During school, two of the sixth grade homerooms have been doing a very fun and cool writing activity. It all started when Mrs. McGilloway came into their classes and read a book of poems called Voices of Ancient Egypt. They learned many cool jobs of the ancient Egyptians through poetry. They decided to do something really cool. They decided to pick a member of the staff and write a poem about their job through poetry. Doesn't that sound like fun!
Some of the staff chosen was Mrs. Swinney, Mrs. Smeltzer, Mr. Jenkinson, and Mr. Rehn. They have been working on these poems for a couple weeks. These poems are going to get hung on the door of the staff member’s room and when it’s Moving Up Day you will be able to see all the hard work the sixth graders put into these amazing poems. See an example below!
By: Brian A. and Austin D.
I am Mr. Jenkinson yes I am.
The Cafeteria Cleaner, the Sweeper of Schools.
Can I fix it? Yes, I actually repair chairs, heaters, lights and more.
When I am seen I am expected to clean.
When it comes to clean I am pristine.
I make sure to clean and sweep the halls and classrooms,
and even do it after school.
I empty the trash and lock the door,
I also notify people if equipment is poor.
I restock the bathroom with soap, toilet paper and many things more.
I am the cleaner of schools of course I am!
Without me you would drown under a mountain of garbage.
All students had special guests read to their classrooms! See below for some pictures of how we celebrated Dr. Seuss's 113th birthday. Thank you to all of our guest readers!
By: Leah G.
This month Mrs.McGilloway has come up with a reading program. This program is something everyone in the school can join. The reason Mrs. McGilloway and some of the staff wanted to do this was to get everyone reading and excited to do it. Basically what you do is take the READO worksheet which has a bunch of things that you can do while reading. For example, one of the things is reading in your pajamas or eating a snack as you read. When you do all of them and turn it into the office, all you have to do is wait for the assembly. The assembly is only for the people who participate. And when that happens you pick your favorite things that were on the worksheet and place them on the bingo card. If you win bingo you’ll get a surprise prize that Mrs.McGilloway has picked out. If I were you I would definitely, join this amazing READO program that Mrs.McGilloway and the staff have provided for our school.
What is literacy? I went to Mansion Avenue School’s top authority- Mrs.McGilloway, and I asked her a few questions about what her favorite things about literacy are to find this answer.
Question 1: What is your favorite book?
Answer: I have lots of favorite books. It’s really hard to just pick one. For non-fiction I love a book called Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott. It is about writing and life - two of my favorite things. For fiction I loved the book Little Women when I was younger. One of my current favorites is Let The Great World Spin by Colm McCann. For kids books I really enjoyed Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.
Question 2: How many book clubs do you run at one time?
Answer: The number of the clubs I have is really based on the interest of students. Usually someone will come to me about a book, and I will say, go find some friends who want to read the same book. And off we go. It also depends on my availability at lunch and if students are available because sometimes there are other activities at lunch. So the answer is more than one and less than, oh say 15.
Question 3: In your opinion, which kind of books do kids like better-nonfiction or fiction?
Answer: That's a hard question. Some kids love fiction and some love nonfiction. It's really just about what you like. Based on requests for book clubs I would say more kids lean towards fiction.
Question 4: What's the most popular book you've seen so far?
Answer: Tom Angleberger books have really taken off. I didn't know much about him until the Origami Yoda book club. I just asked a student to preview his newest creation which is a mystery called Inspector Fly Trap and the Big Deal Mysteries.
Question 5: What do you think Mansion kids could do to read more?
Answer: I think all kids (adults too) need to read more outside of school. It's important to find something you actually like to read. Reading is the number one thing you can do to make you more successful in school and in life (Trust me on this, I have research to back it up). Kids should also use their independent reading time to read- if you can't find something you like ask the teacher, the librarian, or me!
These responses to key questions to this answer tell us exactly what literacy is about-the ability to read and to write, and to love doing this. What Mrs. McGilloway is trying to say is that everyone should read- not because it will help us all, (which it will) but because it is fun to read. That is what literacy is.
By: Damian B.
In our school, we have a thing called literacy activities. These activities are basically reading activities for our school that we can do throughout the entire school year. I think that the literacy activities are very interesting and entertaining. There's also a person in our school who plans the literacy activities for our school which is Mrs. McGilloway. There are many exciting activities planned for our school. Mrs. McGilloway comes up with all the ideas for literacy.
Mrs. McGilloway is in charge of planning all of the literacy activities; she is a reading specialist at our school. She does everything that has to do with reading. Some of the things that she does are make reading clubs and she is the person who gets our visiting author to come visit our school. If we didn’t have Mrs. McGilloway at our school, we wouldn’t much fun doing activities that involve reading.
Some of the exciting activities that Mrs. McGilloway have planned are our visiting author David Lubar and she has planned some reading clubs. One of the clubs is reading a book called Nathan Abercrombie: Accidental Zombie, The Big Stink. She said that her group is really enjoying this book because they’ve noticed that zombies aren’t all that bad. The author David Lubar is coming to our school on December 22. He has written some books like the book Campfire of the Ninja Weenies. The last activity that she planned was another group who are reading graphic novels like Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Mrs. McGilloway plans all of these and has a way to do it how do you think she does. Well she usually comes up with these ideas from reading books that have ideas that she can do. Sometimes students come to her and give her ideas that she can use and sometimes she uses them but she doesn’t always use them. This is how Mrs. McGillowa