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Each week at Eli Whitney School, students particpate in a PACK activity that focuses on SEL. This month our focus was perseverance. Last Friday, students listened to one of our very own 5th graders read Izzy Gizmo, a story about a little girl who wants to help an injured crow fly. Her love for inventing and a little perseverance seem to be the perfect mix!  Ms. Suleski's students then created their own flying crows and put them to the test!
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 30, 2023 at 2:38 PM
Winter benchmark time has arrived at Whitney! Students will be completing their iReady Reading and Math Diagnostics over the next few weeks. Teachers will also be completing running records with each student to monitor their reading growth!  Here are some helpful tips to review with your child!
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 18, 2023 at 9:03 AM
This holiday I received a special gift from a former student! Just before the holidays, Mrs. Lindeland's 5th graders were working on a journalism writing unit. Students were given the task  to  choose an individual, conduct an  interview, and write an article. When Joe delivered his article to me,  it truly warmed my heart!
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 03, 2023 at 9:30 AM
Is my child's reading instruction effective? A common question we ask ourselves as parents! Congress designated a panel to review 110,000 studies on reading and in 2000 a report was issued that identified the 5 key components of effective reading instruction. We have continued to learn a lot about reading in the two decades since, but those 5 pillars continue to be at the forefront of good instruction.  The Right To Read Project issued a resource for parents and caregivers to advocate for their child's instruction.  Visit and click "Advocacy" for a free downloadable copy!
Posted by [email protected]  On Dec 12, 2022 at 2:50 PM
Using literacy resources to support our struggling readers helps build comprehension skills and prevent content gaps. Sora is a resource available to Eli Whitney students and can be accessed on their iPads or their Clever accounts.  Click for more information!
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 22, 2022 at 11:58 AM
Thank you for all of the wonderful pictures! 
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 16, 2022 at 1:26 PM
November 7-11 is Children's Book Week! Established in 1919, this year they celebrate their 102nd anniversary! At Eli Whitney we are celebrating by collecting "How Do You Book?" photos and taking a  fun book walk with Ms. Wolf in the library.  Visit for more information. 
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 08, 2022 at 7:52 PM
The students at Eli Whitney have officially begun their challenge to make it to the Turkey Trot! Our school goal is to complete iReady Reading lessons by November 18th!  Each 100 lessons passed puts a feather on the school turkey! If we meet our goal, 2 VIP turkeys will be leading us all on a Turkey Trot!  Let's get reading and put some feathers on this turkey!
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 02, 2022 at 1:36 PM
Did you know that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month? Dyslexia is often defined as an unexpected difficulty in reading.  Dyslexia does not affect an individuals overall ability to read, rather it is a weakness in one specific language system, phonological awareness. Individuals with dyslexia are often typical in other intellectual areas: thinking, reasoning and understanding. Dyslexia affects one out of every five children and early intervention is key is supporting children to develop a manual mode of reading. Some signs to watch for as early clues for potential reading struggles: * speech delay * difficulties with pronunciation of words * inability to identify rhyme * difficulty matching names and sounds of letters * talking "around" a word  In 2015, CT Legislation Act 14-39 began to modify the education system and how we address challenges in literacy, specifically, dyslexia. From the CT State Dept of Education to your local school district, policies and programs have been instituted to support individuals with dyslexia. College teacher prep programs have been revamped, teacher training has been instituted and guidelines for assessment and intervention have been put in place.  For more information: or reach out to [email protected]  
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 24, 2022 at 2:36 PM
Did you know that your child has access to the iReady Reading My Path? My Path lessons are personalized for your child using their diagnostic results. Using My Path provides students with an opportunity to practice skills they may not have mastered in previous grades. Practice is done independently and at the student's pace. Students are presented with learning opportunities they are able to be successful with, yet challenge their thinking! Log in is simple with your child's Clever badge! Keep an eye out for a fun incentive to get those lessons completed!
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 18, 2022 at 8:33 PM
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