Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The genre posters served as a way to increase student awareness and understanding of the various literary genres.
Wednesday, February 13
The following was submitted by the South Elementary School: Students at the South Elementary School in Stoughton recently participated in creating and visiting a Genre Poster Museum. As part of the South School MCAS Action Plan for ELA, teachers included the idea of creating genre posters as a way of increasing student awareness and understanding of the various literature genres. The posters were started on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 and finished after the new year. The Literacy Leadership Team of teachers accepted donated 4 ft. x 8 ft. sheets of foam board to display the posters in a faux museum. Our thanks to Steve Kramer of Camp Westwoods for the donation. The boards lined the walls of the gym. On Thursday, Jan. 24, each class came to…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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REMEMBERING A BELOVED TEACHER: Marilyn Fiske, a reading teacher at the Gibbons Elementary School, unexpectedly passed away this Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012, at the age of 64. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi wrote, "Marilyn has been a reading teacher for the Stoughton Public Schools for over 27 years. During her tenure, she served as a remedial teacher in the summer school program, served on curriculum review committees, as well as volunteered as a mentor in our new teacher mentoring program." Gibbons School principal Lynne Jardin told About Town, "There aren't enough words to describe her. She was an amazing person. There was no child she didn't touch. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
West School students participated in an incentive based reading program in 2012, earning the school a special visit from Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster.
Not all New Year's resolutions are broken; just ask the students at the West Elementary School in Stoughton. At an assembly in January, after returning from winter vacation, a new reading initiative was unveiled and students and staff made a resolution to read more in 2012. And for keeping this resolution, students were treated with a special visit from Wally the Green Monster, the famed Red Sox mascot, on May 24. Wally came to the West School gym and read "Hello, Wally!" written by for former Red Sox player and NESN commentator Jerry Remy. He also helped to lead a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Wally and the Red Sox donated five books to the West School library. Each student also received a bookmark. At the time of Wally's …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Book Talk drums up literary conversation at the Dawe.
Book Talk, a new program at the Dawe Elementary School had students engaged in active conversation last Friday. All students in the school read (or were read) a book of their choice at home, came to school, and had conversations with other students about the book—summarizing it, critiquing it and analyzing it. The 402 students, grades kindergarten through fifth, were split into 52 groups, with roughly eight in each group. A staff member or parent or community volunteer led the small groups of students in discussion about their respective books. “We’re looking to emphasize a message that everyone reads and reading is important,” principal David Barner said. “The goal is to spark a love of reading,” reading teacher Barbara Hathaway said. “…
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Students came to school in their pajamas on Dec. 1 and listened as their teachers and their parents read them stories.
Wearing pajamas to school is normally frowned upon, but on Dec. 1 students at the West Elementary School were encouraged to don their PJs. More than 100 students came to the West, along with their parents, last Thursday evening for the school’s first “Books Before Bed” program. West School teachers and staff (also dressed in their pajamas) read to the students and then parents read to their children and vice versa. “We wanted to get families together reading at night,” West School reading teacher Amy Thomsen said. “It doesn’t matter what age they are, reading aloud to kids fosters a love of reading,” West School reading teacher Laurie Higgins said. Teresa Schwarz, an English as a Second Language coordinator for the schools, read a book in …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Members of the community read to classes at the Gibbons School as part of Community Readers Day.
The Gibbons Elementary School invited members of the Stoughton community to come and read to classes throughout the school as part of its Community Readers Day. On the afternoon of Nov. 22, 20 members of the community visited the Gibbons, read a book to a class, led the students in a discussion about the book’s theme, and then answered some questions about their job. I had the pleasure of reading to Mrs. Galanis’ first grade class. School and town officials, doctors, bank managers, and veterans made up the group of community readers. Take a look at the media gallery for photos from the afternoon (photos courtesy of Tricia Dembrowski and the Gibbons School). Community Readers: