One Book, One School, One Community is a tradition where the entire school is unified in learning and purpose by one book. A book is chosen at the beginning of the year, and each grade level finds a theme in the book that they can relate to their curriculum. Specialists also find ways to represent themes in the book through the arts. The culminating presentation is a living museum and a performance where parents can see how their children have been immersed in the book.
2017- Last stop on market street
Our school's book this year was "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt De La Pena. This book was full on inspirational messages and themes that encouraged our students to see the beauty in the world around them. My modern dance elective found, and focused on, the theme of gratitude in the book. We learned how being grateful for the things that we have can help us to be happier because we are not focused on the things that we don't have. We learned ways to express gratitude, and how it is important to both those giving and receiving it. Students wrote letters of gratitude to those whom they felt they did not express it to often enough. Students then choreographed movement to represent their thoughts in their letters. Their voices can be heard reading their letters as they dance.