From the Media Center at Hope-Hill

April 2022

April Reading Challenge: Read & Report

For our final reading challenge of the school year, Ms. Nettles is encouraging students grades 3-5 to Read & Report. The steps are simple and the rewards are fun! Simply Read a level-appropriate book, score 80+ on the AR quiz, and do a brief Report on the book in front of your class. Then, choose from a sticker/tatoo, token, lollipop, Pokemon card or treasure box item. It's a fun way to get used to speaking in front of a group while earning a reward. Give it a try!

Thank you for supporting our Book Fair!

Thanks to incredible enthusiasm and support for our Spring Book Fair, we surpassed our goal AND it was our highest earning fair to date! As a result, we will have many exciting books for readers of all levels arriving soon. Again, THANK YOU for supporting of the book fair and empowering the Media Center to best serve our students.

March Minutes Madness: Hope-Hill has another good run!

For the second year in a row, Hope-Hill competed agains 15 other schools in APS' March Minutes Madness. Although we were defeated during the round of Final 4, we have proven ourselvs as very worthy contenders. Thank you to the teachers who created additional reading time, the parents who filled out the paper reading logs, and most importantly, our Eagles for making reading a priority!

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl: Is your 4th or 5th grader up to the challenge?

The book titles for next year's HRRB have been posted! If you have a rising 4th or 5th grader who loves to read, encourage him or her to pick up one of these titles over the summer. The 10 student team will be formalized in August and students must commit to reading 4 of the 10 books.

Spotlight on Reading: The Olivia Method

Meet 1st grader Olivia Miller, creator of The Olivia Method for reading challenging books. The Oliva Method simultaneously uses audio books from eRead Kids and hardcover books from the Media Center to maximize the benefits of each.


During a recent interview, Olivia explained how she developed her process while attempting to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, which was slightly above her reading range. Said Olivia, “I love this book a lot, but I wasn’t going to read it because sometimes I get mixed up. So I put on the voice one [from eRead Kids] and was trying to go to the next page but realized there were no pictures. So I got out my book and followed along.” Oliva has since used this approach with several other books, at both home and Hope-Hill, and shows no signs of slowing down.


Thanks to Olivia for sharing her method with her schoolmates and remember us when you are famous!


If you have student with a clever reading tip to share, please contact Ms. Nettles.

New myON bundles!

Check out the new myON bundles for grades 1-5, located in My Backpack in the myON app. These bundles support topics currently being covered in your student's classroom. And as always, there are ample fun, fictional texts too, all of which reinforce best practices in reading. Take a look!

And why is daily reading so important...?

Review this infographic to be reminded of why daily reading is VITALLY important to your student's academic performance. Reading at home is one of the easiest ways to help your child succeed in school.

** Please ** return all books to the Media Center ASAP!

Please return overdue books to the Media Center as soon as possible. Students will receive biweekly reports in their Thursday folders until the end of the year. Please search your homes and backpacks so we can end the year with a full collection.

Lost & Found: Collect your items before it is too late!

Families and teachers: the lost and found is once again at maximum capacity. Please have your students check the jackets that are hanging up by the gym stairs. Ms. Nettles is happy to help them sort through the items.