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    Reading comprehension matters. Kindly ask for clarification before you jump to taking offense. Responses to my posts which feature gaslighting, character assassination and so forth are ignored.

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  1. To me it really doesn't matter. I want to see progress. If that means a student in third grade begins the year at 2.2 and ends up at 3.2, I'm happy - that's a good year of gain. With 18 months or more variation in age, plus significant numbers of parents who don't converse or read to the dc, the task of catching everyone up to 3.10 by end of grade three isn't realistic.
  2. tie rod end? what does the tire look like in terms of wear? Steering wheel shake too? Alignment noticeably off? What did you see underneath?
  3. Remind app is informal. Formal would be a business letter or an official notice on letterhead that the sender provides a link to. For ex, here we get links to Dept of Health formal letters on communicable diseases spreading in the school district and the formal letter from the Superintendent describing the protocol for keeping one's child home if he has symptoms of the disease, and on the school's sanitary procedures. It doesn't matter what dialect its part of ; its a colloquialism. "On tomorrow' sounds like a corruption of 'on the morrow', which would be a regional dialect among those who spoke English and had been in the area for several generations. Your dc will see many colloquialisms in the English classes in the next few years. Usage is not an indicator of class or educational level...unless the author or speaker wants it to be and then there will be more indicators with it. Now, if you were saying you were seeing 'ax' in print rather than 'ask'...for sure, you'd be asking your dh to have a word with the Superintendent on professional development opportunities for the staff, since ax was Chaucer's time and is no longer considered Standard English.
  4. That phrase should not sound wrong if its an informal, everyday occasion and you are a member of the group that uses it; it is wrong if its a formal situation. Think of it as a way for people to signal they are being down to earth and approachable and maybe signalling where they are from. All y'all from that region know what it means, right? Guaranteed most folks who have the occasion to be formal know the correct grammar for the formal setting.
  5. The current activities sound good. Swim has some things to work out re: his competition with his sibling, and that's good for personal growth. I'd stick with that....ime friends are made there and its good for staying in shape for running and biking. If he likes track, consider Orienteering.
  6. Sounds like they are using language suitable to the target audience. That's a good thing, you don't want teachers or other educated residents to be seen as folks who aren't part of the community and you don't want parents to be viewed negatively because they use colloquialisms. Some folks get nervous interacting with teachers; colloquialisms and nonformal attire can put them at ease so the message gets thru. Inclusiveness is a big deal now in K12.
  7. When our public library was only open three days a week, I found that it was being run for the convenience of a certain vocal group. Eventually the children's librarian and some parents made the point that other folks would like to use the public library when school wasn't in session (school doesn't open its library when its not in session) and the library changed its hours to be open after work when parents could bring their dc. Its still so limited that most people go to a neighboring library with greater hours; its only open four hours one day of the weekend, right when dc are doing sports, but at least people can drop in an grab what they need before/after sports. The Town govt here asked the library to run a bookmobile to summer camp, and that was helpful. The town govt also asked the school district to open its libraries over the summer...they compromised and allow any registered student participating in the summer feeding program to visit and check out books on certain days while summer school is in session. Not easy becoming literate until the ebook stage is reached. Its actually easier and cheaper to borrow ebooks from the NYPL, as here in NY that is a free library card, unlike trying to be a member of a library not in your tax zone and having to spend the gas to get there/back. Second best is kindle, I see a lot of affluent older dc at activities reading on either an ereader or a phone during downtime.
  8. At that age, the dc would do it all. Assume each dc has parental permission to participate if they show. If I was providing a ride to anyone, I would verify that it is okay with the parent.
  9. In my state, the tests are released. My dc knew what they missed, and why. It was either a poorly written question -- the type where you choose the 'best answer' and you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right, or the question involved a skill they had not been taught the testing nomenclature for. For example " How does the photograph add to the information in the passage" is tough if your class is working a grade level below the test and you haven't seen that phrasing at all and its Grade 3, first year of ELA tests. As you said, it didn't bother me that they missed those questions....however test results from gr 3-6 are considered for accel and honors in the middle school, so if you want your child to be in an on or above grade level classroom, you have to make up the gaps at home with test prep to score the high 3 or the 4 - the school doesn't provide that kind of instruction in most classrooms, just the one the favored subgroup is in. In what's said in the Mississippi article, the bar is raised. The school can no longer declare a 2 to be enough, they need to get everyone in the reg ed classroom to a 3. They are essentially being told to add to the instruction, not bench students once they get to a low 2.
  10. Definitely get your bloodwork done. It is reversible if you have a B12 deficiency and catch it in time -- pernicious anemia is what its called.
  11. Its your choice. The couple should remember to inform the officiant and spouse if there will be no rehearsal dinner. If there are out of town guests, they should know they are on their own for that evening unless someone else plans to host them.
  12. NYC did the 3rd grade gate for a while. It didn't help in the long run. In our area, it comes down to full inclusion...the classrooms are one-size-fits-all, if the student is below that level he is pulled out for 'remediation' -- so he has to do his zpd (zone of proximal development) level work and still be exposed to the higher level work in the whole class ELA block that he doesn't have the skill to comprehend. In the past, it was three reading groups per room, about 6 months apart in skill level and students went thru the phonics program with leveled readers in a sequential manner -- much higher success rate. What the successful districts do here is provide a Transitional First Grade classroom. At the end, students may re-join the original cohort if they made enough progress, or stay with the new cohort and not struggle. ENL really doesn't have anything to do with it. In your linked article, its states that those results aren't included. For us, we found the culture of literacy mattered as well as the family expectation of doing enough work outside of school to acheive mastery if work inside isn't sufficient. Those parents are aware of Accelerated Reader and use the public library, so their dc are always provided with appropriate material and practice time. The summer slump doesn't affect them. This is college grad time here; I'm celebrating my young friend who knew no English at Kindy and graduated from U Mich. We had some great book discussions in K-3 via summer reading at the library.
  13. The team doesn't see your child as needy enough. They always have students they claim are needier, and you have to show them how your child needs their help. I used facts - student can't finish state exam in time given, numerous notes from teachers for the last two grades showing legibility and speed issues on seatwork, numerous examples of incomplete notes in binder because student could not finish copying from board in time given. Have remediated spelling, glasses are up to date. In his sixth year of piano, 3rd year of brass so finger strength is not an issue. Writing is legible when slow, but not at classroom speed. The current teachers claimed everything was good. I took over the meeting very patiently and got down to facts. What can we do now to help child succeed? He can't pass if he doesn't have complete notes. He cant pass if he can't finish in the time given. He can't pass if the grader can't read what he wrote. See a theme? I beieve this is why testing has gone to the computer...easier to teach keyboarding than writing. Anywho, OT agreed to measure writing speed vs legibility and came back with he can't succeed in the classroom and offered the alphasmart clone/printer. I had kid get copies of notes from friends. Teachers would give extended time; would scribe the quiz questions that were supposed to be copied off the board. I wasn't interested in an IEP, just buying time so I could remediate without kid flunking. The science and math teachers weren't dummies; its pretty obvious from Jeopardy reviews who knows their stuff and who can't get it down on paper. The OT didn't understand the difference between drawing and writing. That expertise is long gone from schools. The only person who knew what I was talking about was the first grade teacher (my neighbor) and she retired ten years ago. The younger teachers do not have writing expertise. They never get to it because they are teaching ENL for the most part and that starts with verbal. So the lessons you and I had on sentence composition, paragraph composition, essay composition, parts of speech, dictionary use , public speaking, listening to complex thoughts and responding-- all gone. They are to mimic what they read, and that's not grade level if its from the school. I afterschooled all that, the resources are cheap and easy and most people do same and our scout program provides plenty of opportunity. What Heathermomster said. Lastly, if your child is trying to use D'Nealian, stop. Special needs students have that font modified from the get-go as it does not lend itself to fluency. By the way, here our work paid off and son was able to write his Regents and college exams in the time given. He could not keep up with taking notes by hand during college lecture, so used laptop. Don't ever claim 'gifted'. In their mind gifted=rich=hothoused. Not the population they want to serve. These are not the teachers who graduated from Normal school.
  14. Its the focus on 'adequate' rather than reaching potential. Once a D is acheived, the school is done with the student as they have 'needier' students who need a lot to get the pass. Even AP classes don't do any more than necessary for a '2'. Penmanship includes everything that happens from the time the thought is formed to getting it thru the writing implement to the paper. Our xp was as sweet2chance described......could read and orally answer well above grade level, could not keep sophisticated thoughts in mind and organized while forcing words down thru the implement, spelling them correctly and writing them legibly. I have been accused many times by new teachers of writing my kiddo's papers. If they call on him in class, they drop the accusation.
  15. They dont want to get it, but use facts and press them. Ask for test of speed and legibility vs age/grade. My kid could not finish the handwritten portion of the state ELA test, nor could he get notes copied from the board in the time given...all because he needed to slow down to be legible and get control of the pen, and that choked his thoughts. The OT conceded 'low normal'. In the end, it doesn't matter. Remediation is penmanship lessons plus whatever vision/motor is needed. Accomodation is keyboarding and printers...and they won't have a printer available in every classroom, so they default to extra time. Cheap, doesn't serve kid. Ask around and find the retired elementary school teacher that knows how to teach penmanship.
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