Celebrate National Reading Month!

Helping to Spread Joy of Reading & Literacy Through March!

2020 Saxe Events for March 1-31

Fostering a Culture of Literacy~

Strong Reading communities continually commit to collectively providing many opportunities for students to read. Celebrating reading across Saxe in the month of March will aim to rejuvenate the 'joie de vivre' or zest for pleasure reading by inspiring renewed momentum to grow as readers into year's end. Take a look below at some of the events going on around Saxe during the month of March.

~Celebratory Happenings~

March Book Madness

A spin off from the College Basketball Tournament. Students can enter their votes for their favorite book. Staff at the library will compile the results for the start of a 64 book competition. All month stats will be compiled and revealed with a bulletin board outside of the main office and updates are given over the morning announcements. Don't miss the opportunity to get your students excited, and voting! Voting will take place in Language Arts classes across grade levels. Stay tuned for weekly reports and bulletin board posts for the March Book Madness results!

Workshop Visits~

Check out who's coming into the media center during the month of March to experience some fun literacy sponsored events!


Workshop Events Include....

  • Get 'Hooked' on a Book
    Students will move through a maze of books displaying only the first few lines of the author's craft to see if that book is engaging to pick up for their reading pleasure. Books can then be previewed and checked out.

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  • Create Blackout Poems
    Using the pages of an existing text, students will be encouraged to become blackout poets by piecing together single words or short phrases from these texts to create their own lyrical masterpieces.
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Grade 5 Author Visit March 6, 2020 Period 9

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Conor Grennan~Author & Saxe Parent

Mr. Connor Grennan will be speaking to the entire grade 5 class on March 6, 2020, period 9.

Mr. Grennan is the founder of Next Generation Nepal (NGN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in Nepal, and the author of the New York Times best-selling and #1 international best-selling memoir Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. Little Princes has been shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was the winner of the GoodReads 2011 Best Travel and Outdoors Award, and has been translated into 15 languages. Since NGN’s inception, the organization has helped reconnect more than 500 children with their families. (direct excerpt from author website)

All teachers and staff with period 9 (free of students) are welcome to attend.

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A Few Ideas to Inspire Your Own Classroom Celebrations~

~Collection of Educator Resources in Honor of Dr. Seuss~

~Some Engaging Resources from Scholastic~

~Read a Digital Picture Book~

~Organize Your Own Classroom Library with Booksource Online~

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Booksource is a free web-based platform to help you organize and inventory your classroom library and seek out leveled literature. See one of our teacher ambassadors for more information as to how you could incorporate this resource into your classroom.

~Contact One of Our Saxe Teacher Ambassadors~

Gratitude goes out to our classroom teacher ambassadors for helping coordinate our communication and enthusiasm for the event.

Feel free to contact any one of these teachers with questions or ideas for the month of March.

Grade 5: Teri-Ann Adrian ...ELA Teacher

Grade 6: Holly Martocci ...ELA Teacher

Grade 7: Lauren Craw...ELA Teacher

Grade 8: Michelle Walker...ELA Teacher

Jean Siani...Literacy Coach

Kathleen Hoeffer ...Literacy Coach

Mona Biondi....Librarian

** Special thanks to Lindsey Heron our library assistant for executing our monthly events!

Did you know?

"The average person can read 1,500-4,500 words with just 15 to 25 minutes of reading each day.That translates to more than a million words per year. If kids read more than a million words per year, they can see as much as an 85 percent gain in vocabulary."


Lesesne, Teri. “Reading with Our Ears.” Young Adult Library Services, vol. 11, no. 3, Spring 2013, p. 30.