Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Family Reading Night 2014

Probably the most highly-anticipated event of the year for the district's librarians is the annual Family Reading Night celebration.  March 28, 2014 marked the third annual event.  The theme for the event was "Reading is Music to Our Ears" and combined reading activities with music performances and crafts.

Ty Z., a fifth grader, created this beautiful logo for the event:

The first two hundred families to arrive for the evening received a literacy bag, complete with a new book, headphones, and plenty of other reading swag.

Musical performances from community and school musicians were fantastic!

Of course I couldn't resist the bacon photobooth.

The book fair was busy ALL evening long.

Even Yogi Bear from the Jellystone Campgrounds stopped in for a visit.

And oh, the activities!  Just a few of the stations included Piggie and Elephant Dance Off, Recording Studio, Name that Tune, Trivia, Guitar Pick Decorating, Rain Stick Making, T-Shirt Bag Making, Zumba, Bookmark Making, Origami Yoda, Jan Brett Crafts, Guitar Hero, and Wii Dance.

What a great evening!  Well over 600 people attended this event.  It wouldn't be possible without the evening's sponsors and of course all of the volunteers from Pioneer.  Thank you everyone for making this a wonderful night.  Any ideas for the fourth annual Family Reading Night?

Science Olympiad Success!

On Saturday, March 1st, 2014, two teams from Pioneer Middle School competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition held at Waterfront Elementary in Buffalo.  The competition included twenty different events involving areas of science.  Some of the events, such as rotor egg drop and wheeled vehicle, involved bringing a building project to the competition.  Other events included labs or testing in areas such as astronomy, geology, and zoology.

Preparations for the competition included LOTS of studying.  Students prepared study guides and cheat sheets for their events by using the material provided on the Science Olympiad wiki as well as the online databases accessed through the middle school library website.

 The teams had a very successful day.  The Green team finished in tenth place overall and the White team finished in fourteenth place.  Medal winners are:

5thPlace in Meteorology – Jessica B. and Donovan L.
5th Place in Road Scholar – Micah N. and Chris T.
4thPlace in Disease Detectives – Kaylee B. and Emilee H.
4th Place in Dynamic Planet – Maggie G. and Hunter H.
4th Place in Green Generation – Robert B. and Jarod F.
4th Place in Invasives – Madison L. and Clay T.
4th Place in Road Scholar – Kaylee B. and Jessica B.
4th Place in Write It/Do It – Maggie G. and Amber Z.
3rd Place in Heredity – Hunter H. and Micah N.
3rd Place in Rocks and Minerals – Jessica B. and Emilee H.
2nd Place in Green Generation – Jessica B. and Nate T.
1st Place in Write It/Do It – Jessica B. and Emilee H.

The members of the Green team include Ben C., Scott H., Emilee H., Donovan L., Ronald L., Kaylee B., Nate T., and Jessica B..  Robert B., Jarod F., Maggie G., Hunter H., Gavon H., Barbara L., Madison L., Micah N., Clay T., Chris T., and Amber Z. are the members of the White team.  Coaches for Science Olympiad are middle school teachers Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Hill, Miss Muhlbauer, and Mrs. Unghire.  Outstanding work, team!

Nonfiction Celebration

The library was pleased to be able to host a nonfiction celebration for the middle school's sixth grade authors on January 31, 2014.  After weeks were spent research, writing, and revising, the sixth graders were proud to share their nonfiction articles with others.  District administrators, teachers, parents, grandparents, and other students were in attendance for the celebration.  Congratulations to all of the authors!