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May 2017 CASSPP test scores reveal that 15% of Ravenswood 3rd graders read at grade level. Why are so many children not reaching this milestone? Ravenswood students face greater challenges than students in surrounding communities that make it hard for them to perform at their best in school.
In partnership with the Ravenswood City School District, REF is investing in reading intervention teachers. In 2016, REF introduced reading intervention teachers for third through fifth grade students. REF committed $200,000 to support two reading intervention teachers for the 2017-18 school year. The school district matched this investment with two additional teachers.
The teachers spend 50% of their time working with small groups of 3rd - 5th graders - about 50 students per year per teacher - to pinpoint problems and provide interventions for struggling readers, with the specific goal of raising their reading levels to meet grade level standards. The other 50% of their time, they coach English teachers to improve instruction the first time around to all students in a school.
Thus far in the 2017-18 school year, results are promising. The reading levels of students who received small group instruction grew at a faster rate than students who did not participate in small group instruction. These results demonstrate a step in the right direction!
For the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, REF will support an additional three reading intervention teachers, for a total of seven in the district.
Join us on this important mission to ensure that our students are prepared for high school and beyond with a strong foundation in reading. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear REF Community,
We are deeply grateful to our entire community for what we have achieved together this year!
Because of you, the Ravenswood Education Foundation . . .
Met our incredible $100,000 matching gift, and raised more funds than ever during this year's fall campaign.
Transformed the school day for all of our 2900 kindergarten through eighth grade students with time for teacher collaboration, 14 art and music teachers, a high school transition initiative, and middle school science labs.
Helped meet the needs of our displaced and homeless families with washers and dryers at schools, basic supplies for families, and mental health counseling for students at each site.
Encouraged innovation with Makerspace funding for Tinkerers and tech materials at all school sites.
Supported eight schools and principals with a new SchoolLink program, teacher appreciation events, funding for school community events, and over 250 adopt-a-teacher, science lab, Makerspace, and library volunteers.
Promoted reading proficiency with funding for new literacy intervention teachers at four school sites and support for summer school for 600 students.
Thank you for being part of our wonderful community and in the words of Gregory Boyle, author of Barking to the Choir, "widening your 'loving look' at what's right in front of [you]."
Best wishes for you and your family,
Be a part of the exciting new things happening in Ravenswood! The Ravenswood Education Foundation is kicking off its annual Adopt-a-Teacher program for the Ravenswood City School District! The program offers the opportunity for individuals or small groups to help teachers in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park purchase much-needed supplies. REF is also launching a new teacher appreciation program with an opportunity for volunteers to set up and provide food for two meals honoring faculty and staff at a school. If interested in either of these programs, please contact Jazmin Sosa at email@example.com or visit REF's website to learn more about other volunteering opportunities at www.ravenswoodef.org.
Check out our article on the InMenlo news website below!
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Our schools need volunteers! If you have some time and want to help Ravenswood School District, check out these immediate volunteer opportunities:
Students in Ravenswood School District have been busy with their STEM Fair projects. Read all about it here.