Instructional Focus Calendars
Good news! Marion County's Instructional Focus Calendars are online. You can view these PDF documents to see what your child's teachers are focusing on each month.
Click here to go to the Continuous Improvement Model webpage. Then click the appropriate link to view the calendar of your choice.
Sparr's faculty and staff are proud to deliver a quality education designed to meet the needs of all students and ensure our students become self-sufficient, responsible citizens. By using the resources available at Sparr, students will be able to continue to grow academically, as demonstrated by data.
Reading: Every week 1st through 5th grade teachers use the FCAT Weekly Assessment that is part of the McMillan McGraw Hill Treasures Reading Series that was implemented this year. These tests are broken into several specific skills so that the teachers can identify strengths and weaknesses after each week of teaching from the core reading program. Students also have weekly fluency drills from this reading series as well to identify those that need extra daily fluency practice and monitor all on their perspective grade level. Students in 3rd – 5th grade also take the District Benchmark Progress Monitoring Assessment in reading 3 to 4 times per year and Kindergarten - 2nd graders take this 2 times per year in order for teachers to identify specific strands in reading that are strengths and weaknesses for their students. Focus Calendar Assessments for specific reading benchmarks are given at various times throughout the year according to the district Focus Calendar. FAIR (Florida Assessment in Reading) is administered 3 times per year to also monitor literacy progress.
Please be sure your child is reading his/her AR book at least 20 minutes a night. Independent reading is great practice and is critical. It builds fluency and improves reading performance. So remember to "Saddle up and Read"!
Math: The District Benchmark Progress Monitoring Assessment is administered in the area of math 3 to 4 times per year for 3rd – 5th grade and 2 times for 2nd grade. Teachers use this assessment to identify specific strands in math that are strengths or weaknesses. 3rd – 5th grade students participate in Acaletics Math and there are different pre/post as well as comprehensive assessments given throughout the year for the teachers to use to assist them in guiding their instruction in order to meet the individual needs of every student. Focus Calendar Assessments for specific math benchmarks are given at various times throughout the year according to the district Focus Calendar.
S.M.A.R.T. Club: (Sparr Math And Reading Together) S.M.A.R.T Club tutoring for students in grades 3- 5 will begin on Tuesday, November 1st, and will run every Tuesday and Thursday until March 29th. If you have a student who is struggling in the areas of reading and math, please stop by to pick up an application. Space is still available. The hours for tutoring are 2:05 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Success Lab: Our computer lab is open in the morning from 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 2:10 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. for students in grades 3-5 so that they can earn more time on our Success Maker program. Students with enough time will eventually meet thier target levels. Students who meet their Success Maker targets have a favorable chance of passing the FCAT in April.