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Library News August 13, 2005

Back to School

To all returning and new students at Trident Academy, welcome back to school and to the Batson Hewitt, Jr. Library. I hope you had a great summer. As you can see, I have had a busy summer redesigning the library web page. The new design will allow for easier updates and navigation. For current library news and events visit here often.

The Teachers' and Parents' Information section is full of helpful information on a variety of topics from articles written by faculty and administration to web page links on Dyslexia and ADHD.


Summer Reading Program

Summer reading was great fun for the fifteen first through fifth-grade children who attended the library summer reading program. The theme of the program this year was "Pirates." Each student received a pirate chest journal to keep track of the books he/she read this summer. Students participated in playing games and received prizes, stickers, and snacks. Students listened to several books on pirates during story time and one day were treated to the Muppet Pirates movie. The pirate tattoos worn by the students were definitely a favorite. The program ran for six weeks, June 16 through July 21 on Thursdays for approximately an hour. Students checked out books or books-on-tape to read to earn stickers for their journals. At the end of the program, students received a certificate of participation.

Harry Potter Strikes Again

In July, students, parents, and teachers anxiously awaited the release of the 6th book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings, The Half-Blood Prince. This fall when Trident Academy students check out any book from the Harry Potter series from the school library, they will receive a special edition Harry Potter bookmark. Also, to celebrate the arrival of the sixth book, students who read any of the Harry Potter series will receive a Harry Potter baseball cap. Students who finish reading a Harry Potter book are to pick up a validation form to take to his/her parent to be signed to receive a cap.

4th & 5th Grade Incentive Programs for 2005-2006

Fourth grade students participated in a special reading incentive program during the 2004-05 school year. Since the programs was so successful, it will be repeated this year. Fourth grade students will study the different literature genres. After reading two selections from each genre, a student will receive a badge. After reading two selections from five different genres, a student will receive a baseball cap with the badges attached. We will start with "Picture Books." Each student keeps a record of his/her reading selections in a special folder by placing stickers on it that match the badge for each genre. The badges will be awarded, as they are earned, at the lower school celebration assemby each month. For more information on genres: Literature Genres

An incentive program for 5th grade students is in the works. Stay tuned, there will be more information at a later date.

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