Triad district’s third graders ace reading standards


Triad Elementary School students are in good shape when it comes to reading.

Elementary School Principal Lee Claypool told the school board Thursday that since the first time the Ohio third grade reading guarantee began in 2014, her school has no at-risk students.

“I will pass that along to all the teachers,” Claypool said. “They have worked very hard to get us to that point.”

The Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program that singles out children from kindergarten through third grade that are struggling with reading.

Claypool noted that doesn’t mean all the students are proficient.

“But that’s where we’re headed next,” Claypool said.

Claypool said her school is preparing students for that guarantee by teaching students fiction and non-fiction as early as kindergarten.

She also showed the board the difference between books read by students at the end of kindergarten, the end of second grade and books read at the end of fourth grade. The kindergarten books feature smaller words and pictures.

Students eventually are taught the sounds of language, the letters that represent them and how those letters form words and sentences.

By the end of fourth grade, they’ve moved onto chapter books.

Superintendent Vickie Hoffman told the board about how the district will handle keeping its buildings’ roofs in check.

Last year, the district carried out extensive roof repairs at the elementary and middle schools. This summer, the district plans to perform further roofing maintenance at those two schools. This new work will be less involved, with workers power washing and refurbishing the roofs rather than completely replacing them.

“We’re going to keep fixing all these things and making sure we have a maintenance plan,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman also said there is 30-year warranty for the roofs. She said officials are planning on walking the roofs every year to make sure there are no gaps or weak spots.

In other board news:

-Officials honored Triad students who excelled at the DECA Career Development Competition. Dylan Van Tassell was State Champion in personal finance literacy, Nina Hestermann and Elijah Carson were in the top ten in professional selling and account, and Sabrina Quintero and Aliyah Ater advanced to the finals for their work running a business with the DECA Depot.

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