Clary Middle School
At Clary, our teachers, administrators and staff are focused on helping all students become more proficient in reading and mathematics over the course of the 2012-13 school year. We are determined to help our students become active, engaged, skilled learners and critical thinkers.
We have some building initiatives and strategies that are aimed at helping our students do just that. We have introduced Read to Succeed which challenges students to read 1,500 books by the end of the school year. We want to ignite a passion for reading that extends beyond the classroom. We have also begun recognizing outstanding student achievement in mathematics through the Math Scholars of the Month. Students can earn this title by signing out the most Math fluency games during their lunch period. These games help the students to become fast and accurate mathematicians. We are once again using Clary Cougar Bucks as an incentive. Students that make good choices in their classes will be rewarded with the bucks at the end of each class.
Please contact the main office with any questions regarding your son/daughter.
What can parents and families do to help?
- Model good reading behaviors
- Encourage reading at home
- Visit the local library together
- Read the same book and discuss it
- Help students follow the Five Finger Rule
- Flip to a random page in the book
- Have the student read
- Each time they come to a word they don’t know, put one finger in the air
- If they have ALL five fingers in the air before the end of the page, it is not a perfect fit
- If student has 2-3 fingers raised, it IS a perfect fit
- Students should have challenging reading material but books that they can understand
- Help student find books that interest him/her
- Feel free to email or call the librarian to ask for suggestions of titles appropriate for their lexile level
- Use resources below for more information
Resources for parents:
- Clary Library Links page
- Engage NY
- PTA website
Common Core standards-
What is the Common Core and how will it help my child?