Jefferson Middle School Holds a “Camp Read S’more” Night

Jefferson Middle School’s recent “Camp Read S’more Night” was a great success by helping to stress the importance of involving families in their child’s education. Highlighting literacy and supporting families to help their children develop better reading skills was the focus of the night.

“The ideas came during the summer Family and Community Engagement Committee training,” said Jefferson Assistant Principal Carol Smith. “The training stressed the importance of involving families in meaningful school activities and we felt that it would be important to create an event that highlighted literacy. Through our group discussion, we came up with a camping theme and named the event ‘Camp Read S’more!’ It was a really fun event for students and their families.”

The camp included eight stations:

•    Book Exchange – Families were encouraged to visit the book table and choose an unlimited number of books for each family member.  Jefferson Middle School and Central Administration staff donated the books.

•    S’more and Trail Mix Making – Students read and followed a recipe to make their own s’more & trail mix to enjoy with their families.

•    Knot Tying – The Peterson family, mom Mary and her sons Ian, Logan and Elijah, who are members of a local Boy Scout troop, taught participants to tie a variety of knots and their uses.

•    Storytelling – Jefferson Middle School Honor Society members read a story to participants. The parts of the story were on cards that families needed to put in sequential order to highlight retelling and sequencing literacy skills.

•    Morse Code – Families were told the history of Morse code and how it was used. They learned about the dots and dashes, which form letters and how to send messages.  Families then used an authentic Morse Code machine.

•    Fish Pond – A variety of activities for families including: fishing for cause and effect and finding different parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives).

•    Title I – As part of the district’s Title I requirements, each year, schools must present to families the Jefferson Middle School Compact, which discusses the responsibilities of the school and families.

As students completed activities at each station, they received a stamp on their participation sheet. The completed sheets were placed in a drawing for the grand prize, a two-man tent. The winner of the tent was fifth grade student, Adam Powell.
The Jefferson Family and Community Engagement Committee is planning on future events. 

posted on 11/01/2016 - filed under: Academics, Middle School, Parents, Spotlight, Students