September 7, 2017
Dear OVSD Families,
This year, I am excited and proud to share with you that the Ocean View School District is officially launching its TK-8 Writing Continuum across all of its elementary and middle schools. Just as phonics, decoding and fluency are essential to reading comprehension, so are printing, cursive writing and typing to students’ written abilities to effectively communicate thoughts, ideas and concepts. Your children will be able to focus their attention on successfully composing written materials in all subject areas and across all grade levels when they possess the confidence to read and write fluently.
Our Writing Continuum provides direct instruction for students in grades TK-2 in printing and grade 3 in cursive writing. Explicit instruction in cursive begins in grades 3 and is reinforced in grades 4-8. In both printing and cursive, students learn proper grip, posture, paper placement, and correct letter formation.
With the increased use of electronic personal devices, typing has become a critical skill in the 21st Century; therefore in Ocean View, our earliest learners are introduced to the keyboard and then progress into learning proper hand and finger placement, developing home row typing skills, and then practicing increased speed and accuracy. The benefit of our instruction is that each typing program is accessible from any device connected to the Internet. With this feature, students are able to continue practicing and developing skills at home, while we are able to provide students, parents and teachers with personalized reports on student progress.
At your child’s Back-to-School Night presentation this year, you will learn more about the Ocean View School District’s Writing Continuum and how it directly supports our District-wide focus on literacy. Supporting and encouraging your children to develop, practice and apply correct printing, cursive writing, and typing skills will only further their ability to become successful communicators. We hope to partner with you to support the continued achievement of all students attending our schools.
Carol Hansen, Ed.D.