CLARK — Dale Baumwoll, author of the children’s books “There’s No Room for You, Maddie Morrison” and “You Can Make a Difference Maddie Morrison,” delivered a well received presentation to fourth and fifth grade students and their parents earlier this month at the Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark.
Each fifth grade student in the district read the book “There’s No Room for You, Maddie Morrison” as a school reading assignment. The book highlights the adventures of the main character, Maddie, as she transitions into sixth grade and middle school. As might be expected, Maddie has difficulty remembering her locker combination, finding a place to sit in the cafeteria, and going about making new friends. Through reading the book, youngsters come to realize strategies and techniques for adjusting into the middle school, as well as the value of communicating with one’s parents about school and issues that might be arising throughout the school day.
Author Baumwoll is a sixth grade teacher in the Randolph School District in Morris County. She has been honored as New Jersey Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Morris County Teacher of the Year, and as a presenter at the national Middle School Conference. During her address to district fourth and fifth graders and their parents, Baumwoll touched upon strategies and techniques for being a good listener, communicating with peers, not being a bystander to bullying, and talking daily with one’s parents. The interactive presentation was highly successful, with Baumwoll fielding numerous questions from both students and their parents.
Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops, who arranged the visit both this year and last, commented “Each year I like to bring Dale into the schools to speak to our impressionable fifth graders. I’ve known Dale for the past six years, dating back to meeting her at the NJEA Convention in 2006. Every year since then I’ve arranged for her to come into district for the purpose of allaying the perceived fears of fifth graders, stressing an ongoing dialogue of communication between students and their parents, stressing the value of organization and communication, and sharing the joys of middle school. Her talk this past week was very well received, both parents and students reacted favorably to her address. As a school district we want to do all we can to assure smooth transitions for our students between grades and schools, and this presentation was an important resource for assuring this objective.”
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