Public Schools believes that literacy is the single most important
outcome of a K-12 education.
In response to S-QEM recommendations and a growing sense of urgency about the importance of reading as the foundation of a solid education, the district launched the K-5 and 6-12 literacy initiatives.The initiatives are broad in their scope and reach. The goal is to provide an instructional program that guarantees our students their educational right to literacy. A variety of strategies are being explored, such as
Gift of Literacy is a six-month program that encourages a love of reading among young children. Through rich community partnerships, every first-grader in Springfield Public Schools receives a brand-new hardcover book at a special literacy celebration at the end of each school year.
Battle of the Books is a program that aims to encourage and motivate students to read while also promoting academic excellence and teamwork, broadening reading interests, and increasing reading competition. Last year, 1700 students in grades 3-12 competed. Contact Paul Weill for more information, 541-726-3455.