Reading is fundamental (and just plain fun) at Lowell Catholic

LC preschool students exploring the school library’s Dr. Seuss book collection include, front, from left, Charles Kalinoski, Kaitlyn Keyes, Oliver Bourne and Antony Thabet; and, back row, Avarie Marvin, Emily Restrepo-Espinosa, Gabriella Ferguson, Audrey Soun-khun and Mateo Marin-Tores.

LOWELL – Lowell Catholic has kicked off several fun reading and writing initiatives in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Associate Principal Dan Price visited classrooms dressed as “The Cat in the Hat” and spent time reading stories to younger students.

Middle-school students are participating in the Read Across America Essay Contest by reflecting on how the words of particular authors have shaped their thinking or impacted their life.

“Social-emotional learning though good literature has been an important component of the elementary-school curriculum.” Price said.

LC is fostering a love for literature from the earliest age of ABCs through teaching accelerated literary concepts. Classroom curriculum, independent testing, teacher training and community involvement help support the school’s efforts and encourage not only an academic competency level, but also a sincere commitment to learning, love of the printed word and respect for the tradition of storytelling.

Teachers in LC’s elementary school are working closely with research-based, effective literacy instruction through Journeys and the Wilson Reading Program. Teachers in preschool through second grade have had extensive training in the “gold standard” literacy programs at the programs headquarters in Oxford. Part of that training encourages teachers to maintain a perpetual assessment of students throughout the year, evaluating both classroom work and standardized testing.

The past 3K years have shown a consistent upward trend in test scores across grade levels at Lowell Catholic.

In addition to the rigorous academic reading and writing curriculum, LC is fostering a community of readers by building excitement around reading activities on campus. Younger students frequently enjoy their favorite stories read to them by special guest mystery readers like administrators and parents.

During “Book Buddy” days, older students partner with younger students. A “Drop Everything and Read” event encourages a love of stories in the classroom, and each spring a Dr. Seuss magic show sparks imaginations both young and old. Later this month, LC will also host bingo for books for students in the elementary school.

Lowell Catholic is currently accepting applications for preschool through eighth grade; contact for details.