Cool Spring students make their mark on International Dot Day

Kolton Jimmo was picked for having the most inspiring Dot Day outfit.

KING WILLIAM – Watching as the students entered the building on Monday, September 16, 2013, people might have wondered if there was a bad case of the "spots" going around! Students in all grade levels donned their spots and dots, from the top of their head to the tip of their toes, in honor of International Dot Day, which was inspired by the book The Dot, by Peter Reynolds.

Throughout the day students participated in math, art, music, and writing activities linked to the story. In addition to hearing The Dot read aloud in class, students also watched an online version of the book, narrated by the author, at a school-wide assembly. The assembly also kicked off the school-wide project-based learning unit, which presents students with the problem "What is your ideal school?" This unit will allow students the opportunity to examine many aspects of their school, including hallway, cafeteria, and classroom rules and procedures and make some of their own contributions.

Lisa Thompson stated, "Students and staff are being challenged to make their marks this year on student learning. The theme promotes creativity and encouragement which are both represented in the story The Dot. Students will be empowered to take ownership of their learning by identifying and implementing the qualities of an ideal school. My hope is they will become excited about how they have the power to make their mark on Cool Spring and will extend this outside the walls of our school and into the local community."