Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

So . . . 7th grade Reading teacher Mrs. Stahler is trying to take over the world and send all the kids to boarding school. Will her students be able to stop her? Media staff, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb worked with Mrs. Stahler to ready the media center for this unique Breakout experience. The students worked through a variety of puzzles to unlock boxes that ultimately open the suitcase Mrs. Stahler had been dragging behind her for over a week. What do you think was inside? Here are some snapshots of the learning fun.

Mrs. Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

Spanish Breakout

Media Specialist Mrs. Baker, Media Paraprofessional Tracey Webb, and Spanish teacher Mrs. Fugate collaborated to bring the concept of Breakout EDU to Senora Fugate’s 8th grade Spanish students. These 8th graders are first year Spanish students who were also new to the Breakout experience. In groups, they were taxed with working collaboratively to read Spanish passages and maps and to solve puzzles that opened a variety of locks. This Breakout was adapted from “Un Escape con Abuela” via Martina Bex’s website The Comprehensible Classroom and is also accessible via Teachers Pay Teachers. The students were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Despite frustrations, almost all the groups overcame the challenges and broke into their boxes! Here’s some evidence of how these kiddos surmounted the obstacles.

Spanish Students Breakout

Book Fair Success!

The Scholastic cases have been packed and sent back to the warehouse, the online sales have closed, and the numbers have been crunched. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Sales totaled $5,102.07 earning $2,551.04 in Scholastic resources. Through Scholastic dollars earned from previous fairs, the Durham Media Center has added a variety of new books, device charging stations and a multimedia table. The media center has even refreshed its furniture with modern, mobile tables and chairs with Scholastic credits. Throughout the school year, seasonal displays and signage, and special events like trivia giveaways and goody bags for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge, as well as upcoming Library Week celebrations planned for April, are made possible because of these funds. More importantly, though, the Scholastic Book Fair incites excitement about reading , and there is no other skill that has the power to impact people more than learning to successfully read . WOW! Special thanks to the parents and students who assisted in managing this event as well as to Durham teachers and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair. Keep your eyes on the “New Books” display! Hardbacks purchased from this year’s fair will soon be available for check out. Thanks again Wildcats!