The students and staff at South Plainfield Middle School unearthed their wockets, found their foxes in “soxes,” and began their journeys to the places they will go this past week. In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Week, the members of SPMS participated in a series of themed spirit days, maintained Read-A-Thon logs, and shared the joy of reading with one another. Best of all, the activities helped keep the students engaged in school and at home. Students went home with Read-A-Thon logs to keep track of their minutes read during the week for a little friendly competition. Each morning, students and staff were greeted with a new Dr. Seuss fact-of- the-day to open their eyes to his ingenious creativity and to foster their love of reading. In addition, each day had a Seuss-tastic theme. On “Cat in the Hat Monday,” stripes were donned and Thing Ones found their Thing Twos. “Crazy socks” was Tuesday’s theme for “Fox in Socks Day,” which lead them into “Wacky Wednesday,” where everything was turned inside out and upside down! Mrs. O’Keefe’s students were certainly greeted by a mismatched classroom and had to find twenty things that were “out of sorts!” Thursday was a celebration of Oh the Places You’ll Go! Students dressed to impress or dressed as their future career. There were many professional athletes and doctors dashing through the halls! Finally, Friday was “Snuggle Up with Your Favorite Book Day,” where students and staff were encouraged to wear their favorite snuggly sweatshirt. In the spirit of sharing their love of reading with others, Miss Hottendorf’s 8th grade ELA classes took turns reading with the amazing students in the SPMS LIFE (Life Skills and Individualized Functional Education) Program, creating Dr. Seuss themed crafts and preparing for the ever-popular Tiger Cub Café! Truffula Tree Treats were on the menu and were a HIT!
Special thanks to the amazing students of SPMS, the staff and administration, and Mr. Phillips for helping to grow some Truffula Trees! “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” -Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go