In 2003, the state of Georgia eliminated requiring a specific course of study in reading from the middle school curriculum. However, at Mabry, reading education is alive and well. In fact, improved literacy skills is one of our school's academic achievement goals. We have a reading skill that is announced every 2 weeks. Teachers focus on that reading skill in every subject.
When the state eliminated the reading course requirement, they implemented a new requirement: all students in grades 6 - 8 are required to read 25 books (150 pages qualify as a book) or 1,000,000 words per academic year. The emphasis is placed on reading non-fiction. This requirement went into effect for the 2005 - 2006 school year. At Mabry, we began implementation of the required reading during the 2004 - 2005 school year.
At Mabry, students are required to read 3 books during the summer (see the summer reading list requirements). These books will count toward the 25 book requirement. Additional summer reading is encouraged and will count toward the 25 book reading requirement if documented correctly on the student's reading log.
At the end of this school year, the top reader in each grade level was awarded an iPod. Combined, these 3 students read a total of 307 books in the 2004 - 2005 school year! See their picture and read all about their accomplishment.
If you have questions about the reading program or how parents can support developing their child's reading skills, feel free to contact Mrs. Abrams, Mabry's reading coordinator.
Posted by Dr. Tyson