11.25 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Champion #SummerOfLettingGo

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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Ummmm… I’m working on it. See below.
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What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… (Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class read:
14 books
My B Class read:
15 books
My C Class read:
16 books
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I’m on page 194 and things are getting good!
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I was just approved for the ARC of my Twitter pal Gae Polisner’s upcoming book,
Pretty pumped after her fabulous The Pull of Gravity.
This week we will return to SPIN CAM for sharing our reading.
Per 1&2
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Per 6&7
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 Per. 9&10
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[If anyone else is using SpinCam or Padlet to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]
And just in case you missed it, here are the #ReadWalkWater tanks for which we raised money. So exciting!
Thanks,
David Etkin
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11.22 {BookFlix Friday} #Smile… and a new companion

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


SMILE

by Raina Telgemeier

There is also a companion book coming…

From Raina’s site:

BIG news!

Today, Publishers Weekly broke the story:

My next book will be called SISTERS!

From the press release:

Raina Telgemeier has signed a two-book deal with Scholastic’s Graphix imprint….The first book, Sisters, will be a companion to the author’s 2010 Eisner Award winner, Smile (also published by Graphix). Sisters, which is set for 2014, will look at “the inner workings of [Telgemeier’s] family,” focusing on her relationship with her younger sister. The second book in the deal, which is currently untitled, will also be a graphic work.

SISTERS will be in stores on September 1, 2014. I’m working on the art as we speak! Enjoy a sneak peak, above, at a couple of my penciled panels.

I’m pretty excited about this book, and even more excited now that I’m able to share the title with all of you! Of course I’ll share more information here on my site when I’ve got it. Till then…hope you’re all staying warm!

~raina

11.21 Whatever Wednesday—Big #ReadWalkWater Tank News

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. Though often a cool quote or poster, it might simply be a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


Yes, I posted the video of the water tanks a couple times already. But do you blame me? We get to see the fruits of the fundraising work the students put in.

I want to show the pictures one at a time along with the information from the email Ugandan Water Project sent me:

It is with pleasure that we share with you and the rest of the staff and students at Sweet Home Middle School news and photographs of Ugandan Water Project Tank # 131, 132, and 133 installed on November 3rd, 2013!  Your sponsorship has provided clean, safe water to the community in Kabale, Uganda.  

Tank #131 is at Busule Catholic Church in the village of Kalengyere and serves 400 people who had to travel 10 kilometers to a well before this tank:

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 Tank #132 is at Muruma Primary School of 426 people in Rukungiri District in the village of Murama:
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Tank #133 serves St. Mathias Vocational School/Nyakishenyi Secondary School in Numba and will supply clean water for 425 people who also had no other option beyond a well 1 kilometer away:


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For these communities, your support has imparted an invaluable resource and basic need that helps restore health and quality of life.  Please pass this amazing news along to the incredible students and staff who rallied around UWP to create life-change.  Thank you!

Sincerely,

The staff at Ugandan Water Project

Does that fill your feel-good tank or what?!

You did this, kids. You made a difference in the lives of over 1,200 Ugandans. They drink clean water now because of YOU.

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{Nice job with this design, Blake}

And… In case you missed it…

11.18 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Allegiant

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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Oh, yeah! This was awesome. I kept stealing time every chance I got this weekend to finish. Man, it didn’t disappoint. Nice job, Ms. Roth.
What’s next?
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What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… (Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class has read:
19 books
My B Class has read:
12 books
My C Class has read:
19 books
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This week we will continue sharing our reading on Padlet! Students “flipped” this part of the class and completed their sharing at home. Now we can get right into sharing and talking about our reading.
Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 1&2
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Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 6&7

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Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 9&10
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[If anyone else is using SpinCam or Padlet to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]
And just in case you missed it, here are the #ReadWalkWater tanks for which we raised money. So exciting!
Thanks,
David Etkin

11.15 {BookFlix Friday} #LegendTrilogy… and a little #ReadWalkWater news

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Marie Lu’s

LEGEND TRILOGY

Sometimes it gets tiring waiting for the next installment of a series or trilogy. The plot gets murky and the characters difficult to recall.

Sometimes I like reading a series that is ALL published so I can move quickly from one book to the next and keep my momentum.

If you feel at all the same, here is a great opportunity for you!

The trilogy has just been completed. And yes, the books are better than the trailers.

#1: LEGEND

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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#2: PRODIGY

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—-June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

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#3: CHAMPION

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has.

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This is as good a place as any to share a great update from our #ReadWalkWater campaign.

First, the Tshirts were delivered. I snapped a photo of a bunch of kids wearing them during lunch:

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But even better than that, we received news that our tanks were installed.

Unreal. Check this out:

THAT is a job well done.

More information to come.

11.14 Whatever “Wednesday”

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. Though often a cool quote or poster, it might simply be a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


I know I’m a day late, but I wanted to share this yesterday.

On Saturday, my wife and I were invited to attend the Let Them LOL Water Gala.

Amazing. Enjoy the slideshow of our time…

.. And if you would like to know more, click here.

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11.12 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Allegiant

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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Next week—I’m sure of it.
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What were PARENTS reading last week?Let’s check it out… (Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class has read:
19 books
My B Class has read:
15 books
My C Class has read:
22 books
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Oh yeah—on page two hundred something, and it’s getting intense. Don’t you love
three day READ DAY weekends?
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This week we will continue sharing our reading on Padlet! Students “flipped” this part of the class and completed their sharing at home. Now we can get right into sharing and talking about our reading.
Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 1&2
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Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 6&7

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Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 9&10
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[If anyone else is using SpinCam or Padlet to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]
Thanks,
David Etkin

11.8 {BookFlix Friday} #MichaelVey

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


From Today’s SHMS Morning Show announcements:


#1

The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1)

The start of an action-packed teen series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans.

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.

#2

Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey Series #2)

#3

Battle of the Ampere (Michael Vey Series #3)

Are you interested now?

11.6 {Whatever Wednesday} Happy MOVEMBER

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. Though often a cool quote or poster, it might simply be a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


What month is it? It’s

I just registered for my school’s MOVEMBER team. That means it’s time to get the mustache growing. OY!

What is MOVEMBER? From their site:

Campaign Strategy & Goals:
We will get men to grow moustaches and the community to support them by creating an innovative, fun and engaging annual Movember campaign that results in:    •   Funds for men’s health program investment
•   Conversations about men’s health that lead to:
–  Greater awareness and understanding of the health risks men face
–  Men taking action to remain well
–  When men are sick they know what to do and take action

If anyone out there would like to support my mustache and fundraising, I’d sure appreciate it. Prostate cancer runs in my family and I’d like to kick it’s butt.

Here is the donation link.

In the meantime, here was my facial hair situation last night—I’m ready to shave it all but the mustache for today.

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A few fun MOVEMBER posters and stuff:

And how about some MUSTACHE literature? You know what’s coming….

C’mon men (and ladies who are supporting their men):

Let’s make MOVEMBER a month to REMEMBER.

11.4 It’s Monday! What are you reading?

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

20120117-111701.jpg 20120819-185816.jpg

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

20121202-215616.jpg

Lots of student projects… I’m nearing completion.
“On the Bridge” by Todd Strasser, the Buffalo News, directions for how to better use Google Drive.
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What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… (Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class has read:
16 books
My B Class has read:
13 books
My C Class has read:
15 books
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I’m hoping to finish up the student projects by mid-week. The marking period ends on FRIDAY! That will give me a little time for:
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Celebrating book birthdays Tomorrow (yes, I’m nerdy enough to put these on my iCalendar… and proud of it):

{ChampionLegend book 3}

&

{Wimpy Kid #8: Hard Luck}

[Check back at the end of the day to see the cool spinning pictures of what my students are reading.]

This week we will continue sharing our reading on Padlet! Students “flipped” this part of the class and completed their sharing at home. Now we can get right into sharing and talking about our reading.
Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 1&2
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Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 6&7

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Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 9&10
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[If anyone else is using SpinCam or Padlet to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]
Thanks,
David Etkin