Young Authors Celebration
Bennett School Welcomes Allan Wolf
We are excited to host visiting author/poet Allan Wolf on Thursday, March 23rd at 1:00pm in the multipurpose room. Be ready to let your inner poet shine.
AUTHOR, POET, PERFORMER, EDUCATOR, PERSON
Allan Wolf, the Author. Allan’s published works include two books for teachers, an illustrated book of poems for kids, a how-to book for aspiring poets, a poetry chapbook, and four historical novels in verse. Allan’s writing has earned many honors, including a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an IRA Children’s Book Award Notable. His books of poetry have been selected by Scholastic Book Club, Scholastic Book Fair, and the Children’s Book of the Month Club. Wolf was also a finalist for the Southeastern Booksellers’ Association Poetry Award.
Allan Wolf, the Poet. Wolf writes poems in a variety of styles and for a variety of audiences. His poems for children are carefully crafted and full of wonder. His children’s poems never preach, but celebrate kids for who they naturally are—good and bad. His poems for young adults and grown-ups tackle more complex themes. The people who populate Wolf’s poems live normal lives, yet to Wolf they are the heroes and heroines who make our Earth turn. With uncompromising wit and warmth, Wolf’s poetry illuminates the beauty and absurdity of being human.
Allan Wolf, the Performer. Wolf’s unique performance style results from his varied influences. He possesses the edgy intensity of a slam poet, the intellectual sensibility of an academic poet, the theatrical showmanship of an actor, and the aw-shucks ease of an Appalachian storyteller. Add to this a musicality drawn from his long tenure with The Dead Poets, the popular band that transforms classic poems into toe-tapping tunes. Wolf views performance the same way he views writing, as a craft to be mastered. Years of training and experience enable him to hold the attention of any crowd.
Allan Wolf, the Educator. Allan’s stage savvy is complemented by his experience and skill in the classroom. After earning his Master’s Degree in English, he taught writing at Virginia Tech, where he received the Richard L. Hoffman Teaching Award. He left this teaching position to join the poem performance troupe, Poetry Alive!, allowing him to travel the country visiting hundreds of schools and working with literally thousands of students from Pre-K to College. He served for fourteen years as co-director of Poetry Alive!’s Summer Institute for Teachers. Since leaving Poetry Alive!, Wolf writes and presents full time.
Allan Wolf, the Person. Allan was born February 26, 1963, raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and now lives in Asheville, NC. He is the father of three children. His pets include two cats, named Scurvy and Mange. His favorite things to do: reading, writing, playing music (drums and guitar), skateboarding, shootin’ hoops, and traveling.
For more information visit: http://www.allanwolf.com/
Help Us Celebrate Outstanding Alumni!
Chatham County Schools is seeking nominations for our inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards Program. Each current Chatham County Schools high school will have one Distinguished Alum recognized during the 2017 commencement ceremonies with a commemorative certificate, time for a brief speech, and their name engraved on a plaque inside the school.
We need YOUR help to nominate the Chatham County Schools grad you think most exemplifies someone who has been outstanding at their profession, serving the community, or has shown notable sustained dedication to Chatham County Schools.
Find out all the details and fill out an application online at: http://bit.ly/ccsalum17
Please remember to send in any Box Tops labels and Campbell Labels for Education. These really add up over the year, helping us to purchase resources for our students and school community.
During the 2016-2017 school year, Chatham County Schools will be participating in the AdvancEd accreditation process. This is a continuous improvement process that is lead by the AdvancEd organization. AdvancEd is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They conduct rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems all over the world to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. In an effort to improve system practices, Chatham County School System is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. Please select your school name from the dropdown menu. In order to complete the survey, please go to:
If you wish to complete this survey in Spanish, you must do this on paper as the online portal is only available in English. You can receive a copy at the front desk if needed.
Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. The survey will be open through November 18th. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
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We are all very excited for the upcoming school year. We are all looking forward to an awesome year of learning and growth. With a bit of hard-work and dedication, you will experience a great year full of success and memories here at Bennett School. I ask that all of our Panthers would come to school each and everyday and do their part. Remember, that we are all panthers on the prowl for progress! Panther Pride!