Reading Support Staff at Jacksonwald Elementary:
My name is Mrs. Nancy L. Salvatore. I have been teaching since 1992. I hold certification in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and as a Reading Specialist. I have been the Reading Specialist at Lausch since 2001, and will continue as the Reading Specialist at Jacksonwald. I also taught first grade for one year at Lausch. Prior to coming to Exeter, I taught for eight years in the Reading School District. Two Reading Aides also work with me to provide support. They are Mrs. Cheryl Smith and Mrs. Christine Kilyan.
Reading Support classes begin in mid to late September, and continue through late May. During the weeks when classes are not being held, we are working to assess the reading levels and needs of the students. Reading Support classes meet daily for 30 minutes, usually during the grade level's Tier Time. Students who work with Mrs. Salvatore are our Title I students.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What will my child be missing when they are in Reading Club?
I usually schedule Reading Club groups during the grade level's Tier Time. During this time, the remaining students are also participating in Tier Time at their grade level. If I schedule students at a time other than the grade level's Tier Time, it will usually be during center time or handwriting.
How was my child chosen to receive reading support services?
All students are assessed using DIBELS, which stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. This assessment contains various tests that are given for one minute each, and check students' proficiency in different areas of reading. If a student's performance on DIBELS indicates a possible risk for difficulty in some area of reading, I do further assessments with the child, including a reading inventory. If the child's performance on the assessments indicates a need in some area of reading, I will recommend that the child be added to reading support to help the child improve in any weak areas.
The DIBELS assessment is given three times a year. If a student appears to have started having difficulty with reading mid-year, he or she would be added to reading support at that time.
New students are assessed after they have been in the school for a short time. I want to give them time to become comfortable in the new school setting, so I don't work with them right away unless I know they have received previous support.
What will my child be doing in reading support?
Your child will work in a small group setting, with groups that are usually no larger than six. I use a variety of research-based programs that are tailored to meet each student's specific needs. These programs focus on reading fluency, comprehension, phonics, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary development. If a student only needs help with one area, he or she would use a program that focuses on the area of need. If a student needs help in more than one area, he or she would use a program that addresses all areas of need.
How is student progress monitored?
I monitor student progress regularly throughout the school year. The DIBELS Benchmark testing is done with all students three times a year - early in the school year, at the middle of the school year, and at the end of the school year. Progress monitoring is also done every two to three weeks with students receiving reading support.
How can my child exit from reading support?
If, over time, a student consistently demonstrates that he or she has progressed enough to be performing satisfactorily for the grade level, I would check with the classroom teacher to see if the progress is reflected in the classroom. If the classroom teacher and I both felt the student no longer needed to receive reading support, we would then contact the parents to discuss exiting the child from reading support.
How do I reach Mrs. Salvatore?
You can reach me through school email. This is the easiest way to reach me. My email address is NLSalvatore@exeter.k12.pa.us. You can also call me at school. The phone number is (610) 779-1820, extension 5212. Please be aware that if you leave a phone message, I may not get it until the end of the day, as the phones do not ring in our classrooms during instructional hours. You can also send a note with your child. I will respond as quickly as I am able to do so.
How can I help at home?
Read every day with your child. Even as your children get older, continue reading aloud to them. As they become more proficient in their reading, have them read to you. If they are reluctant to read to you, ask them to take turns reading pages with you. Provide them with practical opportunities to practice reading. Some examples are reading directions for a game, reading a recipe in a kids' cookbook, and reading a restaurant menu. Find a series that is interesting to your child (see the website link for kidsreads.com). Series books are wonderful because the characters are already familiar to your child.
If your child is working on learning letters and sounds, provide fun ways to practice. If your child likes to move around, write letters on the driveway with sidewalk chalk together, then have your child run, hop, jump, etc,. to the letter A, or the letter that starts the word apple. Your child could also write the letters in shaving cream, ketchup, etc., on a cookie sheet.