Eagle News 4/30/2018

t is snowing as I write this week’s edition of the Eagle News! 80 plus degrees on Saturday and snow today. I guess the only thing you can predict about Utah Valley weather is that is is unpredictable.

My night sleeping on the roof last week was made more enjoyable by the fact that many students and parents came by to visit with me or offer me treats. Thank you for your kindness! I’m glad I had a warm sleeping bag because the temperature dropped dramatically after the sun set. Sleeping on the school roof was my way of saying thank you to the students and parents for your generous donations to our One and Done Fundraiser. Thank you for your generosity!

Our K-3 graders recently completed their end-of-year DIBELS assessments. DIBELS is an acronym for Diagnostic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills. Our K-3 grade students take this assessment three times during the school year to measure the progress they are making in the foundational reading skills of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The assessment data gives teachers valuable information on what they need to be doing in the classroom to help all students become proficient readers. Our end-of-year DIBELS scores clearly indicate that our teachers are doing an excellent job of teaching the basic reading skills. In fact, other schools and the District Curriculum Department are asking us what we are doing to achieve the higher than average DIBELS scores. Here is a three-year comparison of our DIBELS scores and how we compare with the other elementary schools in the Alpine School District.

DIBELS 2015 – 2018
Percent Proficient Alpine Elementary

2015 – 16 2016-17 2017-18 Dist. Avg.

Kindergarten 48% 86% 88% 67%
First Grade 73% 76% 82% 70%
Second Grade 80% 79% 77% 76%
Third Grade 81% 79% 84% 77%

If you are interested in having your student attend the Alpine Elementary Summer Chinese Club, please read the attached flyer and contact Heather Peper if you have any questions.

Have a great week, and as always, remember that it is a great day to be an Eagle!

Dave Perdue, Principal
Alpine Elementary
Alpine School District