My Heart

My Heart.

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Returning To School


Goals for the Year:
Know every 6th grade student and what they like to read!
Teach using as much art and poetry as possible.
Teach information fluency skills — 7th grade are you ready for everfi?
Support Research throughout the high school.
Write Poetry, Make Art, Play Music! Do the Math!

Weekly happenings — This week, picnic. Thursday night! Can’t wait.

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What Kids Can Do

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Spotlight on Spring in the Library

This Spring the library supported the following classrooms (a sample):

* Ms. Ghaname’s 6th grade students in making their Eduglogs that challenge Middle Eastern Stereotypes;

* Mr. Sossa’s 9th grade in their research and their posting and creating an actual Libguide to support their research of São Paulo, Brazil;

* the seniors in their research of the School to Prison Pipeline;

*  and the post-industrial cities research in Ms. Magrath’s room.

Next week — can’t wait! — working with Ms. Pirog delving into African history and the big Grab, using the  ABC -CLIO databases.

Our seventh grade is using Everfi.com in the library to complete a unit on Cyberbullying! Yay! 7th grade!

April we celebrated National Poetry Month with Poems in our pockets shared in the library. Next year we’re starting a POETRY OUTLOUD TEAM  and a ‘Busta Rhymes Fife” weekly challenge !  Booyah!

And, How can I forget the Brownie club, or Fan fiction group! Thursday writers who are fanfantastic!

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Dvorak @ Hartford Symphony with Conductor William Eddins!

William Eddins

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The Forest Done Right: Philip Pullman’s Opening Paragraphs of The Amber Spyglass

from His Dark Materials, Book Three:

By Roman Boed, Black Forest. Nederlands. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Image.

In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with meltwater splashed and where doves and linnets flew among thee immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below.

   The woods were full of sound: the stream between the rocks, the wind among the needles of the pine branches, the chitter of  insects and the cries of small arboreal mammals, as well as the birdsong; and from time to time a stronger gust of wind would make one of the branches of a cedar or a fir move against another and groan like a cello.

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“I’ve Shared”

I love winning books. Now @ http://davidabramsbooks.blogspot.com/ you can enter to win the latest Dennis Lehane novel, The Drop. I want to win so I can give it to my Principal who devours Lehane novels like I crunch and gobble almonds out of the freezer. Anyway, I get more chances the more I post to Social Media. If people are reading David Abrams blog, chances are they are all getting the same number of chances because they all post to social media. I feel that the playing field is level, more or less, but D. Abrams is getting more media. Which is fine. His blog really is good.

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