Tuesday, January 24, 2017

U-32 Library encourages U-32 community to read outside of their comfort zone!





Citing a Book Riot challenge, the U-32 Library launched the Read Harder Challenge 2017 last week.  The U-32 community is challenged to read outside their comfort zone - exploring new worlds, new genres and deepening their variety of reading throughout the year.  Readers are challenged to read 32 books from each of the following categories:

1. Read a book about sports.

2. Read a debut novel.

3. Read a book about books.

4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.

6. Read an all-ages comic.

7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.

8. Read a travel memoir.

9. Read a book published in 2017.

10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.

11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.

12. Read a fantasy novel.

13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.

14. Read a book about war.

15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.

16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.

17. Read a classic by an author of color.

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.

19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey. 

20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel. 

21. Read a book by a Vermont author.

22. Read a classic children's book that you have never read.

23. Read a collection of poetry on a theme other than love. 

24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. 

25. Read a Red Clover book.

26. Read a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book. 

27. Read a GMBA book.

28. Read or listen to an Overdrive eBook or Audio book.

29. Read a U32 librarian pick.

30. Read a U32 teacher pick.

31. Read a short story.

32. Read a book about one of your hobbies. 
Since I've already read a fantasy novel (#12) this year, Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, it's time to explore another category.  This year my son read a book for his English class from the category "classic by an author of color" (#17) that I've never read, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.  I've decided that's my next book.  What's your next book?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Opportunities for Student Voice



The U-32 Student Council meets monthly with the U-32 Admin team, bringing ideas and sharing upcoming activities and community service.  As a result of these meetings there will be 3 high school pep rallies this year - the next one coming up on January 27th after a spirit week incorporating Bring the Change! (A Leukemia/Lymphoma foundation fundraiser)


In addition, individual students meet with the Administrative team on occasion and by appointment.  We've received wonderful presentations and valid feedback given from middle school students and high school students alike over the last few years.  This year a student requested that we bring a presentation to U-32 that he was fortunate to experience while at the HOBIE leadership conference.  As a result of his request and presentation, on January 18th – 19th Eric Thompson from Civil Schools will be at U-32 working with students, faculty and parents.  You can read more about the organization at http://civilschools.com/ .  Students leaders will be attending a workshop with Eric on January 18th, there will be a related faculty meeting that day and then a parent presentation at 6:30pm in the U-32 Auditorium Eric Thompson from Civil Schools will present:

CivilSchools: Helping Your Teen Navigate the Digital World: Moving from Hurtful to Healthful 
Rather than spending an evening discussing the dangers of social media, which are vast, we are going to equip you with the high leverage skills and interventions that are critical to your adolescent's well being.

We will focus on the pro-social behaviors that will help your family not only successfully handle cyber-bullying, sexting, and other negative elements of the online world but how to design a plan that prepares them to thrive within it.



Starting this month, Scott Harris and I will be facilitating monthly fishbowls in the restorative practice style.  We'll ask someone to prepare a dilemma to share with students to gather feedback and ideas on how to move forward.  Our first U-32 fishbowl will take place on January 25th and art teacher, Amy K. will present her dilemma around respectful communication at U-32 around the topic of diversity - she is seeking resources and ideas about ways to hold the discussion school wide.  If interested, sign up for callback with Scott Harris on January 25th!

*Photos courtesy of U-32 Learning Community & U-32 Student Council Facebook pages.