Many children dance in a school gymnasium. Million-word readers dance during lock-in.

High Point Elementary “Book Dynasty” students read millions of words during the 2013-2014 school year, for a chance to participate in the second annual lock-in! The fun-filled celebration included a midnight scavenger hunt, painting party, dodge ball tournament, dancing, a campfire complete with songs and s’mores, movies, and more! Each student also received a million-word reader water bottle, knapsack, lanyard, and glow-in-the-dark necklace. In addition, million-word readers were awarded a pink or green camouflage t-shirt and a Duck Dynasty beard upon reaching their million words. High Point students in grades first through fifth voraciously read over 320,000,000 words this year, and that’s a fact, Jack!

Students (seated on the floor) watch another student receive an iPad Mini from an adult. Raleigh F. excitedly receives his iPad Mini from Principal Allyson Willis!

As our school-year-long reading journey came to an end, students at Greendale Elementary School had read almost 160 million words during 2013-2014! Records were broken, with both of our top readers breaking Greendale’s school record of 6 million words, well before the year ended. Konnor K. and Lucas M., both avid readers of whatever book they have in hand at any given time, pushed each other to meet individual reading goals. Lucas ended the year with a whopping 8.4 million words read, and Konnor finished off with more than 7 million words read! In addition to these top two readers, several students were multi-million-word readers, as follows: Elizabeth B., over 6 million words; Anissa W., Justin L., and Jake P., over 3 million words each; and Raiyan I., Abby W., Ryan C., Brynne N., Phoebe P., Sierra B., Wendy B., Jana L., and Olivia J., over 2 million words each. Our one-million-word readers were as follows: Grace W., Amber W., Raleigh F., Desirae N., Peyton M., Scylar F., Elyssa B., Natalie S., Madison M., Stephanie M., Abbie R., Skyla K., James H., Luke B., Jazmine C., Sophie A., Austin F., David J., Sydney N., Abby H., Kaylee P., Jake O., Ayuob H., Emma B., Hope S., Makayla R., Abby N., Caroline W., Rebecca V., Erica C., and Annabelle A. We celebrated these readers with cupcakes and a drawing for a iPad Mini, and the lucky winner was Raleigh F! The top three readers in kindergarten were Emerson T., Isaac H., and McKenna S. ; in first grade were Serenity K., Lea J., and Daelyn N.; and in second grade were Cayden N., Lauren S., and Quinn P. Even though this reading journey has come to a close, we look forward to the reading we will do during the 2014-2015 school year!

Several adults stand in a library. High Point Elementary School Entertains Anne Holton, Secretary of Education.

Anne Holton, Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, was the honored guest of High Point Elementary on May 23! Secretary Holton, along with HPES faculty, School Board members, and Central Office staff, enjoyed lunch in the library while engaging in a thoughtful discussion about education policies and initiatives. Secretary Holton has served as Virginia’s Secretary of Education in the Cabinet of Governor Terry McAuliffe since January 2014. She is a former First Lady of Virginia and a lifelong advocate for children and families. Holton is the wife of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and daughter of former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton. After graduating with a B.A. from Princeton University and receiving a law degree from Harvard University, she worked as a legal aid lawyer serving low-income families. She served as a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge from 1998 until 2005.

Two students and a teacher make pancakes. Greendale Elementary kindergarten students help Mrs. Jeffers mix up some pancakes!

Recently, students in Mrs. Jeffers’ kindergarten class read Laura Numeroff’s series of books that explore what happens “if you...,” including their favorite, If You Give a Pig a Pancake. As they completed these books, Mrs. Jeffers decided to see what might happen if you give a kindergarten student a pancake! The students helped her to follow the directions to mix up the pancakes and enjoyed watching her pour the mix onto the griddle, waiting hungrily for their treat. As they ate the pancakes, the students spent some time reviewing the circular story and adding their own twist. We discovered that if you give a kindergarten student a pancake, he/she is going to thank you happily and then ask for some bacon and milk to go with it! This activity was a delicious way to conclude the author study of Laura Numeroff!

A group of students sit in front of an upside down house. Glade Spring Middle School GATE students visit Wonderworks.

Glade Spring Middle School sixth grade GATE(Gifted And Talented Education) students traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to take an exciting tour of the Titanic Museum. While there, they got to explore the many artifacts from the Titanic and learn about the people on board. The students also visited WonderWorks where they were able to take part in many hands-on science activities. Members of GATE include: James B., Andrew B., Jackson B., Maggie B., Catherine G., Anna H., Hayden M., Cade M., Carly T., Emily T., and Sandy W. Glade Spring Middle School GATE is sponsored by Mrs. Colleen Buchanan and Mrs. Sherry Cannon.

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