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Friday, November 4, 2016

Win $50 in 3 Easy Steps

Students can do a lot with an extra $50. They can:
  • Take some friends to the movies
  • Buy some new clothes
  • Save it to buy an even bigger something later
  • Pick up a pair of nice earbuds
  • Fund a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign
  • Splurge on a new video game
  • Get some great apps for a phone or tablet
  • Fill up their car with gas
  • Give away $1 at a time to unsuspecting strangers to spread the wealth
So how can students at SCC in grades 5-12 win $50 to spend on these awesome things? Simple!
  1. Read the One School One Book title by the end of 2nd quarter (Jan 13). It's available as an ebook on Destiny Discover.
  2. Login to Destiny (our library catalog).
  3. Write a review of the book, including a specific detail of something you liked or didn't like.
That's it! Students in grades 5-12 can be entered for a chance to win $50 just by reading a book and writing a review. Winners will be chosen at random from those that write the review.

So what are the titles for One School One Book during 2nd quarter?

Middle School -- Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth by Laura A. Woollett
Summary - On July 6, 1944, thousands of fans made their way to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance. Not long after the show’s start, a fire broke out and spread rapidly as panicked circus-goers pushed and scrambled to escape. Within 10 minutes the entire big top had burned to the ground, and 167 people never went home. Big Top Burning recounts the true story of one of the worst fire disasters in US history. Drawing on primary sources and interviews with survivors, the author guides readers through several decades of investigations into how the fire started and why so many died.

High School -- Food: The New Gold by Kathlyn Gay
Summary: An eye-catching jacket photo leads to a well-researched presentation of worldwide issues related to food. Chapters explore global and American hunger, the shift from family farms to corporate farming, the dangers of industrial farming, the effects of climate change on agriculture, the health risks of genetically engineered plants and animals, issues of food safety, the clash between public health and agricultural interests, and food policy for the future.Clear color photos take readers to locations as diverse as a Colorado meatpacking plant, a Kenyan maize field, and the White House organic garden.

Second quarter we are focused on non-fiction with One School One Book, and these two books are excellent examples of what great non-fiction can be.

Let's get reading!!!

More information about One School One Book:

Building communities through reading is a powerful thing. This year we will be reading four books school-wide, one each quarter. This is a completely optional activity, but we all know that you don't get better at a skill unless you practice. Reading practice is just as important as sports or math practice. During One School One Book we highlight books across genres and formats so students get more exposure to reading different types of materials. 

As an incentive, students that read the selected book and also write a review of the book in Destiny by the end of the quarter will be entered in a prize drawing. 

All books are available as an ebook through Destiny Discover. This is a very convenient way to read the selected book since students in grades 6-12 all have a school issued Chromebook. Ebooks can be accessed on any internet connected device through the browser or through the Destiny Discover app (available on Apple and Android).

If you have any questions about One School One Book, our selected book, or accessing the ebook, please contact me! DFTBA!

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