Message from Mrs. Hoover: ( Updated JULY 14th)
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer! By now, you should have completed some of your summer reading requirements. READING is one of the best things you can do to strengthen ALL of your skills. If you think that you do not like to read, you simply have not found the right book or author yet!
Set a goal for yourself as to when you want to be finished with your assigned novels. 8th graders- you have some hefty novels to read, so please do not tarry! When you finish the novels, continue to read, read, read, and read some more.
While you have time over the summer, spread some kindness! What are you doing to make the world a better place? How are you showing the face of Christ to others?
Again, I hope you're having a SUPER SUMMER!!! You have plenty of time left for summer fun!
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Sixth Graders: Click the below to get an important summer reading video message from Mrs. Hoover!
One of the books you are reading is: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
It's important that you read the book with "THE JULIAN CHAPTER". This is the final chapter in the book. If you buy the book without the chapter, you can find it in R.J. Palacio's book "Auggie and Me".
The book is all about a boy named Auggie who suffers from a facial condition. Each section of the book is broken into another person's perspective. Julian's chapter is very insightful. This book is going to be a movie coming out in November. (SEE THE GIANT PICTURE OF ME ABOVE!!!)
You will also be reading NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry. This is an important book related to topics you will explore throughout your journey as you study history.
1. My Brother Sam is Dead by James and Christopher Collier
This falls right in line with what you'll be studying is Social Studies this year!
2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This is sure to be a favorite book! A few notes: The book and the movie are not the same. Read the book first! Always read the book first! Second- Soc stands for Social. It is not pronounced like SOCKS.
3. Devil's Arithmetic by Lois Lowry
Remember when you read Number the Stars? This book is about a girl who learns, in a very interesting way, what her family experienced during the Holocaust. It is a movie as well. Read the book first!
Any questions I ask you will always be ones that go along with the book specifically and NOT the movie! I've read them all and have seen all the movies.
These are ambitious reads so it is important that you get reading ASAP!
1. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
This book deals with racism. It's such a powerful book! Focus on the characters and ask yourself if this could happen today? If so, what can YOU do about it?
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
This is a classic book. Manor Farm actually represents a society, much like the one we live in. Historically, it is a comment on the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the early years of the Soviet Union. After you read the book, look into this revolution and ask yourself who the characters represented!
3. Watership Down by Richard Adams
Another classic.This is a tale of a group of rabbits in search of a home. However, it isn't just a story about rabbits looking for a place to live. After you finish reading the book, ask yourself what its theme may be.
May God Bless You All! You'll be in my prayers! Please keep my family in yours! Thank you!
TO THE CLASS OF 2017:
I will miss you all! Please check the page I have created for you on this site. This page will feature some high school hints and suggested summer reading, in the event your school does not give mandatory reading… OR if you finish the mandatory reading and need some books to read! (You didn't think you'd get rid of me that easily, did you?)
SOME SUMMER REMINDERS:
Summer reading is mandatory! You will be quizzed on the books when you return in September. (not the first day of school) If you take notes while you read, you will be able to use the notebook on the day of the quiz. I am not going to ask you picky little questions. However, I will make sure to ask questions that will make it very obvious if you read the book or not.
Do not stress out over the questions I will ask. Remember, the questions will not be picky. The main thing is that you are reading! Read, read, read!
If you finish the assigned books, KEEP READING!! The more you read, the more you'll sharpen your brain! A book is great because you can take it everywhere you go! You can even read in the pool!! Just….don't drop the book! If you are a reluctant reader, why not read with someone? A parent? A grandparent? A friend?
My son and I read together every single day. As I type this, it is only the second full week of his summer vacation and we have finished two lengthy novels. How did we do this? I make time for reading because it is THAT important!
ILA supply list will remain the same. You'll need a DURABLE BINDER. I do not care the style or size! That is completely up to you! Make sure it will hold up well, because we'll put a lot of important papers in this binder! You will also need your very own folder for ILA. Put looseleaf paper in your binder.
You will also need one set of binder dividers.
If you see index cards on sale, pick them up! (size, style, color does not matter) You will be using these A LOT in ILA class for homework and studying purposes!
If you have not already, sign up to receive our REMINDERS! If anything comes up over the summer regarding ILA, I will be sure to keep you informed. It's easy to sign up.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer! Enjoy yourselves! Try new things! STAY ACTIVE!!!
INCOMING SIXTH GRADERS:
1. If you are shopping over the summer and see LOCKER SHELVES on sale, pick one up! They really help organize your locker!
2. Do not panic about MIDDLE SCHOOL! You will love it! We will help you a lot, especially during the beginning of the year.
3. Do not stress out about the summer reading quiz. As long as you read the books assigned, you will be okay! Remember: if you take notes, you will be able to use the notes on the day of the quiz (Notes must be in your writing. No computer print outs)
4. Another organization hint is to color code your supplies! (Example: Green notebook, green folder = science, Red notebook, folder = math etc.)
5. ILA class is a lot of work and will challenge you. However, in this class….learning and fun go hand in hand.
I am looking forward to helping you have a great middle school year! No matter what you've heard, I don't bite! I promise!! :)
6. CHECK OUT THE INFORMATION BELOW ABOUT THE REMIND APP! I will send out information from time to time over the course of the summer. If you sign up, you'll get that information!
TEXT MESSAGING REMINDER APP:
I am trying out Remind, a free app that lets me safely send 1-way texts to students and parents. Check it out:
It's so easy to sign up. Open up your text messaging as if you were going to text a friend. After the word To, instead of typing in the friend's name….you will type in the number given below (depending on which alerts you're signing up for). In the text portion, you will enter the @ name listed below. That's all there is to it!
8th Grade ONLY: Would you like to sign up for REMINDER APP for important news regarding all things 8th Grade? Simply Enter this number 81010 after the word TO and text this message: @mrsdhoove
ALL CLASSES: Would you like to sign up for the REMINDER APP for important news regarding ILA? Simply Enter this number 81010 after the word TO and text this message: @mrsdhoov