Welcome to Fostoria Intermediate Elementary - Grades 3-6
School Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
"Our Future, Our Success, Our Choice"
Tera Matz, Principal
Rick Renz, Assistant Principal
"This year I anticipate many changes at the Intermediate School; it is my hope that you embrace these changes with the understanding and knowledge that at the center of everything we do at Fostoria Intermediate is a focus on individual student success. It is my belief that high student achievement can be attained through fun, engaging activities that bring the learning alive and cause all students to enjoy all aspects of school. By keeping our expectations for all learners high, we can foster a love of learning that stays with every child throughout their school experience. I have always believed that “the higher the expectation, the higher the achievement.” I also believe that the best schools are ones that have healthy communication and support at all levels. I cannot stress enough your role as parent in your child’s education. We are a team; teachers, support staff, parents, and community. When we all work together for the good of our students, we can achieve great things. I look forward to seeing several familiar faces as well as getting to know all of our new students and their families as well." - Tera Matz, Principal
THIRD GRADE READING GUARANTEE
As part of Senate Bill 316, legislation was created to ensure all Ohio students are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade, called the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee. Starting with students entering the third grade in the 2013-2014 school year, all students must demonstrate a certain level of competency in reading before advancing to the fourth grade. In an effort to provide support to districts, educators and families, ODE provides resources and tools (click here).
Students must receive diagnostic assessments so that those who are not on track for reading at grade level can get the extra time and help they need to overcome their reading deficiencies.
Some key points from the new requirement include:
· All K-3 students will undergo annual diagnostic tests to determine reading ability by September 30;
· If a student is not on track to read at grade level, the school district must create a reading improvement and monitoring plan that details the student’s reading deficiencies, describes needed interventions and includes parents in the improvement plan;
· Unless students are exempted for reasons stated in law, those who have not reached grade-level reading by the end of the third grade will be retained. Students who are retained will continue to receive intensive remediation, including at least 90 minutes of reading instruction daily; and
· These provisions take effect this fall, but student retention under the new criteria will not occur until the 2013-14 school year.
Project MORE Volunteers Needed
Project MORE is a program at FIES and is a one on one structured reading mentoring program for students who have been identified as not reading on grade level. Students are mentored four times a week for 30 minutes.
Department of Health oral health survey coming to elementary schools
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will be conducting a statewide oral health survey of third grade students during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Oral health specialists will visit a sampling of schools from all 88 counties to check students’ teeth for cavities, dental sealants and the need for dental care. The findings of this survey will help better promote the health of our students and improve their school attendance, readiness to learn and academic achievement. ODH also will use this data to secure funds for dental services for students in Ohio schools. Additional information about this survey can be found here.
1202 H.L. Ford Drive
Fostoria, OH 44830