May 2017 - Adult Basic Literacy

Program News

"It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you're going." 
--Anthony Burgess

End of the school year. Wow. Where did that go? This year, my youngest completes 4 th grade and was celebrated as an author by Stories that Soar! The first year she had the opportunity, she only submitted one story. It was a lot of work, and it was all she could do. Each year, as the Magic Box has returned and celebrated their story writing, she has submitted a few more. This year, she submitted 6--a new personal best!

This year my oldest completes her freshman year of high school. She started the year  pretty intimidated by her classes and work load. This year, she's figured out ways to keep track of her assignments and tests. She joined the swim team and learned how to work really hard. And her high school MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) team took first place in states last month, and her project team took a bronze and a silver in their individual projects. It makes me wonder where she's going next!

Our Adult Basic Literacy program will celebrate at least 7 (maybe 9!) GED graduates this year, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers and students at the Lindsey Center. Last week, a former student who graduated a year ago stopped in to show Cydne, our learning center coordinator, his new job offer and benefits package. They celebrated where he had come from to get to this point ... and where it might lead next. We hope these next 9 graduates will stop in, too, as they continue their stories.

Kids are finishing the school year. Adults are continuing. How can you help them remember where they have come from? And help them see that it's part of where they're going. Celebrate! Recall some of your favorite books you read together. Reread stuff you wrote together over the year. Rework a math problem that used to be too hard. Co-write your memories of this last year. Make predictions about next year. Now that they aren't where they had been, what's next?! 


~ Edie

Basic Literacy Program Director
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Professional development!
Consider signing up for refresher training. You can take one or all days. Email Nancy to register!
  • Miscues/Listening to Students Differently - Friday, May 5 from 8:30-12:30
  • Reading: Practices to Try - Wednesday, May 10 from 8:30-12:30
  • Math: How to Guide Students to Success - Friday, May 12 from 9-12:30
What else can we offer?
Have an idea of professional development you'd like to see? Want some specific help with your student? Email Nancy with your suggestions or questions.

New Resource!
The newest edition of The Change Agent is now available! This addition is entitled When We Fight, We Win. A number of students from Pima College Adult Education are featured in this edition! Our username is eleppert and password love2read. 

If you enjoy using this with your learners, consider having them submit a piece! The call for articles for the next edition is May 4th. We'd love to see them in print! 

Microwave needed
ABL students would like a microwave in their classroom to prepare their lunch in a timely manner. Do you have a working microwave you'd like to donate? Please email Nancy

Library Materials Due
Violet will be sending out reminders later this month of all materials checked out fromthe library. Please be sure to return OR renew all books and materials by May 31st.  Please email Violet  if there are any issues with missing or lost books.

Save the Date!
Sunday, May 21
1st Show: 4:00-5:00
Mid-Show Celebration: 5:00-6:30
2nd Show: 6:30-7:30

Berger Performing Arts  Center
1200 W Speedway Blvd

Best of Stories that Soar celebrates the best stories of the year by our young local authors. Two entirely different shows PLUS mid-show antics and entertainment! Find out more about which schools are showcased in each show and ticket prices and ordering at the Best of Stories that Soar! website.

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