Sunday, August 24, 2014

First Week Notes

What's Happening at McIntire?

Cross Country Back to School Online Read Aloud this Wednesday evening! Our online read aloud series continues this Wednesday, August 27th at 6:00. We are kicking it up a notch and collaborating with two schools in a different state! Three principals reading three AWESOME back to school books. You don't want to miss it! Please email me or comment below if you would like an invitation to join. The invitation will be from, but will be from Chris Turnbull, one of the other principals that will be reading.

PTO will host it's first general session meeting on Thursday, September 4th from 5:30-6:30. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. If you are a parent or guardian of a McIntire student, you are automatically a part of PTO. No membership form or dues required.

No school on Monday, September 1st due to Labor Day or Monday, September 8th due to staff professional development.

A Note from our Reading Interventionists

At McIntire School, reading progress is screened and monitored throughout the academic year to identify students who are at-risk.  Additional individual assessments may be given to determine skill deficits and strengths to assist in developing a focus for instruction or to provide additional interventions.
         A variety of reading interventions are offered during the school day to assist students.  The purpose of these reading interventions is to accelerate the student’s reading progress and allow him/her to meet grade level expectations.
         This year Linda Williams, Megan Metz, Amy Crane and Marla Reynolds will be working with us in a variety of capacities helping to provide reading and writing interventions to the students in our classrooms. These interventions may consist of one-on-one instruction through a specific program such as Reading Recovery.  Interventions may also occur in a small group setting or during a “push in” time when they come and assist with reading and writing strategies in the classroom.

Fifth Grade Hornet Ambassadors

What is the Ambassador Program? 

The McIntire 5th Grade Hornet Ambassador Program was developed through a grant secured at the end of last school year. Ambassadors will serve a similar purpose as student council with the goal of leadership and service learning to our school and community.

How were Ambassadors selected? 
Last spring I visited each fourth grade classroom explaining the Ambassador program and encouraged any student that was interested to please apply. Applications with a detailed description of Ambassador requirements were handed out as well. I then visited the classrooms again to encourage students to consider applying. There were 24 students that completed the application and they were all selected to be a part of the Ambassador program. We kicked off our first event at open house as Ambassadors helped students and parents navigate the school. I look forward to working with this group throughout the year and hope to make this a lasting tradition at McIntire.

We had such a fabulous start to the year! I look forward to welcoming the students back tomorrow!


  1. Beth, could I please get an invite to your reading night? Thanks Chris Garrett

  2. Mrs. Houf, could you please send me an invite to the "Cross Country Read" event tonight? Thank You, Zachary Studer :