Principal’s Message – May 30th, 2018


Kaiser Elementary has some impressive reading growth to celebrate! Three times a year all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in OUSD take the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) reading assessment which provides important data about students’ reading growth. This winter we noticed that our mid-year results were exceptional, surpassing previous end-of-year results! We expected to see this growth continue, and I am very happy to say that we were not disappointed.

80.4% of Kaiser students are reading at or above grade level!

58.7% are a year or more above grade level! This means that we moved over half of our students who were below grade level to “at or above”!

I am also proud of our students who are currently below grade level: the majority had a year and a half or more of reading growth this year and are closing this gap. To close this gap our strong special education team, Ms. Jackson’s support, family engagement, and the hard work and caring of our teachers are all essential.

No matter what a child’s current reading level, it is important that reading stays a part of the summer routine. All Kaiser students have summer access to Raz Kids. This has proven enormously successful. I encourage all families to set aside daily time for Raz Kids and pleasure reading this summer.

On a different note, we have one more big celebration ahead. I look forward to seeing ALL Kaiser families at the Kaiser Alive Picnic this Friday!

As this is the last Pink Panther of the year, I want to remind everyone to keep a close eye on Konstella messages over the summer. Also, be sure to note the start of school and registration dates that are on the next page in this edition of the Pink.

Thanks for a great year! Wishing you a fun summer full of great books!

~ Dennis Guikema, Principal