Wow! Another school year is over! Seems like it was only yesterday that we had the first day of school. Our teachers and aides in our Reading Labs were very busy this year working with children who struggle with learning to read. Trena Hotelling and Kim Hall worked with 47 students at Beaver Creek Elementary. Melissa Pigman and Kelly Honeycutt worked with 72 students at Hindman Elementary, and Pam Noble and Melissa Blair worked with 65 students at Carr Creek Elementary. In February, we were able to open a Reading Lab at Emmalena Elementary with Helana Lewis working there three days a week with 19 students. This year’s average gain in word identification for our students was nine months. The average gain for word attack was one year and three months, and the average gain in passage comprehension was one year. Great job students and teachers! Our teachers and members of our screening committee were also able to screen 193 kindergarten students for characteristics of dyslexia back in the fall of the year. We are very appreciative of Superintendent King, the board of education members, and the school principals and teachers for giving us the privilege of working in the Knott County Schools.
Our winter/spring semester of after-school tutoring has wrapped up their 15-week session. We served 45 students in five counties (Floyd, Knott, Lawrence, Laurel and Pike) during this semester. Average gain in word identification for our students was eight months. The average gain for word attack was one year and seven months and the average gain in passage comprehension was one year and three months. Thank you to all parents, students, and program supervisors who worked so hard every week.
On June 12th, we will begin our 37th Summer Tutoring Program. Summer school, as it is called, goes for five weeks during with our students receive two hours of one-to-one instruction in reading every day and two hours of one-to-three instruction in math every day! They also receive small group instruction in writing, social values, and a weekly theme every day. This year we are very excited to have Ms. Beth Reynolds, a professional photographer who is also dyslexic, joining us for a week to open the world of photography to our students. We are looking forward to a great summer!