HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS! Kick Off Celebration March 1st

Please join us in celebrating Read Across America. We are honoring Dr. Seuss by reading some of his famous books and celebrating the joy of reading in our school. Please stop by the library at 2:00pm on March 1st for the Kick Off Celebration. Our principal, Ms. Gavin will be our guest reader; She plans to read the Lorax. Please join our salute to reading by attending our kick off celebration. We also have an author visiting at 11:00 a.m. on March 2nd. Hilary McGuire plans to discuss his book titled “Home Boys in College.” Please join us!

According to World Book Online, “Dr. Seuss was the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel, an American writer and illustrator. He was best known for his books for children. These works combine nonsense, humorous drawings, and social commentary. Young readers enjoy Dr. Seuss’s clever rhymes, drawings of fantastic creatures, and silly names and invented words.”

Note: Teacher Resources are under Suessville on the right navigation bar.

Drop by the library to discover your love of reading again! You’re welcome to come!

Mrs. Brown, Teacher Librarian

February is African American History Month!

In 2016 the National Museum of African American History and Culture was open in Washington, D.C. I had the opportunity to visit the new museum in December. It is awesome! Please enjoy the online tour. Happy Reading! Mrs. Brown

. Check out this link: https://nmaahc.si.edu/

According to World Book Online:

African American History Month is an annual observance, in February, of the achievements and culture of African Americans. It coincides with the birthdays of the black leader Frederick Douglass (February 14) and of Abraham Lincoln (February 12).

The idea for an observance honoring the accomplishments of African Americans led to the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926. It was proposed by Carter G. Woodson, a black historian known as the Father of Black History, and others. The observance became known as Black History Week during the early 1970’s. It was established as Black History Month in 1976.

The celebration is sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Woodson founded the association in 1915. Each year, the ASALH designates a theme.

The ASALH produces Black History Month Study Kits to help schools, colleges, ASALH branches, and other organizations celebrate the observance. The ASALH also provides information about Black History Month through its publications.

See also African Americans and its list of related articles; Association for the Study of African American Life and History; Woodson, Carter Godwin.

How to cite this article:
To cite this article, World Book recommends the following format:
“Black History Month.” World Book Student. World Book, 2017. Web. 11 Feb. 2017.
Black History Month. (2017). In World Book student. Retrieved from

Web Resources:
Library of Congress: African American History Month

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

NAACP Archives at the Library of Congress

Happy Chinese New Year!

According to the Chinese Zodiac — (12 year cycle), each year of which is named a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining that person’s personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his lifetime.

The Year of the Rooster! Attributes are: pioneer in spirit, devoted to work, and quest for knowledge.

According to World Book Online:
Chinese New Year is the most important festival of the Chinese calendar. The date of the Chinese New Year is based on the cycles of the moon. It begins between January 21 and February 20. In ancient China, the month long festival marked the end of one farming season and the beginning of a new one. Today, the Chinese New Year festival usually lasts only a few days.

Chinese people prepare for the new year by thoroughly cleaning and decorating the house. Decorations include spring couplets, red paper scrolls with phrases praising the renewal of life and the return of spring.

Family reunions are an important part of the celebration. Family members join in a festive New Year’s Eve dinner. Places are set at the table for absent family members to symbolize the unity of the family. Special foods that symbolize good fortune for the new year are served. For example, rice cakes, called nian gao, are a popular food for New Year’s Eve dinners. The Chinese word nian means year, and gao means high. This food signifies achievement in the new year. Children bow to their parents and grandparents to wish them a long life. Gifts of money in red envelopes are given to children to wish them luck and wealth in the new year.

On New Year’s Day, people visit relatives, neighbors, and friends. Dances featuring colorful dragon and lion costumes are often performed on this day. Parades are a popular New Year’s custom among Chinese communities in the United States and Canada.

Chen, Tung-Ling Li. “Chinese New Year.” World Book Student. World Book, 2017. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.
Chen, T. (2017). Chinese New Year. In World Book student. Retrieved from

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King! Born January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

Dr. Martin Luther King was an influential leader during the 1950s and 1960s. We honor him because of his contributions to all Americans by fighting for equal rights for African Americans and other minority groups in this country. Dr. King’s legacy has been far reaching. The article below is an excerpt from World Book Online.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968), an African American Baptist minister, was the main leader of the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He had a magnificent speaking ability, which enabled him to effectively express the demands of African Americans for social justice. King’s eloquent pleas won the support of millions of people—blacks and whites—and made him internationally famous. He won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for leading nonviolent civil rights demonstrations.

In spite of King’s stress on nonviolence, he often became the target of violence. White racists bombed his home in Montgomery, Alabama, and threw rocks at him in Chicago. Finally, violence ended King’s life at the age of 39, when an assassin shot and killed him.

Some historians view King’s death as the end of the civil rights era that began in the mid-1950’s. Under his leadership, the civil rights movement won wide support among whites, and laws that had barred integration in the Southern States were abolished. King became only the second American whose birthday is observed as a national holiday. The first was George Washington, the nation’s first president.

King based his program of nonviolence on Christian teachings. He wrote five books: Stride Toward Freedom (1958), Strength to Love (1963), Why We Can’t Wait (1964), Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967), and The Trumpet of Conscience (1968).

Click link to article

World Book Online MLA style:
Garrow, David J. “King, Martin Luther, Jr..” World Book Student. World Book, 2017. Web. 14 Jan. 2017.

Martin Luther King Day “It isn’t a day off, but a day of service to others.”

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


What are you thankful for? Please share your thoughts on the blog….

I am thankful for my family, Sweetwater High School, and my faith. I am thankful that I have a week off to read great books, and relax with family and friends. I am thankful that I still live in a great nation that is going through uncertainty, but will prevail.
Happy Thanksgiving! Mrs. Brown



Veteran’s Day 2016


President Obama participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate Veterans Day in Arlington National Cemetery. (YURI GRIPAS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Veterans Day honors men and women who have served in the United States armed services. Veterans Day is a legal federal holiday in the United States. It is celebrated on November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I (1914-1918). Canada, Australia, and New Zealand observe November 11 as Remembrance Day to honor people who have died in war. The United Kingdom celebrates Remembrance Day on the Sunday closest to November 11. Veterans Day celebrations in the United States include parades and speeches. Special services are held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war. A 1938 law made the day a federal holiday. In 1954, Congress changed the holiday’s name to Veterans Day to honor all United States veterans.

How to cite this article:
To cite this article, World Book recommends the following format:
Uhler, Sharron G. “Veterans Day.” World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.

2016 Election Day is here!

Election Day

Today is November 8th, and it is finally Election Day! I have already voted by mail and it will be interesting to find out who America wants for the next four years. Do you have comments that you would like to share about the election? I would love to hear from our students, teachers, and staff your thoughts about this election both good and bad. I would like to hear from you today. Let’s discuss the good things and bad things about this election and the impact the winner will have on America.

Please no profanity! Yes, I am censoring the language for educational purposes only. However, please feel free to share your thoughts…

Mrs. Brown
Teacher Librarian SUHI