This morning, Winthrop faculty, staff, families, and students gathered for a special breakfast celebration of students' summer reading successes. Parents and students shared their paths to success with this initiative, which should help inspire us all.
Each week, I will challenge Winthrop students to try to answer an MCAS Question of the Week in my Principal's Update, our school newsletter. Although I hadn't formally presented this idea to students yet, both of the young ladies pictured below took initiative in accepting the challenge and submitted correct responses.
The first challenge came from a previous 3rd grade MCAS: Mathematics assessment:
Li put 60 muffins into boxes. She put exactly 6 muffins in each box. How many boxes did Li use?
Winthrop students, take a look at THIS week's challenge and get your answers into the MCAS Question of the Week box on the 2nd floor:
Read this sentence:
Early the next morning the man went out to get lumber and rope and nails and paint.
In this sentence, what do the words lumber, rope, nails, and paint have in common?
A. They are all verbs.
B. They are all plural.
C. They are all nouns.
D. They are all capitalized.
The Winthrop School is excited to announce that our K2-grade 5 students will be participating in the 5th Annual Read Boston's Ringling Bros. Read-A-Thon! The read-A-thon will be held September 19 - October 2, 2011. This read-a-thon corresponds with our school's home reading program; our expectation remains that all of our students are reading nightly for 20-30 minutes.
The read-a-thon is a city-wide competition in which all readers will receive a coupon for discounted tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and a commemorative Ringling Bros. bookmark. The classroom (city-wide) with the highest percentage of participation will receive complimentary tickets to the circus, and the school with the highest percentage of participation will receive a special visit from the Ringling Bros. performers!
Let's get reading and make sure our WInthrop School readers are #1 in the city! Wouldn't it be fun to bring the circus to 35 Brookford Street??!!
This year, we are introducing a new component to our incentive plan - the Winthrop Classifieds! Fourth and fifth grade students who demonstrate strong effort in the classroom, show great behavior, and wear their uniforms on a consistent basis are eligible to apply for jobs posted by Winthrop faculty and staff.
This is a photo of our first Winthrop job-holders; they are serving as Attendance Assistants, supporting Mrs. Doolin in the main office. We're proud of our young men!