Monday, February 24, 2014

Reading Games Update

There is less than a week left in the Reading Games, and competition is heating up!  Here is how our school stacks up against others in the district (as of February 21)

And here is a newspaper article about how our team is doing

Here is how all the teams are doing at Goldenview (as of February 21)

And to find out which students have read the most in the school, click here!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Golden Book Award

So you've been reading for hours, and diligently recording your hours for your team.  But why?  What does your team get if you win?  Well, we have been slaving away in the gold mines and the smithy to create a beautiful award for the team that wins.  We now present the coveted Goldenview Golden Book Award!  This lovely award, made of actual book, will be presented to the team with the highest number of minutes read per student.  The team's name will be inscribed in the book for posterity, and the team will possess the book for the year and will also lay claim to the coveted yearlong Goldenview Bragging Rights for the Incredibly Literate and Erudite.

Don't let your team miss out.  Read and record your minutes today!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stools, Part 2

The stools are finally finished!  Check out these 14 gorgeous stools above!

Five years ago we painted half of the stools in the library.  This year we finished the job!  Thanks to all the students for the beautiful artwork that will brighten up the library for years to come.  AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MS. BRADY FOR GETTING IT ALL ORGANIZED!  She spent countless hours prepping the stools, finding the students, and making sure they did their best.  Your stools will be admired and used for years to come.

Below are the stools from five years ago

Monday, February 10, 2014

Database Trials

Through the end of the quarter we can use some amazing databases to see if we like them.  The databases are from Gale, and you can see all of them on the links on the left hand side.  Or you can access them here.  If you like them, please leave comments here before March 1st.  If there are enough favorable comments we might be able to get some of these starting next year!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Join the ASD Reading Games!
These are the average number of minutes read by team.  To see the top reading students in the school, click on the graph!
Five middle schools in the ASD are commemorating the winter Olympics by having the first ever ASD Reading Games!  The idea of the competition is to get everyone to read independently in five different genres (sports, history, science/science fiction, fantasy, and reader’s choice).  The participants get incentives for reading for two hours in each genre.  Reading can be fiction or non-fiction, and can include anything (books, magazines, comics, the internet, textbooks, newspapers, etc) as long as it is in that genre (read a five minute article on who won the speed skating race on your phone?  That counts towards sports!)  There will be a medal and a Sun's Cafe drink for any student who completes all five genres (ten hours of reading), plus they will be recognized for their accomplishment around the school!  The top three readers in minutes in the school (after they’ve read all five genres) will get a Barnes and Noble gift card. 

In addition, we will be keeping track of all the minutes that the school reads as a whole, as we are also competing against other middle schools for the district prize of a Golden Book.  Each pod will also be competing against each other and the staff.  So read for fun!  Read for your pod!  Read for your school!  You may download a paper form here.  But an even easier way to enter your minutes is to use this simple form (log in with school Google ID).  Please only use one method to submit time.

This competition runs for the month of February, so anything you read starting on Saturday, February 1st counts.  If appropriate, a book may count for more than one category, but the minutes only count once (for instance, if you read Hunger Games for four hours, you can count it in the Fantasy genre for two hours, and the Choice genre for two hours).  For more complete details and rules, read here.  To keep up with how Goldenview and your pod are doing, click here.