On June 17,The Norwalk Board of Education recognizes students and staff from Silvermine Elementary School for the school’s annual Poetry Slam Competition.
Silvermine’s Poetry Slam was started three years ago by teacher Jill Picaso. Each year, Silvermine fourth and fifth grade students are invited to write poems and submit them to their teachers. Two poems are then selected from each class. The students then read their poems to an assembly of Grade 3 students and a panel of student judges, who determine the winners based on certain criteria. The winners are announced at the final spirit rally of the year, where they read their own poems to the entire school.
Over the years, the Silvermine community has heard poems with deep and intense meaning, poems with great humor, and everything in between. Teachers have uncovered some true hidden talents through the Poetry Slam. We’re going to hear the poems tonight from this year’s winners, and more can be found on Silvermine’s webpage under “Silvermine Student News.”
The Board of Education would like to recognize Principal Ivette Ellis for her commitment to the Poetry Slam, and teacher Jill Picaso for her work in creating and organizing this annual student showcase. We also congratulate the three Silvermine poets here with us tonight, students Saul Alvarenga, Carolina Tanasiv, and Nia Bethel-Brescia, and invite them up front to read their poems to us.