Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka visited N-CCS on Friday, January 9th! Invited to our district by N-CCS RtI Coordinator, Brian Smith, Krosoczka spoke to third, fourth, and fifth graders during school visits about how he became an author and illustrator. During his visits, Mr. Krosoczka shared with students the triumphs and disappointments of his professional writing and illustrating career. His message was powerful and genuine: “Never give up!” Before leaving each school, he led students in a live drawing of his famous lunch lady character. This talented author also enjoyed a tasty local lunch with the student winners of the N-CCS Lunch Lady Visual Contest, and hosted a book signing session at the Newton-Conover Auditorium, before heading home to Massachusetts. In preparation for Krosoczka’s visit, students wrote essays and created comics to capture the themes and styles of the books that Krosoczka is most known for, such as graphic novels like The Lunch Lady series, picture books like Punk Farm, and chapter books like Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked. Winners of these contests received recognition at Krosoczka’s school visits. At Shuford Elementary, Ashley Hinostroza and Alexa Allison won first place in the 2014-15 N-CCS Lunch Lady Visual Contest. At North Newton Elementary, Angel Lemus and Brilee Lutz won second place in the 2014-15 N-CCS Lunch Lady Visual Contest. At South Newton Elementary, Devan Ortega and Gabby Queen won third place in the 2014-15 N-CCS Lunch Lady Visual Contest. Local cafeteria staff members (lunch ladies!), administrators, district staff members, teachers, and students enjoyed speaking with this famous author, posing with his theme-related props, and dressing up like the characters of his books! Mr. Kriosoczka certainly spiced things up in our district with his talent, excitement, and inspiration! To learn more about the creative texts and illustrations that Mr. Krosoczka is best known for, check out his web-site at StudioJJK.com.