping the data current is crucial," said MPI President Carl Gra- ham. "Ultimately, we hope government will take the steps to routinely achieve "This is a great resource for all, citizens concerned with how their money is spent...' Carl Graham MPI president this kind of transparency. Until that happens, MPI is proud to bridge the infor- mation gap to provide this data to the public." The updated school spending information fol- lows a request this year by the news organization Montana Watchdog for copies of the current su- perintendent contracts from all the school dis- tricts in the state. Twenty percent of school districts contacted did not provide a copy of the public docu- ment. "This clearly highlights ongoing issues with trans- parency in the state of Montana that need to be addressed," Graham said. "Public information is a misnomer if the public can't actually get their hands on the information." Montana Watchdog is an independently operated news organization that was started as a project of MPI. The latest data on school spending and more infor- mation on government transparency can be viewed at www.Open- May the new school year bri.g good times and good grades! good luck to all area team . Stop in and your community's featured aisle at your "HOMETOWN" ION 203 2nd St. NW, Sidney 406-482-3737 III I IIIII "A Place Where Learning to Love and Loving to Learn Go Hand in Hand and Heart to Heart" Hand P:rints: , Hea . pfiln ] rhri ila l Preschool aids Monday- Friday Homing 4, A, cternoon Classes A, vailable I I [[11111111 I I I To 1 # ister Call: Nichole Rohner at 4884543 or 489-t180 Laura Thiei at 488-96!6 or 480-0673 SIDNEY HEALTH CENTER EXTENDED CARE Hand Prints & Heart Prints Christian Preschool is located at Sidney Health Center Extended Care. 10414th Ave NW Sidney, MT Classes begin Aug. 23 at 8:10 a.m. Meal prices K-12, $1.50, lunch; 80 cents breab fast Adults $2 lunch; $1 breakfast Fall sports practice Varsily football and volleyball prac- tice begins Aug. 15 (times to be announced). Sport physical forms are available at the school office. Staff Dan Lantis - Superintendent Diana Miller - Clerk Michelle Smith - Secretary Vicky (Nelson) Prevost- Kindergarten (new teacher, former- ly of Savage) Holly Sunwall - Grade 1 New teacher - Grades 2-3 Audrey Gear - Grades 4-5 Angella Nelson - Title 1/Special Ed Becky Schwarlz - K-12 Music Joann Ler - Business classes, Elementary Keyboarding Charlene Jonsson - Government, Computers, Librarian, Technology Jean Hagler - 6-12 Science, Annual/Coach Audrey Quale - Grades 6-8 Bart Haflich - Grades 8-12 History, K -12 PE/Head Coach Keith Quale- Grades 8-12 Math Joe Clapsoddh - Grades 9-12 English/K-12 Counselor Large backpack Gym shoes First grade Pencils Pencil box, about 5.5x8 - size Eraser White glue 1 large glue stick 16 or 24 count crayons (at least two boxes) Fiskar brand scissors Large box of Kleenex Large book bog/pack Second, third grade #2 pencils 1 box crayons Red correcting pen 1 ruler (easy read inch and centime- ter markings) Vicky Let - Grades 4-5 1 8-ounce boltte school glue Aide/Spanish ITV 1 glue stick Melissa Sharbono - Grades 2-3 Large erasers Aide/Grade 6 Aide Pencil top erasers Shane Slender- Vo-Ag (New teacher Small pencil box or bag from Whitehall) 1 wide-line paper notebook Sharp scissors Other Staff Box of tissue Wayne Eschenbacher - Head Cough drops for personal use when Custodian need arises Melanie Oliver - Assistant Optional: Custodian Markers Tommy Back - Bus route driver for Colored pencils route north of Savage Compass Mike Stanford - Bus route drive for NO LARGE NOTEBOOKS route south of Savage Cless Karren - Contractor. Fourth, fifth grade Eraser Supply Usts #2 pencils Kindergarten Colored pencils (12/16) Easy opening pencil boxCrayons 16 count crayons Red pen Pencils 4-ounce glue 1 large glue stick Fiskar scissors White glue Pencil sharpener Pink eraser Erasable pen Children's Fiskar-type scissors 2 large boxes of Kleenex Bgxof:K!eenex 1 dry eraser 3 dry eraser markers 2 highlighters No trapper keepers, 3-ring binders, large pencil boxes or large note- books Sixth, seventh Loose-leaf paper 1 medium binder Pencils Pens Colored pencils Ruler Erasers grade History - Eighth grade Colored pencils Notebook Science - Grade 6-12 Large 3-ring binder Highlighters Loose-leaf paper Colored pencils HS history Notebook Band students Woodwind players - good supply of reeds Brass players - valve and slide oil PE students Students should have ~o pair of gym shoes for PE - one pair of non - marking shoes that can be used in the gym and one pair that can be used outside. Students in grades 6-10 should also remember to bring PE clothes including sweats. *Continental Resources will be pro- viding back packs with some school supplies included for grades K-6th grade, if parents wish to pick them up. School will notify public when they are available. Check out our Youth Savings Click on CU Services - Scroll down to Youth Savings ... find topics geared for you. CHECK OUT THE NEVr ~ON~Y MIX~ LINK ON OUR PAGE. THZS S3TE IS FULL OF INFOP.MAT][ON FRON Find these pages and more at your online Credit FEDERAL CREDI UNION 20! West Holly St., 18 East 2nd St., MT 406-787-5890 i