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Tuscany Heights ES Library Annual Report 2018-2019: Reading Promotion & Activities

Reading Promotion & Activities

 Tuscany Heights strives to promote a love of reading.  This year, Tuscany students were encouraged to read through a variety of activities and programs.

Examples:

  • The Tuscany Library Hosted a 'Robot' Book Fair in October and encouraged Tuscany students to read beyond our school walls.   In the spring, our book fair theme was 'Dino-Mite Book Fair'.  All profits benefit programs of the Tuscany Heights library, including but not limited to  STEAM, Project Based Learning and reading promotion programs.
  • The library, in cooperation with THE GT classes and Girl Scout Troop 300, installed a Little Free Library to encourage reading outside of school.  The Little Library is surrounded by 'kindness rocks' decorated by Tuscany students grades K-5 (inspired by R.J. Palicio's Wonder).  The 5th grade class donated a friendship bench that sits near the library.
  • The Tuscany Library hosted a preschool story time every 8 weeks.  Future Tigers hear stories, sing songs, play musical instruments and create crafts.  They also get to meet their future teachers, principals and librarian.
  • The Tuscany Library partnered with the music teachers and read stories at a local retirement center.  Choir students sang and then paired up with senior citizens and read a favorite picture book together.  Hopefully this will become an annual event.
  • Students participated in a school-wide Read 3 Read-In sponsored by HEB.  The goal of our read-in was to spread awareness of children's literacy, encourage our students to read daily and to remind students that reading is fun.  Students read throughout the school and shared stories with their classmates and book buddies.
  • 3rd-5th grade students participated in TLA's Texas Bluebonnet Award Program.  Throughout the school year, students read books from the list of Bluebonnet nominees using their Bluebonnet Journals to keep track of completed titles.  All students made bluebonnet reading goals and tracked their progress in leadership notebooks to help them keep sight of their goals.  This year our campus chose Wedgie and Gizmo as the winning Bluebonnet title. 
  • 2nd Grade students competed in our 9th annual Fairy Tale Bowl while.3rd and 4th graders competed in NEISD's Battle of the Books, a voluntary reading incentive program.  Students read novels from a selected list of books throughout the school year.  On May 21st, (4th grade) and June 3rd (3rd grade) classroom teams participated in a school-wide battle where students earned points by answering questions about 'Battle Books".  The wining 4th grade team advanced to the Reagan cluster competition.  
  • Author/illustrator Ross Burach visited Tuscany Heights this year.  His popular 2X2 book, I am not a Chair, quickly became a Tuscany Heights favorite.  The author shared the writing process and taught students to illustrate his famous giraffe.  Students left inspired to read and draw.
  • Bill Perryman, actor and founder of History in Person Theater, performed for Tuscany students in June.  His portrayal of Sam Houston and Abraham Lincoln inspired Tuscany's 4th and 5th graders to explore the biography and history collections of the Tuscany Library. 
  • To celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday students and faculty participated in Read around the School. Younger students paired up with their buddy classes and traveled to different classrooms to hear a variety of stories read by teachers.
  • Student and faculty enjoyed school-wide participation in Read for the Record.  The entire school read Maybe Something Beautiful  by F. Isabel Campoy.
  • Tuscany students participated in holiday reading challenges throughout the 2018-2019 school year. 

Photos

Book Fair Dinosaur

Reading at the Senior Center

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