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Peggy Welsch, Edahow's intervention teacher, helps familiarize the 1st grade learners in Heather Judy's class about the process of IRI testing.

Things are heating up and building momentum for the learners at Edahow. Learners jumped into learning and curriculum the first day of school, but this week marks the beginning of the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) testing. 

This testing helps staff members make informed, data-driven decisions to best cater instruction to learners at their individual levels. It is an important benchmark, but not the only piece of information used for this purpose. The IRI does not take a lot of time, and gives quality data on each learner's performance level.

While a good portion of reading instruction is given at a more general level, the research behind  the Response to Intervention process indicates that some instruction is most effective if given at each learner's individual level.

Reading instruction at Edahow is balanced and focused on improving in the areas of phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.

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Peggy Welsch, Edahow's intervention teacher, helps familiarize the 1st grade learners in Heather Judy's class about the process of IRI testing.

Take Flight You Put the MORE in MORE Together

As the school year winds down, I have reflected a lot on the many accomplishments of our district. We have indeed taken flight this year!

Instructionally, we have learned to adapt in an ever-changing world of technology and yet remain committed to personal learning and interactive experiences. Academically, we strive to meet our learners' needs in our classrooms with engaging, problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative opportunities. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities continue to flourish with numerous district, state, national and academic championships. 

As with any success, these results do not come without the preparation, drive, hard work, passion and dedication of each team member. These values are the foundation of our culture and I am fortunate to be on a team that exhibits these characteristics on a daily basis. 

In the past couple of weeks, it has been affirmed to me that our district truly embraces our motto of "More Together." In our efforts to adjust to a devastating fire, I watched, listened and facilitated multiple meetings in which representatives of administration, the Board of Trustees, Maintenance & Operations, Food Service, Transportation, Technology and a BLT came together to brainstorm ideas for solutions that capitalized on each team member's valuable input to maintain the continuity of learning and activities while making efforts to minimize disruptions. It was obvious through this experience that this type of problem solving happens continually throughout our district. Please know how much each of you are appreciated as you take part in daily discussions that have the same goals in mind. 

It is with admiration and respect that the Board and your district leadership flight team recognize all of your contributions not only this week, but the entire year. And please, enjoy a fun experience with your gift card.

Superintendent Dr. Douglas Howell

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