Attention Parents and Students:
Picture day will be September 3rd Wednesday.

Welcome to the 2014/2015 School Year!!

2014/2015 Incoming 7th Graders...Attention- Reading and Math Incentive

     Students should pick any three books from the summer reading list. You may take an Accelerated Reading test upon your return to school. (I would save those for last so they are fresh in your mind!) You may also choose to complete one of the attached book report forms and turn it in upon your return to school. Please follow the directions on the sheet. This is not a mandatory assignment, but if you choose to participate, you will receive extra credit accordingly.


Complete the following statements with a MINIMUM of three additional sentences each, reacting to what you have read.

At the top of your paper, be sure to include the title of the book and the author.

  1. If I were in the story, I wouldn’t have …
  2. I really admire the character of ….. because ……
  3. I realized …….
  4. I can’t really understand ….
  5. I did/didn’t like the way ……
  6. The character of …… reminds me of myself when …..
  7. I know the feeling of …..
  8. The biggest thing that the character of …. learned in this story was ….
  9. The most important lesson that I, the reader, learned in this story was ….


Complete the following statements with a MINIMUM of three additional sentences each, reacting to what you have read.

At the top of your paper, be sure to include the title of the book and the author.

  1. What would this story be like if the main character were of the opposite sex?
  2. Why is this story set where it is?
  3. If you were to film this story, what characters would you eliminate if you couldn’t use them all and why?
  4. Would you film the story in black and white or color?
  5. How is the main character different from you?
  6. Why or why not would this story make a good television series?
  7. What is one thing in the story that has happened to you?
  8. Reread the first paragraph of Chapter 1. What is in it that made you read more?
  9. What does the title tell you about the book? Does it tell the truth?

Battle of the Book

Grades 6-8 2014-2015

*Life As We Knew It (grades 7+; Ages 12+) Susan Pfeffer

*Cryptid Hunters (Grades 6-8) Roland Smith

*Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo

Marines of World War II) (Ages 10+; Grades 5+) Joseph Bruchac

*A Semester in the Life of A Garbage Bag Gordon Korman

*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

*A Place Called Ugly Avi

A Monster Calls (Grades 7+; Ages 12+) Patrick Ness

Dragonwings (Grades 5-7; Ages 8-12) Laurence Yep

Other Side of Dark (Grades 7+) Joan Lowry Nixon

Counting by 7’s Holly Goldberg Sloan

Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest

Chronicles Book One (Grades 4-8) Patricia Wrede

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s

World War II Invasion (Ages 10-14; Grades 5-9) Samantha Seiple

Dogs on Duty: Soldier’s Best Friends on the

Battlefield and Beyond (Grades 3-8) Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the

World’s Most Dangerous Weapon (Grades 5-9) Steve Sheinkin

The Apothecary (Ages 10-12) Maile Meloy

The Fairy Ring (Ages 10+; Grades 5+) Mary Losure

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of An Martin Sandler

Amazing Arctic Adventure (Ages 10+; Grades 5+)

The Devil’s Arithmetic (Ages 8-12; Grades 3-7) Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Island of the Unknowns: A Mystery (Ages 10+) Benedict Carey

Again this year, grades will be posted on the Powerschool website. If you do
not remember your user name or password, please contact the office as soon as
possible. I do not have access to that information. Please check your grades
on a regular basis. I return assignments as soon as I have them graded. The
grading scale is posted on the powerschool site. This year grades will be
updated every 3 weeks. Because they are readily available at all times, there
will be no official progress report.  As a general rule, I normally post grades and update them once a week usually on Friday.

Homework will be posted on this site every night under the 209 Homework tab.
If I am told what the homework is in other classes, I will post that as well.
However, I am not responsible if there are any mistakes in the posting of
homework for classes that I do not teach. You need to check the websites of
the other teachers.
Students are still responsible for copying down assignments in class before
leaving for the day. We write down the assignments each day on a homework
board. This ensures that students will bring home the necessary books.

To get ahead start on Reading this year, students may bookmark their Reading text book (make sure students are typing in the password a 0 and not an o):
The link to the online Reading text book is included as well as the student's pass code.
Student passcode is: BFB0934A68
Go to the Link Section on left under class calendar and follow directions to access Literature Book!
Happy Reading!!

I am looking forward to a spectacular year!