Summer Reading Lists for 2013-2014 School Year
6th Grade Summer Reading List
7th Grade Summer Reading List
Author Entertains WRMS Students
WRMS students and staff howled with laughter and applauded with
enthusiasm as Clay MacLeod Chapman read from his soon-to-be
released middle grade novel,
The Homeroom Headhunters.
Brought to the Wood River Valley by the Company of Fools and the
Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Clay is an accomplished author
of many genres: plays, movies, graphic novels and, most
recently, children’s literature.
his storytelling abilities, Clay brought his story of a renegade
group of former students living in Greenfield Middle School
unbeknownst to any and all who work and attend school there.
Spencer, the main character, has a frightening encounter with
members of this tribe after hours in the library and the action
careens out of control from there. Students and staff are now
eagerly awaiting the May 7th release of
The Homeroom Headhunters
by Clay MacLeod Chapman so they can read the rest of the story.
Young Reader's Choice Award Party
year, seventy-five of our students earned the right to vote for
this year's Young Reader's
Choice Award winners from twenty-four books
nominated in three divisions. Each of these students read
and quizzed on at least four of the books to qualify. Some
read as many as fifteen! The students enjoyed pizza, ice
cream sundaes, goodie bags, and the chance to win raffle prizes
at the voting party. The students were able to vote in
authentic voting booths provided by the county clerk and submit
their ballots in an authentic ballot box. The
Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, Halo
by Alexandra Adornetto, and Matched
by Allie Condie received the most votes in each division.
Mrs. Boesch will submit the students' votes to the Pacific
Northwest Library Association who administers the award.
Once all votes are gathered, PLNA will announce the award
winners. Thanks to all the students who participated and
all those who helped make this event a rousing success!
Now available through the school library - downloadable
One Click Digital offers lots of titles for your listening
pleasure compatible with a wide range of devices. See your
librarian for details and the access code.
WRMS Library - Idaho
Media Program of the Year
The Wood River Middle School Library is the hub of this
dynamic school. Principal Fritz Peters says, “During the
years that Susan Tabor Boesch and Laura Heather have
coordinated our Library Media center, the impact of the
library has grown exponentially.”
The Idaho Library Association agrees. The WRMS library was
recognized as the School Library Media Program of the Year
by the association. “The committee was deeply impressed by
the library’s impact, especially how the library relates to
the greater middle school curriculum. The committee found it
difficult to choose from among such qualified candidates,
[but] each letter about WRMS outlines how the library goes
above and beyond its role,” states Amy Vecchione with the
Idaho Library Association.
This is echoed in Principal Peter’s comments, “The library
is a teaching program that allows our students to present
their work with cutting-edge research, wonderful
presentation software programs, and the reinforced standards
of the research paper and the persuasive essay.” Peters went
on to state, “Just like a wheel, all the spokes of WRMS run
through the inspiring, dependable and resource-rich ‘Hub’ of
the media center.”
The students and staff of the
Wood River Middle School would like to thank all of those who
helped to make this year's Book Fair a wonderful success,
including Sarah Hedrick and her staff at Iconoclast Books, the
Papoose Club, our many volunteers, and all those who supported
us by visiting the library during the book fair and purchasing
books. Not only did you help us raise money and purchase
books for the school library, but you helped expand the
classroom libraries of seven of our teachers. WRMS library
received approximately $1400 from the proceeds of the fair, as
well as $156 worth of books donated by students and parents.
The classroom libraries of our teachers received $228 worth of
books through our Classroom Wish List program. In
addition, we were able to offer over $115 in free books to
students who may not otherwise have been able to purchase a
book. That all adds up to a rousing success! Again,
Annual Book Fair
The Book Fair is coming!
Next week (October 15-18), the WRMS Book Fair is being held in
the library. We will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
on Monday and Tuesday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday
and Thursday. Come browse the great selection of books.
Every purchase supports our school library!
Summer Reading Groups Explore Great Books!
Wood River Middle School students and staff alike enjoyed summer
reading this year. After reading a book from the suggested
summer reading list, students participated in a book discussion
with other students who had read the same book. The
discussion groups were held in the first few weeks of school and
facilitated by staff, parents and volunteers. Any students
who hadn't read from the list joined a group that read a short
story together. It's fun to get together and talk about
books. And the cookies weren't bad either! Thanks to
all who participated!
Wood River Middle School Media Center
Summer is quickly approaching and while our library might not be
open during summer break, you can access our Digital Library
24/7! Whether you're taking a family vacation, going on a
road trip with friends, or just want to enjoy a quiet afternoon
relaxing, you can enjoy eBooks anytime, anywhere.
You can check out titles using your student id and last name and
download to a computer or mobile device. Once the title is
downloaded, it's easy to transfer to an iPod®, eBook reader, and
many other devices to enjoy on-the-go. At the end of the
lending period, titles automatically expire so there is no worry
for late fees.
To visit the Digital Library site, click on the icon above and
start your summer vacation off right!
Summer Reading Lists for 2012-2013 School Year
6th Grade Summer Reading List
7th Grade Summer Reading List
8th Grade Summer Reading List
Students Inspired by Acclaimed Author
watches Lois Lowry sign her book as other students wait to get
autographs from the acclaimed author.
Wood River Middle School students met acclaimed author Lois
Lowry on Thursday, November 3rd. Before speaking to the
entire student body, she held a book signing in the library.
Students eagerly lined up to have their books autographed by the
Lowry's books are widely read among teens and pre-teens.
The Giver is on the required reading list for 7th
grade, and teachers Scott Chaffin and Donna McKelvey are using
Lowry's presentation as inspiration for several Language Arts
projects. In Mrs. McKelvey's 7th grade Language Arts
class, students make illustrations, timelines, and venn diagrams
based on The Giver. With the book's background
established in 7th grade, Mr. Chaffin
uses the book at the beginning of the year in 8th grade to
review concepts such as variations to plot, conflict, setting,
Lois Lowry has written over 20 novels, including two Newbery
Medal Award winners. She is
known for tackling a number of
topics in her literature including adoption, mental illness,
cancer, the Holocaust and futuristic societies. Whatever
the theme, Lowry portrays realistic life experiences to her
audience. Her books throw characters and readers into many
thought-provoking situations, compelling young adult readers to
confront society with all of its imperfections.
Lois Lowry reads from one of her books during her
presentation to the WRMS student body.
Renaissance Home Connect is now Available
Renaissance Home Connect is a great way to monitor and encourage
your child's reading. It provides parents and guardians
with a snapshot of a child's reading progress, including average
percent correct on quizzes, number of points earned, and results
on the last quiz. Home Connect also allows you the
opportunity to automatically receive emails about your student's
progress in reading each time he or she takes an Accelerated
Reader quiz. You can also call or email
Susan Tabor Boesch, our teacher Librarian at 578-5030 Ext. 2323
All About Our Library
The Wood River Middle School Library occupies a central location
and serves as an information hub for our school, supporting the
reading and research needs of our students. The
Library is automated, with full Internet access connected to electronic reference databases,
as well as an interlibrary loan system. Library holdings total over 17,000 items and include a
large library of pleasure reading, as well as information and reference resources, both hard copy and electronic. We
feature a collection of hundreds of full-text audio books in
allowing students to improve reading skills by reading and
listening at the same time. The library also houses the School District's Audio-Visual
The library features a spacious floor plan with comfortable seating
for reading and lounging, an instructional area under the
skylight, a separate reference area with up-to-date networked
computers, and study areas for extra quiet and privacy.
Susan Tabor Boesch, Media Specialist, manages the library with the
assistance of our paraprofessional aide Laura Heather, student
aides, and parent volunteers.
A large part of the collection is devoted to the Accelerated
Reader Program. During
our first two years using the Accelerated Reader Program,
students who participated were able to make big increases in
their reading levels and skills. Students are able to earn
reading points to improve their grades in Language Arts classes
and to "spend" in our new Accelerated Reader store. Susan Tabor Boesch or any of the Language Arts teachers
would be happy to explain the specifics of the program to you.
The Blaine County School District Media Collection is housed
in our facility and provides easy access for our staff to a
collection of over 2,300 pieces of audio-visual media, including
a library of over 1,000 videos.
Parent volunteers help by organizing an annual Book Fair,
keeping the book collection in order, checking the validity of
Internet resources, doing electronic data entry, and helping
with the Accelerated Reader Store.