Watchung Celebrates Seuss

Watchung Celebrates Seuss
Posted on 03/10/2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Photos of the Dynamic Doors on the Dr. Seuss theme.Some of the "Dynamic Doors," competing for the trophy, below right.

Trophy for the winner of the Dynamic Doors contestOn Wednesday, March 2, Watchung celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Day with special guests who came to the elementary school to visit classrooms and read to the students (see photos, below.).

Visitors included staff from Central Office and members of the Montclair Police and Fire Departments.

Montclair Fire Chief John Herrmann, who has spent the past 34 years as a firefighter in the township, read the Dr. Seuss book "I Can Read with my Eyes Shut," to second graders. He also spent time answering some questions and speaking with the inquisitive kids. "It's very important that you pay attention to your teachers," he said. "They are giving you the tools to learn and be productive and be whatever you want to be when you grow up. Keep reading and enjoy it!"

Montclair Police Sergeant Tyrone Williams stopped by a third grade classroom to read Dr. Seuss' "There's a Wocket in My Pocket."

Even Principal Anthony Grosso took a moment to join in, reading "Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to Kindergarteners.

In addition to the Read In, the school was participating in a "Dynamic Door" decorating contest as a way of engaging all of the classes in celebrating reading. Each classroom door had to be based on a Dr. Seuss book and follow a rubric in order to qualify for the trophy. A panel of judges, which included Principal Grosso, curriculum support teacher Birdean Clinton, curriculum support teacher Sandra McKnight, media specialist Mary Anne Arnold and art teacher Eleanor Cavallo.

Below, from top to bottom, Fire Chief John Herrmann, Police Sergeant Tyrone Williams, and Principal Anthony Grosso.

Fire Chief John Herrmann reads.

Police Sergeant Tyrone Williams reads

Principal Anthony Grosso reads

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