Washington Elementary fourth grade students are learning to blog with new friends from Columbus State. Their teacher, Mrs. Graham, picked the book they are blogging about and assigns chapters each week. The Columbus State students and Washington students have an in-depth conversation about the book. They have been talking about characters and their actions, predictions for upcoming chapters, problems that are occurring and why the author chose to write the way they did. She says, “It is really very neat to see the comments that they are blogging back and forth. I love it because I am finding out a lot about my students as readers and writers because, no big surprise, they are really invested in the blogging aspect and are producing quality work.” Washington isn’t alone in the project. There are students from many of our elementary schools participating in the same program.
Dr. Christina Dorr, Library Media Specialist at Weaver Middle School, received the inaugural award for The Ohio Educational Library Media Association’s Leadership-in-Action. It recognizes an Ohio school librarian pursuing active leadership roles in local schools and in national professional organizations. This award honors members demonstrating an ongoing commitment to leadership in the school library profession. Christina has always been a leader in our district. She takes the initiative, fights for what is best for kids, and is always improving her practices and methods. Many people, not only media specialists, look to her for guidance because of her vast knowledge, and they know she will take charge and do it well.
Sixth grade students in the Tharp Explore Period are participating in a Global Read Aloud. Teachers select from four books, and students try to make as many global connections as possible during the six week period. This year there are 6,000 teachers and 300,000 students participating. Read More
Congratulations to Nate King for finishing in 7th place at this year’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. Nate is the Davidson High School Girls Cross Country Coach and an Intervention Specialist at Tharp. He has run four half marathons and this was only his second full. He was the third Ohioan to finish and first from Central Ohio. Nate says he runs for many reasons but he is, “especially inspired by the student athletes I get to coach at Davidson High School. Their commitment and hard work motivated me many times this fall to put in training before school or in the evening after practice.” He says his student athletes have shown up and supported him at both marathons.
How can running, jumping, hula hoop and kicking be science? The students at Beacon took the challenge from their teacher Mr. Salamony to investigate. The students brainstormed physical activities, and then they chose one based on the group’s interest. Then they created research questions, a hypothesis, and procedures for testing and data tables. After their investigation they had to present their findings. This meets the Scientific Inquiry and Application curriculum standard. Preparing students to be Ready for Tomorrow means giving them the freedom to explore science through their own individual passions.
Author/illustrator Steve Harpster visited Darby Creek Elementary to share his works with the students. He drew with the students and explained how important practice is to be a professional artist. He has illustrated over 100 books for children. Inspiring students to follow their dreams prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.