McSpedden Elementary

Students Encouraged to “Make Their Mark” at New McSpedden Elementary

Sep 25, 2014

McSpedden Celebrates Dot DayOne of the most exciting things about opening a new school is building campus traditions and developing a sense of school community.

Staff at Frisco ISD’s McSpedden Elementary School recently challenged students to take an active role in the process and envision how they could "make their mark" on their school, homes, community or the world.

It was all part of International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot.

Principal Heather Meek, Assistant Principal Kranti Singh and Instructional Coach Krystle Mott visited each classroom the first week of school to read the book to students.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark.” What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

"I loved sharing the book and the message behind it with students during the first few days our school was open,” Singh said. “The relevance of making your mark and the power of this story couldn't have come at a more opportune time for our new school."

The week of September 15, students visited the library to create illustrations inspired by the book or how they could make their mark on their school, home, community or the world.

They shared their writing and artwork via Skype and Google Hangout with students from across the country. In all, McSpedden connected a total of 24 times with schools from Seattle, Washington, to Sanford, Maine.

"After having been open only a few weeks, it is inspiring to know that our students are thinking about how to make their mark and getting to touch so many lives all across the nation," Meek said.

McSpedden Librarian Nancy Jo Lambert plans to use Skype and Google Hangout throughout the year to teach students about digital citizenship.

“I think it is important to open students up to the people and places outside our walls so they can be a part of the global community,” she said. “Dot Day was a really great learning opportunity and our students and teachers loved getting to connect in this way and share their writing and art with students from other places.”

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McSpedden Dot Day

Students Show Off Their Work