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Middle School Handbook 2019-2020 (pdf)

Summer Reading Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8

Summer Reading 2019 Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8

Dear Students:

Gordon Korman, the acclaimed author, will be visiting Ho-Ho-Kus Public School on Monday, October 7. He will speak with fifth through eighth graders during an assembly and host a writers’ workshop with eighth graders. Additionally, he will autograph books whether new or old.

All students in middle school (fifth through eighth grade) must read Gordon Korman’s Restart. Likewise, each grade has individual assignments attached to its reading requirements. Assignments for each grade follow. Assignments are also posted on the school’s Web site.

The sole required summer reading for fifth graders is Restart. Fifth graders must complete one of the suggested assignments for the book.

The additional required summer reading for sixth graders is either The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen or Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Sixth graders have only one required activity, the Course of Action Constructed Response for Restart and sixth graders.

The additional required summer reading for seventh graders is either Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead or Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Seventh graders must complete all four Constructed Responses for Restart---1. Course of Action for Chase and Seventh Graders, 2. Character Change for Chase, 3. Character Change for Shoshanna, and 4. Character Change for Joel.

Eighth graders are required to read two Gordon Korman books, Restart and another choice---fiction or nonfiction. Also, eighth graders must complete two assignments, one for Restart and one for their choice Gordon Korman book.

Take your time reading these books, as these books will be the first books that you will work with when school starts. Please annotate and look for details about major characters and events. Making bullet notes at the end of each chapter as a form of summary can help. Be prepared to discuss your books.

Be sure to bring the assignments and the books with you on Wednesday, September 11 . The work you complete for summer reading will be among your first grades of the first trimester. If you have questions regarding the summer assignments, you can reach me at wquigley@hohokus.org or Mrs. Frassetto at kfrassetto@hohokus.org.

I hope that you have wonderful summer plans ahead of you and that within those adventures you also plan to read many more books. Summer reading is a wonderful way to develop and hone your reading and writing skills.

While searching for a new book to read this summer, remember what Dr. Seuss, a storyteller in the grandest sense of the word, once said on the topic of reading: “You can find magic wherever you look. … All you need is a book.”


Dr. Quigley

“The Ho-Ho-Kus Public School is committed to a high standard of academic excellence in compliance with the
core curriculum content standards in a safe and nurturing environment that will allow students to maximize their
potential and prepare them to be responsible, contributing members of a diverse society.”