Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Brush the sand off of your shoes and start packing up those backpacks, because summer is coming to a close. I hope you all had a relaxing, exciting, and refreshing summer, and that you’re as excited as I am to get started with a brand new school year!ย My summer was filled with Books on Bikes, […]

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Field Day

Field Day! Water bottles, rockin’ jams, dizzy bats, tie-dye… you all know what I’m talking about. Delighted screams in the air, sunscreen all over the place, and not a dry pair of shoes in the house. We wouldn’t have it any other way! This year’s Field Day Committee put together an action-packed three hours in […]

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Student Spotlight: Gloria

This morning live on the Johnson morning announcements, I shared the winner of our Spring Book Fair Raffle. Just in case you forgot about all of the awesome stuff up for grabs, here’s a little reminder: Tickets were on sale all last week at the Spring Book Fair, and thanks to shoppers like you, raffle […]

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Second Grade Super Students

  This week, second graders continued their work on their Dogzilla-inspired superhero projects. Here’s a quick recap: We read Dav Pikley’s epic graphic novel Dogzilla together as a class, discussing vocabulary, characters, and setting. From there, we brainstormed some of the super powers WE think are the coolest in both heroes and villains – I […]

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Student Spotlight: Raffi and Ryleigh

Welcome to a new series for the Learning Leopard Library blog โ€“ Student Spotlight. Check out Student Spotlight posts to learn more about some of the students that make the Johnson Elementary School Library so awesome! Today’s spotlight is on Raffi and Ryleigh, two Johnson first graders that spent Tuesday afternoon at the Jefferson Madison […]

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Famous American Living Museum

It was a day like any other. Students arrived via buses,ย cars, and bicycles, waved hello, and headed to their classrooms. Some munched on breakfast, and others chatted with their friends. But it didn’t take long to notice that something was different…. …is that famous American author Laura Ingalls Wilder using the Destiny Quest search station […]

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This Week in Photos – 4/20-4/24

Pre-school took the party outside this week for another sensory storytime. Sensory storytime is a fun journey for both the storyteller and the listener. Created specifically for non-traditional audiences and children that struggle with regular storytime, sensory storytime invites students to participate in the story. They may use their senses to move, touch, renact or […]

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Coming Soon: Famous American Living Museum!

Johnson fourth graders have spent the whole year learning, honing, and perfecting their research skills. From developing well thought-out research questions to presenting their findings in an organized way, the fourth grade team and I have turned these students into lean, mean, research machines. Next week, these students will have an opportunity to share all […]

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This Month in Photos: 3/1-4/1

With all of the special events and distinguished guests gracing the Johnson hallways in March, I’ve fallen behind in sharing our everyday excitement with you. Between the author visits and Cat in the Hat parties, we’ve had a wonderful month of learning, growing, and falling love with reading. Library circulation broke 14,000 books this month, […]

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ASHA Visits Johnson for World Read Aloud Day

Wednesday, March 4th was more than just another day of our Read Across America Week celebration. It marked an international day of appreciation and celebration for literature and education around the globe. World Read Aloud Day was founded by the nonprofit organization LitWorld in 2007, and since has grown to be celebrated by more than […]

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