Johnson-Wabash Library


Recent Announcements

  • 1 BILLION Word Goal!
    I wanted to announce on here the district reading goal.  Starting this semester, the goal of the district is to read 1 BILLION words!  That seems impossible, but the district, as of today, has read over 347 million words.  It's not an impossible goal.  Part of our responsibility at JW is to contribute to that goal.  We have a goal of our own - 18 million words.  As a school we have currently read 1.6 million words (this is up from 1.2 million earlier this week!)  This is not impossible, not as long as everyone contributes.  

    How does someone contribute?  Students should be taking AR tests on the books they are reading.  Unfortunately not every book out there has an AR test, but a good portion of the fiction section of the library does indeed have a test.  Books that have the colored labels should have a test.  Generally, the book level and the point value of the book will be written on the inside front cover.  The program automatically calculates the words read.

    Students should be taking tests during any "free" time in their classrooms, they can come in during the open library hours, and I will also be dedicating time during library for students to take an AR test.  It is my hope and goal that we can reach our goal!  I know we can!  Let's show what JW can do!
    Posted Jan 11, 2017, 7:44 AM by jbecker@fergflor.org
  • January Focus
    How is it already January?!?  Feels like we just started school (well, except for the bitter cold at times...).

    K-2 are focusing on Story Elements this month.  My goal is to introduce kindergarten to basic story elements, and expand it some for 1st and 2nd grade.  2nd grade will also start going to the computer lab this month.

    3-4  will be continuing to work on basic computer skills, including typing and starting to understand being safe on line.

    5-6 will be digging deep into digital literacy for the rest of the year.  Our focus will be "My Digital Future."  Students will be learning about various facets of the digital world we live in.  This month will focus on digital life 101, password safely and being respectful online.  
    Posted Jan 11, 2017, 7:44 AM by jbecker@fergflor.org
  • December Focus
    Happy holidays!!!  I cannot believe it is December already!

    K-2 are working on comparing and contrasting different gingerbread man stories.  Each story differs from the original gingerbread man story in some way, but there are also a lot of similarities.  I will post some of the comparison charts soon.

    3-6 will be doing a variety of activities during December. Students will use Google Drawing to make a snowman.  They use different shapes, objects, and colors to create individual snowmen.    Students will participate by working through different hourofcode.com activities.  During the week of Dec. 5-9, students from around the world participate in this.  I'm excited out students are getting to as well!

    I wish all of you the happiest of holidays!  Remember to read read read over break!
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 12:19 PM by jbecker@fergflor.org
  • November Focus
    It's November already!!  

    Kindergarten has completed reading the building block nominees, and we are voting on our favorite.  1st and 2nd grade have completed reading all of the Show-Me nominees and during the week of Nov. 7-11 students are voting on their favorites.  I will update the class and school favorites once every class has voted.

    I am starting centers in the library!  K-2 will have the opportunity to work with centers including magnetic spelling words, ABC order, create with Legos, work on puzzles, search for pictures in I-spy books, for example.  I am excited to share this with them!  Grades 1-2 will also begin going to the computer lab and have begun to check out a book from the library to keep in their classroom.

    3rd - 6th grade are continuing working on the computers including working on a webquest and typing skills.  4th - 6th grade should also be continuing to read the Mark Twain award nominees.  Starting in December we will be working on coding skills during Hour of Coding Week

    One other focus in our school in general is that we are working on our students to take Accelerated Reader Quizzes (AR).  Students should be reading books on their level, and take quizzes.  The expectation is that students are taking these tests.  I have 2 students who are really reading these books and taking the quizzes but I KNOW that more have read them!  Students can come in during open library times to take AR tests.
    Posted Nov 8, 2016, 12:13 PM by jbecker@fergflor.org
  • Congratulations!
    Congratulations to Ms. DelaRoche's class!  They are on top of the Game of Books leaderboard this quarter!  The class has earned a pizza party, to be arranged sometime later this month.  Also, congratulations to Ms. Wicks class for coming in 2nd place, and a tie between Mr. Hicks class and Ms. Williams class for 3rd place.  Who will be on top of the leaderboard this quarter?  Let's try to have a great game!

    Also, congrats to Ms. Williams class for having the least amount of overdue books this past week.  Only two books had not been returned by the end of the week!  Keep up the great work!
    Posted Oct 10, 2016, 9:06 AM by jbecker@fergflor.org
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