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Mariemont City Schools is committed to developing skilled and passionate readers and writers, critical thinkers and effective communicators. Our goal is to build students who can investigate the world, recognize the perspectives of others, take action within their community and thrive in college and careers. 

Literacy instruction is based on the learning standards for reading and focuses on student learning outcomes.  Our instructional practices are aligned to each of the five pillars of reading…phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. While not a “pillar” of literacy, writing is also an important part of the Mariemont City Schools literacy experience.

Mariemont City Schools is committed to using high-quality, evidence-based literacy instruction to ensure all students become proficient readers. Additionally, our teachers and students are supported by our MTSS Coordinator, Lindsay Oberschlake, and our Literacy Support Specialist, Emily James.

We use the simple view of reading and Scarborough’s Reading Rope to guide our work.

Science of Reading

The science of reading is an interdisciplinary body of scientific evidence that:   
  • Informs how students learn to read and write proficiently;
  • Explains why some students have difficulty with reading and writing;
  • Indicates that all students benefit from explicit and systematic instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and writing to become effective readers;  
  • Does not rely on any model of teaching students to read based on meaning, structure and syntax, and visual cues, including a three-cueing approach.  
 You can learn more about the Science of Reading by watching the Mariemont City Schools videos series.

What we do in the classroom

This structured literacy plan for Mariemont City Schools, based on the five pillars of reading, will help ensure that students develop strong reading skills from kindergarten through high school, setting them up for academic success and lifelong learning.

Home Connection

Click on the grade bands below to see an overview of age-appropriate programs, assessments and how you can help at home.

How do I find my child's Lexile?

Lexile levels are scientifically and mathematically assigned based on the difficulty and readability of a book. Once you know your child's Lexile level, you can search for books that match this level to expand your home library and encourage daily reading practice in your own home.
You can find your child's Lexile level by looking at the Student Achievement Dashboard for the Acadience report for K-2 and MAP report for 3-10. For K-2 students, consult your child's teacher for guidance as Lexile levels may not capture the specific skills and patterns they're working on in the classroom.

A word of caution, if your child has a high Lexile, some of the content may be mature or difficult to comprehend so you should pay attention to the subject matter of the reading material. Just because your child can read it, doesn't mean they are ready for the content.

Lexile levels provide insights into your child's reading ability, but it's important for families to explore challenging texts together to enhance vocabulary and boost reading comprehension skills. Engaging with complex materials as a family fosters a rich learning environment and supports overall literacy development.

Ohio Initiatives and Requirements for Teaching Literacy

To see the state initiatives and requirements, click here.

If you have questions about literacy in Mariemont City Schools, reach out to your child's teacher or contact Shannon Kromer, Director of Teaching and Learning.
Shannon Kromer
Director of Teaching and Learning