Our Low-income school consists of a population of wonderful kids. Our children represent many countries from all over the world. The school, Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary, is named for an African American educator, and we are dedicated to excellence, just as Mrs. Coates was during her years as a teacher and principal in northern Virginia. We challenge our students to come to school every day prepared to be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Shine!
Our student population is quite diverse and our staff members reflect the diversity of our student body.
Our current enrollment is nearly 600 students in kindergarten through sixth grades. Approximately 35% of our students receive English Language Services and the free and reduced lunch rate is about 47%. We also provide special services for students with Individualized Educational Plans for Speech and Language, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Other Health Impairments.
We have five Kindergarten classrooms with an average of 22 students in each class.
Guided reading is critical in the early years of school and this starts in Kindergarten! Reading groups are conducted every day and in Kindergarten, the students' abilities can range from not knowing any letters, to reading chapter books.
My students love reading groups, but these colorful and unique stools will help make guided reading even more fun and help with student engagement.
Meanwhile the playdoh will also support independent student word work while I teach students in small groups.
The storage bins and chime will help us all with organization and provide a new "attention-getter" when it is time make transitions!
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