On a recent semana I have to confess
The books came alive here at SMBS
Theme days and activities jumped off the page
Cause our students think reading is all of the rage!
Read Aloud Week started out up on top,
When students made hats and then read “Hop on Pop”
This quaint haberdashery had an excuse
The first day we honored Rhyme King Dr. Seuss!
Next Character Day, so we dressed up our best,
Think Frog, Toad, and Clifford, with whom we’re obsessed
At lunch we played puppets, but they were imperiled
By big walking cut-outs of Piggie and Gerald!
On Wednesday we splattered our hair up with paint
We spiked it, pig-tailed it, without much restraint
At lunch some stuffed animals scarfed down tall tales
From first graders reading to Barbies and whales!
Then Thursday we colored our cheeks and our noses
With H’s and turtles and war paint and roses
The 5th graders jammed in a poetry slam
We snapped and we clapped and yelled “Aww yeah! BaZAM!”
Then Read Aloud week here was all in the books
Words literally bound and stashed back in their nooks
But they won’t wait long for more hullabaloo
Because at our school reading’s just what kids do

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BECA Alumni

Ryan Hebel (SMBS 4th Grade) is on the third round of his Santa Monica trilogy. He's hoping it turns out more like "Return of the Jedi" than "Rush Hour 3."

Ryan grew up in small-town Wisconsin and went to UW-Madison to study political science and journalism. He dabbled in TV news for a few years, but found his passion in teaching through BECA. The decision was a life-changer.

Over the past two years he's worked with amazing kids, teachers, and families. When he's in class he likes to keep things fresh and fun by writing raps and songs for his students to learn, and feeding off their energy and enthusiasm. When he's out of school his favorite thing is exploring hidden nooks of Honduras on a chicken bus with his tattered backpack. That might mean practicing his Punta dancing on some Garifuna beach, or picking coffee in the mountains. He is grateful for the opportunity to spend another year discovering new people, ideas and adventures in Honduras.