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Avoiding the Summer Slide

During the school year, we are constantly reading! We read all sorts of different books in all sorts of different genres to stretch our brains and learn new information. We work so hard during the school year, but what happens if we take a summer break from reading?  By not reading over the summer, students can lose months of hard academic work and will spend the first few weeks of school reviewing already learned content. If students spend even 30 minutes a day reading, they will be set up for success by the time fall comes. Summer is a fun time of year, but it, also, is an excellent time to curl up with a great book!


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Battle of the Books

After months of hard work, these 5th graders are celebrating their 5th Grade Battle of the Books competition. These teams read a designated list of 18 books and competed against other schools at the Ames Public Library. The questions in the competition are based on facts from all of the books.


Project Jack

Fourth graders participated in the Project Jack pay it forward project. They used the money to purchase fleece and made tie blankets for Project Linus.  They also had a book drive to promote reading and will be sending books along with the blankets.

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Author Skype

The 4th Graders at Gilbert enjoyed an energetic Skype from Jenn Bishop, the author of Iowa Children’s Choice Award book The Distance to Home.

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