Tag: literacy

Reading Takes You Places!

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Teacher-librarian Sarah Bailey highlights the Middle School students who are representing Canada in "the sport of reading"

How to Help Children Fall in Love with Reading

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Learn five great tips on how to support your child in developing a love of reading

Take a Reading Adventure this Spring Break

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Middle School teacher-librarian Ms. Sarah Bailey offers some reading suggestions for Spring Break

SMUS in the News: Andrew Battershill ’06 Talks About His New Novel

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Andrew Battershill '06 sits down with The Globe and Mail to talk about his new crime novel, Marry, Bang, Kill.

Grade 8 Student Brings Harry Potter Magic into the Classroom

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The Middle School will soon be transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, thanks to the passion and ingenuity of a Grade 8 student. Jenna S....
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‘SMUS Reads’ Event Brings Community Together Around Literacy

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At the start of the school year, every Middle School student was gifted a book. And not a math textbook or a dense history...
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Author Visits Brings Reading Excitement to Junior School

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by Diana Nason, Junior School teacher/librarian At the Junior School, we work hard to maintain a culture of reading. This means that reading for pleasure...
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Middle School Donations Help Educate Youth Halfway Around the World

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A library, like a yard, sometimes needs a good weeding (but for very different reasons). Unlike unwanted garden trimmings though, books that are no longer...
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SMUS’s Club Hub: Buddy Reading Club

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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The Outsiders Inspires Song Battle

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by Dalal and Jiawan, Grade 8 Have you ever read the The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton? If you haven’t read it, you should and if...
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Reading: A Milestone

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We are very much a community that reads. I don’t know of another school (although I am sure more than one exists) where student...

Read a Book Over Break

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Wondering what to do with your five-day break? The Middle School Book Club has put together a list of books you might want to...

Authors Inspire Readers to Write

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The Middle School has hosted two authors in the past fortnight: Eric Wilson and Kit Pearson. Both writers spoke to students about what makes...
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A Blind Date With A Book

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by Eva Grant, Grade 10 The Book Club worked hard last week and the week before to prepare for our pilot project for Grade 9:...
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Groupwork Goes in New Direction

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by Ryan Dewar, teacher During our study of Romeo & Juliet, the students used Google Docs to complete a set of analysis questions for each...
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Buddies With Books

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Our reading buddies program brings Junior School kids to the Senior School throughout the year to share their favourite books with older SMUS students....
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Something to Talk About

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by Tanya Lee, teacher Literature circles allow students to develop their active reading strategies and “dig deeply” into their novels. By assuming different roles as...
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Popular Merlin Author Inspires Students of All Ages

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Last week, SMUS was honoured to host T.A. Barron, a multiple award-winning author whose Merlin series is being adapted into film by Warner Bros....
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Making Time for Books

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by Ricky, Grade 8 I believe the Drop Everything And Read program, or DEAR, at the St. Michaels Middle School is very enjoyable and gives...
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Who has time to read?

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I do. It is a difficult time of year to say that emphatically, given the end of term sports, School musical (Guys and Dolls, starting...
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Students and Parents Pick Up Literature Tips

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by Melanie Edwards, parent I was greeted with a warm welcome on Monday evening as I entered the Middle School library to attend Jocelyn Dimm's...
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UVic and SMUS Students Swap Stories

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by Heather Sandquist, Grade 4H teacher Our recent field trip to UVic was the culminating piece of our study of elements of design found in...
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Reading Makes Students Buddies

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by Zeyn San, Grade 10 The buddy reading program is designed to instil a love of reading in young children. It takes place once a...
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UVic Professor Studies SMUS Students

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Teacher Heather Sandquist's Grade 4 class have been taking part in an interesting experiment. Dr. Sylvia Pantaleo, an associate professor from UVic's Faculty of...
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Scholar in Residence Kenneth Oppel ’85

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Alumnus and Governor General Award-winning author Kenneth Oppel '85 returned to SMUS this week to speak to students at all three schools about his...
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Junior Students Make Books

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Heather Sandquist’s Grade 4 class can now add author/illustrator to their resumes. The class is proud to announce the release of their professionally self-published,...
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Reading

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For the past few summers, my wife, Joan and I have gone to the south of France for two weeks’ vacation. We stay somewhere...

New Reading for the New Year

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If you made a New Year's resolution to read more in 2011, you're in luck! The SMUS library recently acquired three Kindles (for eBooks)...

Junior School Students Love Buddy Reading

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There is excitement in the Senior School library on Mondays, as the Junior School students arrive to meet their senior buddies for buddy reading....

Mrs. Snowden Reads to Kindergarten Class

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by Mrs. Joan Snowden I loved being able to read to the Kindergarten class. They were all so willing to share themselves with me: Hallowe'en...

Bookfest Fun for Junior Readers

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Introduction by Matthew, Donovan and Joshua On Saturday May 1st, we went to Bookfest in Nanaimo. Bookfest is a celebration of authors and their books. It...

SMUS Drops Everything to Read

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by Kelsey Bjola, Grade 11 Many students, once they reach high school, have absolutely no time to do what they please. Between English essays, science...

Sara Topham Keeps Shakespeare Alive

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by Olivia Krusel, Grade 11 Imagine that it is a dreary Wednesday afternoon; halfway through the week and the weekend is only just peering from...

Senior and Junior Students Bond With Books

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by Kelly Twa, Grade 12 Mondays are typically the worst day of the week: you’re tired after a busy weekend, you still haven't finished all...

SMUS Summer Reads

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As summer vacation begins, both staff and students find themselves with more time to indulge in leisure activities, especially reading books that aren’t required...

SMUS Meets Shakespeare

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by Eric Protzer, Grade 10 Monologues are strange but engrossing things to consider. For example, it is intriguing that a character can speak out...

Two Schools Buddy Up to Read

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Our Reading Buddies programme resumed this month, with 15 Junior School students visiting the Senior campus library for reading sessions with the older students....

Imaginative Author Casts a Spell on Junior School

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Visiting author Margriet Ruurs delighted Junior School students this week, teaching them all about how books are made and reading from a few of...

Junior Students Rewarded for Reading

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This week at the Junior School, the students who participated in the summer reading program were recognized in a special assembly. Thirty-eight children reached...

Red Cedar Readers Visit Their Favourite Authors

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Last weekend, Junior School readers hit the road to Nanaimo to help celebrate the Island’s annual Children’s Book Fest. After reading and voting on...

Students Buddy-up to Share their Love of Reading

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Grade 12 student Oliver Bild has a passion for promoting literacy, and as the head of the SMUS Library Council he was motivated to...

Making Reading Magical

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Last week, Kindergarten teacher Ms. Margaret Lincoln made reading more than just fun for her students – she made it magical. Celebrating their success in...

Junior School Readers Help a Dragon

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Since November, Junior School students have been reading more than ever before. A visiting dragon named Sam has been looking for some new scales,...

Middle School Ready for Recitations

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After last week’s spectacular performances from the Senior School, the Grade 7 and 8 students presented their own memorized works in their Communication Skills...

Ron Broda Draws Children into the Art of Illustration

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Junior School students received a hands-on lesson in drawing and illustrating from one of the top five illustrators in Canada this week. Ron Broda,...

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