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Here Comes the Mock Caldecott Awards!

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November is always an exciting time at Grundy Center as students and staff look forward to the annual Mock Caldecott Awards! The Caldecott medal is the award given to the best illustrated children’s book of the year. You might recognize these books in the library as the ones with the shiny gold sticker on the front. Thanks to a generous Grundy Center Community School Foundation grant, our elementary school is again able to purchase four copies of the 20 best children’s books of the year as determined by a few children’s book gurus. Students will be reading, studying, discussing, and voting on these books beginning after Thanksgiving break with the culminating event on January 28 where students will watch the live webcast of the real Caldecott Awards from Seattle,
Washington in hopes some of our favorites win! It is a great time for everyone!
Student data is beginning to roll in, and Grundy Center Elementary looks to be doing quite well. The following graphs are from our MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests in both math and reading. The scores are RIT scores meaning they accumulate for each advancing grade as opposed to going from zero to 100% where 100% is the highest students can reach. The norms, or “averages” are in the right column and district scores in the center. Thank you to our student achievementcoordinator, Jan Lindeman, for getting this information together. Way to go students!









The second assessment we administer in the fall is the FAST reading and math tests. The reading assessment is completed one on one, and the math test is one on one for grades K-1, while grades 2-4 are independent. Students who are identified as “persistently at risk” in reading are supported
with daily interventions and progress monitored weekly. The State of Iowa requires additional documentation for early literacy (grades K-3). Grundy Center Elementary’s early literacy proficiency is currently at 88.6% students meeting benchmark.

Of course our BIGGEST events
of October was Lauren Castillo
visiting Grundy Center
Elementary. Lauren is the author and illustrator of multiple books and a CALDECOTT HONOR WINNING illustrator! We learned a lot, and the students, staff, and Lauren had a great time! Our annual fundraising campaign allows us to do great literacy activities like this! Thank you!
Yours in education, Brian Sammons

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