Our Lady of Humility School

“Catholic and Excellent”

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we approach summer vacation, I wanted to thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I am writing today to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics and summer reading programs for all grades.

Summer Mathematics Program

The summer math program for grades 1 through 3 will include logging 200 minutes on any of the following free online programs and apps:

Websites                                                    Free apps for iOS                                     Free apps for Android

Arcademics.com                                          Math Monsters – Bingo                             Math vs Zombies

MathPickle.com                                           Math Flash Cards                                     10 Monkeys Multiplication

Abcya.com                                                  Sushi Monster

Prodigygame.com                                                 

Mathgametime.com

(Some of these websites may also have a free app version)

 

Parents will be responsible for making sure their children are using appropriate grade levels and logging 200 minutes on the Math Log.  When students turn in this required assignment, they will receive 20 homework assignment points (2nd – 3rd only) PLUS one ticket for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra 30 minutes they log!

Students entering 2nd grade are also expected to have mastered their addition and subtraction facts to 10.  Students entering 3rd grade are expected to have mastered their addition and subtraction facts to 20

Grades 4 through 8 will be assigned math packets by their teachers.  Completing and turning in the 4th – 6th grade packets will be worth 20 homework points, as well as five tickets for the fabulous prize drawing! They may earn an extra ticket for each 30 minutes of work on the www.ixl.com website at their appropriate grade levels.  They must be correctly signed in to get credit!

Students entering 4th grade are also expected to have mastered their addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts prior to the first day of school.

The 7th and 8th grade packets will cover the first two chapters in their math books, covering material with which they are already familiar.  They will be tested on this material and that test score will comprise their first math grade for the year.  Upon turning in their packets, they will receive five tickets for the fabulous prize drawing!  They may earn an extra ticket for each 30 minutes of work on the  www.ixl.com website at their appropriate grade levels.  They must be correctly signed in to get credit.

(Websites to assist 4 – 8th grade students in completing their packets include:  KahnAcademy.org, Math-Play.com, Coolmath.com, hoodamath.com, and analyzemath.com.) 

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing. All students earning even one ticket will also be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Math logs should be turned into the classroom teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Summer Reading Program

The summer reading program will be posted for each grade under the “Academic Tab” on our website (www.olhschool.org) .  Please look for this to be updated by May 20th.  This program will also participate in the prize drawings explained above!

We are asking parents and students to sign the form below indicating they are aware of this requirement.

We wish you the very best of summers and hope your children know how much we care for them.

Best always,

 

Mr. Patrick L. Browne, M.Ed.

Principal

1st Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming  1st Grade Students-

Summer is fast approaching and we hope it is fun and energizing for all!  But it is also important to help your child retain the skills and knowledge they gained during Kindergarten.  Research indicates children who continue to read over the summer return to school without having lost academic ground, while students who do not practice their skills can lose up to six months of academic progress.

Like all skills, reading requires regular practice and it is important to encourage our children to practice even when they have free time during the summer.   We feel it is important to implement an all-school required summer reading assignment so that all students have the opportunity for a successful start to their 1st grade year.  We also want children to look forward to reading, so let’s make it FUN!

All students entering OLH 1st Grade in fall are therefore assigned to fill in at least one line or diagonal of the attached SUMMER BINGO sheet and “write” one book report!  When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive one ticket for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra BINGO line they complete, for a total of 7 tickets for a full sheet!  They may earn another ticket each for attaching any or all of the following:  extra book reports, a copy of their own public library card, a photo of themselves at a national or state park, landmark or monument!

Each classroom will have its own prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be one month’s free tuition for one child!!!

Please download the attached BINGO and BOOK REPORT sheets.  They should be turned in to the 1st Grade teacher by Friday, August 25, 2017. Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the Summer Bingo Sheet

CLICK HERE to download the Reading Report

1st Grade Summer Math

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 1st Grade Students,

Thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I would like to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics programs for all grades.

Therefore, each student entering OLH 1st grade in fall will be assigned to log 200 minutes, at their grade level or beyond, on any of the following free math sites or apps:

Websites                                                    Free apps for iOS                                     Free apps for Android

Arcademics.com                                          Math Monsters – Bingo                             Math vs Zombies

MathPickle.com                                           Math Flash Cards                                     10 Monkeys Multiplication

Abcya.com                                                  Sushi Monster

Prodigygame.com

Mathgametime.com

(Some of these websites may also have a free app version)

Parents are responsible for seeing students are on the correct grade levels and logging minutes.

When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive 20 homework points PLUS one ticket for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra 30 minutes they log!

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Please download the attached Math Log sheets.  They should be turned into the 1st grade teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the 1st Grade Summer Math Log

2nd Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 2nd Grade Students-

Summer is fast approaching and we hope it is fun and energizing for all.  But it is also important to help your child retain the skills and knowledge they gained during 1st grade.  Research indicates children who continue to read over the summer return to school without having lost academic ground, while students who do not practice their skills can lose up to six months of academic progress.

Like all skills, reading requires regular practice and it is important to encourage our children to practice even when they have free time during the summer.   We feel it is important to implement a required summer reading assignment so that all students have the opportunity for a successful start to their 2nd grade year. We also want children to look forward to reading, so let’s make this FUN!

All students entering OLH 2nd Grade in fall are therefore assigned to fill in at least two lines, including diagonals, of the attached SUMMER BINGO sheet and write one book report!  When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive 20 homework points PLUS one ticket for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra BINGO line they complete, for a total of 7 tickets for a full sheet!  They may earn another ticket each for attaching any or all of the following: extra book reports, a copy of their own public library card, or a photo of themselves at a national or state park, landmark or monument!

Each grade will have its own prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be put into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!!

Please download the attached BINGO and BOOK REPORT sheets.  They should be turned in to the 2nd grade teacher by Friday, August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the Summer Bingo Sheet

CLICK HERE to download the Reading Report

2nd Grade Summer Math

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 2nd graders,

Thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I would like to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics programs for all grades.

Therefore, each student entering OLH 2nd grade in fall will be assigned to log 200 minutes, at their grade level or beyond, on any of the following free math sites or apps:

Websites                                                    Free apps for iOS                                     Free apps for Android

Arcademics.com                                          Math Monsters – Bingo                             Math vs Zombies

MathPickle.com                                           Math Flash Cards                                     10 Monkeys Multiplication

Abcya.com                                                  Sushi Monster

Prodigygame.com

Mathgametime.com

(Some of these websites may also have a free app version)

Parents are responsible for seeing students are on the correct grade levels and logging minutes.

When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive 20 homework points PLUS one ticket for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra 30 minutes they log!

2nd grade students are also expected to have mastered addition and subtraction math facts to 10.

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Please download the attached Math Log sheets.  They should be turned into the 2nd grade teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the 2nd Grade Summer Math Log

3rd Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 3rd Grade Students-

Summer is fast approaching and we hope it is fun and energizing for all.  But it is also important to help your child retain the skills and knowledge they gained during 2nd grade.  Research indicates children who continue to read over the summer return to school without having lost academic ground, while students who do not practice their skills can lose up to six months of academic progress.

Like all skills, reading requires regular practice and it is important to encourage our children to practice even when they have free time during the summer.   We feel it is important to implement a required summer reading assignment so that all students have the opportunity for a successful start to their 3rd grade year.  We also want children to look forward to reading, so let’s make it FUN!

All students entering OLH 3rd Grade in fall are therefore assigned to fill in at least three lines, including diagonals, of the attached SUMMER BINGO sheet and write one book report!  When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive 30 homework points PLUS one ticket for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra READO line they complete, or a total of 7 tickets for a full sheet!  They may earn another ticket each for attaching any or all of the following:  extra book reports, a copy of their own public library card, or a photo of themselves at a national or state park, landmark, or monument!

Each grade will have its own prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be put into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!!

Please download the attached READO and BOOK REPORT sheets.  They should be turned in to the 3rd grade teacher by Friday, August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the Summer Bingo Sheet

CLICK HERE to download the Reading Report

3rd Grade Summer Math

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 3rd Grade Students,

Thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I would like to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics programs for all grades.

Therefore, each student entering OLH 3rd grade in fall will be assigned to log 200 minutes, at their grade level or beyond, on any of the following free math sites or apps:

Websites                                                    Free apps for iOS                                     Free apps for Android

Arcademics.com                                          Math Monsters – Bingo                             Math vs Zombies

MathPickle.com                                           Math Flash Cards                                     10 Monkeys Multiplication

Abcya.com                                                  Sushi Monster

Prodigygame.com

Mathgametime.com

(Some of these websites may also have a free app version)

Parents are responsible for seeing students are on the correct grade levels and logging minutes.

When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive 20 homework points PLUS one ticket for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra 30 minutes they log!

3rd grade students are also expected to have mastered addition and subtraction math facts to 20.

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Please download the attached Math Log sheets.  They should be turned into the 2nd grade teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the 3rd Grade Summer Math Log

 

4th Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 4th Grade Students-

Summer is fast approaching and we hope it is fun and energizing for all.  But it is also important to help your child retain the skills and knowledge they gained during 3rd grade.  Research indicates children who continue to read over the summer return to school without having lost academic ground, while students who do not practice their skills can lose up to six months of academic progress.

Like all skills, reading requires regular practice and it is important to encourage our children to practice even when they have free time during the summer.   We feel it is important to implement a required summer reading assignment so that all students have the opportunity for a successful start to their 4th grade year. We also want children to look forward to reading, so let’s make it FUN!

All students entering OLH 4th Grade in fall are therefore assigned to read 500 pages over the summer.  These pages can be from anything that has pages: books, magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, etc.  When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive 20 homework points PLUS five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra 100 pages they complete!  They may earn another ticket each for attaching a copy of their own public library card, or a photo of themselves at a national or state park, landmark or monument!

Each grade will have its own prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be put into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!!

Please download the attached Reading Log and keep a record of your child’s summer reading.  The log(s) should be turned in to the 4th Grade teacher by Friday, August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the Summer Reading Log

4th Grade Summer Math

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 4th Grade Students,

Thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I would like to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics programs for all grades.

Therefore, all incoming OLH 4th Grade students will be assigned a math packet by their teacher.  Completing and turning in the packet will be worth 20 homework points, as well as five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing! They may earn an extra ticket for each 30 minutes of work on the www.ixl.com website at their appropriate grade levels.  They must be correctly signed in to get credit!

Students entering 4th grade are also expected to have mastered their addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts prior to the first day of school.

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing. All students earning even one ticket will also be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Math packets should be turned into the classroom teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

 

 

5th Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 5th Grade Students-

Summer is fast approaching and we hope it is fun and energizing for all. It is also important to help your child retain the skills and knowledge they gained during the year. Research indicates children who continue to read over the summer return to school without having lost academic ground, while students who do not practice their skills can lose up to six months of academic progress.

Like all skills, reading requires regular practice. It is important to encourage our children to practice even when they have free time during the summer. We feel it is important to implement an all-school required summer reading assignment so all students have the opportunity for a successful start to their 5th grade year.  We also want children to look forward to reading, so let’s make it FUN!

All students entering OLH 5th Grade in fall are therefore assigned to read 500 pages.  These pages can be from anything that has pages:  books, magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, etc.  When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive 20 homework points PLUS five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra 100 pages they complete!  They may earn another ticket for attaching a copy of their own public library card, and a ticket for a photo of themselves at a national or state park, landmark or monument!

Each grade will have its own prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be put into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Please download the attached Reading Log and keep a record of your child’s summer reading.  The log(s) should be turned in to the 5th grade teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the Summer Reading Log

5th Grade Summer Math

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 5th Grade Students,

Thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I would like to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics programs for all grades.

Therefore, all incoming OLH 5th Grade students will be assigned a math packet by their teacher.  Completing and turning in the packet will be worth 20 homework points, as well as five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing! They may earn an extra ticket for each 30 minutes of work on the www.ixl.com website at their appropriate grade levels.  They must be correctly signed in to get credit!

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing. All students earning even one ticket will also be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Math packets should be turned into the classroom teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

 

 

 

6th Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 6th Grade Students-

Summer is fast approaching and we hope it is fun and energizing for all.  But it is also important to help your child retain the skills and knowledge they gained during the year.  Research indicates children who continue to read over the summer return to school without having lost academic ground, while students who do not practice their skills can lose up to six months of academic progress.

Like all skills, reading requires regular practice and it is important to encourage our children to practice even when they have free time during the summer.   We feel it is important to implement a required summer reading assignment so that all students have the opportunity for a successful start to their 6th grade year.  We also want children to look forward to reading, so let’s make this FUN!

All students entering OLH 6th Grade in fall are therefore assigned to read 500 pages over the summer.  These pages can be from anything that has pages: books, magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, etc.  When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive 20 homework points PLUS five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another ticket can be theirs for each extra 100 pages they complete!  They may earn another ticket for attaching a copy of their own public library card, and a ticket for a photo of themselves at a national or state park, landmark or monument!

Each grade will have its own prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be put into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!!

Please download the attached Reading Log and keep a record of your child’s summer reading.  The log(s) should be turned in to the 6th Grade teacher by Friday, August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the Summer Reading Log

 

 

 

 

 

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6th Grade Summer Math

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 6th Grade Students,

Thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I would like to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics programs for all grades.

Therefore, all incoming OLH 6th Grade students will be assigned a math packet by their teacher.  Completing and turning in the packet will be worth 20 homework points, as well as five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing! They may earn an extra ticket for each 30 minutes of work on the www.ixl.com website at their appropriate grade levels.  They must be correctly signed in to get credit!

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing. All students earning even one ticket will also be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Math packets should be turned into the classroom teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

7th Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 7th Grade Students-

Summer is fast approaching and we hope it is fun and energizing for all. But it is also important to help your child retain the skills and knowledge they gained during the year. Research indicates children who continue to read over the summer return to school without having lost academic ground, while students who do not practice their skills can lose up to six months of academic progress.

Like all skills, reading requires regular practice and it is important to encourage our children to practice even when they have free time during the summer. We feel it is important to implement a required summer reading assignment so that all students have the opportunity for a successful start to their 7th grade year. We also want children to look forward to reading, so let’s make this FUN!

All students entering OLH 7th Grade in fall are therefore required to read one novel from a list provided. Students will have comprehension questions to answer for the novel. When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing! Another five tickets can be theirs if they complete more than one novel with comprehension questions! They may earn one ticket for attaching a copy of their own public library card, and one ticket for a photo of themselves at a national or state park, landmark or monument!
Each grade will have its own prize drawing. All students who earn even one ticket will be put into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING. The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!!

The assignment should be turned in to the 7th Grade teacher during the first week of school. The assignment will be worth 20 points. Students who choose to do more than one novel for extra tickets are required to only turn one assignment to receive a grade. Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the Reading Comprehension Report Form (PDF)


7th Grade Summer Reading

agatha  

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

stargirl Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

ghostofspiritbear Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Cole Matthews used to be a violent kid, but a year in exile on a remote Alaskan island has a way of changing your perspective. After being mauled by a Spirit Bear, Cole started to heal. He even invited his victim, Peter Driscal, to join him on the island and they became friends.But now their time in exile is over, and Cole and Peter are heading back to the one place they’re not sure they can handle: high school. Gangs and violence haunt the hallways, and Peter’s limp and speech impediment make him a natural target. In a school where hate and tension are getting close to the boiling point, the monster of rage hibernating inside Cole begins to stir.

thingsnotseen Things Not Seen by Andre Clements

Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can’t see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming. Bobby is just plain invisible….There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby’s new condition; even his dad the physicist can’t figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He’s a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She’s blind, and Bobby can’t resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again before it’s too late.

graveyard The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

7th Grade Summer Math

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 7th Grade Students,

Thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I would like to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics programs for all grades.

Therefore, all incoming OLH 7th Grade students will be assigned a math packet by their teacher.  This packet will cover the first two chapters in their math books, covering material with which they are already familiar.  They will be tested on this material and that test score will comprise their first math grade for the year.

Upon completing and turning in their packets, they will receive five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing!  They may earn an extra ticket for each 30 minutes of work on the www.ixl.com website at their appropriate grade levels.  They must be correctly signed in to get credit.

(Websites to assist students in completing their packets include:  KahnAcademy.org, Math-Play.com, Coolmath.com, hoodamath.com, and analyzemath.com.)

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing. All students earning even one ticket will also be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Math packets should be turned into the classroom teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

8th Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 8th Grade Students,

Summer is fast approaching and we hope it is fun and energizing for all.  But it is also important to help your child retain the skills and knowledge they gained during the year.  Research indicates children who continue to read over the summer return to school without having lost academic ground, while students who do not practice their skills can lose up to six months of academic progress.

Like all skills, reading requires regular practice and it is important to encourage our children to practice even when they have free time during the summer.   We feel it is important to implement a required summer reading assignment so that all students have the opportunity for a successful start to their 8th grade year.  We also want children to look forward to reading, so let’s make this FUN!

All students entering OLH 8th Grade in fall are therefore required to read one novel from a list provided. Students will have comprehension questions to answer for the novel. When they turn in this required assignment, they will receive five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing!  Another five tickets can be theirs if they complete more than one novel with comprehension questions!  They may earn one ticket for attaching a copy of their own public library card, and one ticket for a photo of themselves at a national or state park, landmark or monument!

Each grade will have its own prize drawing.  All students who earn even one ticket will be put into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!! The assignments should be turned in to the 8th Grade teacher during the first week of school. Assignments should be typed. The assignment will be worth 20 points. Students who choose to do more than one novel for extra tickets are required to only turn in one assignment for the novel and article to receive a grade. Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!

CLICK HERE to download the Reading Comprehension Report Form (PDF)


8th Grade Summer Reading List

monster Monster by Walter Dean Myers Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of “the system,” cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life. As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a script, just like in the movies. He writes it all down, scene by scene, the story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell who he is or what the truth is. This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers’s writing at its best.
egyptgame The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she’s not sure they’ll have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, Melanie and April decide it’s the perfect sport for the Egypt Game.
pajamas The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Berlin, 1942 When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
thunder Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor Why is the land so important to Cassie’s family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she’s black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family’s lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.
endersgame Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.
8th Grade Summer Math

Dear Parents/Guardians of Incoming 8th Grade Students,

Thank you for all your hard work this year.  We have worked together to help the children grow academically and they have all made a lot of progress. Summer is a necessary time to relax, go swimming, sleep in and recharge the batteries.  It is also a time to maintain academic skills at a more leisurely pace.

I would like to encourage you and your children to continue to make learning a priority over the summer.  It is a frightening reality that what has been accomplished over ten months of school can be lost over the summer if children do not spend time reviewing their skills.  To make it easier for our parents, we have mandatory mathematics programs for all grades.

Therefore, all incoming OLH 8th Grade students will be assigned a math packet by their teacher.  This packet will cover the first two chapters in their math books, covering material with which they are already familiar.  They will be tested on this material and that test score will comprise their first math grade for the year.

Upon completing and turning in their packets, they will receive five tickets for a fabulous prize drawing!  They may earn an extra ticket for each 30 minutes of work on the www.ixl.com website at their appropriate grade levels.  They must be correctly signed in to get credit.

(Websites to assist students in completing their packets include:  KahnAcademy.org, Math-Play.com, Coolmath.com, hoodamath.com, and analyzemath.com.)

Each classroom will have its own math prize drawing. All students earning even one ticket will also be entered into a school-wide GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.  The GRAND PRIZE will be One month’s free tuition for one child!!

Math packets should be turned into the classroom teacher by August 25, 2017.  Prizes will be awarded at a school assembly on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Thank you and have a great summer!