In March, the students and staff at Coy Elementary School were thrilled to be selected to receive Ohio’s Exemplary Reading Program award by the International Reading Association.
The association sponsors the award to recognize outstanding reading and language arts programs in elementary, middle and high school levels. Each participating state can choose one winning school and this year it was Coy Elementary.
The criteria for selection included (but was not limited to) demonstrating excellence in reading and literacy programs, encouraging the development and refinement of exemplary reading/language arts programs and improving literacy in our society.
Specific initiatives employed at Coy that that were examined to determine the award included the Coy Reads tutoring program, community volunteer involvement, comprehensive Daily 5 practices throughout the building, ER&D Comprehension Strategy teaching practices, Star Assessment data review/discussion, professional development in the area of literacy, staff involvement with The Toledo Area Council of the International Reading Association, Title I services, involvement with Right to Read Week/ International Literacy Day/Read Across America, various author visits, participation in the Read, Write and Think Organization and participation with the Accelerated Reader program.
|Intervention teacher Julie Greenburg and Christine Watters, president of the Ohio Council of the International Reading
Four council members from the International Reading Association spent an entire day at Coy School visiting classrooms and watching lessons. They spoke with and observed teachers, instructors, tutors and volunteers, toured the school and had a lengthy interview with Amy Molnar, the school principal.
In the afternoon, they attended a storybook-themed luncheon that included tasty treats like (Cloudy with a Chance of) meatballs, (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) tossed salad, (Chicks and Salsa) chicken salad sandwiches and (Blueberries For Sale) blueberry muffins. To end the day, Julie Greenberg’s students delighted guests with a Power Point presentation.
In the words of one council member, “Coy Elementary School, Oregon City School District has an outstanding philosophy and practice in the teaching of reading. From our visit, it is absolutely clear that the effort put forth by reading educators, administrators, staff members, and Oregon community members has resulted in a strong reading program that supports the literacy needs of all Coy students…… It was abundantly clear that reading at Coy Elementary is not just a subject; it is a way of life and is valued by all staff and community members.”
Coy School will be formally recognized at the National Reading Association conference in New Orleans in May and principal Amy Molnar, intervention specialist Julie Greenberg, teacher Julie Marciniak will represent the staff in accepting the award.