Tuesday, August 15, 2017

**Important** Please read


We still have some parents that need to sign up for a Parent-Teacher Conference to start the year. This is replacing our former Open House format of just coming in and dropping off materials.  Please sign up for a slot to bring in materials and build the all important teacher / parent relationship to start the year. Thanks, Mr. Junge
K-3 - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084fafae2ea4fb6-keystone 
PK - http://tinyurl.com/BOY-Keystone

Monday, August 7, 2017

PK Start Dates

Please note that our PK start dates are different than our K-3 dates.

4 year old PK - Aug. 24th
3 year old PK - Aug. 28th


Thanks, Mr. Junge

Monday, July 31, 2017

Before school starts Parent Teacher Conference

PK-3 parents,

We are trying something different and new this year.  We are changing from the informal Open House format we have done in the past and we are doing a schedule Parent-Teacher conference on the same date.  You will still bring in your school supplies like always, we just wanted to take the time to talk about goals for the year, building the school and home relationship, and what we need from you at home to help us maximize your child's growth.  Please go to the PK link below for a time and there is a separate K-3 link for sign up times.  Please email me at rjunge@benton.k12.ia.us or call the office at 319-442-3221 if you need any help or have any questions.  Thanks, Mr. Junge


PK -  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084fafae2ea4fb6-keystone 
K-3 - http://tinyurl.com/BOY-Keystone

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Staff at Keystone Elementary #keyrocks

Miss Katie Dirksen - Kindergarten teacher.  Miss Dirksen is replacing Mrs. Jodie Kimm.  Miss Dirksen is currently co-teaching the K-1 Summer School group and is going to be a fantastic addition to our building.  She has been in often getting her room ready and is very excited to be a part of Keystone Elementary and Benton CSD.  Please welcome her when you see her.

Miss Shelby Frana - Pre-School teacher.  Miss Frana is replacing Mrs. Benton.  Miss Frana will be teaching our 3-4 year old Pre-school groups with Mrs. Mehlert as her associate.  Miss Frana is going to be a great addition to Keystone Elementary and Benton CSD.  She is very excited to get started!!  Please welcome her to the community and district when you meet her.

Mrs. Sandy Maxwell - Special Education Associate.  Mrs. Maxwell will be joining us in August when school starts.  Mrs. Maxwell will be helping with all K-3 students.  We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Maxwell joining our building and district.

Ms. Amber St. John - Technology / ELL / Reading Intervention.  Mrs. St. John will be taking on multiple roles within our building and district.  At Keystone Ms. St. John will be teaching Technology and ELL.  Ms. St John will also be doing some Reading Intervention work at Keystone.  She will be teaching Technology at Atkins, ELL at Norway, and doing some Reading Intervention work at Atkins.  She will bring a lot of great skills and passion to our buildings and district.  Please welcome her when you see her.  


Enjoy the rest of your summer!!

Mr. Junge

  


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Importance of Summer Reading

Children who don't read over the summer experience summer learning loss. That's right -- kids don't just feel like they've forgotten some of what they've learned -- they actually do forget it. And the effect is cumulative. Kids who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade.

Summer Reading Statistics

  • Low-income children, by the end of fifth grade, are about 2.5 years behind their more affluent peers. This is primarily due to summer learning loss.
  • Students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months. Research shows that students on average score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on the same tests at the end of the school year. Low-income students experience greater summer learning losses than their higher income peers. On average, middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performance during summer vacation. Low-income students experience about a two month loss in reading achievement.
  • The achievement gap in reading scores between higher and lower income students increases over summer vacation. The research shows that achievement for both middle-and lower-income students improves at a similar rate during the school year.
  • Reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores.
  • Summer reading loss is cumulative, these children do not typically catch up in the fall. Their peers are progressing with their skills while they are making up for the summer learning loss. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills during the summer are on average 2 years behind their peers.
  • Teachers spend an average of 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have lost during the summer.

Summer Reading Statistics Low-income children, by the end of fifth grade, are about 2.5 years behind their more affluent peers. This is primarily due to summer learning loss. Students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months. Research shows that students on average score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on the same tests at the end of the school year. Low-income students experience greater summer learning losses than their higher income peers. On average, middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performance during summer vacation. Low-income students experience about a two month loss in reading achievement. The achievement gap in reading scores between higher and lower income students increases over summer vacation. The research shows that achievement for both middle-and lower-income students improves at a similar rate during the school year. Reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores. Summer reading loss is cumulative, these children do not typically catch up in the fall. Their peers are progressing with their skills while they are making up for the summer learning loss. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills during the summer are on average 2 years behind their peers. Teachers spend an average of 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have lost during the summer.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blairstown City Library summer learning / hours

Weekly Themes:
  • June 5th—June 10th Build a Better Animal Habitat
  • June 12th– June 17th Build a Better Garden
  • June 19th—June 24th Build a Better Recycler
  • June 26th—July 1st Build a Better Building
  • July 3rd—July 8th Build a Better Scientist/Engineer
  • July 10th—July 15th   Build a Better Bug Habitat
  • July 17th—July 22nd Build a Better Community
  • July 24th—July 29th Build a Better World
As part of each weekly theme, we will have a special program as well as a coordinating craft every Wednesday. We will also have drop in challenges every week that the kids can try to complete. If they complete at least 5 of the 8 challenges, they get their name in for a special prize drawing. These are the special programs I have scheduled and confirmed so far:

Every Wednesday at 2pm
Crafts with Miss Cathy
Every Monday at 6:00pm
Storytime Under the Stars
Friday, June 9th at 1pm
“World of Wildlife” with Blank Park Zoo
Tuesday, June 13th at 2pm
Garden Stones with Benton County Master Gardener, Therese Elliff
Tuesday, June 20th at 2pm
Recycling with Benton County Conservation
Monday, July 3rd at 2pm
“How the Tools of Yesterday Shaped the Tools of Today” with Principal Electrical Engineer Brian Rach.
Tuesday, July 11th at 2pm
“The Building of Bugs” with the ISU Insect Zoo
Tuesday, July 18th at 2pm
Visit from the Blairstown Ambulance

We will be incorporating literacy into this as well and the kids will have the opportunity to read up to five books, with each book completed giving them a chance at a different special prize drawing. My goal for this summer is getting the kids actively engaged with the library through learning experiences, while also promoting literacy and fun.

Finally, our summer hours (which begin June 1st) are as follows:
Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 1pm-6pm
Wednesday 1pm-7pm
Thursday 1pm-6pm
Friday 1pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-1pm
Sunday  Closed

Keystone City Library summer information for learning.