• State Street School Supplemental Reading Services

    Instructor: Mrs. Whatmough & Mrs. Gencarelli

    Supplemental Reading Services focus on the Five Pillars of Literacy:
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonics
    • Comprehension
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
    As the school year begins, I will be starting with reading groups. As a reading specialist, my instruction compliments the curriculum from the classroom teachers. Students who receive services are identified through district reading assessments and/or teacher concerns.  The Response to Intervention (RTI) team meets several times throughout the year to discuss who is placed on a Personal Literacy Plan (PLP). The team determines if a PLP is necessary and at this time the family is notified.  A student's PLP is used to create a specialized reading program designed to meet his/her individual needs.  Students can be taken off a PLP if significant progress is made or the individual academic goals are met.

    If you receive a notice in regards to your child receiving services and have questions please feel free to contact me at either school or by email.

Discussion Topics

  • Change in Name

    Posted by Alisha Blais on 8/18/2016 1:34:14 PM
    After getting married this summer, my name has been officially been changed to Mrs. Whatmough (formerly Ms. Blais)!
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  • Summer Reading Apps

    Posted by Alisha Blais on 8/9/2015 3:54:11 PM
    I hope everyone is enjoying the summer thus far!  Soon enough we will all be back in school working hard to become the best readers we can be!!  I want to encourage all students to continue reading even though we only have 2 short weeks before school starts back up again.  Below is a link with a few suggested links for reading apps.  Downloading an app for free or $1-$2 can make the difference to keep children engaged while learning and practicing reading skills.  I look forward to seeing everyone and keep reading.

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  • Summer Reading Loss

    Posted by Alisha Blais on 6/11/2014 11:02:56 AM
    Summer Reading Loss

    Do children really suffer from a summer reading loss?
    Research has proven that the impact of summer reading loss can be significant.
    Who is affected?
    • If your child is among the top 25 percent of readers for their age they will probably continue to make some progress during the summer.
    • If your child is an average reader for their age, they will likely remain steady or fall slightly during the summer.
    • If your child is among the students who have made slower reading achievement during the school year, they are at risk of suffering from a significant reading loss over the summer.
    To sum it up, students who are having more difficulty learning to read are the students who suffer the most from summer reading loss.
    What can I do about this?
    Research has shown that the best predictor of reading achievement is the amount of time spent reading—The more time a child spends reading, the better reader they become. So the best thing you can do for your child is reading to
    them, reading with them and giving them opportunities for more reading.  

    Ideas for Summer Reading

    • Don’t view reading as a chore—Create a positive environment for reading so that children look forward to it. You don’t have to read, you get to read!
    • Reading doesn’t have to only be books—Get a magazine about your child’s favorite hobby, turn on the captions and turn down the volume on the television, look for information on the web.
    • Your day to day routines can provide reading experiences—cooking, using the phone book, reading instructions for a new game, and reading maps or brochures for your vacation spots are all authentic reading experiences
    • Read during transitions times—Get some more reading time in during the drive to Grandma’s house or while waiting for the dentist.
    • Keep reading those old favorites—Reading books that are a little easy or are even memorized build confidence and fluency.
    • Read to your child—You get quality time with your child, you are a great reading model and you have the opportunity to talk to your child.
    • Talk about books—Ask your child open-ended questions such as “What do you think about that story? “ “What would you have done if you were that character?”
    • Visit the library—Not only can the librarian help you find good, interesting books for your child, but they probably have a summer reading program your child can participate in.
    • Support your child’s writing—There is no better letter/sound practice than writing.  Provide supplies and opportunities for your child to write—letters, lists, messages, vacation journal or scrapbook, etc. Don’t worry about spelling—just praise your child’s efforts.
    Mraz, Maryann & Rasinski, Timothy V. (2007).
    Summer reading loss.
    The Reading Teacher, Vol.60 (No.8), 784-­‐788.
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Department Files

  • Sight Words
    This folder contains all the files for sight words. Each file is a separate word list that is listed by grade level. It is important that students learn these words and are able to read them with automaticity.
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