Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Image of Lion coming through a frameMarysville School

"Relationships, Respect, Rigor"

Marysville School K-8
7733 SE Raymond | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-6363 | Fax: (503) 916-2656


Reading at Home

Students are encouraged to read 20 minutes a night. This is important and let me tell you why . . . or better yet let's look at it mathematically:

Student A reads 20 minutes, five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins/week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 mins/week

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months (school year)
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?     
Which student would you expect to know more?     Which student would you expect to write better?    Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?   

Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?

Core Reading Instruction

Each week we'll focus on reading comprehension, fluency, some spelling and vocabulary development.

Novel Studies

My core class and reading class will do novel studies throughout the year. This will give us the opportunity to sharpen and fine tune our reading strategies. Be sure to ask your student what we are currently reading. I strive to pick engaging and thoughtful books for this study.

We are currently reading:


We've finished (and loved):



In addition to reading a minimum of 20 minutes a night and keeping track of that reading on a reading log, students will complete one fiction read and response and one non fiction read and response. This homework goes home on Mondays and should be returned on Friday. I want them to keep their weekend free to spend time with family.

April 28   Non Fiction    all due on Friday

April 21   Non Fiction

April 14   Non Fiction   Non Fiction

April 7  Non Fiction   Non Fiction

March 17   Non Fiction    Non Fiction

March 10    Fiction    Non Fiction

March 3   Fiction   Non Fiction

February 24   Fiction    Non Fiction

February 11   Fiction   Non Fiction

February 3    Fiction   Non Fiction

January 13    Fiction    Non Fiction

January 6    Fiction     Non Fiction

December 17   Fiction   Non Fiction

December 9   Fiction    Non Fiction

December 2   Fiction    Non Fiction

November 18   Fiction   Non Fiction

November 12    Fiction    Non Fiction

November 4   Fiction   Non Fiction

October 28   Fiction   Non Fiction

October 21   Fiction    Non Fiction

October 14   Fiction    Non Fiction

October 7   Fiction   Non Fiction

September 30  Fiction   Non Fiction

September 23 Fiction   Non Fiction

September 16 Fiction   Non Fiction