Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bethany Students are Avid Readers!

Bethany Middle School Students are to be congratulated. Dr. Dellinger received  a letter from Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, congratulating AMSB  for being among the top performing schools in the Governor’s 2011 Summer Reading Challenge. According to Dr. Dellinger, "Congratulations to our reading consultant Eileen Kazdan, media specialist Faith Miller, and the 99% of our students who contributed reading more than 533,099 pages last summer, which averaged to 1,418 per student!  Governor Daniel P. Malloy and Commissioner Pryor will recognize some of our top readers at an  awards ceremony on May 11 at the Connecticut State Library."
Then to top off the news, Mrs. Kazdan initiated a spring reading challenge. Using the theme, "Reading is Magic because...," Mrs. Kazdan challenged the students to read 1,000 books before April 6, 2012. If they met the challenge, they would be rewarded with an terrific magic show by Danny Magic. Well, they not only met the challenge but exceeded it by 300 books.
On April 11, right before our spring break, Danny Magic had the kids enthralled and laughing with his wonderful comedic magic routines. There was an assembly for Grade 7 and one for Grade 8, so we got to see two teachers be good sports and allow Danny Magic to do an "off with their heads" illusion. Great fun was had by all. I hope our students used the spring break to read even more great books. 

Danny works the crowd!
One of the many brave student volunteers!
Good sport - Mr. Goldstein!
Good sport - Mr. Thees!
This optical illusion had everyone a gasp!
Thanks to Mrs. Kazdan for organizing such a great reading challenge and for securing such wonderful entertainment.

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