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    • TueJun02 Early Childhood Screening 9:00 AM to 4:00 PMFCC
    • WedJun03 Last day for seniors
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Reading and Literacy

In Fridley Public Schools, we define competency in language arts as the ability to independently write, read, and understand textual material that is appropriate to the age and grade level of the student. The goal is proficiency for all students by implementing research-based core reading and writing instruction. Students are assessed using school-wide screening measures and rubrics to identify student proficiency levels (Fridley Read Well by Grade 3 Plan).

The goal of literacy and reading instruction within the IB Programme is as a means to communicate understanding and gather information. To this end, all teachers have a role in teaching and supporting literacy in all disciplines. There is a strong focus on students' abilities to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, as well as comprehend language through listening, reading and viewing. All students need to be able to communicate effectively and be critical readers and writers. The K-12 instructional program builds on experiences in language learning that students have gained in each previous year. Knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills will be developed through reading, writing, listening, speaking and investigations. All instruction is aligned with the MN Academic Standards for English Language Arts.

All student will be able to:

  • use language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self-expression and social interaction
  • develop the skills involved in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting in a variety of contexts
  • develop critical, creative and personal approaches to studying and analyzing literary and non-literary works
  • engage in literature from a variety of cultures and representing different historical periods
  • explore and analyze aspects of personal, host and other cultures through literary and non-literary works
  • engage with information and communication technology in order to explore language
  • develop a lifelong interest in reading widely
  • apply language skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts

Instructional Program

 K-5 Benchmark Literacy

Benchmark Literacy is a comprehensive instructional program with 30 weeks of explicit comprehension-focused lessons for the whole class, small groups, and intervention. The key components of the primary instructional resources are:

  • Assessment-driven instruction that is differentiated and includes responding to text
  • Gradual release and built-in choice that support student progress and teacher creativity
  • Precisely leveled texts for your full range of students, including ELs and striving readers
  • Leveled Reader's Theater and diverse genres that engage students and extend learning

The Benchmark Literacy program is research-based design that addresses the identified “five pillars” of literacy instruction.

  • Phonemic Awareness - the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds in spoken words
  • Phonics - the ability to draw relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. This teaches students to use these relationships to read and write words.
  • Fluency - the ability to read text accurately and quickly, either silently or orally.
  • Vocabulary - A knowledge of word meaning helps with decoding and also improves reading comprehension.
  • Comprehension - the ability to understand, to remember, and to communicate meaning from what is read. Students work repeatedly with the following strategies: identify main idea and supporting details; analyze character; identify sequence of events; analyze story elements; make inferences; summarize information; make predictions; compare & contrast; identify cause and effect; draw conclusions.

These five key elements are embedded in the key skills and topics along with the link to writing. Students practice and develop skills and strategies at their own reading level with the goal to have all students working at a literacy level that puts them on track for college and career readiness as defined by the ACT.

Literacy and Reading Key Skills and Concepts


    Letters and letter sounds

    Comprehension and Response

    • Ask questions about text with support
    • Retell familiar stories with support
    • Describe the relationship between illustrations and text
    • Identify characters, settings, and plots
    • Identify front/back cover and title page
    • Recognize common types of texts and basic features

    Phonics and Word Recognition

    • Produce primary sound for each consonant
    • Associate long and short vowel spellings for the five major vowels
    • Read common high-frequency words by sight


    • Read simple on-level texts with purpose and understanding

Grade 1

    Comprehension and Response

    • Relate texts to prior knowledge and experiences
    • Retell familiar stories using a beginning, middle, and end
    • Ask and answer questions about key details
    • Make simple inferences and support conclusions
    • Use story illustrations to enhance comprehension
    • Describe main idea, characters, setting, and sequence of events
    • Explain differences between fiction and nonfiction texts
    • Know and use text features such as headings, contents, glossaries, menus, and icon

    Phonics and Word Recognition

    • Segment and blend beginning, middle, and ending sounds
    • Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words
    • Use letter sounds, word patterns, and parts of simple words to decode unfamiliar words
    • Know final –e and common vowel teams for long vowels
    • Identify 175 common high frequency word


    • Read aloud on-level texts with purpose, appropriate rate, accuracy, and expression

Grade 2

    Comprehension and Response

    • Relate texts to prior knowledge and experiences
    • Ask and answer questions such as who, what, where, when, why and how
    • Summarize texts using the main idea and some supporting details
    • Describe characters, setting, problem and solution, and author’s purpose
    • Compare and contrast ideas in similar texts
    • Recognize and use nonfiction text feature

    Phonics and Word Recognition

    • Distinguish long and short vowels in one-syllable words
    • Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words
    • Decode words with prefixes and suffixes
    • Use text clues to determine the meaning of words and phrases
    • Read and write compound words
    • Read and write contractions
    • Identify 300 common high frequency word


    • Read aloud on-level texts with purpose, appropriate rate, accuracy, and expression

Grade 3

    Comprehension and Response

    • Retell stories and identify moral/theme using supporting details
    • Ask and answer questions referring directly to the text
    • Distinguish between reader’s and narrator’s point of view
    • Compare two texts on the same topic
    • Use nonfiction text features to contribute to comprehension
    • Identify similes and metaphors
    • Make inferences to understand ideas not specifically stated in the tex

    Phonics and Word Recognition

    • Decode multi-syllable words
    • Identify and know the meaning of prefixes and suffixes
    • Acquires, understands, and uses new vocabulary words through explicit instruction and independent readin


    • Read aloud on-level texts with purpose, appropriate rate, accuracy, and expression

Grade 4

    Comprehension and Response

    • Describe in depth a character, the setting, event, or main idea from the story
    • Make predictions and draw conclusions
    • Summarize, compare and contrast similar themes and events in stories
    • Refer to details from a text when drawing inferences
    • Locate information and use grade appropriate reference materials
    • Compare two texts on the same topic and integrate information
    • Understand and use similes, metaphors, and idioms

    Phonics and Word Recognition

    • Use combined knowledge of all letter sounds word patterns, and structure to accurately read unfamiliar multisyllabic words
    • Acquire, understand, and use new vocabulary words through explicit instruction and independent readin


    • Read aloud on-level prose and poetry with purpose, appropriate rate, accuracy, and expression

Grade 5

    Comprehension and Response

    • Comprehension strategies applied to fiction and informational text
    • Nonfiction text and graphic features
    • Genres of text: biography, historical fiction, informational texts, mystery, myths, persuasive essays, plays, realistic fiction, and science fictio

    Word Study and Vocabulary

    • Academic vocabulary
    • Root word stud


    • Read aloud on-level prose and poetry with purpose, appropriate rate, accuracy, and expression



Middle School Announcements

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Fridley Middle School 7th and 8th grade students are proud to present Disney's Aladdin Jr, the spring musical! The show opens on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Fridley District Auditorium, 6000 West Moore Lake Drive, Fridley. Additional showtimes include Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for youth through high school, $2 for Fridley Student with ID. We look forward to seeing you there!



Each February, Black History Month serves as an opportunity for all to recognize and celebrate the achievements of African Americans - Fridley Public Schools honors the legacy of African American pioneers through a multitude of events throughout the February. On February 25, 2020, Fridley Middle School (FMS) hosted a first-time, student-centered Black History Month showcase for 7th and 8th grade students in the Fridley district auditorium.

The event was organized in collaboration with FMS Get Ready college pathways program coordinator Nura Hussein and equity and inclusion specialist Aloda Sims. “Together, we wanted to create a space and opportunity for students to feel valued and celebrated through their culture and heritage,” said Hussein. “We wanted this to be a celebration and something big for students to be a part of.”

“It was an excellent opportunity to provide a student-centered learning experience,” said Sims. “As an International Baccalaureate World School, we strive to diversify our students learning experiences and focus on global contexts. We want our students to be equipped with a well-rounded and diverse knowledge base that can prepare them and build them up for the future.”

The Black History Month event showcased several performances, beginning with the 7th grade choir singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Four Fridley High School students then performed an African cultural dance.

Students represent African American “Wax Figures” in history

The central feature of the showcase was an African American “Wax Figures” presentation, in which 11 students represented prominent historical figures, with the purpose of motivating and inspiring students to continue their legacies of greatness. African American leaders included Maya Angelou, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ta-nehisi Coats, musical genius Prince, and boxer and philanthropist Muhammed Ali. Students portrayed each historical figure, reciting their significant achievements and contributions to society.

Nia Keaton, a 7th grade student, was proud to represent Ruby Bridges, a lifelong activist for racial equity, and the first African American student to desegregate an elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1960. “She is inspiring and brave and it meant a lot to me to represent her,” said Keaton. “She is an icon and made a true difference. I felt proud to be part of this showcase because it’s our month, and we were celebrating it with the entire school.”

Eighth grader Nathan Gonzalez represented James Baldwin, a novelist and playwright who broke literary ground with the exploration of racial and social issues in many of his works. “I was definitely proud to represent him,” said Gonzalez. “He is a huge part of African American culture. It was awesome to have this whole assembly to celebrate the culture and history of African Americans, and to highlight the fight and strength that these prominent figures had.”

To 7th grade student Tabitha Johnson, representing the role of Mae C. Jemison was an honor. Jemison, who is an engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut, was the first African American woman to travel to space. “I was so happy to represent a woman who has achieved so much,” said Johnson. “She is an amazing role model and I hope to get the chance to meet her someday.”

In addition to participating in the “Wax Figures” presentation, Johnson knew that she wanted to write and present a speech. Johnson spoke on the pride of being educated, highlighting the strength and glory of those who came before her. 

In her speech, she stated, “Hear me when I say being black is a privilege; being a black student in America is an honor. Even though you may face injustice along the way, you can always overcome it. Just ask our ancestors.”


Students empowered by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity role models

To encourage higher education aspirations, Jareck Horton and Thomas Collins, two representatives from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. led an empowering discussion. Omega Psi Phi is a historic African American fraternity. Sharing personal narratives, their educational journeys, and powerful advice, they engaged students as they spoke to them about overcoming obstacles, and knowing the value of higher education. Both Collins and Horton reinforced to their captive audience that even if there are obstacles and challenges in life, they can prevail through hard work, determination, and a sense of purpose.

“As a college and career readiness program, our aim is to create discussions about our students’ futures,” said Hussein, who administers the Get Ready program at FMS. “We wanted our students to hear and learn from and the lived experiences of our guests Collins and Horton, who really contributed to the impact of the showcase.”




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