Through the Telescope Vol. 29…

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr. Seuss

ENGAGED IN LITERACY!!

FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS NEED TO ASK THEMSELVES IF THEIR STUDENTS ARE “ENGAGED” IN LITERACY.

“TODAY’S AND TOMORROW’S READER IS A CRITICAL THINKER AND PROBLEM SOLVER WHO EXAMINES WORDS IN CONTEXT IN ORDER TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WHOLE TEXT.  RESEARCHERS WHO HAVE STUDIED LEARNING, DEFINE THIS TYPE OF READER AS AN ENGAGED READER”   Council for Educational Development and Research

ENGAGED READERS demonstrate a number of characteristics:

•             Engaged readers are responsible for their own reading and learning. They have a clear sense of the purpose for which they are reading and the problem they are trying to solve, and they set goals for themselves accordingly. They create their own standards of excellence and ways of determining how they measure up.

•             Engaged readers are strategic. They use many different strategies to construct meaning from the written word and are constantly refining them. They connect what they’ve read to their experience and knowledge. They also redirect their efforts when they are wrong or when the information changes, and they know how to work around their own weaknesses. Strategic readers are adept at transforming information from reading into complex, creative problem solving.

•             Engaged readers become energized by what they read; “They derive excitement and pleasure from reading which in turn translates into a motivation to read and a lifelong passion for learning. They use new information from reading to reflect on their thinking and to determine what steps to take next.

•             Engaged readers are collaborative. They understand that reading is a social activity. They skillfully interact with the text and with a knowledge-building community of readers. Their reading gives them a foundation to put forth their own points of view, while listening attentively and openly to the points of view of others.

•             There is strong research that tells us that those students who engage themselves in reading outside of school demonstrate a higher level of learning.  In fact the knowledge level and school performance for student increases as the time spent reading outside of school also increases.

Given the right tools and instruction, all children can become engaged readers. To do so, teachers must draw them away from passive learning tendencies, teach them in ways that build on their natural curiosity, abilities, and real-life situations, and lead them to become active, responsible learners. Teachers who promote engaged reading are facilitators and guides. They provide learning environments that are rich in books, experiences, and activities, and assign reading tasks that are meaningful to students.

Discovery Charter School’s Project Based Learning foundation is committed to creating students that are “critical thinkers, problem solvers, and engaged in applying their literacy skills.” ~Dr.Price

Nevada Reading Week  February 25th-28th, 2013
Welcome to Discovery Charter School Reading Week!

What is Reading Week??  It is an excellent opportunity for our school to show our love of reading by engaging in a variety of activities to emphasize our Rocking Readers!! In addition to integrating community and parent involvement, we also look to our students to help us create and lead events during this time.  Please feel free to contact Miss Ayala with any questions you may have.

Monday, February 25th-Pajama Day!
Wear your favorite PJ’s. Start classroom door decorating!

Tuesday, February 26th- Book Character Day/Poem In Your Pocket
Dress as your favorite book character! Whether it is Harry Potter, Fancy Nancy, Alice in Wonderland or Katniss, the choice is yours, come dressed and express yourself through your favorite book character.  Place a poem in your pocket and be prepared for an advisor or staff member to ask for you to share it.

Wednesday, February 27th-Wacky Wednesday at Hillpointe Campus.  Show your School Spirit at Mesa Vista Campus.
Get Wacky and Wild!  Crazy hair, wacky wardrobe.  Show us how wacky you can be!!
We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how ’bout you?  Come dressed in school colors and owls.

Thursday, February 28th-Dr. Seuss Day
Wear anything Dr. Seuss or dress as your favorite Seuss character.  Parents/Guardians are invited to read with their loved one from 12-1pm.  Door judging will take place at the end of the day.

Drop Everything and Read!!
Students will hear the words Drop Everything and Read…and that is exactly what we will do.  This will occur many times though out the week, make sure to come prepared with their favorite book.

Students can invite at loved one on Thursday the 28th from 12-1pm to share lunch and a good book. Guest readers are encouraged to come in and read in the classrooms.  Please contact your child’s advisor if this is something you would like to do.

For The Love Of Art Gala and Silent Auction
Thank you Discovery Families for all of your help, donations, and participation in the art gala.  The day was a smashing success! Students were very proud to have their masterpieces displayed in an actual art gallery.  Performances were fantastic!  We look forward to doing it again next year!

Several field trips have been planned for the months ahead, many of them to The Smith Center.  Several advisories have been given the opportunity to be a part of the audience for many of the upcoming Smith Center Performances.  First up for the 7/8th grade students is Letters Home, 3-6th graders will be watching the book, Frindle, come alive on stage.  Finally many students from 1st and 2nd grade will see the performance of The Stinky Cheese Man.

Congratulations to our Mesa Vista Spelling Bee winners!
Grade 1-3 First Place- Brandon Egbert                     Grade 1-3 Second Place- Bryce Berger
Grade 4-8 First Place- Max Ongbongan                    Grade 4-8 Second Place- Damien Castillo-Cruz

A superb effort was given by all students!

Miss Frazier and Mrs. Meier from the Hillpointe campus will be holding auditions for the Hillpointe Talent Show to take place in May.  Auditions will take place on March 8th and 15th, with times to still be determined.  All students, in grades K-8, are welcome to audition.    Students selected to participate will then be in the talent show seminar taught by Miss Frazier and Mrs. Meier.  More details to come……

Put This on Your Calendar
Feb 25. Whitney Library visits Mesa Vista campus
Feb. 27. Summerlin Library Field Trip-Mrs. McNeese & Mr. Anderson
Feb 28. Smith Center Field trip- Mrs. Suhr & Mrs. Tolman
Feb 28. Pinball Hall of Fame Field trip-Miss Selig
March 1. DCS Foundation board meeting
March 12. Smith Center Field Trip for Ayala,Rivera,Frazier,Anderson,McNeese
March 25th-29th  Spring Break –No School
April 1  Classes Resume
April 8th-24th  CRT Testing
April 8  Smith Center Field Trip-Hall, Anderson, McNeese, & Grimyser
April 24th  Performance –We are Monsters
April 25th  Staff Development Day –No School
May 3  DCS Foundation Gala
Mondays  Hillpointe Musical Performance Class
Monday/Wednesday Hillpointe Walking Club
Tuesdays  Mesa Vista We are Monsters practice
Wednesdays Hillpointe Parent Meetings
Wednesdays Lango at Hillpointe
Thursdays Mesa Vista Parent Meetings