Monday, March 20, 2023

100% of Della Davidson Students Meet Reading Goals

Della Davidson Elementary Assistant Principal, Mary Martha Crowe, and Principal, Patches Calhoun, pose for a celebratory pic when 100% of their students met their Accelerated Reading goal for the year. Photo provided by the OSD

Della Davidson Elementary broke its school record with 100% of students meeting AR (Accelerated Reading) goals.

Reading goals are set based on each child’s reading level at the beginning of the year. The program helps educators manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Children select a book at their independent reading level and read at their individual pace. When finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer and must score an 80% or higher on the test. 

“At the beginning of the year, I set this expectation before our teachers and together we set AR norms and expectations,” DDES Principal, Patches Calhoun said. “Some doubted me because we have classes that have never met this goal much less the entire school. But with all hands on deck – all staff, parents, and students – we did it! Some kids had never ever met their AR goal and this year they did it all four times! I am so incredibly proud.”

The school administrators, staff, and PTO encouraged this goal with various themes and fun activities each 9-week period. “AR is Poppin” provided popcorn to students, “Nacho Average Readers” rewarded students by dumping nacho cheese over their principals’ heads, and “Splish- Splash AR is a Blast” promised water activities for field day. 

“I want to congratulate all Della Davidson students, parents, and teachers for achieving this worthwhile goal. I am truly astounded at what our staff has achieved this year,” said OSD Superintendent, Bradley Roberson. 

Della Davidson Elementary was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School earlier this yearThe coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

Della Davidson Elementary is the home of 717 students in third and fourth grades.