Many activities have been planned to celebrate and promote reading and literacy during the month of February. See the descriptions of each of the activities listed below.

Mystery Reader Contest

During KORT on Monday and Wednesday mornings, a video will be played to promote a middle school level recommended book. A staff member will then read a section from that book with their identity hidden. Students and staff members will then try to identify who the mystery reader is. Entry forms will be located in the media center on the counter and in the cafeteria during lunch hours. On Monday and Wednesday the video will be played during lunches on the portable SMARTboard. Monday’s winner will be announced on Wednesday AM. Wednesday’s winner will be announced on Friday AM. Winners will receive a candy treat and a book.

Poster Decorating Contest

Each KORT class will choose a book or a book theme to decorate on a poster. All posters will be based on an actual published book. Posters will be judged based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, neatness, colorful, and attractive. All middle school students will have the opportunity to participate in the judging of the posters. Judging for the posters will take place during lunches Feb 28th—March 3rd and the winners will be announced on March 4th. 1st place winners will receive breakfast from McDonalds. 2nd place will receive donuts, and 3rd place will enjoy a candy bar treat.

Staff READ Posters

A READ poster display will be in the entryway of the middle school. All staff members will be shown with their favorite book or reading selection. The posters will be displayed throughout the month of February in the front entry way of the building. Come in to view our staff as reading role models.

Word Games in Media Center

During lunches word games will be set up in the Media Center (such as Scrabble, Boggle, Upwords, etc.) An additional 30 students (more than the 30 that already come daily) will be allowed to sign up to come to the media center to play the games

Guest Readers

Parents, community members, other STMA staff members, and middle school staff not having KORT classes have been invited to join our middle school classes as guest readers.

As part of our I LOVE TO READ Month activities we would like to invite and encourage all parents and guardians to join our KORT classes in reading activities.  Each KORT class, on Monday and Tuesday each week, spends their time reading.  We would love to have anyone who is interested visit during that reading time.  During that time you would be welcome to read aloud to the class or just join in enjoying the time reading with them.  Please contact Mrs. Ferris if you are interested in joining any of our classes at sandif@stma.k12.mn.us or 763-497-2655 Ext. 3006.  She will help to coordinate your visit.  It would be wonderful to have you in our building as a guest. 

Get Caught Reading Tickets

Staff members will be provided with “Get Caught Reading” tickets to give to students who are caught reading when they have finished their work or other tasks. Students will put their names on a ticket and their name will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.

Scholastic Book Fair

  • The middle school will host a Scholastic Book Fair on January 28th—Feb 9th.
  • Open During Conferences: Feb 3rd, 2011 - 3:45 - 7:45 pm

Change Challenge—Scholastic One For Books Program

During the Book Fair, the Middle School East is participating in a classroom coin challenge for Scholastic Book Fairs One for Books program. We are asking for pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills. All of the money collected goes to purchase more books for our Media Center. Scholastic will also match all monetary donations with a contribution of up to one million books to national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping families in need. These organizations include the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., and the Kids in Need Foundation. Money will be collected in our Language Arts classrooms and our Student Council members will collect and count the change to determine which team collected the most. The team that collects the most will choose $200 worth of books to be split between classrooms of the teachers on that team, including the grade-level ALB teachers. from the book fair. Students will be entered in a drawing for a $25 worth in books from the book fair. For every dollar that they donate they will be entered. Ex. If they bring in $5 they may enter the drawing 5 times.

Jonathan Freisen—Author Visit—Tuesday, Feb 22nd, 2011

Jonathan Friesen is a young adult author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first novel, JERK, CALIFORNIA, is about a teen coming to terms with Tourette’s Syndrome released in September of 2008 (Penguin/Puffin) and received the 2009 ALA Schneider Award. It honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. All students will listen to Jonathan speak during their responsive hour classes. A group of students will also be chosen to have lunch with Jonathan in the media center. Books will be available to purchase and to have them signed.