DeYoe, Molly - Academic Int.

I was born and raised in Olean. I received my bachelor (Elementary Education N – 6 with a math concentrate) and master (Reading K -12) degrees from SUNY Oswego. I have a 13 year old son Jacob, and an 8 year old daughter Ellie. I also have a 15 year old stepdaughter Hunter, and a 9 year old stepson Maxx. They all attend PCS. My husband is Jason. He works for the Olean Police Department.

This is my 15th year as a teacher. I began my teaching career at Cattaraugus – Little Valley Central School. I worked with various grades as a Reading and Math specialist. I'm very excited about my 12th year at Portville Elementary School in the 4th grade.

Club 25

New York State recommends students to read 25 books (independently) throughout the school year. Therefore, students must read about 6 books a quarter!! Students may select their books on their own (Chapter books or books with 75 – 100 pgs) following the guidelines in their folders. We will be monitoring their choices so they pick books that are appropriate to their reading ability. They will have a Club 25 folder that will track all of their books that they have read. There will be short assignment due after each book (students will be given choices of what assignment they want to complete). Throughout the year there will be larger projects due (will be sent home when assigned). Once your child meets the requirements of 25 books he/she will join Club 25. They will, obviously, still be strongly encouraged to read independently!!

Club 25 Assignment Options

You may choose any of the following to complete after you have read a book for Club 25. However, you may only do the same activity three times.

  • Book Reviewer: You may use the form or write a book review as it would appear in a newspaper.
  • Bookmark: Create an interesting bookmark relating to the book.
  • Book Blurb: Summarize the book as it would appear in the book jacket (look at one first).
  • Recommend a Book: Write a postcard to a student in class (who you think would enjoy the book) recommending the book.
  • Interview a Character: Write at least five questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story.
  • Write a Different Beginning
  • Write a Different Ending
  • Oral Presentation: Prepare a short oral report of five minutes. Give a brief summary of the plot and describe the personality of one of the main characters. Students may have questions so be prepared. Let Mrs. Billings know when you would like to present!
  • Letter: Write a letter to the main character of your book asking questions, protesting a situation, and/or making a complaint and/or suggestion. This must be done in correct letter format.
  • Suggest your Own: If you have an idea different from one of the above please present it to Mrs. Billings!!!!