Are Your Parents Involved?

Parents love to be involved at their child’s school and this is their chance! The Parent Academy is a program hosted by the family specialist Mrs.Diaz, and so far everyone seems to love the program. It’s usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and on some days it’s on Wednesdays. A member of the program, Mrs.Guerrero says,” I see myself doing  this next year as well because of the awesome family specialist and I also get to brush up on my Spanish,” she jokes and then adds, “and also the great guest speakers and of course also the field trips!”  Mrs.Diaz welcomes all parents with a welcoming smile and highly encourages them to join the Parent Academy which has been in thirty six specific school districts for eleven years, plus all of  the classes are free! Even Mrs.Diaz said,” If my child had this program at their school I would definitely be in it! Especially if they have guest speakers on different topics.” Some students even enjoy their parents involvement, such as Juan Vargas (7) who says,”I like my mom being involved at Parent Academy because on special holidays I get to celebrate and eat food with my mom.” The Parent Academy is a great way for your parent to get involved with Garner Middle School and their student, and if you have any questions or comments please contact me or Mrs.Diaz and we’d be happy to inform you about it. Your parents will love this program!
By: Julia Ortiz

Libraries, Books and eBooks…Oh My!

Olivia Sweet (8) reads a eBook in the library.

When was the last time you read a paper book?  eBooks have been occupying the minds of students and teachers nowadays. The library at Garner Middle School is going to soon be adding a new addition beginning in the mid October to their collection of books. An eBook is an app that can access books onto a computer or iPad or any electronic item. The eBook will automatically appear on the screen and then you can begin choosing the books you want to read.

Ansen Hultgren (7) defends regular books by saying, “I would read a regular book over an eBook any day! I always seem to get too sidetracked when I try to read an eBook and it makes me get a headache from looking at the computer.” Charley Avery (7) counters the comment by saying, “eBooks are awesome! It’s so much easier to choose books and to pick new ones.”

Which way do you prefer to read? A recent poll states that, 60% of students and teachers would read a eBook over a regular book while the other 30% would prefer to read regular book instead. Ms.Flores, our librarian, came up with the fabulous idea of the eBooks coming into the library and Garner students and staff can hardly wait till we are able to use them. They will be able to access eBooks on all the computers in the library or you can even bring your own electronic item. If you have any questions about how to use or get a eBook you can ask Ms. Flores, our librarian, or a library aid. Whether you’re a well known bookworm or a textaholic, an eBook or a regular book would be fantastic for either one of you, no matter how you read or where you read. Reading is very important, and you will most definitely benefit from it in the long run.

By: Julia Ortiz