I am excited to be starting my 19th year as the Media Specialist at St. Pius X School. Prior to joining the faculty at SPX, I was a middle school teacher and taught 6th-8th grades. I received both BA and MA degrees from Spring Hill College and a SLMS degree from the University of South Alabama.
While my main focus at SPX is the Media Center, I will be in the classroom to teach 8th grade Literature this year. I also enjoy being involved with extracurricular activities at our school. Currently, both the WSPX closed circuit television news program and the Cardinal Yearbook are produced in the Media Center. The Library also sponsors the Battle of the Books (BOB) Team each year. I am looking forward to another exciting year as moderator of the Student Government Association.
My family and I are members of St. Pius X Parish. All three of my children are St. Pius X and McGill-Toolen alumni.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!
I am so happy to have the opportunity to work with your children in the library again this year. I am very fortunate that I see every class, at least once a week, during their scheduled library period. My goal is to not only teach your children the skills needed to access information effectively, but also to instill a love of reading and literature.
STAR Reading test results and AR point goals should have come home no later than Wednesday, September 24. If you have any questions regarding your child's results, please contact me.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding our Media Center.
The STAR Reading Test results will be sent home no later than Wednesday, September 24. STAR analyzes and evaluates each students' AR (Accelerated Reader) results and provides us with individual diagnostic reports. These reports indicate the range in which each child should be reading and testing on AR in order to achieve the most success and growth as a reader. This range is known as the Zone of Proximal Development or ZPD. Reading above a students' ZPD can cause frustration, while reading below their zone is too easy and no growth occurs. For optimal student growth, students need to be reading in their ZPD zone. Your child's ZPD is located on the bottom right of the printed report.
Each teacher has established individualized reading requirements for the quarter. It is recommended that students begin choosing AR books which fall within the middle range of their ZPD zone. Students should be achieving 85% or better on AR test scores. If scores fall below this mark students should adjust their reading level to the lower end of their ZPD zone. Scores of 90% or better suggest that students move upward in their ZPD zone. Your child's ZPD and point requirements are listed on the STAR test report that was sent home. Please review these results with your child.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the STAR or AR programs.