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Clark Mills School March Highlights

Students participated in "Read Across America", went through an oral reading fluency screening and learned about bike safety.

The following highlights are submitted by Irene Policastro, the Secretary to Superintendent John J. Marciante of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District.

Read Across America
In conjunction with the nationwide Read Across America Day on March 2nd, we celebrated with an entire week of festivities centered around the love of reading. During the week of February 27- March 2nd, each grade level had guest readers throughout the week. Guest readers included grandparents, parents, members of the Manalapan and Englishtown Police Departments, and Mayor Susan Cohen.

This week was filled with fun and exciting activities, such as theme days, Seuss Trivia during lunch, First Grade Literature Parade, grade 2/5 teacher switch, an in-school reading contest, and even a visit from Author, Herman Parish! Clark Mill’s students also participated in a school wide DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) on the Reading Train! This week was an absolute sensation, promoting reading by making it fun for all who participated in the festivities.

Bike Safety
On March 9, 2012, Mr. Kevin Fogarty from Jersey Shore University Hospital presented an assembly program on Bike Safety. He shared true stories with the students and showed them the proper way to wear their helmets! Thank you to our school nurse, Mrs. Sharpe, for organizing this assembly for our 4th and 5th grade students.

PTA Bingo Night
PTA Bingo/Gift Auction took place on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Many of our students and their families attended this fun event! Our dedicated teachers called out the Bingo numbers, awarded students with prizes, and had a blast with our families! A big thank you to the PTA for organizing this enjoyable evening filled with fun and prizes!

Oral Reading Fluency
On Monday, March 26, 2012, our second graders participated in a brief oral reading fluency screening to determine local norms for . The screening was completed by certified staff members and took about five to six minutes per child. Gaining this knowledge about our children is important and will assist us in meeting the individual needs of our students.

Doodle 4 Google Contest
Students in all grades participated in the Doodle 4 Google 2012 design contest. Google does a contest for children each year to design a new logo for their website. Each year they have a different theme, and this year it was, "If I could travel in time, I'd visit...". This year, we had 80 entries, and the top 10 students had their artwork sent to Google to be entered into the state contest. All of the designs were fantastic, and it was really hard to decide who had the top 10 designs! Winners received a certificate and a large set of markers. Let's wish them luck in moving to the next round of the contest! Hopefully we will see their artwork on the Google website. A big thank you to our art teacher, Mr. Nortman for organizing the contest.

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