Narrative Writing

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:

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:


The Book Fair is Here!

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:

CMS 2018 Summer Reading Program

Handout/Book List
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.

DCF Award Winner Announced!

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.projekt1065