Welcome to Reading!

We all do!!!

OC Readers, 
WE ARE BACK FOR ANOTHER AWESOME YEAR!!! 2018-2019 will be filled with learning in and out of the classrooms on campus. I am the luckiest teacher on this and any other campus because my classroom is IN THE LIBRARY!!!! 

If you have questions about your child's progress in reading, concerns about a reading difficulty your child may be facing, or you would like to know more about the requirements students must meet in the area of reading, please email or call me at 397-4800. If you would prefer a face to face meeting, my conference time  is 3rd period (8:50-9:38).

I teach the following courses as well as several sections of reading for students whose first language is other than English:
  • Reading I
  • Reading II
  • Reading III
In class, we use a combination of texts and methods to learn to become more proficient readers, but a major component of our coursework is a computer-based program called Achieve3000, which uses leveled
nonfiction texts as the basis for lessons covering the skills good readers use to quickly and accurately read and comprehend the printed word.

  • Before School
    • Monday 8:15-8:45
  • After School
    • Wednesday and Thursday 4:15-5:00

Class Expectations
  1. Homework is infrequent, but may be assigned  if we do not complete the lesson in class.
  2. We use a combination of high-tech (iPads) and low-tech (pencils) in class, and students are expected to show kindness and respect to themselves, each other, and property at all times..
  3. Hurtful language to another student will not be tolerated, and "just kidding" or "we're friends" doesn't make it acceptable.
  4. Effort is required. Shoulder shrugs, "I can't," or "I don't know" do not help students become stronger readers. Mistakes are part of learning.

    The Love & Logic framework focuses on helping children learn how to make the most appropriate choices in a given situation through modeling  respectful, caring behavior and offering choices when possible. Please contact me if you have any concerns about classroom consequences or to offer support or information about your child.

A little about my experience...
    This is my 19th year teaching, but only my 9th in Northside ISD.  I have taught elementary, middle, and high school during this time.   I have a BA in English with Secondary Teaching Certification as well as an MA in BBL with ESL and Reading Specialist Certification
from UTSA. I am also certified in Gifted and Talented and Special Education in addition to having both my Principal and Superintendent certifications.
   Because I never want to forget how it feels to be a student, I am learning ASL (American Sign Language) at San Antonio College, and I am loving the experience so much! 
I hope to get to know you and your children well this year,
Kathleen McLaughlin-Velasquez
Reading Specialist