Saturday, December 20, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
I sat down for the second time with Revolution by Deborah Wiles. It didn't take long to whiz through this book. I literally couldn't put it down. Tears were streaming from my eyes as I finished and I continue to process the history and deeper meanings hidden in this beautiful novel. The combination of a trying time in our country, during the Freedom Summer, and a girl struggling to define her family and her world can be a lot to process emotionally. Although it appears that our country has come so far, you can still see glimpses of the "Revolution" still occurring every day!
I attended the Lancaster Art Department's craft show yesterday. Local author, Dan Bomkamp, was there proudly displaying his books. My daughter was dying to read one of his books after perusing his stories and talking with him. He recommended that she start with The Adventures of Thunderfoot. She proudly took her personally autographed copy home and began reading it. Each chapter is a new outdoor adventure with a slight twist of humor. I'm anxious to read about Thunderfoot and discuss my perspective with Sophie!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Battle of the Books is in full swing at Lancaster Middle School. Let's just say that I'm a little behind on the book list! I am currently reading Doll Bones by Holly Black. The eerie cover drew me in at once. This feeling continues as the adventure unfolds.
Check out the Battle of the Books on WEMTA. How many of the books have you read?
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
What I didn't imagine is how much I would learn each day! I am continuously researching and looking for new information for myself, staff, students, and parents. It is humbling at times to admit I don't know the answer to everything and it has taught me to ask others for help. People are just waiting to be asked! Big changes occur when you have the courage to open up and accept what others have to offer!
I didn't imagine that I would be connecting with authors on a daily basis whether it is to arrange a skype visit or an onsite visit. I feel so giddy when I open an email from an author. Every. Single. Time.
I couldn't even begin to imagine how many book reviews I would read to ensure I am purchasing books that students will inhale. My book list continues to grow. Prioritizing reading time has become a necessity. Every time a book order arrives I feel like it is Christmas. I truly feel that each book is a gift.
The conversations I get to have with kids about their books is something I treasure. Each discussion reveals a bit of the student's personality, another great way to make a connection.
Meetings have become a natural part of my day. Not only do I get to connect with students and staff, but I am connecting to people in our community through parent meetings and Schreiner Memorial Library meetings as a board member. Building relationships with community members is a great way to find new resources!
Planning big projects or events has always been a passion. I love that I can share my ideas with others and they sort of take on a new life and become bigger and better than I could have even imagined!
The business of books is a story in itself! I feel so lucky to go to work each day and turn a new page!
Monday, September 1, 2014
I am so extremely proud to be an educator in Lancaster. I have had the opportunity to work with some pretty incredible people this summer. I am so proud of the work we have done to lay the groundwork for an incredible year.
First of all, I am proud of our custodial staff. They have gone above and beyond to help with my endless list of needs for the school libraries. I am honored to work side by side with them and look forward to continuing this relationship. Many of my ideas could have been brushed off because it requires change and work, but they have jumped right in and helped me along the way. The pride they have in Lancaster Schools is evident!
I am proud of the administration team in our district. The communication and collaboration that has occurred throughout the summer shows their deep commitment to our schools. They have the unenviable task of making the tough decisions, balancing out the schedules, and trouble-shooting on a daily basis. How they do this and continue to motivate us is a real gift. They truly demonstrate #arrowpride in all they say and do!
Our staff demonstrates #arrowpride in so many ways. The way the new staff was welcomed is admirable. The way everyone shares the load to make special events come to life is magical. The kindness displayed even in moments of stress or panic shows our commitment to one another. I am extremely humbled to be working with new staff in the middle school and high school this year. I look forward to learning from them and I am thankful for the warm welcome. I am proud to be a part of the entire school community.
What would a school be with out families? The children and their families are truly the heart and soul of our school community. I have seen so many fantastic demonstrations of #arrowpride! The Friends of Winskill has organized family movie night and is really reaching out to get new families involved. The Sports Boosters and Music Boosters are gearing up for another year of activities in which they can demonstrate the pride they have in their kids. Students coming in to practice their locker combinations demonstrate their #arrowpride as they prepare for their next step. The smiles are contagious.
Jimmy Casas challenged us to tell our stories, to show our pride! I think we are heading in the right direction. As I prepare to spend the night awake going through all the dreams I have for this school year for myself, for my kids, for Lancaster, I will continue to smile with knowledge that I am part of something big, something great! I've got #arrowpride and I'm ready to pass it on!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|Subject: Help me add technology to our school libraries|
I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org:
Lights! (Read) Camera! (Write) Action! (Film)
Give to my classroom by August 23, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).
If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.
Thanks so much,
P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along!
Lights! (Read) Camera! (Write) Action! (Film)
High Poverty, Lancaster, WI
Have you ever been convinced to go to a movie after seeing the movie trailer? I want to help the students in all three of the school libraries create ... read moreHelp my classroom
My students need need a green screen, iPad tripods, and action signs to make movie book trailers.