Thursday, April 6, 2017

Create Some Art in Books!

We want you to write in books!

Yes!  Write in books!

Perry High School now has over 300 books for you to start marking up!  Create some art between the pages for future readers or participate in a conversation that has already started!

Read the article about the books here.  Or check out this staff letter that was sent out.

Stop by the Media Center to get your own book to write in!


We wanted to introduce an opportunity to the staff to help promote reading within the district through a project called Graffiti Books.  The hope is to turn reading into a social experience and connect students, teachers, and the district through common texts.  In other words, make reading fun!
We were lucky enough to receive a grant to fund the purchase of a few hundred high interest reading books (both fiction and non-fiction) that we will invite the students to “deface.”  Students will be encouraged to write all over the pages of the books.  They can include thoughts, questions, doodles, and reactions to the text.  Each student will get a specific colored pen and add to the graffiti book experience by adding their own unique responses, thoughts, and insights.  This book will then be given to another student with a different color pen to begin the graffiti process all over again.  At the end of each school year, we’ll have a graffiti party where kids can paint their favorite lines on the wall outside of the library and revisit the book(s) they read to see all of the new graffiti added by other readers.

We’ve piloted this with a small number of books and have had some really amazing and fun creations from the students.  We hope to grow a collection of books full of graffiti that others can continue to add to or just check out and read with the added element of this writing.

This is where you come in.  We purchased multiple copies of four specific books that we not only want to invite students to read, but also our staff and eventually the community.  

We would love for you to help contribute to our graffiti books!  Are you interested?  

If so, please respond back to JODI with the book that you’d like to read (click on each to read the summaries about the book).  You will then receive a copy of the book to “deface”., a bookmark with ideas and ways to add to the graffiti books, and a special colored pen to identify your comments. You can write as little or as much as you like!  We do ask that you read your book by the end of the school year, so that we can pass them on to the next reader during the summer.

Feel free to e-mail us with any questions.

Mrs. Mielke & Mrs. Rzesotarski

Monday, September 5, 2016

Write a Novel! In a Month!


Have you ever thought about writing a novel?  What about writing one in a MONTH!!!!???  November is National Write a Novel in a Month, and we are going to take on the challenge!

We will be meeting in Mrs. Mielke’s classroom (Room 300) on Fridays during ICE to start preparing for it and then during November, we’ll have lots of fun writing sessions and activities as we try to write a novel. 

Come this Friday (September 9) for an informational meeting, to get your official binder with workbook and to see if this is something you want to try!


***See Mrs. Mielke if you have any questions***

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mariah Willaims


It was a Saturday
A cold windy fall day
The sun as big as a full moon
The leaves as colorful as fire

A twinkle in my eye I see
Gentle and fragile just how glass may seem
to the right of me soaring thru the wind as
If she was a flying bird guiding her pact
back and forth again

So beautiful like a rivers stream
with eyes of a caramels gleam
But still who may this stranger
come to be?

As I watch beneath an evergreen tree,
her smile brings me peace to all my needs
Hiding behind a newspaper
Watching her take steps seeking for treasure
When only one knows best

Storming speed made of lighting
Shaking rattling sapphire streams
Music to my ears because she
loves to sing
Staring off into the sky
Laying in fire life leafs ohh
How I miss holding her
Even though they all felt like dreams

Where she goes I go
I follow her everywhere
If only I could talk to her
Instead of stare

To her house she goes
Me traveling behind
Surprised she hasn’t caught me yet
I’ve done this a thousand times

As I watch throughthe window,
she looks so happy.
If only I could be there,
things wouldn’t of been
so trashy

It's been 15 years
since I said a word, I love her
So dearly my heart fills with joy,
even though I’ve been so dreary

I knocked on the door
and there she was, my daughter,
as beautiful as can be
I told her I’m her father so now
she can see

It was a Saturday
A cold windy fall day
There was a twinkle in my eye
She looked just like me
Light skin, brown eyes