Mr. Frank Dykstra

Remedial Specialist

Welcome Back!

I look forward to working with students in small groups practicing reading and math skills.

Parents will be notified in September which students will continue to receive extra practice based on reading levels, I&RS discussions, and math scores. I work with most classrooms with the exception of classes with co-teachers. Those students receive extra practice within the homeroom class. I also work within some of the classrooms.

I look forward to another great year here at George!

Mr. D.


-by calling the school office at 201-664-3033


-sending a note in with your child

I look forward to hearing from you. I am always available immediately before school or after 3:00. My room this year is shared with Resource Room. (Room 15)

Program Description

As the Remedial Specialist, my role in the Jessie F. George School is to assist students to be successful in the mainstream class. I give small group assistance in reading and math skills.

In Kindergarten, students are beginning readers and writers, and ideally will be reading at least on the C level on the Fountas & Pinnell leveling system at the end of K. These are basic sentences and include the use of picture clues. I do not generally work with students at this level, as all students are in the very early stages of reading and writing.

In Grade 1 we have an early intervention program for students who may need additional practice preparing to read. Some are selected at the end of K, while others enter the program in January if the classroom teacher requests . Scores are then compared to the cut off established by the district for reading and /or math assistance. Students are ideally reading at least at the J Level on the Fountas & Pinnell Leveling System at the end of Grade 1. Other assessments include Orton "Red word" assessments, and Teacher's College Performance tests.

In Grade 2 Students are given reading assessments including the Fountas & Pinnell leveled reading assessments. Ideally, students will be at least on the M level at the end of the year. Orton "Red word," and Teacher's College assessments are ongoing.

Students in Grades 1-5 may receive extra small group assistance through a process called Intervention and Referral Services. I & RS is a meeting and plan worked out by the classroom teacher, a special education teacher, the principal, myself, and the parent. If an academic difficulty is causing problems with classroom work, consideration is given for testing and possible assistance in the supplemental program.

All students in Grades 3-5 took the New Jersey required test called the PARCC in May 2018. Students scoring below the state cut-offs will be eligible for Basic Skills instruction. New for the 2018-2019 school year, New Jersey will administer their own test-much like the Science test Grade 4 took last May. The tests will be shorter, with just 2 sections of LA and 3 in Math, and are under the title New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) for both ELA and Math.

Assistance may include work in a small group, a slower pace, use of modified materials, previewing and reviewing class work, and drill and practice.

Please note: Students placed in co-teaching classes ( two teachers ) will receive extra support within the classroom and will not be pulled out. At times, I will go into the classrooms as well.

Students can be tested and exit the program any time progress is noted.

Because all students develop and mature at a different pace and learn in different ways, inclusion in the supplemental program is not a reflection of a child’s intelligence, but just one of the many programs the district offers to help each child reach his or her full potential.

Mr. F. Dykstra

Address Jessie F. George School 1 Palm Street, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

Phone 201-664-3033

Fax 201-722-0670