One painted stripe Wednesday afternoon had a local school singing, dancing and cheering.
Fairview Elementary School held the first Tiger Striping Assembly of the school year Wednesday, Oct. 23 as a way to celebrate the school's accomplishments in the Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment (DORA). Out of 20 classrooms in the school, 13 reached their goals; the entire Kindergarten grade reached its goal, and numerous students reached their individual goals.
“It’s an exciting time for our entire school,” said Lori Harter, literary coach for Fairview. “DORA tests students on different aspects of reading, like vocabulary, comprehension and uppercase letter identification for the Kindergarten level … Things have changed so much – a lot of your top students will leave Kindergarten reading.”
Each student's accomplishments are visible in the school as individual Tiger paws are painted outside their classrooms. The classrooms with achieved goals are recognized by the Carthage pride flags outside their classroom doors. And finally, when an entire grade level reaches a goal a teacher is selected to paint a stripe on the Tiger on the cafeteria wall.
On Wednesday, that selected teacher was Trezha Malam, representing Kindergarten – a grade that showed 30 percent improvement in letter identification when the goal was just 10 percent improvement. Malam climbed the ladder to paint a stripe on the Tiger's tail as the students chanted “Paint That Stripe!”
“They've been so excited for this all day,” Malam said. “It's exciting that they know what success is at such a young age.”
In Fairview's student body of 421, 62 percent are Hispanic. An estimated 60 percent of students come into the school unable to communicate in English. With so many students achieving their goals, teachers and staff celebrate just as hard as the students, and anxiously set new goals.
“We'll set our second quarter goals now and the data we received from the students' performance tells us where we need to go in our instruction,” Harter said. “It's all about the students' needs and meeting those progressive goals.”
At the conclusion of the assembly, the students were asked what they were going to do now that they reached their goals on the DORA tests. They all screamed, “Graduate from college!!”