All the brackets are in and the first round votes. Now it’s time to vote for Round 2 – click this link!
This year’s Book Madness bracket is out! Fill out your bracket in your LA class, at the library, or print one up for yourself here. All brackets are due by the end of the day on Friday, March 16. The first round of voting also takes place this week. Click this link to submit your vote for the first round by the end of the day on Friday. Second round voting will take place next week, third round the week after, and the final round will take place during the first week in April, with the winner announced on April 6th!
Book Madness, our annual March Madness-style book contest, will begin next week! Please fill out this survey to nominate books for Book Madness and the summer reading program: https://goo.gl/forms/a7RZESdZtkGICSYa2
Mr. Helme’s class is doing a really cool research project about colonial America. They are researching a technology as it existed during Colonial times and how that technology could be improved in the modern day. Here are some useful links for that research: https://sites.google.com/colchestersd.org/cms-library/colonial-research
The library and the STEM program are teaming up to host an Hour of Code event in the library during Cougar Time callback sessions on Friday, December 15. Many resources are available online, including these.
Are you interested in becoming a library assistant? Library assistants get:
- First dibs on new books
- First dibs on discards
- Looks good on future job applications
- Occasional lunchtime karaoke and/or food parties
- Can spend lunch period in the library
If you are interested, print up and fill out this application and return it to Ms. Sofferman.
What did you think of the summer reading program? Here’s your chance to provide feedback so we can plan for next year. Students should click this link and respond to the survey by Friday, October 13. https://goo.gl/forms/zudNrW9rcVznfqgw2
Looking for a fun and effective way to keep track of your reading goals? Check out Biblionasium! See Ms. Sofferman or your LA teacher to get an account.
Our fall Book Fair will be held September 5-8 at the CMS Library, with evening hours during Parent Night on September 7th. Help your student get a jump start on their reading goals by finding books they are excited about! Visit our Book Fair homepage for hours, book previews, and to access our online fair: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/colchestermiddleschool
We are seeking volunteers to help at the fair, especially during Parent Night. Email Ms. Sofferman or click the volunteer link on the fair homepage above for more info! Thank you!
This year we are initiating a program designed to get kids reading over the summer, and to demonstrate that we are all part of a reading community, consisting of both students and adults.
Here’s how it works: We have asked faculty and staff to commit to reading one book this summer. All students entering grades 6-8 are required to read one of the books from this list between now and the end of September. Once you have read your book, you must complete this brief form with questions about the book you read (make a copy and save to your Google Drive – if you aren’t sure how to do that, print a paper copy for now and then we will help you create the digital copy in the fall). In October, staff members will lead a reading circle discussion on one day during TA period with the students who read their same book. Each student will receive a grade in the fall quarter from your LA teacher for reading the book, completing the questions, and participating in the reading circle discussion.
For more information, the book list, and FAQs about the program, click here.