CMS 360 Challenge
CMS 360 Challenge Overview
To promote a love for reading and to foster valuable reading skills that are vital to academic success, we are encouraging all Couch students to read for at least 360 minutes this summer. Students are free to read whatever they choose (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, or magazines). Our goal is simply to keep students reading! Students who read and log at least 360 minutes will get to attend a CMS Reading Celebration in the fall and will qualify for prize drawings, including free books and the grand prize of a Kindle Fire tablet!
To complete the challenge, students should sign up for the Gwinnett County Public Library’s Summer Reading program. Students will use the public library’s Beanstack platform to record their minutes. As an added bonus, students who earn at least 480 points through logging reading minutes and completing activities on Beanstack will qualify for the Gwinnett Public Library’s prize drawings.
Current Couch sixth and seventh-grade students will be introduced to the CMS 360 Challenge through their language arts classes, and fifth-grade students at Pharr and Starling are receiving the information through their teacher. This information includes genre-based lists of ebooks that can be checked out through the Gwinnett County Public Library, but these lists are suggestions only.
We also plan to have a Back to School Battle of the Books, where students will be able to nominate and vote for their favorite books from their summer reading. The competition for our March Battle of the Books was quite fierce, and we hope to kick off the school year with the same excitement!
Does your child need some books to read this summer? Bring your student to the Books 2 Kids event at Couch Middle School on June 16th from 1 to 5 pm, sponsored by Gwinnett County Public Schools. Students who attend will get to choose and take home two new books! Students must be present to choose their books. The Couch event is for students from Starling Elementary, Pharr Elementary, Couch Middle, and Grayson High. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Thank you for your support of reading!