Mock Newbery Club

For the third year, TJ Connor fifth graders have been invited to participate in the Mock Newbery Club.  This club has quite a task:

  1. Read five books published this year
  2. Discuss the books online using Edmodo and Kidblog,
  3. Vote for the best book using the ALA Newbery Criteria
  4. Celebrate with the other two schools where the winner chosen by the students and by the ALA Newbery Committee are revealed.

We are working again this year with Fred Hill Elementary in Brockport, NY and Terry Taylor Elementary in Spencerport, NY.  The other two librarians, Cathy Manga and Linda Paul, and myself met several times during the year to review books with Newbery potential.  The list was challenging.  We finally narrowed it down to the following five titles:

  1. All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  2. Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
  3. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  4. Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
  5. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The students are excited and have started reading their first books.  Some are already to read book 2.  Check back with us in late January to find out which book our students chose and if our book was also the ALA Newbery winner!


Student Blogging Challenge

sbc2016-s76n2uOur fifth graders are participating in the October Student Blogging Challenge (SBC) again this year!  The SBC promotes students’ writing skills, good digital citizenship, and an opportunity to learn from others. They are very excited to their share ideas and thoughts with students from around the world.  And this year, we have connected with some other classes to make that happen.  We have connected with two classes in Australia and several classes in the United States. When you visit our class blogs, you will see the connections to the other classes listed under Links or Connections.  The first week’s challenge is to introduce your self to others in the challenge and while some of our students are still writing their posts, others have been published.  Please visit our three fifth grade blogs to see how we are doing.

Greene’s Fifth grade class on Mondays

Watson’s Fifth grade class on Thursdays

Marotta’s Fifth grade class on Fridays


Celebrating Summer Readers

Summer may have passed, but we are still celebrating!  Today we had our Summer Reading Challenge Celebration.  Our school read 172,643 minutes this summer.  Our goal was 100,000 minutes.  We had 142 (of just over 300) students participate in the challenge.  We had 37 students read over 1,200 minutes this summer, and those students were invited to a special celebration after school.  Parents were invited to come as well because we realize that parents have a lot to do with students reading over the summer months.  Students were awarded a certificate of achievement for their reading efforts.  Students also were able to select a new book or receive a gift certificate for a new book at our upcoming book fair in November.  Many of the students chose to delay gratification and take the gift certificate.  They will certainly have something to look forward to when our book fair comes next month!  We served a delicious cake and punch, too. Finally, students shared their favorite read from the summer and posed for pictures.  Check out those smiling faces!  Great job and congratulations to our summer readers!