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Fall Scavenger Hunt

October 24, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags:

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 9.55.35 AMThe Upper School Media Center conducted a Fall Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, October 19, in the afternoon. Participants completed a fill-in-the-blank form on a variety of books ranging from fiction novels to biographies. Audrey Aguiar completed the form first and became the winner of a wonderful Fall basket created by Mrs. Kranz, filled with a Chick-fil-A gift card and some candies. Students, if you missed this Scavenger Hunt, there will be another one in December! Be watching for it in your email!

Lamplighter Reading Program

August 31, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

The Upper School Media Center will be participating in the Lamplighter Reading Program (Also known as Triple Crown Awards) during the 2016–2107 school year. Triple Crown Awards encourages students to read wholesome and uplifting books. Students in grades 6–8 that read 5 of the 10 books below will be invited to a Voting Party in April. Students that read all 10 books will receive a medal for their accomplishments. Copies of these books can be found in our Upper School Media Center. Please encourage your son or daughter to participate in this enlightening experience in reading.

The 2016/2017 Lamplighter Nominees:

  • Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas
  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • Finding Faith in the Field by Benjamin Duane Hylden
  • Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff
  • Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome by Robby Novak and Brad Montague
  • The Shark Rider by Ellen Prager
  • Soar by Joan Bauer
  • Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum
  • Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey
  • Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine

For more information, please contact Bonnie Thompson, Upper School Librarian/Media Specialist.

Summer Checkout of School Library Books

IMG_0880The WA Media Centers encourage you to borrow books for the summer. Summer checkout (for parents only) will be the last week of school during these dates and times:

Lower School:

  • Monday, May 23, 2016, through Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or
  • Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Upper School:

  • Monday, May 23, 2016, through Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or
  • Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For any questions please contact Patti White for Lower School or Bonnie Thompson for Upper School

Lamplighter Award Voting Party

IMG_0829An exciting program that the upper school library/media center offers to the middle school students is the Lamplighter Award Reading Program. The mission of the Lamplighter Program is to encourage middle school students to read books with wholesome values, uplifting characters, and edifying themes that inspire children toward positive goals. These current books are selected by a committee of readers from participating schools. Students that have read 5 or more Lamplighters are invited to a Pizza and Ice Cream Sundae Lunch in April and then vote for their favorite book. Each vote is then submitted to the national voting website. Students that read all 10 of the Nominees are given a medal for their accomplishment. This year our voting party was on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Below is a list of the students that participated (those with an asterisk read the complete list and received a medal):

  • *Audrey Aguiar (Grade 8)
  • Alyssa Allen (Grade 8)
  • *Mary Elizabeth Gill (Grade 8)
  • Abigail Rowe (Grade 8)
  • Genna Tchividjian (Grade 8)
  • *Catherine Zaden (Grade 8)
  • *Julia Andert (Grade 7)
  • *James Fears (Grade 7)
  • *Jade Klacko (Grade 7)
  • Rose Tatum (Grade 7)
  • Paul Anselmo (Grade 6)
  • Nick Blake (Grade 6)
  • *Joshua Joseph (Grade 6)
  • Natalie King (Grade 6)
  • AJ Kozich (Grade 6)
  • Chris Maurice (Grade 6)

Parents, please encourage your son or daughter to participate in this program. Summer is a great time to start reading the Lamplighter Nominees (many are available already in the public library). Please click this link to download the Lamplighter Award 2016-2017 list.

Lamplighter Reading Program—April 8 Deadline

February 23, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

3B49B1C3-32A0-48DA-8802-991F3A92ACF2An exciting program that the Upper School Media Center offers to the middle school students is the Lamplighter Award Reading Program. The Lamplighter Program encourages middle school students to read books with wholesome values, uplifting characters, and edifying themes that inspire children toward positive goals.

These current books are selected by a committee of readers from participating schools. Students that have read five or more Lamplighter books are invited to a pizza and ice cream sundae lunch in April and then vote for their favorite book. Each vote is then submitted to the national voting website. Students that read all ten of the nominees are given a medal for their accomplishment.

Parents of students in Grades 6 to 8, please encourage your son or daughter to read Lamplighters before April 8.

Triple Crown Awards Lamplighter List for 2015–2016:

  1. I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis
  2. Perfect Season by Tim Green
  3. Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata
  4. The History of Money Making: From Bartering to Banking by Martin Jenkins
  5. Three Bird Summer by Sarah St. Antoine
  6. Wind Dancer by Chris Platt
  7. What Flowers Remember by Shannon Wiersbitzy
  8. Byrd & Igloo: A Polar Adventure by Samantha Sieple
  9. The Elk Hunt: The Adventure Begins by S.J. Dahlstrom
  10. The Hidden Deep by Christa Kinde

Lamplighter Reading Program

February 4, 2016 Posted in: Academics, School News Tags: ,

3B49B1C3-32A0-48DA-8802-991F3A92ACF2An exciting program that the Upper School Media Center offers to the middle school students is the Lamplighter Award Reading Program. The Lamplighter Program encourages middle school students to read books with wholesome values, uplifting characters, and edifying themes that inspire children toward positive goals. These current books are selected by a committee of readers from participating schools. Students that have read five or more Lamplighter books are invited to a pizza and ice cream sundae lunch in April and then vote for their favorite book. Each vote is then submitted to the national voting website. Students that read all ten of the nominees are given a medal for their accomplishment.

Parents of students in Grades 6 to 8: Please encourage your son or daughter to read Lamplighters before April 8.

Triple Crown Awards Lamplighter List for 2015-2016:

  1. I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis
  2. Perfect Season by Tim Green
  3. Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata
  4. The History of Money Making: From Bartering to Banking by Martin Jenkins
  5. Three Bird Summer by Sarah St. Antoine
  6. Wind Dancer by Chris Platt
  7. What Flowers Remember by Shannon Wiersbitzy
  8. Byrd & Igloo: A Polar Adventure by Samantha Sieple
  9. The Elk Hunt: The Adventure Begins by S.J. Dahlstrom
  10. The Hidden Deep by Christa Kinde

Author Melody Carlson Visit

unnamed-2The Upper School Media Center invited Author Melody Carlson to visit Westminster Academy on Tuesday, January 12 of this year. The Upper School was blessed with an interview format directed by Leo Reilly during the chapel service which also included a question and answer time. Melody Carlson has written over 250 books and has sold over 2.5 million books over the last 20 years. In addition to answering questions during chapel, Melody had lunch with two high school students, three English teachers, and other staff members. Students Stephanie Marchelos and Arianna Loucks had each read a book by Melody Carlson and wrote a paragraph as to why they would like to meet with her over lunch.

The High School Creative Writing class came to the Upper School Media Center and had the full class time to gather key writing information from the author on many facets of writing and getting their work published. Approximately thirty middle school students came in the afternoon and were able to ask many questions regarding writing. The students had a steady stream of questions and were very attentive as Melody answered each. We are so glad that Melody Carlson could come visit our school. We have many of her books in our collection if you are reading this and are interested in her books.