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6th Grade Summer Reading Requirements
Dear Northwest Middle School Parents/ Guardians,
In an effort to keep our NISD students engaged in literacy throughout the summer, students are expected to read one or more novels from the following district approved grade level lists.
This novel should be read in its entirety before school starts. This will ensure that the student is well- prepared to participate in classroom discussions over their chosen book, and is ready to begin the year with the rigor and challenges of our district curriculum.
GT and Pre-AP students are expected to read at least one novel in the GT/Pre-AP column from their grade level list. After at least one title is read from this list, then GT/Pre-AP students may read other titles from either the GT/ Pre-AP list OR from the On-Level list.
On-Level students are expected to read at least one novel from either the GT/Pre-AP OR the On-Level grade level list.
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamilla
Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Found (The Missing, Book 1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
The Lions of Little Rock by Chris Rylander
Wings of Fire- The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
Belly Up, Stuart Gibbs (Mystery and Adventure)
12 year old Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt Fitzroy has got a murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. Henry, the hippopotamus at the brand-new nationally known Fun Jungle, has gone belly up. Even though it is claimed, he died of natural causes, Teddy smells something fishy and it sure isn’t the polar bear's lunch. Dealing with the zoo's top brass proves to be nothing but a waste of time. They want to see any trace of Henry's death disappear like yesterday's paper. So Teddy sets out to find the truth. With the help of Summer McCraken, a feisty girl with secrets of her own, the two narrow down their prime suspects. Was it Martin Del Gato, Fun Jungle's head of operations who hates kids and hates animals even more? Or, was it J.J McCracken, the owner of Fun Jungle and hates animals even more? Or J.J. McCracken, the owner of Fun Jungle and Summer's father, who has more concern for the dough he's raking in than the animals in the zoo? As their investigation goes on, Teddy gets squeezed on all sides to quit asking questions or Henry won't be the only animal in the zoo to turn up dead.
Counting by 7’s, Holly Goldberg Sloan (Realistic Fiction)
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn't kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.
Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
Flora and Ulysses, Kate DiCamilla (Fantasy/ Graphic Novel)
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.
Found (The Missing, Book 1), Margaret Peterson Haddix (Science Fiction)
One night a plane appeared out of nowhere, the only passengers aboard: thirty-six babies. As soon as they were taken off the plane, it vanished. Now, thirteen years later, two of those children are receiving sinister messages, and they begin to investigate their past. Their quest to discover where they really came from leads them to a conspiracy that reaches from the far past to the distant future—and will take them hurtling through time. In this exciting new series, bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix brings an element of suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.]
The False Prince, Jennifer Nielsen (Action/Adventure)
In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.
Choose to lie...or choose to die.
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.
The Fourth Stall, Chris Rylander (Realistic Fiction)
Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. He and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boy's bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming. Or at least it was, until this particular Monday. Because this Monday is when Mac and Vince find out that the trouble with solving everyone else's problems is there's no one left to solve yours. The school setting; fast-paced, cinematic, and funny story; and engaging voice make The Fourth Stall a perfect classroom read.
The Lions of Little Rock, Kristen Levine (Historical Fiction)
As twelve-year-old Marlee starts middle school in 1958 Little Rock, it feels like her whole world is falling apart. Until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is everything Marlee wishes she could be: she's brave, brash and always knows the right thing to say. But when Liz leaves school without even a good-bye, the rumor is that Liz was caught passing for white. Marlee decides that doesn't matter. She just wants her friend back. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are even willing to take on segregation and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.
Wings of Fire- The Dragonet Prophecy, Tui. Sutherland (Fantasy)
The story tells about a young dragon without heroic ambitions, learns that a prophecy predicted his four other dragonets demise. He decides to leave his sheltered life and fight for his and the other dragons’ freedom. In this fantastic adventure, Clay and his friends leave the mountain and set the dragon world on a course that one could have predicted.
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Northwest ISD Musical Instrument Selection Drives
Spring 2016 Schedule
Band - April 23 from 8:00am – 3:00pm at Northwest High School Band Hall
Orchestra - May 3 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Chisholm Trail Orchestra Room
Cheer - Tryouts on April 7
Band - April 23 from 8:00am – 3:00pm at Northwest High School Band Hall
May 10 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Pike Middle School Cafeteria
Orchestra - May 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Pike Orchestra Room
Cheer - Tryouts on March 4
Band - April 30 from 9:00am – 1:00pm at Medlin Band Hall
Orchestra - May 7 from 9:00am – 1:00pm at Medlin Orchestra Room
May 11 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Medlin Orchestra Room
May 12 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Medlin Orchestra Room
Cheer Tryouts on April 1
Band - March 21 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Wilson Cafeteria
March 24 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Wilson Cafeteria
April 16 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at Wilson Cafeteria
Orchestra - April 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Wilson Orchestra Room
Cheer - Tryouts on February 26
Band - April 2 from 9:00am – 2:00pm at Tidwell Gym
May 2 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Tidwell Band Hall
Orchestra - April 14 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm at Tidwell Orchestra Room
April 19 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm at Tidwell Orchestra Room
Cheer - Tryouts on March 25
Please Check Lost and Found for Your Child's Missing Items! Any items left at the end of the school year will be DONATED!
Language Arts- This week in Language Arts we are working on grammar. We will be looking at different parts of speech, and how we can write better sentences by using them correctly. We will also be working on our PBL. They are still researching events and making a presentation, so they can teach the class about their event. Ask your child what their event is and what they have learned so far about it. We are going to have a great week!
Math- We are continuing our exploration of algebraic reasoning. It has been so fun to watch the groups struggle with the problems, try multiple entry points, and arrive at a solution.
Science- In science Boot Camp this week, we are reviewing the flow of energy in food webs/chains, adaptations, and learned behaviors vs. inherited traits. Remember homework is due Friday.
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Enrollment Online Begins April 18 for 2016-2017 School Year
Beginning April 18, Enrollment Online will be available for students new to Northwest ISD and students returning to the school district. In order to access the online registration feature, parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center (HAC) account. Access to the HAC requires an internet connection and a confidential username and password issued to the parent by the school. If you are unsure of your HAC login, contact your child’s campus. There will be an Enrollment Online help desk (817-698-1099) available at the NISD Administration Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting April 18. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the help desk or your child’s campus. For more information and to enroll, go to www.nisdtx.org/enrollment.