Monday, November 30, 2015

A Gift from Stride...3 New Games

Go Ahead, See What's Inside!

We couldn't wait any longer! Please enjoy 3 brand-new Arcade game selections, available today (and all through the Fall and Winter breaks!) when you login to Stride! An early holiday gift from us to keep your students excited about Stride while they're away from your classroom.
1-3-9
As the numbers 1, 3 and 9 appear in the queue, decide where to place them next to matching numbers. Three in a row (or more) of a number will cause them to add up to a larger number! ...1+1+1=3, 3+3+3=9, 9+9+9=27, and so on! As you play, learn to become more strategic about where you place numbers, so you can add up to larger numbers and boost your score!  Available for all grades.
Crowded Tower
Climb the Crowded Tower to the very top floor -- but beware of dangerous obstacles and creepy things that go bump in the night! Tap 1 time for a short jump. Tap 2 times for a high jump. See how high you can  make it up the Crowded Tower! Available for all grades.
Quad 
Catch the falling blocks before they hit the floor -- but you must catch them with a diamond of the same color! Click and hold to move all of the the colored diamonds horizontally at the same time. Release to move them back to their starting places on the sidelines. How many falling blocks can you "catch" to rack up points and move to the next level? Available for all grades.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

End of Progress Monitoring Assessment 2

Just a reminder that the window for Progress Monitoring Assessment 2 closes December 5. Since the 5th is a Saturday, the last date students will be able to take PMA is December 4.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

These Alabama schools are thankful for...

I received this email today:
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving

GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE!
It's time to do a trot...
And to give a little THANKS
For all that you have got!
GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE!
We simply want to say...
Stuff yourself with FUN & FOOD
And have a HAPPY TURKEY DAY!


Happy Thanksgiving from Stride & LTS!
Thankful in Alabama!
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we received for our "Stride Thankfulness" campaignthis month! We asked Alabama students and educators to tell us why they're thankful for the Stride programthis year. Here are some of the great responses we received!
B.B. COMER MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Talladega County)
We could not believe our eyes when Jami Danford, Technology Specialist for B.B. Comer Elementary, sent us this video she produced! Check it out: 
Teachers at B.B. Comer highlight students with the top usage of Stride through two exciting contests: Stride "Super Stars" (classes with the top academic badges) and "Star Point Millionaires" (students with 1 million + Star points). Congrats to the November leaders in each contest (listed below) – You are truly #MonumentalAchievers!
B.B. COMER MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL (Talladega County)
Just down the road at the high school campus, teacher Jack Jackson shares, "Most of my students were hooked on Stride by day one. I have one student with over 3 million star points this first month of using Stride, and two with 2 million! The most points and the most badges by Christmas break win a pizza party." This is definitely something to look forward to!
T.R. SIMMONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Jasper City)
Principal  Jonathan Allen at T.R. Simmons shared why he is thankful for Stride at his school:
"Instructional leaders are inundated with programs and materials that all claim to support student learning.  When I first learned our district was approved to receive the Motivated Data/Stride grant, I was very skeptical.  Consequently, since Mrs. McLemore has implemented the Stride program school-wide, I could not be more pleased.  Teachers and students alike have commented about the learning and games they have experienced through Stride.  As the second window of progress monitoring opens, teachers are discussing how the testing data will inform instruction and document individual student growth.  Moreover, a few teachers have already begun using the individual student reports for student conferences and goal setting.  Many of our students have already earned over a million star points with as much as 10% of student usage occurring at home.  I am very pleased with how this program has engaged our students in their personal educational growth.  We have just begun touching the surface on how this will impact our instruction."  Thank you for your kind words, Principal Allen!
PINECREST ELEMENTARY (Sylacauga City)
Kristy Harmon at Pinecrest shared, "We are thankful for Stride because we enjoy having a program that helps our students practice the necessary skills they must have in order to progress to their greatest learning potential.  Our students enjoy the challenges provided by Stride, as well as the coin rewards they achieve.  Our school providesscheduled time for Stride each week and recognizes students with the highest percentage of improvement at the end of the nine-weeks.  They are also rewarded with additional coins." Keep up the good work, Pinecrest!
CONSTANTINE ELEMENTARY (Anniston City)
Amy Hurst at Constantine Elementary wrote, "We are thankful to have a program like Stride. Stride is encouraging and fun to our students, and we have the best support around by our CLAS Academic Specialist, Gay Adams!" 


Thank you to all of the Alabama schools who sent in their expressions of thankfulness! Your teachers and students are the reason we continue to work hard to deliver fun and learning through the Stride program!
And a special THANK YOU to all of our CLAS Academic Specialists for the incredible work you do supporting our Alabama schools.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Stride & LTS Team!

Amy Frith, editor
Alabama Stride e-News
afrith@LTSed.com
866.552.9192, ext. 1011
What is it that you are thankful for?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What Are You Thankful For?

I received this email from Stride today:

Good afternoon, friends!

I'd like to ask your help in connecting me to some of your key contacts and Stride cheerleaders in the Alabama schools. For the month of November, I am gathering Expressions of Thankfulness to share in our next Alabama Stride e-Newsletter! 

Specifically, I am looking for two things:
  1. Teachers or administrators who will share why they are thankful for Stride.
  2. Students who will share why they are thankful for their favorite teacher. 
The teacher feedback is valuable to us for obvious reasons; the student feedback is heartfelt, endearing and brings a smile to everyone's faces as they are reminded of what an impression teachers make on their students. I know I always enjoy reading the candid thoughts of children.

Can you help me gather these statements of thankfulness, OR, can you please send me the names and contact information so that I may reach out to them personally? I am happy to do so if you will simply recommend some folks you believe will participate! 

Thank you in advance for your (always wonderful) help! I'd like to have these by Nov. 15 at latest.

Amy Frith

If you would like to respond to Amy, you can do so at this address.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Stride Alabama e-News: October 2015

Stride Alabama e-News: October 2015
Happy Halloween! 
This month has been a TREAT for us here at LTS and Stride. We had a blast during our first-everHomecoming Week, and we want to thank all of our Alabama schools who showed their #StridePride onFacebook and social media!
We've also had a HUGE influx of Stride stories, pictures and video submissions from across the state. Keep them coming!
The "MILLION CLUB" at Lyeffion Junior High (Evergreen)
Lyeffion staff have designed a unique motivational opportunity for their junior high students. They've created a beautiful, star-studded "Million Club" banner (pictured above) that teachers update every 1-2 weeks to celebrate students with the top Star Points. 
Lyeffion students are utilizing Stride in the computer lab, on iPads (in the classroom and library), and at home on a daily basis. Lyeffion teachers also use Stride for RTIto help struggling students improve math and reading skills.  

"The points add up fast," says Vicki Herring. "The students remind me when their totals need changing! Our top student now has 11,933,299 Star Points! They are very proud of their points and really enjoy having their names and total Star Points on the banner.  I also display the names of the student who has the most Star Points (under a million) and the most coins in each class. This motivates them to keep working to be in the Million Club!" 
At the end of the year on "Honors Day," the students in the Million Club receive T-shirts and certificates and are recognized before the faculty, student body and parents. They are also rewarded with  a cupcake/brownie/popcorn party! Congratulations to ALL members of the Million Club! Keep working hard!
"We really enjoy this program! You should hear all of the 'coin noise' in the computer lab when they are answering questions correctly! The students love that!" -Vicki Herring, Lyeffion JHS
Bookmarks for Bulldogs at Highland Elementary (Gadsden)
All Highland Elementary students who reached their goals during the 1st Nine Weeks of school were awarded a Captain Captivator Bookmark (designed by the creative staff at Highland Elementary!) along with a fun Halloween Pencil!  Nice work, Bulldogs!
"We are proud of these boys and girls!" says Jana Moon, Media Specialist & Technology Coordinator.
Ice Cream and Photo Shoots at Collins-Rhodes Elementary (Eight Mile)
Demetria S. Adams, Technology Support Teacher, reports that students at Collins-Rhodes Elementary celebrated their 1st quarter Stride achievements with anIce Cream Bash and Photo Shoot! The fifth grade students who earned themost academic badges for 1st quarter were treated to an ice cream bash with a lavish toppings bar.  These top students also participated in an exclusive photoshoot in which they had their pictures taken with the very special Stride Academy Top Student frame.  
These top Collins-Rhodes students also received certificates congratulating them for their top honors.  Principal Veronica W. Coleman is very pleased with her students’ participation in the Stride program. She looks forward to students earning even more academic badges for 2nd quarter!
Back to School Blitz at Florence Middle School (Florence)

Instructional Partner Jill Edwards
 shared pictures of Florence Middle School's first school-wide contest winners as they enjoyed a pizza celebration and shared their favorite things about the Stride program -- and their "wish list" of what they'd like to see next in Stride! We always appreciate the feedback of our students! 
The school-wide Stride competition took place over a short, four-day period to see how many points students could earn over the long weekend (since they were off on Monday). What a great idea to hold a "blitz contest" over a short vacation period!
Have a Happy Halloween and a safe weekend! Thanks to all of our Alabama schools for your dedication to the Stride program. Send your school's highlights, pictures, videos or story ideas for next month to:

Amy Frith, editorStride Alabama e-News
afrith@LTSed.com