Snaps for Student Success!

Last Friday fourth graders were filled with fire, fun, and fabulous poetry because Shoesmith held a school- wide Poetry Slam! Organized by Ms. Lane, the Poetry Slam theme was “The Future We Want, The Future We Deserve.” Presented in two sections: Kindergarten- 2nd grade and 3rd – 6th grade, student poets took to the stage to recite their own poems in front of an audience of teachers, students, family, and friends. The event was a great success! I’m glad I was there to witness students’ inspiring words and courageous delivery. (And, of course, to loudly snap and clap my support!)  Thank you to Ms. Lehner for working on our alliteration lesson with group 1 on another day.

Ms. Lehner
4th Grade – Group 1

Cool Cats
by Kaya A.

Cool cats creep cabdrivers
Comfy cats cool on couches
Creepy cats clean cookies
Cookie cats eat cookies
Cloud cats calm crazy cats
Crazy cats bake bomb cakes
Clean cats cook creamy candy
Candy cats are cold
Cold cats chop & chew cakes.


Special Weekend
by Lailah A.

Lailah loves to watch TV
and lay back in laughter
she forgot she had to go to the
library and read to lovely kids
but she was living her luxury life.


Mind of Food
by Bayleigh T.

Big balloons bloomed
into bacon. Happy and
hopeful with ham
hershey’s kisses heroes. 
Hostess chips hot hippos
eating eggs, exotic eggplants
with Elon Musk
eating away.

4th Grade – Group 2


The Lucky Lizard’s Legacy
by Xavier F.

The Lucky Lizard limps
around looking for lice
He also finds an exotic eagle
catching a beetle
with a needle.


The Mixed Letters
by Jordana R.

On Wednesday I wear my jazzy jammies
I go to jackpot the jewels
I see Uncle Jimmy’s jagged teeth.

My music machine went mad
The manager made a major deal
The mummy made mango muffins.

Sally sells salty water
Sally is sadder than a sad saucy shellfish.


The Wandering Ants
by Mayson C.

One ant anarchy
will eat egg eel, Edam, and Edamame
with white waffle wipes with watermelon.


Blissful Bears blossom bashfully – Briann R.




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.