Will it stay or will it go?
January 30, 2013
Principal Gary Pfleuger sits with
students in the lunch room at Valley
At the beginning of the school year, Valley View
Elementary principal Gary Pfleuger set a series
of reading and writing goals for all the
students there, and made them a promise; he
wouldn't cut his mustache unless they reached
The time is drawing near to see if they've lived
up to the challenge.
March 4-8 is "I Love To Read" week, and on March
6, if all goes well, a special assembly will be
held during which they may, or may not, get to
see those lengthy lip whiskers come off.
"The problem is, some of the kids don't want to
see it come off!" he said. "I sure hope they
meet the challenge, though. I can feel this
think blowing in the wind, and I'm worried I'll
zip it up in my coat."
The goals he set, specific to each individual
class, focus on both reading and writing,
subjects that go hand in hand, and it looks
right now like the kids are going to make it.
"I firmly believe that if you work harder at
writing, reading will follow," Pfleuger said.
"If you give them a word-rich environment, it
motivates the kids."
Valley View students are formally tested three
times a year, and Pfleuger said he's seen
promising improvements in sentence structure,
punctuation and capitalization, key ingredients
to good writing, which bodes well for
improvements in reading speed and comprehension.
The final results, though, won't be in until
March 6, time to be determined, when mid-term
reports are due.
If all goes well, a lot of Valley View students
will be going to class on Thursday morning,
March 7, wondering who the new guy is in the
principal's office. And Mr. Pfleuger will have
kissed Mrs. Pfleuger goodbye with much less tickle.
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