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If you have been looking for free tools to make your students better writers through writing and grammar activities, check out Quill at http://www.quill.org/. It could be a great to use as a station during writing workshop or be included in your blended learning classrooms. 
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Posted Monday, February 19, 2018
Mark Your Calendars for the Ohioana Book Festival 2018 in April
The 2018 Book Festival will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:30a.m.-5:00p.m. at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215. It is a FREE event open to the public, no registration required. Check out all of the attending authors HERE. It is one of the best events in Columbus. Think about inviting students and having them meet you there. 
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If your school wants to compete in the 10th Annual CCS District Poetry Slam, please complete THIS FORM and send it with a $25 registration fee for a full team or $5.00 per poet (for a school bringing three or fewer poets) to the Slam Coordinator, Wyk McGowan, at Eastmoor Academy by March 8th. The competition is open to all schools in central Ohio. The slam will be held on Saturday, April 28, 5-9p.m. at Eastmoor Academy High School. Admission is $5 for the finals. Depending on the number of teams, the starting time might change. Contact Wyk with questions: 614.804.5535 or by email, wmcgowan8259@columbus.k12.oh.us.


Judging: There are five judges who will score the poems on a scale from 0-10 (out to one decimal point). The scores are not shown to the audience (which is different than a traditional slam). 

Winning: The winning middle school and high school teams will receive the district trophy for their division.  The top three teams will also receive medals. The top group poem in the high school division will receive ribbons. The top three induvial poets in the high school division will receive medals. Individuals without a full school team who compete will be eligible for individual medals.

Deadline: Columbus City School Teams must register before March 8th. After the March 8th deadline, we will open up the slam to other districts in central Ohio.

Getting Your Teams Ready: In addition to having school slams and preparing your poets in workshops, we are planning a poetry slam team-building and writing field trip to Spruce Run on March 21, from 9:30-1:30. Please check the box on the form if you and your team are interested in going on this field trip so that we may get the buses ordered asap.

The Week Before the Slam: There will be a bout draw the week before the slam to determine the order of the bouts. Each team will send up two poets back to back in the first round. Then the order will be reversed and each team will send up another two poets in the second round.

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There will be an AIR ELA 6-10 Refresher PD on March 2nd from 4-5pm at Sherwood Middle School, Room 209A, for any ELA/English teachers who have students taking the spring AIR test. Participants will be reoriented to the test design and discuss strategies for preparing students to do well on the test. Register on CiMS if you want to attend. 
3/2/2018A - District WorkshopAIR ELA 6-10 Refresher PD1000030899

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Listed below are some of the lead winners of announced on February 12th. See American Library Association 2018 Winners for all of the vote-getters.
John Newberry Medal (Outstanding Contribution to Children's Lit)-Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly
Coretta Scott King Book Award-Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement-Eloise Greenfield
Michael L. Printz Award(Excellence in Young Adult Lit)-We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Michael L. Printz Honor Books-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds; Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor; Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Alex Awards (Ten Best Adult Books for Teens)-All Systems Red by Martha Wells; The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson; Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuireElectric Arches by Eve L. Ewing; A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming; Malagash by Joey ComeauRoughneck by Jeff LemireShe Rides Shotgun by Jordan HarpeThings We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanag; and AnUnkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (Substantial/Lasting Contribution to Children's Literature-Jaqueline Woodson
Margaret A. Edwards Award (Lifetime Achievement for Young Adult Writing)-Angela Johnson
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award-Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimmer
William C. Morris Award (Debut Teen Book by First-Time Author)-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults-Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
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Increasing Student Engagement, Feb. 26th, 2:30-4:30pm, Ridgeview MS
-Participants will read and discuss Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess to increase student engagement and learn how to create more captivating lessons.
Presenter: Valarie Cummings
Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers
Alternatives to the Five Paragraph Essay, March 1st, 2:45-4:45pm, Centennial HS
-Participants will receive strategies to engage students in writing processes that lead to authentic thinking and decision-making while writing. The workshop will include prompts, student models, and ask teachers to engage in short writing exercises.
Presenter: Sarah Barry
Target Audience: ELA Teachers for Grades 7-12
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