Students succeed through reading
April 7, 2005
Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra presents its January “On Your Way” awards to three students at Bijou Community School. They are Jonathan Aquino, Grade 3; Nicole Aldana, Grade 4; and Karla Figueroa, Grade 5.
Jonathan Aquino said his favorite book is “Captain Underpants.” When asked what he likes about reading, he said, “Reading is fun because it helps you learn how to write better.”
Jonathan’s teacher, Jenny Dickenson, said, “Jon always turns in his homework, works hard on his class work and is willing to help others when they need it. He is becoming a courageous member of our class.”
Susan Earnest, Nicole’s teacher, said, “I first met Nicole two years ago when she joined a Title I reading group that I was teaching. At that time Nicole was a beginning reader in second grade. Now, in fourth grade, through determination and hard work, she is reading at her grade level. Nicole is highly motivated – whenever she has a free moment in class, she is deeply involved in reading a book. When I recently assessed her reading, I informed her of her tremendous growth. I asked her if she realized how much she had grown. She said, “It’s because I love to read.”
“Karla Figueroa has made tremendous progress in reading over the past two years,” said her teacher, Bob Fannan. “She has worked hard on all the activities that are necessary for those who want to improve their reading skills. She also has worked hard on her spelling and writing. As a result of Karla’s hard work she has risen to the top of the class, not only in reading, but in all areas of the curriculum, especially mathematics. She is a wonderful model for all her classmates to follow. She said that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. We have no doubt that she will be a good one. Great job, Karla.”