The school that reads together…


Phillip C. Showell Elementary School invited parents into the classroom for the Title I Family Reading & Math Night on Oct. 10.

After pizza and the book fair, PCS staff revealed the “One School, One Book” novel of the year: “The World According to Humphrey,” the first in a series by Betty G. Birney. This year, the entire school will pause on Fridays to read this book, either together as a class, or sometimes with guest readers.

“They’re great for all ages, and they give great perspective” of a school from a classroom hamster’s point-of-view, said second-grade teacher Susan Deery. “We read one of these last year as a read-aloud, and they just loved it.”

In the second-grade classroom, parents also got tips for reading with their children, such as questions to ask while reading the novel, plus fun math activities, such as measuring a pet dog. Children did math games and took home a hamster-themed craft.