Upcoming Activities

Sept 30: JV/V VB v. Ansley-Litchfield @ Callaway; 5:30/6:30

Oct 1: Flu Shot Clinic at APS, 7:45-10:00

Oct 1: CAPABLE Career Exploration Day in Broken Bow for Manufacturing/Industry, 8:15; UNK Choral Workshop 10:00

Oct 2: V VB Triangular in Sargent, 6:00 and 7:00

Oct 3: V FB in Amherst, 7:00

Oct 6: JH VB/FB 2:30/4:30 in Arnold v. Sandhills/Thedford

Oct 6: NRCSA Search Committee Representative Staff Meeting 4:00 in Callaway; Community Input Meeting 6:30 in Arnold Community Center

Oct 6: Homecoming Pep Rally and Tailgate Party at the Arnold City Park, 6:45; Everyone is welcome

Oct 7: JV/V VB v. McPherson County in Arnold, 5:30/6:30

Oct 8: Fire Prevention Week, Mobile Firehouse at APS

Oct 9: V VB South Loup Triangular in Arnold, 5:00/7:00

Oct 10: V FB v. Ansley-Litchfield in Callaway 7:00; Homecoming Coronation and HC Dance to follow

Oct 11: JV VB @ Anselmo-Merna; JH VB @ Callaway--Lions Club Tournament

Oct 13: JH VB/FB, JV FB @ Brady; 2:00/3:30/5:00

Oct 14: Regular School Board Meeting; 8:00

Oct 15: Ogallala Commons Career Fair Grades 9-12

Oct 16: First Round MNAC Tournament, TBA

Oct 17: Parents Night/V FB v. Greeley Wolbach @ Callaway

Oct 18: MNAC Tournament Semi-Finals and Finals @ North Platte, TBA

Oct 20: Red Ribbon Week (RRW) Begins (Pajama Day)

Oct 21: V VB @ Ansley-Litchfield Quad TBA; RRW continues (Crazy Hair Day: Doing Drugs is a Hair-Raising Experience)

Oct 22: RRW: Hat Day You Can't Cover Up Drug Use

Oct 23: RRW: Show your True Colors and Don't Do Drugs

Oct 24: RRW: Team Up to end Drug Use (Wear your favorite Team Jersey); Every 32 Seconds 6-12

Oct 24: JV/V VB, V FB @ Twin Loup (Sargent); 5:00/6:00/7:30

Oct 25: 1:00 JV VB Tournament Twin Loup @ Sargent

Oct 27: Teacher Inservice Dismiss at Noon; Conference Vocal Clinic @ Arnold TBA

Oct 28: JV/V VB @ Anselmo-Merna 5:00/6:00

Oct 31: No School Fall Break

Reading Journals

Project Title:  Literary Reading Journals

Software Used:
Centerpoint, angel, myelearning, or Blackboard system
Word documents passed back and forth through the server with comments
a blog in which readers can comment about the reading journal
there are many options depending on if you want to get feedback from the reader of the journal or not.
(I usually have a template that students put on their computer and then they highlight the lines and type their journal entry and submit electronically.)

Subject and Grade Level: Any grade level

Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered: any subject area related to their reading

Standards:  12.1.1, 12.1.3, 12.1.4, 12.2.1, 12.2.5

Example:
“Reading Journals”
“Epilogue Copy”
“Hyperbole Journal”
“Idiom”
“Imagery Journal”
“Pun”
“Stereotype Journal”

Suggestions:  I use the reading journals in conjunction with AR because it seemed like either parents were signing the logs without making sure the students read the assigned minutes or a student would lose points because his or her parent was too busy to sign the log even though the student read.  Rather than having the parent verify reading, the student writes a summary once a week that shows what’s happening in his or her book.  I have the assignment broken down into sections so students can develop interactive reading skills.

Materials needed:  computer

Lesson Plans/Directions:  Once a week students write a journal entry over their personal reading.  Most students use their AR novels so there is a variety of literary works, but the format is basically the same.  I have students write the date they do the journal, the title and reading level of the novel, page number, define a literary term and give an example (if there’s not an example in their book they may refer to another book or movie, I just want to make sure they can apply the knowledge), plot summary, and reader reaction.  My students know that I want the thoughts to be first priority, but writing conventions and length also play a part in their grade.  Students are able to get consistent writing practice without the stress of a major assignment.  I also motivate students to get their goal by excluding the assignment after they achieve their goal.  It’s amazing how much more time students find to read if they know that they will not have to do assignments after they earn my maximum points per quarter.  The most I assign a student is 50 points a quarter because I want them to have time to enjoy their activities.  Even though they only have to have 50 points, students have to keep using their AR time wisely.  Since I implimented my mpq, the number of points that students get has actually increased.