Monday, March 4, 2013

This Week at the Learning Center

Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

Highland is excited to host the 8th Annual Lake County Battle of the Books!
The battle of the books is an game where participating students are asked questions about the 20 nominated books from the 2013 Caudill list. Students buzz in (the favorite part of some participants!) to answer the questions.

There will be about 85 students playing on 11 teams from 5 area middle schools.
The event will happen at Highland on Thursday, 3/7, and will run from 4:00 - 6:00. Fans are welcome to attend.

Guys Read

Highland is happy to partner with Cook Memorial Library to continue the Guys Read program this year. Rob Eckmann, librarian at Cook, leads this group which meets once a month after school from 3:40 - 4:30 in the Highland Learning Center. Any guys in grades 5- 8 are welcome to attend!
The meetings for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year are :

  • March 18
  • April 1
  • May 13

One Book, One School = A Success!

Breakfast Book Discussion in the LC
Friday (3/1/13) was the culmination of a very successful One Book, One School project. I got chills when our visiting author, Mawi Asgedom, asked the assembly full of students how many of them had read his book, Of Beetles & Angels, and nearly every hand in the gym was raised.
Throughout the week long celebration of the book, there were numerous opportunities for students, staff members, and members of the community to discuss the book. In total about 120 people participated in one of these events, leading to much great conversation about Mawi's memoir of coming to America from Ethiopia via a refugee camp in Sudan. The story inspired many of us. 

On Friday, Mawi spent the morning with us at Highland. His day was filled talking with student leaders over breakfast, doing two assemblies for the entire student body, and having lunch with students who had read and discussed his book. 

A great group of faculty members at Highland worked together to make this project and learning experience possible!