Schools celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday by reading - February 25, 2010

Record Number: 6046
Displayed from: Feb 25, 2010 , until: Mar 12, 2010

Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a series of events tied to Read Across America. The nationwide event is officially Tuesday, March 2, but because the writing/open-ended portion of ISTEP begins March 1, many schools are holding their events on other days. Below is a schedule of activities. Feb. 26 Lincoln Elementary will celebrate with staff members dressing up as Thing 1 and Cat in the Hat riding a unicycle with a student selected to be Thing 2. The characters interact with students in the library, reading Dr. Seuss or other books to groups. At 2 p.m. there will be an assembly in the gym for students in kindergarten through second grades, following by an assembly for students in third through fifth grades at 2:30 p.m. The second assembly will also be a rally to kick-off ISTEP week. March 1 Arlington Elementary will kick-off Dr. Seuss's birthday with students and staff wearing red and white. Guest readers will share their favorite Dr. Seuss books with students. The winners of a school-wide writing contest with the theme Oh the Places You'll Go, When You Learn to Read will be announced at an assembly at 2:30 p.m. Students will receive a Dr. Seuss book for their winning essays. This will also be a kick-off to ISTEP testing week. March 1-5 Elmhurst High School will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday by having a Mystery Staff Reader each day on WELM (the school's TV station). Clues will be given during the morning broadcast and students can submit their guesses at lunch. At Franke Park Elementary, each classroom teacher will read a Dr. Seuss book to their class on March 2. Throughout the week, the music teacher will sing Dr. Seuss songs during music class and some students will sing them over the loud speaker during morning announcements. The art teacher will be doing Dr. Seuss art projects with each class. Haley Elementary is celebrating with theme days throughout the week. Monday is "There's a Wocket in My Pocket;" Tuesday is "Fox in Socks;" Wednesday is "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish;" Thursday is "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!" and Friday is "Green Eggs and Ham." Indian Village students will Read Around the Planet through video conferences. From 2-3 p.m. Monday, students will have a video conference with students in Berrien Springs, Mich. On Tuesday, students will read with students in Mexico, N.Y., from 1:30-2:30 p.m., and from 1-2 p.m. Friday, students will read with students from Bayville, N.Y. March 2 The Snider Leadership Class, under the direction of Russ Isaacs, will visit each classroom at Harris Elementary from 1-3 p.m. The students may bring their favorite children's book or choose from a selection of books at the school. This is the eighth year the Snider students have participated in this program. In addition, the Primary Hearing Impaired students will be using Dr. Seuss as a mentor/role model and will be studying his writing style and making their own rhyming books. They will also decorate cupcakes and incorporate math concepts, such as patterning and geometry, into the project. The Intermediate Hearing Impaired students will be reading "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Weisser Park Elementary third-graders will present "Green Eggs and Ham" in the Readers Theatre. The program will include a mime and singing. March 8-12 Washington Center Elementary will have a book swap in the media center all week. Students have been donating used books from their personal libraries at home. More than 800 books have been collected. Students will get to select a book to take home from the donated books during the swap. Second-grade students will perform songs from Seussical the Musical at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on March 11 to celebrate.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.