MSMS wraps up reading month with assembly, games

DESIGNING 'DRESSES': (From left) Seventh-graders Raelynn Llewallyn and Ryland Nelson and sixth-graders MacKenzie Meldrum and Jesse Doyle race to see who can create the best toilet-paper dress on their model princess during the reading month wrap-up assembly on Tuesday at Morley Stanwood Middle School. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

DESIGNING ‘DRESSES’: (From left) Seventh-graders Raelynn Llewallyn and Ryland Nelson and sixth-graders MacKenzie Meldrum and Jesse Doyle race to see who can create the best toilet-paper dress on their model princess during the reading month wrap-up assembly on Tuesday at Morley Stanwood Middle School. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

MORLEY — Reading month activities ended with music, cheering and lots of school spirit on Tuesday at Morley Stanwood Middle School.

The annual school-wide spelling bee and popular Mock Rock contests took place during an afternoon assembly, followed by pep-rally-style games to determine the winner of the spirit trophy — the seventh grade. Eighth grade came in second place and the sixth grade was third.

MAKING MICKEY: Eighth-grader Hailey Dard tries to draw a picture of Mickey Mouse on a plate atop her head with the assistance of Sarah Cook's directions during the reading month wrap-up assembly on Tuesday at Morley Stanwood Middle School. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

MAKING MICKEY: Eighth-grader Hailey Dard tries to draw a picture of Mickey Mouse on a plate atop her head with the assistance of Sarah Cook’s directions during the reading month wrap-up assembly on Tuesday at Morley Stanwood Middle School. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

“We have contests all through the month,” said teacher Carrie Paulen. “The kids can earn spirit points. Our reading month theme was Disney, with dress-up days focusing on Disney or Marvel characters. All the songs in the Mock Rock had to be Disney songs this year.”

The seventh grade took first place in the Mock Rock, followed by the sixth grade in second place and the eighth grade in third place. Seventh-grader Alan Bondarenko took top honors in the spelling bee, winning on the word “cavalry,” followed by seventh-grader Nathan Allan in second place and eighth-grader David Cave in third place.

During the month, students decorated lockers, did special projects and played games relating to the theme. They had several opportunities to win books for their classroom libraries throughout March.

MOCK ROCK: The seventh-grade Mock Rock team freezes in place at the end of their performance for the Morley Stanwood Middle School student body on Tuesday afternoon. The seventh-grade team won the event. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

MOCK ROCK: The seventh-grade Mock Rock team freezes in place at the end of their performance for the Morley Stanwood Middle School student body on Tuesday afternoon. The seventh-grade team won the event. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

The contests among grade levels and the wrap-up assembly Tuesday help create a feeling of community among students, said Principal Kim Colby.

“The events are about building rapport with classmates, building spirit,” she said. “It’s like our own mini-homecoming in a way. Reading month activities also give students a chance to show off their talents — it takes a lot of courage to get on that stage. It’s also a creative outlet. Decorating the lockers is all student-led.

“We also reinforce spelling with the spelling bee and general literacy. General literacy can’t always be fun, but during reading month, it is.”

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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