A Walk Down Beach Elementary “Reading Street”

Part II, Who Says Social Media Killed it for The Kids? NO WAY! We Took A Walk Down Our Reading Street!


“We always have fun at Beach!” commented Teacher On Assignment, Michelle Jackson. 

All Round Lake Area School students K-5 are familiar with the much beloved reading series “Reading Street.” Beach Elementary School in Round Lake Beach hosted its annual Family Reading Night, on Thursday, November 21st at 6:30-8:00 p.m. and what a success it was!

The elementary is home to over 400 students. Over 50% of the Beach Elementary student body and their families attended the evening’s festivities. 

“The Scavenger Hunt was fun because we looked for clues, like a detective! We like the bookmarks, too!” celebrated Lizbeth Ramos & Jose Jaramillo, 3rd Graders in Mrs. Bender’s Class. “I got to see the 1st and 2nd Graders perform and sing! I even got to see my cousin!” noted Jovanny Guzman, 3rd Grader in Mrs. Bender’s Class

Among the many sites to experience on Reading Street, perhaps the most memorable was Mrs. Carla Shepard’s exhibit, featuring a 100 lb elk and bear heads, peeking through pine trees and rock courtesy of a local taxidermist. 

The display was put together by the children, taxidermist, and Mrs. Carla Shepard to bring to life a book in the reading series on Yosemite National Park. Adding to the fun was Mrs. Michelle Jackson, dressed as The Sleuth, a popular, recurring character in the reading series. 
“Reading Street, currently the literacy curriculum series in effect in all local Round Lake Elementary Area Schools is designed as such to help our students achieve the highest  rigor of The Common Core Standards nationwide,” Noted Principal Rob Schultz.

Beach elementary hallways were dotted with a throng of excited K-5 year olds. White and yellow tape outlined the school’s own reading street, similar to the popular children’s public television series, Sesame Street, created by Joann Ganz Cooney and Loyd Morisset. Teachers dressed in character along the reading street road, and helped serve as scavenger hunt guides.

“We had lots of grade levels sharing the work they have done throughout the year. Fifth graders are sharing a lot about their themes, such as “How to Survive in the Wilderness”,  4th graders featured work on common reading strategies, our 3rd grade showcased “How To’s”, in literature. The 2nd grade enrichment group vocalized their singing and acting skills in a drama about Thanksgiving dinner and our 1st graders showcased school work demonstrating how the parts of a story come together to make reading fun!” stated TOSA, Michelle Jackson

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