Hillsborough County School District Partnership

Welcome to the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper in Education program!

We are proud to welcome the Hillsborough County Schools Summer Reading camps as participants of our Sizzling Summer Times Reader program. A newspaper for every child will be sent to participating schools each day.

We hope you will be pleased to see the variety of ways the Times
can be used in the classroom, at home and on the Web. If you do not have time during a Reading Camp day to use the Times, we encourage you to send the newspapers home with the students. Some of the resources described below are easily downloaded so
you can send copies home with the paper for family use.


"Extra! Extra! Read All About It" NIE library supplement

Hillsborough County Schools summer reading book lists

Summer Times Reader Log

Elementary Activities handout

Parent Guide (English)

Parent Guide (Spanish)

Bully Blasters (serial graphic novel with teaching resources)

NIE Blogging Zone resources

Hillsborough Summer Subscription coupon

As a teacher participating in the Times NIE program, you may access a huge array of newspaper-based instructional resources online - for every subject and grade level! Check out tampabay.com/nie/ for weekly lesson plans, downloadable activities and other features for plenty of ideas.

In addition to the "Extra! Extra! Read All About It" NIE library supplement, we have some great resources and lesson ideas for using the Times to engage your summer readers and their families. Materials include a Summer Times Reader log, the Hillsborough County Schools summer reading book lists, an Elementary Activities handout for home use and parent guides for using the newspaper with their children in English and Spanish.

Be sure to check out the summer HOT SPOT in the classified section of the Times. Each day students can go to the HOT SPOT ad in the Times classified section that will offer up fun facts on subjects such as health and fitness, the arts, character education, science, sports and safety. The HOT SPOTs suggest elementary and middle/high school activities students can try at school or at home using information they can find inside the newspaper. Participating students are eligible for prizes and a big drawing at the end of the summer.
Click here to read about specific prizes.

Hillsborough families with children participating in the Sizzling Summer Reader program are eligible for a 13-week newspaper subscription for less than 10 cents a day! Click here to download
a coupon you can send home with your summer readers.

Beginning June 4, the NIE 10-part series "Bully Blasters" will be featured each Monday on page 3 in Floridian. The each week's installment and a teacher's guide are available for download here.

Also, check out the NIE Blog, designed specifically for our younger readers at http://blogs.tampabay.com/nie/

This monitored discussion board is a great way for your students
to have authentic writing experiences with an audience that ranges far beyond your classroom. Similar reading camps in Pinellas County middle schools used this tool successfully last summer
and have expanded its use for this summer's program. Click on the Azalea and Meadowlawn categories to read the messages teachers posted for their students and the students' responses. We have created a category for our Hillsborough Summer Reader camps and teachers are welcome to submit topic ideas to our bandmaster at [email protected] For step-by-step directions on how to use a blog click here.

Need more? For a free one-year subscription to the NIE Teacher, go to: http://www.nieteacher.org

Click on "Start Subscription" in the upper left-hand corner. Fill in
the brief information requested. To start your free subscriptions,
you must enter our coupon code: sptnie

Our NIE curriculum (posters and tabloid style publications) are listed in the "Supplements" link at tampabay.com/nie. If you would like any of these materials for your students, please send
your request to Jodi Pushkin at the email below.

If any Hillsborough teachers or parents have any questions or need anything else, please do not hesitate to contact:

Jodi Pushkin
Curriculum Development Specialist
Newspaper In Education (NIE)
St. Petersburg Times
490 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
St. Petersburg office: (727) 893-8961
Tampa office: (813) 225-3131
Cell: (727) 580-5361
Fax: (727) 892-2262
E-mail: [email protected]
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