Ms. Garrison’s classes are studying narratives, and will be writing their own. Check out this great audio narrative nonfiction piece from Howard White on This I Believe on NPR: https://thisibelieve.org/essay/48202/.
If you’d like to listen to or read some of the other This I Believe essays, you can use this link to browse by theme: https://thisibelieve.org/themes/
Team Sequoia is beginning their year-long service learning project. Here are some links to useful community resources for this project: https://sites.google.com/colchestersd.org/cms-library/community-organizations
The book fair is being held in the CMS Library from Sept. 4-7. We are open from 8:30-2:30 all week, and from 5:30-8:00 pm on Thursday, September 6th during open house.
This year, there’s an easier way to provide money for your child to visit the book fair. Set up an eWallet account and your child does not need to deal with cash or checks. Visit our school’s book fair homepage for more information: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/colchestermiddleschool1
The 2018 Summer Reading Program is happening again at CMS! Click here for the handout. The handout includes the parent/guardian letter, the book list, and some information about the upcoming author visit and Family Literacy Night on June 4th.
Required Question List (Due in the fall)
Students must read one book between now and mid-September, choosing from one of the 35 books on the list. After reading the book, the student should fill out these questions (they can choose File->Make a copy to save to their Google Drive or print them out). You will participate in a reading circle with others who read the same book once we all return to school in the fall.
Book Scavenger (Optional Extended Reading Opportunity)
For those students who might want additional reading opportunities, we are introducing this summer CMS Book Scavenger – a book treasure hunt of sorts. Students will search for books at businesses and locations throughout Colchester using clues. For each book you read and fill out a book log, you will be entered into a drawing for a new-to-you bicycle from Malletts Bay Bicycle & Ski! More information can be found at this site.
eBooks and Audiobooks
Many of our summer reading books are available online via our library databases. Here’s a tutorial on how to access those books.
Mrs. Tosch’s classes are researching future careers. Click here for some useful links and resources!
Congratulations to Alan Gratz for winning the 2018 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for his book Projekt 1065! We will hopefully be able to take some students to the award ceremony. More info coming soon when it is scheduled.
If you have read at least five of this year’s DCF books and are in grade 4-8 you can vote in this year’s award competition by clicking this link. Thank you for voting!
A Wrinkle in Time edged out Zero Day by 0.3%, a nailbiter! Our final round of Book Madness is down to A Wrinkle in Time and Maze Runner. Enter your vote here!
Last week we saw a bit of a stunning upset! Make sure to vote for your favorite to keep it in the running! Click here to vote for Round 3.
All the brackets are in and the first round votes. Now it’s time to vote for Round 2 – click this link!