Parent Teacher Magazine Union County Public Schools March/April 2018 - Page 5

Sun Valley Middle students lead through reading Every Friday morning, They’re actively reading with Sun Valley Middle (SVMS) the first graders, Diana said, student Bryan Tran walks to instead of simply reading to the Sun Valley Elementary with a students. picture book in his hand. As he prepared to visit He, along with 79 of the elementary school, SVMS his peers, were selected to student Ryan Albert said that participate in the school’s he remembers a time during Leading with Reading his first reading buddy session program – a new reading where both he and his student buddy initiative that pairs was a bit nervous. But now, seventh and eighth grade they look forward to the reading students with first graders. buddy visit each week. It’s not a responsibility “We’re teaching them skills that any of the middle that we know they’re going to school students take use when they get older. I was lightly. Each book is filled a little nervous at first because with Post-It notes that you don’t really read to other include handwritten reading people until you’re an adult, and comprehension questions it’s a little scary to know they’re and strategies related to the counting on us for education,” book’s storyline that they Ryan said. “But when they get wrote in preparation for their Every Friday, 80 Sun Valley Middle students participate in the school’s older, they can use the skills Leading with Reading program – a new reading buddy initiative that visit. that we’re working on today to pairs seventh and eighth grade students with first graders. “My favorite part about really excel academically and this is seeing their faces after make good choices in life.” –This article was provided by the Union County Public Schools I help them learn new things,” Bryan said. “I’m teaching them Communication Office. how to infer, so it’s fun to see their faces light up as soon as they figure out what’s going on in the story.” Back in her classroom, SVMS Career and Technology Education teacher Diana Ollis said that like all schools in the Sun Valley cluster, SVMS is committed to promoting leadership skills in its students. They’re encouraged to be leaders in class, athletic sports and • Camps available for all ages school clubs. And the recently adopted school wide 7 Habits of • Interact with Doctors and Veterinary Staff Effective Teens serves as a framework for leadership qualities. • Multi or Single Day Camp options “But we’re also looking for our kids to develop a sense of • Clinic observation & participation time leadership within their community and not just within our school,” • Structured, fun & educational programs Diana said, adding that the Leading With Reading initiative began •Foster a love of animals and learning in October. “We want them to understand they need to be leaders elsewhere too. Through Leading with Reading, we’re expanding their knowledge and expectations of what a leader is.” Here’s what we heard from previous campers: What’s great about the reading buddy program, Diana said, is “We learned so much. Would love do it again next year.” that it’s a win-win for everyone. “My daughter learned a lot and was excited to go back each day. “ For the first graders, having older students read with them every Friday is a special treat that many of them look forward to all week. Summer 2018 Dates Coming Soon! “It gives first graders motivation to spread their reading Look for more information on our Website comprehension,” Diana added. Learning For the middle school students, serving as a reading buddy teaches them responsibility and about the importance of being a Animals mentor. Life In preparation for their visits each week, the SVMS students 160 Corporate Blvd • Indian Trail spend two days going over reading comprehension strategies. After writing their own questions related to the story, they partner with a peer who also helps them create additional questions and strategies related to the story. Kids Today, Vets Tomorrow. Vet Camp 2018 704•821•7040 Parent Teacher Magazine • Mar/Apr 2018 • 3