Information Letter

Student Literacy & Media Showcase Important Dates:

Deadline to submit entries: February 10, 2020 (please note that the submission date was extended as there is no school on February 7th)

Entries will be showcased in the Media Center on the evening of February 20, 2020 (Conference Night)

Top entries for the school will be announced on February 24, 2020 and will be taken to the district SLAM Showcase at the Tampa Convention Center on March 24, 2020. Those student creators will attend to experince the projects from all the schools. Students will also get to see award-winning authors and storytellers at the district SLAM. 

SLAM is a reading program for all Hillsborough County K-12 students which promotes reading a collection of books nominated for our state awards. Students are encouraged to read these nominations and respond to them through artistic expression. Projects will be displayed at school and district Showcase events and celebrations.

Students are invited to read the books on their appropriate list and respond in any of the following ways:

Video Creative Expression

Students may work together or individually to create a video about one of the book selections. Videos must be one minute or less in length, and must contain pictures, sound, title, author and citations. These elements must have appropriate copyright permissions or be original work.

Students in grades K-2 may work independently, in a group of up to three students, or as a class. Students in grades 3-5 may work individually or in a group of two or three.

2D Art Expression

Individual students create a drawing, painting, collage or digital media as an expression of one of the books. Artwork must be mounted on a sturdy material and must not exceed 11”x14”, including mat. Artwork must lay flat on the poster (no 3D art accepted).

SLAM Participation

If students are interested, they are encouraged to sign up with Mr. Tsourakis in the media center and to receive further guidelines. All information is also available on Media Center webpage: http://grady.mysdhc.org/Resources/Media_Center/Home%20Page

Entries must be submitted to the Media Center by February 7 and will be showcased in Media Center on the evening of February 20 (conference night). The top entries for the school will be announced on Monday February 24th and will be taken to the district SLAM Showcase at the Tampa Convention Center on March 24, 2020. Those student creators will attend to experience the projects from all the schools. Students will also get to see award-winning authors and storytellers at the district SLAM.

We are also rewarding students with a ‘brag-tag’ depicting the cover of the book for each title in their grade level that they have read. (For verification upper grade levels must pass a Reading Counts test and lower grades are required to draw their favorite scene and explain why they drew it.

If you have any questions, feel to contact Mr Tsourakis in the Media Center.