JT Moore Middle School News
During the 4th quarter of the 2007-2008 school year, JTM will begin school-wide sustained silent reading and shared reading. This will be done during our advisory time and we will select works supporting character building attributes that are part of our Positive Behavior Support (PBS) initiative with Vanderbilt University. The format will vary by grade level and may include gender specific reading and discussions, groupings that focus on diversity issues, and groupings that involve students as lead discussants as part of literature circles. All students will engage in read-alouds or independent reading.
As this is a new activity for us, but one we feel will be academically profitable, we would love to see Read to Race support us by providing promotional materials and a possible campus presence in the spring to get us off to fast start. If there are events happening in the summer for which we can reward students at the end of the school year, it would build momentum for us to continue an accelerated pace into 2008-2009.
During the summer of 2008, all students will be required to read at least two books. One will be mandatory (titles will vary by grade level grouping) and the other may be chosen from a list of suggested titles. We will make the books available to students either from in house sales or through local vendors. Teachers will team up this spring to develop common assessments and project guidelines that will hold students accountable for the content of the reading when we return in August. Student outcomes on these common assessments can result in the awarding of points or tickets for Read to Race activities and incentives.
JTM students will maintain a reflection log based on what they’ve read (reading journal) utilizing the student agenda book that all students use this year. We will continue that into next year. Students can earn PBS tickets for this initiative and can subsequently “earn” their way into Read to Race events that support literacy.
Our in-house news show, WMTV, will promote the reading initiative and pump up interest in Read to Race via commercials and guest spotlight interviews that will air through the remainder of this year and into next year. Read to Race supporter can play a part by providing appropriate media that we can incorporate into our broadcasts.