Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

SAMS, Read180, 2019-2020.

Extended Absence through April 27. Be safe! Stay in touch! My email:

Here I am at Moosehead Lake with my dog, Buddy. Do you have pets? Let's make some time to talk about that! Have a picture? Bring it in to share!

Our Class Agenda & Info

Extended Absence through April 27

Hello to all of my students!

I am checking to see that you received your paper materials, and the free reading book that I sent to you. You should find directions on logging in to Read 180 in your packet, and remember that you could be using Read 180 every day, as well as reading.

If internet connection is a problem, I also sent you a Scholastic Scope magazine with some activities for you to work on independently. If you would like to share your results, you could take a picture of your work and email it to me. You have a camera right on your computer that you could use!

Let me know if I can be helpful to you with anything.


Mr. Stroman

Our first read aloud is Dry, by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman. This was a father & son project. What would be the benefits and challenges of writing a book with someone you know?

Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Greetings everyone! Great work with READ180 software! I noticed many of you continue to progress within the zones. Also, please continue with your independent reading and journaling. Aim for 20 minutes a day or more to keep your daily routine going! Stay safe and please email or call if you have questions along the way. We sure do miss you all. -Mr. Stroman.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Quote of the Day: "April is a promise that May is bound to keep."

Good morning everyone! Please reach out and let me know how you are doing. My email is posted above. Keep going with your routines and stay safe!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Hello All! Yes, the sun is finally back! I hope everyone is staying healthy and practicing physical/social distancing. It's important to your health and everyone around you.

Let's keep going with READ180. Spelling Zone and Fluency Zone are key parts to our learning. Keep up the good work! Also, please continue with your independent reading. Remember to add to your journal, too. This can be a summary, a prediction or a question. Please email me if you have any questions. Stay safe! - Mr. Stroman

Monday, March 30, 2020. Happy birthday, Deagan!

Can you believe this snow? Wow! I hope this note finds everyone well. Let's aim for 20 minutes of software today! Just a reminder: if you need to complete a recording you can adjust the mircophone setting on your laptop. You may also use personal earbuds or headsets if you have them. I look forward to hearing your recordings! Stay tuned! -Mr. Stroman

Friday, March 27, 2020.

Good morning class! Please logon to READ180 and continue with your current segment. It is important to keep this work going! If you need to complete a recording you can adjust the microphone on your laptop, or use personal earbuds/headset. Also, feel free to email me if you have any questions. Keep up the good effort! -Mr. Stroman

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Good morning ! We sure do miss you all! Please feel free to email any questions you might have about your assignments, or just to let me know how you are doing. I look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hello all! Hope this note finds you all well. Please keep up the good efforts! Continue with your independent reading and journal responses. :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Good morning! Just a reminder to email me with any questions you have about the work you received from the packets, or any other questions about READ180. Keep up the good work!

Monday, March 23, 2020.

Please remember to keep track of the pages you read on a daily basis. Also, please continue to write in your journals, too! This can be a summary, a question or a prediction! Keep at it!

September 4, 2019.

I know, I know. You're thinking, "You want us to read a book actually called "DRY"?? I can guarantee that this book is anything but dry! It is an excellent story of survival. Plus, it is on the Maine Student Book Award List! Did you know that Mrs. Blaisdell challenges students to read at least three books on the Maine Student Book Award list, and she rewards students who meet the challenge with an ice cream party in March? True story!

Here is a link to the Maine Student Book Award list. See if you can find something there to interest you. Mrs. Blaisdell will have many of the titles soon.

Here is the review of Dry from Common Sense Media:

"At the start of DRY, the simple act of turning on a water faucet heralds the arrival of a major diaster. Alyssa's parents assure her and her younger brother, Garrett, that everything will be fine once the authorities arrive with fresh water. But their odd neighbor, survivalist Kelton, believes it will be every person for herself. As people get more desperate and discomfort suddenly veers into tragedy, Alyssa, Garrett, Kelton, and others set out to find a refuge where they'll be safe. To get there, they'll test their courage and humanity, struggling not to descend into mindless violence."