TJC Reads Comes To a Close

Last Friday we celebrated the end of our TJ Connor Reads.  At the beginning of the event, each family received a copy of Derek Jeter’s book The Contract.  At our closing assembly we had a lot to celebrate!

  1. We updated our students on how we are doing with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.  We had read 6,003 minutes so far, but we are further along than that now!
  2. We announced our All Star Readers.  These were the students who read the most during our three weeks of reading.  Winners were chosen from the get caught reading tickets given during the school day, the reading logs completed for reading at home during the three weeks, and for completing reader responses about The Contract.
  3. We enjoyed a video created by our art teacher, Julia Mazzota, sharing many pictures of people and events during our celebration.
  4. And finally, we learned who the winner was for the Principal Tuck in.  One lucky students was chosen from all the tickets and reading logs to have Mrs. Wright, our principal, come to their house with books and snacks to read bedtime stories. The winner was Erin H. in fourth grade.

We wrapped up the assembly by singing Take Me Out To the Ball Park led by Mrs. Merritt, first grade teacher, and Louden T., fifth grade student.  It was the perfect end to a glorious three weeks of celebrating reading.


TJ Connor Reads

Today we kicked off our fourth TJ Connor Reads.   We selected The Contract by Derek Jeter.  We kicked off our exciting event with an assembly that included Dan Mason, General Manager of the Rochester Red Wings, Spike, the mascot, and Paige Pye from Scholastic.  Mr. Mason spoke of the importance of reading and being a team player.  Ms. Pye spoke to students about our upcoming summer reading challenge (more on that in another post).

Students were given teasers on the announcements earlier this week to try to guess the book, but the book was not revealed until the end of the assembly.  Students then came to the library to get one copy of The Contract for their family.  Older siblings gathered their younger siblings to come together to receive the book.

Students will read a specified number of chapters each week and we will close our TJ Connor Reads with an assembly on June 2.  Students have chances to win prizes by answering trivia questions, getting caught reading, and filling in their reading log for reading each night the our three week celebration.  We are very excited about the book and the activities planned.


The World According To Humphrey Excites Our Students

Our students have been reading The World According To Humphrey as part of our TJ Connor reads.  They are so excited about the book.  They are answering trivia questions each week, talking with each other and staff about the book, and even sharing drawings!  This picture was drawn by a first grader and shared with Margaret Wright, our principal today, who immediately had the student share it with me!  I asked for a copy and it now hangs proudly in our library!

First Grader, Miguel, draws Humphrey

First Grader, Miguel, draws Humphrey