Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Congratulations Battle Winners!

Here They Are...

The winners of the 2018 Battle of the Books were three awesome teams! Students dressed up in costumes that showed their clever wit; made artful and creative signs; and performed hilarious skits, songs and chants. It was a true celebration of READING!

GRAND CHAMPIONS of the Battle: The Chewbookas

Winners of the Bonus Battle: The Book Riders

Winners of the Sideline Battle: The Maze Readers

Congratulations, Winners!

Friday, February 2, 2018

On Guard!

The Battle of the Books has begun

The Battle of the Books competition began on Monday, January 29. 7th Graders are reading a total of 15 books in teams, divided however they choose.  Groups compete in a semi-final quiz bowl in their language arts class, and the winning team from each class competes for the Grand Prize at the Final Battle.  The Grand Champions will also defend our title in a battle with Upton Middle School in the spring!  The winner takes home the Castle Trophy and keeps it until the next battle--see our trophy in the Learning Center (picture below). Let's make sure it stays here, 7th graders!

The Final Battle will be held Thursday, March 29, 7:50-9:30 AM in the gym.
This year's titles include . . .
Battle Trophy in Learning Center
  • Matilda-Roald Dahl
  • Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam-Cynthia Kadohata
  • City of Ember- Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Hobbit-J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Holes-Louis Sachar
  • I Am Malala-Malala Yousafzai
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts-Gennifer Choldenko
  • Crash-Jerry Spinelli
  • Wonder-Raquel J. Palacio
  • The Lightning Thief-Rick Riordan
  • Fever 1793-Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Westing Game-Ellen Raskin
  • iFunny-James Patterson
  • Peak-Roland Smith
  • Firegirl- Tony Abbot

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays!

New Books for Vacation Reading

The end of the book fair brings a slew of new titles to the Learning Center for your holiday reading. Here are just a few of them:

Tradition meets contemporary when Feather Anderson's beloved grandfather, a traditional Lakota healer, pulls her out of class one snowy morning and takes her on an old-fashioned vision quest in the heart of New York City in hopes of finding the perfect Lakota medicine. It becomes the most magical day ever, the day she saves her little brother’s life.
Ry, a 16-year-old Wisconsin resident en route to camp, is left behind in Middle-of-Nowhere, MT. Bad goes to worse: he loses a shoe and his phone charger, his grandfather back home is injured, and his parents are having their own misadventures in the Caribbean. A superhero of a fix-it guy named Del helps Ry to put his life back together. Along the way, readers learn that there is more to Del than initially meets the eye. Full of quirky humor, crazy happenings, and subtle life lessons.

Yeva grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, but she knows that the forest holds secrets and her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. When he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. She  hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty or the Beast?

Outcasts United is a moving account of refugees finding a new life in the U.S. It’s the true story about the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of many different refugees from around the world, and their amazing coach, Luma Mufleh. Clarkston, Georgia was a typical southern town until it became a refugee resettlement center. The author explores how the community changed with the influx of refugees and how the dedication of Lumah Mufleh and the entire Fugees soccer team inspired an entire community.

Meet Molly―a very special dog. Molly knows that her purpose is to take care of her girl, C.J., but it won’t be easy. Neglected by her mother, who won’t allow her to have a dog, C.J. is going through some tough times. Molly’s job is to stay hidden in C.J.’s room, cuddle up to her at night, and protect her from bad people. Nothing will keep Molly away from the girl that she loves. This is an adorable book for dog-lovers!

In an alternate 19th-century Russia, the tsar can call upon the abilities of an enchanter. Normally, there is only one a time, but if two are born they must compete to remain alive. Vika can control the elements and has been training her whole life to serve her country. Nikolai has been training with his mentor. Neither knows the other exists. Friendships, romances, and betrayal make the stakes even higher in a Crown’s Game that will cost Nikolai or Vika their life. The book ends with one winner remaining, but the final sentence hints that the loser has not disappeared forever, so a sequel is sure to come.