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Principal's Message

Russ Mitchell
Elementary Principal

Russ MitchellElementary Principal

Mr. Mitchell




Dear Lakeside Parents,

We’ve nearly reached the half way point of the school year and there is much left to accomplish in what seems like a very small time-frame. Student illnesses increased with a turn in the weather and have extended throughout the Winter Break. A return to the classroom has been exciting for some students, while others have entered the doors less enthused. We would love to see all enthusiastic faces, but part of our daily challenge is to see if we can exchange a frown to a smile as a result of some successes. Regardless of the returning student’s attitude, guardians have jokingly suggested it is time for the children to get back to work.

Reading continues to be a real banner topic for Lakeside Elementary School. Whereas there is much room for growth, the data suggests we’re on the right path. Mid-year assessments show an average of strong growth from class to class in the area of reading. The data shows that from September to December of 2018 Star Reading (reading assessment used for grades 2-6) show an average of 17% growth. Star Early Literacy (assessment used for grade K-1) shows a growth of 18%. Results will fluctuate widely throughout the year, but compared to last year, we are outpacing our performance by a good margin.

As LES staff are inclined to do, we ask ourselves the ‘why’ questions. Why are we seeing this growth? The answer is not that staff are working harder, because it would be difficult to outpace previous year’s efforts. We’re simply going about it differently and “doubling down” on those initiatives shown to make a difference. Regardless of how you analyze things, investment in Reading Intervention Groups are a defining initiative this year. Staff have placed enormous emphasis on our construction of reading groups and a careful analysis of student data. It can be a laborious task, but our confidence in the process is growing.

Reading Intervention Groups have been a key component of most every day. Last year we gathered a total of 32 times with our reading groups. As of our second day back from Winter Break, groups surpassed that number and are on pace to double our efforts in this area from last year. Time for celebrating? No. Time to explore other areas likely to produce successful results.

We have had an opportunity to work with our new School Resource Officer (SRO). Officer Trevor Abrahamson has already proven to be a valuable asset. LES intends to invite him to our school to become a standard role model in our hallways. He has been responsive and constructive. We look forward working with him. We graciously wish to thank the CDA Tribe for this new asset.

Russ Mitchell,
Lakeside Elementary School


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