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  •  Volleyball Tryouts for any student who was injured during tryouts last year or transferred to the school through the summer will be August 12th from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.  The student must have a current physical in order to tryout.  Only 7th and 8th grade girls are allowed to tryout.

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    For school wide messages text @msschoolo

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  •  The boys will have transfer tryouts August 18th from 3:30-4:30 and the girls will have transfer tryouts August 20th from 3:30-4:30. All students trying out must have a copy of a current physical and bring it to the tryout or they can not tryout. They must also come dressed in proper athletic attire. Thank you!

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  • 6th Grade | 7th Grade8th Grade

     Click on the blue links above to have a printable copy of each grades assignment.Germantown Middle School20156th Grade Summer Reading List

     

    The Hero’s Trail: A Guide for a Heroic Lifeby:  T. A. BarronSummer Reading activity for upcoming 6th grade ELA

     

     Directions:  Over the summer, 6th grade students are to read the book The Hero’s Trail (newly revised and updated edition)and complete the front and back of this page.  This completed page is due for a grade on Monday, August 10, 2015.  Please write in your neatest handwriting.

    ***Students need to have their own copy of the book and bring it to class everyday for the first few weeks of school.  The students will need their book to complete additional assignments in class after school begins. 

    Also, remember to read carefully and underline and/or highlight to annotate. 

    Preface 1.) Complete the following sentence quoting straight from the preface of the book. “Here then, ahead, is a map that ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.”

    Introduction: The Power of Heroes

    2.) On page 1, T.A. Barron states that a celebrity is defined by_______________________________________________.

    3.) What character qualities aren’t visible at all, but show up through actions?  ________________________, _____________________,  ______________________,   ___________________, and _________________________.

    4.) What does it mean to be a hero?  ___________________________________________________________________

    5.) Who can be a hero?  ______________________________________________________________________________

    6.) How do we reveal our inner qualities? ________________________________________________________________

    7.) Explain the quote, “Every great journey begins with a single step.”  - Lao-Tzu

    8.) Who was the hero in T.A. Barron’s life?_______________________________________________________________

    9.) T.A. Barron compares our choices to ________________________. 

    What does he mean by that simile?  ___________________________________________________________________

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Complete the following chart based on chapters 1 – 5 in The Hero’s Trail.

    Chapter 1:  Heroes of Courage

    1. According to chapter 1, define courage- _____________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    2. Which hero, described in the chapter, do you connect with the most? _______________________________________

    3. Explain why you connect to this hero? _________________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    4. List 3 details about the hero from the chapter to support why this hero stands out to you? a._______________________________________________________________________________________________

    b. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    c. _______________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                         

    Chapter 2:  Heroes of Perseverance 1. According to chapter 2, define perseverance_____________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    2. Which hero, described in the chapter, do you connect with the most? _______________________________________

    3. Explain why you connect to this hero? _______________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    4. List 3 details about the hero from the chapter to support why this hero stands out to you?

    a. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    b. _______________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                         

    c. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Chapter 3:  Heroes of Generosity

    1. According to chapter 3, define generosity _________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    2. Which hero, described in the chapter, do you connect with the most? _______________________________________

    3. Explain why you connect to this hero? _________________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    4. List 3 details about the hero from the chapter to support why this hero stands out to you?

    a. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    b. _______________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                         

    c. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Chapter 4:  Heroes of Compassion 1. According to chapter 4, define compassion- ____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ ________________

    2. Which hero, described in the chapter, do you connect with the most? _______________________________________

    3. Explain why you connect to this hero? _________________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    4. List 3 details about the hero from the chapter to support why this hero stands out to you?

    a. _ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    b. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    c. _______________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                         

    Chapter 5:  Heroes of Hope

    1. According to chapter 5, define hope- _____________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    2. Which hero, described in the chapter, do you connect with the most? _______________________________________

    3. Explain why you connect to this hero? _________________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    4. List 3 details about the hero from the chapter to support why this hero stands out to you?

    a. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    b. _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    c. _______________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                         

     

     20157th Grade Summer Reading List 

    Germantown Middle School

    7th Grade Summer Reading Expectation

    Book:  A Single Shard          Author:  Linda Sue Park

    192 pages                                  ISBN: 978-0-547-53426-8

    Time and Location: Ancient South Korea

    A Single Shard is a work of fiction, but it was inspired by historical facts and events.

    Summary:

    Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for delicate celadon (ceramics) ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated–until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself…even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission…even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

     

    Expectations for Summer Reading:

    •  Read the entire novel prior to August 5, 2015 so that you have time to complete the novel assignment (due: August 6, 2015 – Day 1 of School) and the class assignments/assessments once the 7th grade school year begins.
    • On a sheet of paper, write the names of at least 2 major characters in the novel.  For each of the major characters, create a list of traits that make each character significant in the plot of the story. You MUST also include the page reference from the novel for each trait you list (this is listed as the author’s last name and the page number where the trait was exemplified in the text). 

      For example, the character “Freak” from Freak the Mighty was disabled yet extremely intelligent.  He also came up with crafty ideas to assist Max in dealing with daily taunting.  From the information you gained from reading the novel, create a list similar to the example below along with text evidence as shown.

      Freak

      1.    Disabled (Philbrick 11)

      2.   Extremely intelligent (Philbrick 13)

      3.   Developed crafty ideas for the taunting (Philbrick 31)

      **Be prepared to come the first day of school with your copy of the summer novel and the list created of the major characters.  These two items will be used for additional activities, assignments, and assessments in the classroom.

       

       

      Germantown Middle School

    2015 8th Grade Summer Reading List

    Germantown Middle School 8th Grade

    2015 Summer Reading List

     

                In order to promote continued literacy development, the GMS English Language Arts department believes that summer reading is essential for our students to be successful readers. Because of this, all upcoming 8th graders are required to read the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry before the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Students enrolled in accelerated 8th grade ELA are also required to read the memoir My Dog Skip.These works have been specifically chosen to preview and enhance our theme of injustice in the south before the Civil Rights Movement.

                Students must read carefully, noting parts of the book that seem important, confusing, stylistic, etc., by highlighting and annotating in the book (or by using a reading journal or sticky notes, including page numbers, if it is a borrowed book). Do not simply summarize each chapter; instead, use analysis techniques. These notes are required to participate in literature circles and Socratic seminars during the first month of school. All students will review and be assessed on the book(s) within the first nine weeks for a major grade.

     

     

    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cryby Mildred Taylor      920L, 288 pgs

     

    Set in a small town in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this powerful, moving novel deals with issues of prejudice, courage, and self-respect. It is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. It is also the story of Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to her family. Winner of the Newbery Award in 1977, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is an American classic. Please note that this novel has some intense depictions of racism.

     

     

    • (Accelerated Only) My Dog Skip by Willie Morris 1380 L, 118 pgs

    This memoir is a story of a boy, his beloved dog, and the adventures they have together while growing up in 1940s Yazoo, Mississippi. *Please box difficult vocabulary words while reading; the accelerated classes will be studying the novel’s advanced word choice. We will also analytically compare and contrast this novel with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

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  • August 11th is Parent Night at GMS beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Parents will meet in the Gymnasium and then report to each block.  Please bring a copy of your child's schedule with you!  We look forward to seeing you there!

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    Dear Parents,
     
    Technology never ceases to amaze us!  We know life can get hectic when kids start school and deadlines become overwhelming.  Remind 101 is a text and email application that will allow us to periodically send out school wide and grade level informationvia text and/or email to help keep you "in the know."
     

    To start receiving text message reminders simply text 81010 with one of the
    following messages:

      
       For school wide messages text @msschoolo

       For 6th grade messages text @gms6grader
       For 7th grade messages text @gms7grade
       For 8th grade messages text @gms8thgr

     
    If you have trouble sending a text to 81010 try text 571-374-1840.
     
    If you would rather receive email reminders, simply send an email to one of the following email addresses:
     
       For school wide messages, send an email to msschoolo@mail.remind.com

       For 6th grade messages, send an email to gms6grader@mail.remind.com
       For 7th grade messages, send an email to gms7grade@mail.remind.com
       For 8th grade messages, send an email to gms8thgr@mail.remind.com

     
    Rest assured that you will not receive advertisement texts or emails and your phone number and email will remain private.  You can opt-out at any time by replying to a message with "unsubscribe @msschoolo," or "unsubscribe@6thgrader," or "unsubscribe@gms7grade" or "unsubscribe@gms8thgr."
     
    We hope that that this will help strengthen the home-school connection.
     
    If you have any questions or need any help, please feel free to contact the school office at (601) 859-0376.
     

    We are looking forward to working together as a team!  Go Mavericks!!!

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  • readers Third Grade Literacy-Based Promotion Act

     

    Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.~Maya Angelou

     

    Parent Resource Information on the Third Grade Literacy-Based Promotion Act, click here to learn more information.

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