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MS Reading Challenge

Each week, alternating grade levels in the Middle School are recognized for reading during their lunch break. The advisory with the most points or collected hours wins ice cream. The student who has accumulated the most time reading during advisory, however, gets to cut the Head of School’s tie.

And so far, since the campus reopening on November 1st, the Head of School has said goodbye to five of his beloved ties…

When children read on a daily basis, exposure to vocabulary naturally increases. Research indicates that all it takes is 15 minutes to see substantial improvement in reading achievement—and if you can double that time to just over a half hour of reading per day then even better!

Our students get 15 minutes [to read] in Humanities class everyday,” says Humanities & Literacy teacher Ms. Cristina Schild-O’Malley, “During lunch is additional reading time in the student center. Funny thing is the best thing to help students make gains—especially when talking about standardized testing and reading on grade level—is just eyes on text. No magic portions. Just time spent reading.”