Archive for May, 2011


Book Talk

I just finished reading a great book called Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. I have two copies in the library so I hope to get this in the hands of students in August to see what they think. The novel, based on the author’s life, follows the story of a young Vietnamese girl as her family flees their homeland just before the fall of Saigon and ultimately settle in Alabama. The author provides a work full of discussion points related to family relationships and dynamics, bullying, making assumptions, losing a family member, friendship, and taking time to understand each other. A rich book worthy of sharing as a class read aloud.

We sent home information during the last week of school related to summer reading explaining that our students can participate in a summer challenge called “Read for the World Record”. This program is provided by Scholastic, and involves logging reading minutes in at a website. As students read, they are to log their minutes in (and there are other educational activities at the site), and they can help Helena Intermediate School build minutes toward possibly being listed in Scholastic’s World Record Book 2012, while keeping their reading skills sharp over the summer.

The first time a student logs in, they will be prompted to change their password, and while some students logged in here at school before school was out, some did not. If you need your child’s user name and/or password, please email Tami Genry at

Go to and click on the Kids’ area.