Monday, May 12, 2014

Reading Camp

Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute (MWTI) will conduct a five-day Reading Camp for Natchez-Adams School District students and teachers in the following grade bands:  K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The Camp will promote reading with the selection of high-interest reading materials that are relevant to the students' everyday lives. All reading material will center around the theme of "Beating the Odds" even though the Camp experiences will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards of reading texts closely, analyzing the content, and speaking and listening during intellectual discussions, the goal will be for students to have a highly engaging, enjoyable experience that will promote the life-long goal of reading for pleasure.Students will create a reading journal they can continue to use after they leave the Camp.

Each day of the Camp, students will engage in individual reading and group reading activities that will be designed to improve students’ abilities in the following areas:
discovering central ideas
inferencing and drawing conclusions
examining author's craft
examining characters

*Instruction for grades K-2 will be aligned with the requirements of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act.

Who: All Natchez'-Adams' K-12 Students
When: July 7-11, 2014 - 8:30 am - noon
Where: Natchez High School
Cost: Free
Lunch is provided

**Transportation is NOT provided**

Participation is limited so make certain to submit your application as soon as possible at your child(ren)'s school to guarantee your seat. Applications are now available at each school in the Natchez-Adams School District. If you have any questions contact Dr. Tanisha Smith at or 601-445-2800.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Parent University

Date:  Saturday, May 3, 2014
Location: McLaurin Elementary School
Time:  9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Child Care offered in two sessions-only to those that pre-registered (K-3) and (4-8)
Registration Process:  Paper Pencil & Online

Break Out Times:
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  General Session -Breakfast with the Superintendent, Dr. Hill
             Morning Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:35 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

11:05 – 12:15    Lunch & Learn with the Deputy Superintendent, Dr. T. Smith

            Afternoon Sessions
12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
12:55 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
1:30 Door Prizes, Giveaways and Presenter Thank You

A few session topics are as follows:
  • Literacy Based Promotion Act (S.B. 2347)
  • New Accountability Model
  • One Book, One Community 
  • New Kinder readiness assessment
  • Reading strategies that parents can use at home
  • Gifted education
  • How to interpret STAR Reading reports
  • Math strategies for parents of middle and high school students
  • Speech services offered in the district
  • Library resources
  • How to navigate Active Parent
I hope to you see you at Parent University.

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Younger Readers

One Book One Community didn't want to exclude our young readers, so two texts were selected that share the theme of "beating the odds."

Kindergarten through second grade students will read:

Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. 

Students in grades 3-5 will read:

Jackie and Me is the talk of a young boy, Joe, that has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't plan on a trip that will for a short time change the color of his skin--and forever change his view of history and his definition of courage. 

Thank you for reading!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Great Places to Read

One Book, One Community decided to create a list of a few places to enjoy a great book around Natchez, MS.

There are wonderful places to read in this historic community of ours. Some readers may enjoy the comforts of home in their favorite chair, while others prefer a cozy corner at the Judge George W. Armstrong Library. We have compiled a list of a few of our favorite places in and around Natchez, MS. Please leave comments and share a few of yours.

Natchez Coffee

The Bluff

Memorial Park

The River Walk

Natchez State Park

Natchez  Manor Bed and Breakfast

Rooftop terrace

Turning Pages & More

Happy Reading!

Monday, February 17, 2014

What is One Book, One Community?

One Book, One Community, Natchez, Mississippi

The goal of One Book, One Community is to promote literacy while fostering a sense of community by bringing people together through literature. It encourages everyone to read and creates opportunities for people to talk about a variety of topics by spotlighting a remarkable book through exciting activities.

Inspired by the success of similar initiatives in larger metropolitian areas like Chicago, Seattle, and Ohio. This concept is also gaining momentum in smaller communities in Mississippi like Tupelo and Starkville. One Book, One Community is the first initative of this kind in Natchez, MS.

From August to January, various partners of One Book, One Community will hosts a variety of great events that will aid in bringing the community together by giving life to the book.

The first book selected is I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond by Michael Oher with Don Yaeger.

We hope you will join us.