Extraordinary RSS Readers Surprised!
Rowan-Salisbury students love to Read!
Approximately 1500 students in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools received a surprise in the late afternoon on May 18th. Teams from each school spread out across the county to place signs in students’ yards that achieved reading successes. When students returned home from school, many were greeted with a big surprise. A sign that reads, “An Extraordinary Reader Lives Here #IREAD80” welcomed them home. In order to qualify for this honor, students were presented with the goal to meet the Superintendent’s ‘Spring Break Reading Challenge.’ They were challenged to read 80 or more Achieve3000 articles at 75% success. …And our students took this challenge to heart and read articles!
Each school in the district created their own plan on how they would surprise the students in distributing the signs. Some schools carried folks with the signs on buses, while others drove in cars to conquer their school areas. China Grove Elementary Principal Lea Anne Thomas said, “My folks are having lots of fun with the reading challenge and delivering the signs. Many of our staff dressed in costumes to make the surprise even more fun.”
School staff used the hashtag #IREAD80 to post photos on social media.
Many thanks to the RSS maintenance department for assuring that the signs were delivered to schools and that schools had an adequate supply.
"Research tells us that when students read 80 Achieve3000 articles at 75% success, their Lexile reading score could double and could even possibly more than double,” says Dr. Lynn Moody, Superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. “We have many students that have achieved this goal and many students that have passed this goal already. Yet, we want all our students to be successful.”
Dr. Moody has presented challenges throughout the school year with student rewards of iRead40, iRead80, and iRead120 bracelets.
Literacy is the focus of the district’s Strategic Plan.