From the Media Center at Hope-Hill

January 2022

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to (virtual) school! We hope that everyone is relaxed, recharged and Ready to Read!

December Doings...

Though it feels like SO last year, many of our hard-working 3rd graders deserve a shout-out. For achieving a minimum of 80% on 10 AR quizzes, they were treated to a holiday party where they made bookmarks, played charades, and snacked on hot chocolate, gelt and candy canes. Well done to all students who successfully completed this challenge!

Ways to keep our Eagles reading during virtual learning... and always!

And new in myON: Grade-level reading bundles

myON for asynchronous reading practice

Also in My Backpack, students can locate the purple tile for myON. This is a great source for independent reading practice with audio. Students follow along to the words a story while it is being read to them. Ms. Nettles created some "bundles" for each grade level for reading practice and to support topics covered in their classrooms. Most texts also have an AR practice quiz that your student can take. Just log on to myON and scroll down to find your student's grade level bundle. Each grade level bundle has 15 texts included. (Headphones are optional, but will limit distractions while reading.)

A Thoughtful Adult Reading Request...

APS is encouraging our families to particiate in the national One Book, One Read program. It is like a city-wide, state-wide, and country-wide book club. The 2021 book choice for OBOR is Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, which will undoubtedly yield meaningful conversations and thoughtful reflection. Please support APS & Atlanta-Fulton Public Library by participating in this program... and logging those minutes in Race2Read :).
Click "here" for an interview with the author

In an interview with PBS, Isabel Wilkerson discusses how Caste delves beyond racism to explore social hierarchy and class systems in the United States and abroad. Watch this clip and you will be inpired to read!

Speaking of logging minutues for Race2Read...

While we are reading independently this month, don't forget to log your Race2Read school or community minutes for Hope-Hill!


Students log minutes through the Beanstack tile in My Backpack (password: race2read).

Full time staff can log minutes through the Beanstack tile or on your smart device (password: beanstackreads)

Community partners need to create a profile with Race2Read, then opt to read for Hope-Hill.

TutorATL: It's free, accessible, and so, so GREAT!

Is your student struggling with a concept, classwork or homework? Help is just a click away! The TutorATL tile in My Backpack connects students with a live tutor who offers assistance via voice or text chat. (My household has used it several times when struggling on a math problem, especially during virtual learning). And the best part is that it is virtually stress-free for the adults at home!

Sad, lonely Lost & Found, ready to be reunited with your student!

Families! If your student is missing a jacket, coat, hoodie or hat, PLEASE have them see Ms. Nettles in the Media Center, and we will explore the lost and found together to locate it.