Thursday, September 29, 2016

28 September 2016-Apollo RAPS

Yesterday at Apollo we had our first regular RAPS meeting using the books! There was a very exciting energy in the room as students enthusiastically shared about their books. During our first meeting, students voted on their books of choice and then picked which one they wanted to read. The winners included: Counting By 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Each group worked on a different art project. Origami Yoda did not yet have a chance to make origami yet, but they did discuss who would lead it next week. Counting By 7's made sunflowers with seven petals, each petal representing a different piece of one's identity. We then filled the stems with the names of the people who "hold us up." figuratively speaking. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children created their own version of peculiar children. My favorite one was a child who reversed in age--so creative! Using art to connect with the book really helped readers engage and reflect with the various novels. We are looking forward to returning to RAPS after Fall break! Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Patterson RAPS-Read and Play Schools 2016-2017

RAPS 2016-2017 is finally here! In the past RAPS has existed a Saturday event, but we are excited to announce that we are moving into schools! Expanding our program is both new and exciting, and we are looking forward to the new students and energy this change will bring. We have several new grad students that will be pairing with teachers to create individualized reading programs for each school. This will promote access to reading, creativity and specialization within each group. We are just beginning to choose groups, finalizing sign-ups and meeting students. Get ready, because this year RAPS is taking it to a new level!

RAPS Schools, Teachers and Grad Students:

Apollo Middle School Wednesdays 4-5pm
Teachers: Sara Landing and Keith Woodruff
Grad Students: Savannah and Parker

JT Moore Middle School Tuesdays 4-5
Teachers: Dan Parsons and Aliceyn Heasley
Grad Students: Teya and Anna

Litton Middle School Fridays 7:40-8:40
Teachers: Allison Crandall and Alistair Gaynor
Grad Students: Ashley