On the heels of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, OMS students and staff changed the schedule up a bit on our last early release day on March 8th. The purpose of Read Across America is to emphasize the critical role that reading plays both in student achievement and lifelong success. Research has shown that students who are motivated to read and spend more time reading , do better in school.
We celebrated Read Across America, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and all the good that OMS students are doing all in one short morning. Leading up to the our celebration, interested students participated in a door decorating challenge during study hall, lunch, or after school. Students honored Dr. Seuss through their creative spirits. It was fun to see small groups of students working together to create their masterpiece!
We started the morning with an all school assembly. The purpose of the assembly was to reward and recognize all the wonderful things happening in and around OMS due to the positive choices students are making. In the words of Dr. Seuss in his book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, students were told “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
The assembly wrapped up by recognizing the numerous students participating in band and choir and their upcoming Solo and Ensemble performances, and those students with perfect attendance for the month of February. As is a risk anytime we have something like this, there are students who are participating in worthy causes that were not recognized. Just a couple that come to mind, among others, are Destination Imagination, Forensics, and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) club. Thank you parents for encouraging and allowing your students to be involved outside of the regular school day!
We followed up the assembly with marathon read where students got comfy. During this portion of our morning, I was so impressed by the level of engagement from students and staff in their reading. You could have heard a pin drop! Midway through marathon read, students enjoyed some hot chocolate.
To round out the morning, students participated in learning opportunities that our typical school day doesn’t allow time for. As with the marathon read time, students were in groups of mixed ages for these activities. It was fun to see students work together in some of these breakouts to reach a common goal. Breakouts ranged from coding with Scratch and Bitbox, to making blankets to donate, checkers, making model cars, Escape Room (BreakoutEDU), film analysis, tessellations, mystery skype (Where in the world are you?), and making a tumble wing.
All in all, the day provided students an opportunity to experience a day where we took time to enjoy and celebrate the gift of reading, learn about and potentially try something new, break up the monotony of our daily schedule, and most importantly, feel good about who we are as an Oostburg Middle School family. We have so many wonderful students that are making good choices each and every day. It was wonderful to celebrate this!