January at RCS in Video


What are you reading?

I love to read about reading. I know that sounds really funny, but it’s true. I love to read about how to help kids learn to read. I love reading about building the images in our head to make the book come alive. Even she I read non- fiction I find myself in a readscape (that’s a Leanderism for reading picture). How often do I read? I read everyday. I love to read blogs from many teachers and principals around the world to see what they are trying inn their school or classroom that I can bring here to RCS. I also read a lot to my kids. The book we enjoyed this weekend was I’d Know You Anywhere by Nancy Tillman. It has wonderful illustrations that amazed all my kids. And every night before I go to bed I read for about 30 minutes. Sometimes more and sometimes a lot more. Last week I was readings book about math and found it so interesting that I finished it in 1 day. I had to stay up really late to finish but it was worth it. This week I am reading a book about leadership and how asking the right questions can improve a school.

What are you reading? How long do you read every night? Let me know…..


Ready, Set,…….Launch

The Royalston Community School is ready to launch into reader’s workshop. Yesterday marked the end of the beginning for the teachers on learning how to begin an effective readers workshop for students. What did I learn as the ” lead learner” (new term for principal develop by Joe Mazza a Principal in New Jersey)

Every Child Every Day
1. Every child reads something they choose to read
2.every child must read accurately most of the time. A quick check is 5 errors of reading or vocabulary per page
3. Every child reads something they understand
4. Every child writs about something personally meaningful- writing about what they care about
5. Every child talks with peers about reading and writing everyday- this strategy improves comprehension and engagement
6. Every child is read to every day by a fluent reader

A a teacher, I came about these concepts 2008-2009, and decided that I need to hold myself accountable to these same standards. When we were assigned to read the article for professional development I was excited to be Abel to implant this procedure school wide. Change is an exciting time and we have a lot of learning to do as we look ahead.

Be listening for the excited to begin to grow as your child enters into this new exciting world…….




You have 1 minute to win it…

Thanks so to the parents, students, and members of the PTG for taking part in the first family game night. He sundaes were delicious to start the evening followed by a host of over 20 games. Even a few games created by some of the students here at RCS. Everyone was able to play in games ranging from eating a cookie off you forehead, stacking cups, tossing hula hoops, and much much more. Our PTG deserves a HUGE SHOUT OUT, Mrs. Basso, Mrs. Hopkins, Mrs. Ares, and Mrs. Lampson for their countless hours of planning, gathering donations, setup and cleanup of the whole event. You are a special bunch and our students are so lucky to have such giving and caring parents! We all appreciate your numerous efforts. A special thanks to former Principal Grosky for being a wonderful host! He always has a way to put a smile on a child’s face! Thanks so much for building our school community 1 student, 1 experience, 1 memory at a time! Great night!!!