It’s important for your child to read over the summer to prevent reading level loss! Experts tell us that reading at least 6 books during the summer months will help your child retain or improve his/her reading level. The following books are award winning books and will be the “Library Reading Contest” books for 2017-2018. Your child can get a head start on earning a gift card for reading at least 5 or more of them next year; Mrs. Potts, Barwise Librarian, will be reading them this summer also!
A good site to see what the book is about is AR BookFinder: http://www.arbookfind.com/
1. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
2. Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter
3. Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero by Peter Collier
4. Longbow Girl by Linda Davies
5. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
6. Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
7. Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
8. Code of Honor by Alan Gratz
9. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
10. Mayday by Karen Harington
11. The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry
12. Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse by Curtis Jobling
13. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
14. Kalahari by Jessica Khoury
15. Randoms by David Liss
16. The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel by Susan Long
17. Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon
18. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
19. The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
20. Love and Gelato by Jenna Welch
21. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
22. In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall
23. The Last Kids on Earth by Max Braillier
24. Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Allison McGhee
25. Soar by Joan BauerSummer Reading List
Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams.
Better Than Yourself Awards
The Barwise Math Club competed Saturday, February 18 at City View; Our 6th and 7th grade team members competed in Calculator, Mathematics, and Number Sense.
There were 189 competitors in Calculator, 259 in Mathematics, and 183 in Number Sense.
Maria Reyes, 6th grade, competed in all 3 events and made some positive gains from last competition.
America Benitez, 6th, competed in all 3 events and was our team's top placement in calculator with a strong score of 119, and was 4th place in 5A schools.
Wilson Taing, 6th grade, competed in all 3 events. He needed a 55 in number sense to qualify for a State Competition. He came through with a 62. He was 2nd place in the 5A category (this includes all grades). So he qualified to compete in the State Competitions which is usually in San Antonio.
Karlee Hampton, 7th grade, competed in Calculator, and placed 6th in 5A.
Haylee Ramirez, 7th grade, competed in Calculator and placed 5th in 5A.
America Benitez placed 29th out of all 6th graders in Calculator, Wilson Taing ranked 72nd out of 183 Number Sense students (5th - 8th grade) and 13th out of 56 6th graders.
Here at Barwise, we are committed to continuous improvement in all areas, and we are constantly examining data as we seek to perform at higher levels. Beginning Monday, January 9, 2017, we will be making a change to the lunchroom procedures. After looking at data from last semester, students will be assigned to a group of tables based on their period 5 teacher. Students will not have a specifically assigned seat, but will choose to sit at one of four or so assigned tables designated for their period 5 teacher. This is not dissimilar from how students sat in elementary school. The goal of this adjustment is to improve safety, communication, structure, organization, and accountability, based on the number of students in the cafeteria and the amount of supervision.
In addition, for those parents who bring and eat lunch with their student, the rectangular tables to the right when immediately entering the cafeteria will now be designated areas where you may sit with your child. Please be reminded that outside food cannot be shared with other students and you should only interact with your child.
As the weather starts to get colder, we are getting some questions and wanted to clarify what is stated in the dress code. Hopefully this helps as you are either shopping or helping your child understand the expectations that have been clearly communicated.
1. Why can’t my child wear a hoodie? What is a hoodie?
A hoodie is anything (shirt, jacket, pullover, zip up, coat. etc.) with a hood. Students are not to wear them during the school day. They may wear it TO/FROM school. They may wear it around their waist, hang it around backpack shoulder strap or put in their backpack. We will revisit this policy next year, but in the meantime, hoodies may not be worn in the building during the school day and students have been explained that they may not tuck the hoodies into the jacket either.
2. Can my child wear a hoodie/pullover/coat to school?
Yes. Your child can wear a coat (with a hood), jacket, sweatshirt, pullover, etc. TO school. Once at school, if it has a hood, it needs to be removed. If it is large and bulky, it needs to be removed.
3. Does the dress code change with winter?
No. It is the same. But, kids may wear a solid long sleeve shirt underneath their polo or spirit t-shirt. They may wear a SOLID COLORED sweatshirt, pullover, jacket during the day that does not have a hood BUT they MUST have on a dress code shirt underneath.
4. My child says they have lost their jacket. What do I do?
We have a lost and found in the cafeteria and the locker rooms. Students are expected to keep up with their items. These areas get “cleaned out” every month. We have had an unbelievable amount of items go unclaimed, so encourage your child to locate their items in one of those places if it has gone missing.
Thank you for following the dress code policy and helping your child comply with the school rules.
Barwise parents and guardians,
Thank you for helping us make the transition into the new school year at the new Barwise Middle School such a success.
We would love for you to come eat lunch with your student this year. Beginning September 6th, 2016, only a parent or guardian may bring outside food or drinks from a restaurant to his or her student, and must stay and eat with the student. Outside food or drinks may not be shared or brought for friends or other students.
Outside food or drinks may not be dropped off for students and will not be delivered to students. We understand this is a change in campus practice and we appreciate your help to continue a good start to the year.