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Lyons Center focusing on literacy

Three new teacher are starting the school year at Lyons Center School. (From left) Elizabeth Carlson, a special education teacher, Jennifer Jankowski, a reading specialist, and Marsella Aquilar, a full-time student teacher in special education, psychology and library media from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. (click for larger version)

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September 07, 2011 | 08:19 AM
LYONS TOWNSHIP — Lyons Center School will become a "professional teaching community" this year, said Sue Mosher, principal of the K-4 school.

That means on Tuesday mornings, teachers will meet to review test scores and assignments from their classes.

Students who need help, especially in reading, will be pulled from their classrooms during the mornings for special 30-minute sessions that focus on their weaknesses, Mosher said.

"Intervention teams will work with students who need help with reading,' Mosher said.

"This year, the focus is on literacy."

She said the Burlington School District hired four full-time reading specialists.

Lyons Center will share a specialist with Winkler School.

The new reading specialist is Jennifer Jankowski, and a new full-time student teacher is Marsella Aquilar, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Aquilar is specializing in special education, psychology and library media.

The school will also have a new special education teacher, Elizabeth Carlson, Mosher said.

Meanwhile, Lyons Center is still dedicated to inquiry­-based learning, where students ask questions about their class lessons, and then do research to find answers to those questions, which they share with their classmates.

Lyons Center has about 140 students.

The new school year started Sept. 1.

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