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4th graders Corbin and Jonathan engage in close reading.

A Closer Look at Willowbrook's Close Reading

Close reading is not necessarily a new style of reading for Southeast Polk students. However, with the implementation of the Iowa Core’s language arts outcomes, there is an increased focus on close reading strategies, and for good reason! When students read complex text closely, they read it multiple times to expose the layers of meaning. In a close reading experience, students pay very close attention to what the text says, as well . . . read more

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The "employees" of Bizamico pose for a photo.

Looking to the Future

Mitchellville students present business plans and research projects

Topics ranged from longhorn cattle to business strategy at Mitchellville Elementary’s math and reading fair on February 10. Mitchellville families were invited to the school to enjoy a spaghetti dinner followed by a student showcase. The fair, which was similar to a science fair in that students created projects and presented them to . . . read more

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National School Breakfast Week is March 2 - 6

Studies have shown that all sorts of good things happen when students start their school day with breakfast, either at home or at school. For example, students  who eat breakfast were shown to have greater attention spans and enhanced cognitive function, decreased tardiness, better school attendance, and improved academic . . . read more

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