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    The Scholastic Book Fair that was held during conference week in the fall netted over over $700 in book credit, and $1000 that went to the Learning Hub budget.  That will allow me to purchase many new great titles for students to enjoy.  Thanks go out to those that volunteered their time to help out, and to those of you that visited the Fair this year – it is because of you that we are able to enhance the collection with some of the latest and greatest titles!



    During the month of November, preliminary competitions in the National Geographic Bee were held in social studies classrooms.  The purpose of these competitions was to determine ten finalists for our building competition in January.  The finalists this year are: Reis Howell, Quinlan Zimmerman, Blake Kirkpatrick, Orion Haury, Eli Denning, Garrett Boling, Zarah Keenan, Ben Ferrel, Mason Arnold, and Lily Wagner.  One of these students will be crowned the Building Champion in January, and will go on to attempt to qualify for the state competition in the spring.  Good luck to these ten geography buffs!



    The Knowledge Bowl team has been selected, and will begin competing in January against other Thurston and Lewis County schools.  The intrepid team representing BMS this season consists of Quinlan Zimmerman, Ben Ferrel, Alec Sprick, Orion Haury, Eli Denning, Malia Hooker, Rainy Brown, Christian Peterson, Blake Kirkpatrick, Adama Mbodji, Zarah Keenan, Cassidy Dodge, Coen Latham, Tanner Eby, and Ethan Rutledge.




    When you are doing research, it is important to remember to choose reliable sources.  How do you make sure the information in a source you have chosen can be trusted?  Start with things like print books on your topic, or encyclopedia articles.  These are sources that have been created for just such a purpose.  If you choose to search online for information, use subscription databases first.  Again, they are there for the specific purpose of providing you with accurate information.  If you have to go to the general Internet for information, ask yourself these questions:  What is the purpose of the website – to entertain, to persuade, or to inform?  Who is the author of the information?  Is the author an “expert” on the topic?  Is the information current?  Can you get information easily off of the website?  If you can answer those questions positively, then your information is probably good to use.  Finally, don’t forget to cite your source.  Keep track of the URL and use it to create a citation for your Works Cited page.




    Everyone has the right to read.  Here is some food for thought from the American Library Association website that may help guide parents as they encourage their teens to read.  The Reader’s Bill of Rights states that every reader has:

    1. The right to not read                6. The right to escapism
    2. The right to skip pages             7. The right to read anywhere
    3. The right to not finish               8. The right to browse
    4. The right to reread                   9. The right to read out loud
    5. The right to read anything       10. The right not to defend your tastes

                Of course, this should be interpreted within the framework of your moral and cultural background.  But keeping these things in mind, as you continue to show your child that reading is important (read yourself, talk with him/her about what he/she is reading, provide a good reading space at home, visit the library together), you will foster an atmosphere at home that is conducive to reading success!









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