Our third annual One Book, One School experience is underway. Everyone in the Jason Lee community, including students, teachers, paraeducators. clerks, counselors, administrators, secretaries, custodians, and all support staff, have received a copy of the book Slacker by Gordon Korman. Over the course of five weeks, we will read the book together and engage in discussions and activities related to the book. At the end of the five weeks, students will have an opportunity to participate in a day of service as a culminating event.
Due to a generous grant provided by the Jason Lee PTA, Mrs. Peterson’s English classes had an amazing opportunity to attend a performance of Ella Enchanted presented by the Oregon Children’s Theater. Prior to the field trip, Mrs. Peterson’s students read the book by Gail Carson Levine on which the play was based. Watching a book come to life on the stage was an experience students will not soon forget. As an added bonus, on our way back to the bus, students recognized the actress who plays Ella walking down the sidewalk. She stopped and chatted with students and even posed for photographs. Thank you to our wonderful PTA for making this experience possible!
Can your child speak, read and write in a language other than English? This spring there will be an opportunity for 8th graders who are fluent in another language to take an on-line test called the Avant Assessment. Students who demonstrate on this test that they can speak, read and write in another language can earn high school credit. If you are interested in your child taking advantage of this opportunity, please visit the Jason Lee office to sign up. Please note that students who are currently enrolled in the Mandarin Immersion program at Jason Lee do not need to sign up for the Avant Assessment because those students will already be taking this test during their Mandarin class. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Miller at 313-3500 or Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is time for students to sign-up to participate in the Battle of the Books! The Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program in which teams of students work together to read a list of specific books. Then, the teams compete against each other to answer trivia questions about the books. Student teams have from now until after winter break to read the books on the Battle of the Books list. Competitions will start in January and will be organized as a single elimination tournament. These competitions will be held in the library during Tutorial time. The final two teams will compete at a school-wide assembly. Everyone who participates will receive recognition, and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams will win prizes. Ultimately, however, the real prize is the opportunity to read some great books with friends and participate in some fun and exciting competitions. (Secret Code Word: Rumplestiltskin)