Extended Closure Materials and Information
I hope that this message finds you all safe and well! First and foremost, please know that I am here to help support your child and his/her learning as best as I can during this time. This is very uncharted territory for all of us! However, I spent about 5 years working in online education prior to my work here at ASD, so please reach out with questions or concerns and I will be happy to try and find a way to work with you child to help him/her with any school work that I am able.
That being said, I sent home a packet on Friday with your child; if your child was absent, the packet will be mailed home to you today. Please note that work is not expected to begin being done until Wednesday, March 18, 2020. If your child finishes the packet that I sent home, please encourage the use of Lexia Core 5 for work on skills and Epic! for more casual, leasurely reading. The information that I sent home Friday is included below.
Below, I have included the packet sent home for your child’s grade level for my Title I Students. I have also included Lexia and Epic Reading information.
Please feel free to use ClassDojo as a way to communicate with me throughout this extended school closure. If you have no objections, your child may also use your messaging ability to reach out to me should he/she have questions regarding Title I or other reading-based classes (science, social studies, health, etc.) I can possibly be of assistance with understanding content. I will be available Monday-Friday 8 AM- 3:30 PM in Class Dojo, Email and for those who have a Google Classroom Science class – I’ll be available there too! We can get through this together!
**Please note: The Title I Family Fun Fair is POSTPONED until further notice.
Welcome! I am Mrs. Lisa Hepler, one of the three Title I Reading teachers here at West Hills Intermediate. This is my 11th year of teaching and my 7th year teaching Title I Reading. I am excited about the opportunity to work with you and your family this year! I truly enjoy helping kids reach reading goals, and working with parents to make sure that happens.
My family is from southern Armstrong County, near Leechburg. I live there with my husband, three year old daughter, infant son, a dog and a cat. Our family loves to do outdoor activities such as biking and kayaking. We find time each day to read together as a family.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. I earned my Master of Education degree as a Reading Specialist in 2012 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Use Lexia Core 5 at Home
Title I students have access to a program to assist them in working to improve their reading skills. Lexia Reading Core5™ provides all students a structured, sequential, scaffolded approach to the six areas of reading instruction—from phonological awareness to comprehension.
Lexia Reading Core5 helps students master foundational reading skills by providing immediate corrective feedback, multiple levels of scaffolding, and explicit instruction both online and through direct instruction with the teacher.
Students work independently to develop reading skills in a structured, sequential manner with a focus on:
Foundational skills to develop automaticity and fluency
Listening and reading comprehension with complex text
Academic and domain-specific vocabulary to improve comprehension
Students have some time to work on this program in Title I but will benefit from accessing the site at home as well to help each student to work to improve upon his or her reading skills. This is required but is strongly encouraged.
You can access the program through http://www.lexiacore5.com/.
Once on this site, you will be asked if you are an educator or student/parent.
You will then be asked to put in your teacher's email address
If your child sees me for Title I, here you will put in email@example.com.
Your child will then be able to access the site on his or her own. Each student should know their username and password. If you need assistance with this information, please let me know and I will be happy to help!
In my classroom, I use the STAR test which helps me to get a lot of information about each student's reading levels. One measure that can be particularly useful to you when helping your child choose books to read at home is the Lexile measure. This number represents a student’s reading ability. The number can range from below 200 to above 1600. The report I get also gives me a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) which is a range of readability levels from which a student should select books to read – these books will be written so that your child can read them independently.
To find books that your child can read independently, use the AR Book Find website www.ARBookFind.com. This website allows you to serach the titles of thousands of popular books easily search by Lexile level. You can check the books your child is choosing and identify if they are the right fit for your child.
Ensuring that your child is choosing to read books that are an appropriate level so that he or she does not become frustrated and can learn to enjoy reading is important to ensure your child doesn't dread reading.
If you have questions or concerns about your child's Lexile level or how to use the site mentioned above, please reach out to me via email or phone call. Thank you!