Reading Leads Quarry Hill Students to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Read Across America Day (March 2nd), marking the birthday of popular children’s author, Dr. Seuss, was celebrated all week long with a focus on the joy of reading at Quarry Hill Elementary School. A galaxy-themed reading assembly culminated a week of special activities themed around the Star Wars stories. “We read to a galaxy far, far away all week, with the winning class logging a total of 3,422 minutes at home reading (1 minute of reading = 1 mile),” explained Reading Specialist, Krista Schmidt.
Performing at the school’s assembly were the Pennwood Middle School band, directed by teacher, Adam Pfannenstiel, and members of the PHS Falcon Strings, led by teacher, Felicia Riley. Both instrumental groups performed music from the Star Wars films and featured Quarry Hill students as well as siblings of current students now attending Pennwood and PHS. “It was a multi-curricular, multi-level celebration, where we were also able to integrate our character education initiative of PAWS (Practice Respect, Accept Responsibility, Work Together, and Stay Positive) with the Jedi philosophy of guarding and protecting peace and justice,” said Ms. Schmidt.
Principal Dr. Peggy Schiavone made two appearances during the assembly. First - from the dark side - as Darth Vader, and then later as Obi-Wan Schiavone, armed with the proper character traits of a true Jedi.
“To top things off, our Barnes and Noble Night on March 2nd was highlighted with teachers autographing the students’ newly-purchased books as well as reading aloud favorite selections at stations set up throughout the store. May The Force Be With You!”