Having a blast at Camp Invention!

Solar powered crickets, escaping a giant spider, flying pigs, and digging in a marsh for gems! That’s just the first few days! What will the rest of the week bring?



Great Books- Lower Grades

Ok, school has been out for one week. It’s time to get reading! Here is a great book list from one of my favorite websites, http://www.readbrightly.com/.  I will share more great books throughout the summer. Please send me pictures of your family reading this summer from wherever you are!

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds

by Melissa Taylor

Photo credit: Isabel Pavia, Moment Open Collection/Getty Images

What good books will entice your busy tweens (ages 9 to 12) to read this summer? Try one of these kid-favored, adult-approved book selections.

  • Hoot

    by Carl Hiassen

    Roy hates his new home in Florida (and the unwanted attention of the school bully) but that dims when he meets an unusual boy trying to save the tiny burrowing owls threatened by a large construction project. Together they purport to outwit the construction company with clever strategies and a group of like-minded allies.

  • Nightmares!

    by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, illustrated by Karl Kwasny

    Living in his stepmom’s weird purple mansion gives Charlie horrible nightmares. To make matters worse, the nightmares become real and kidnap his little brother. After discovering his house is a portal between the worlds, Charlie enters the nightmare realm to save his brother. This compelling adventure of courage and fantasy shows readers the power of confronting their fears.

  • The One and Only Ivan

    by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao

    Based on a true story, Ivan the gorilla narrates the story of his 27 years in captivity in a small shopping mall cell with two companions: Stella, an older elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. Ivan promises a dying Stella that he’ll help the new baby elephant, Ruby, find a better home. That’s when he starts drawing messages to get the attention of the janitor’s daughter.

  • Holes

    by Louis Sachar, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky and Bagram Ibatoulline

    Ever the underdog, life has gotten even worse for Stanley Yelnats when he’s sent to juvenile detention camp. Life gets dangerous when Stanley realizes the real purpose of the “camp” is to find buried treasure. From an evil camp director to a family curse (and miraculous onions), this coming-of-age adventure will hook readers from the first page.

  • Coding Games in Scratch

    by Jon Woodcock

    Scratch is a free computer language for budding computer programmers. Using this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, kids will learn how to make eight different Scratch games including a Halloween game, a puzzle maze, and a racing game — all while developing problem solving, logical thinking, and game design. Talk about a fun, self-paced summer STEM / STEAM activity!

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    by E. L. Frankweiler

    Claudia and her younger brother run away from home to the best place she can think of — the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. There, the siblings discover a mysterious woman who knows secrets about an angel statue. Is it a real Michelangelo? And how long can the siblings stay hidden in the museum before they’re discovered?

  • Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

    by Chris Grabenstein

    Teams have returned to compete in the most amazing library’s first Library Olympiad. New puzzles, mysteries, clues, and adventures make this a must-read sequel that includes disappearing books and nonstop action.

  • Sisters

    by Raina Telgemeier

    Life with a sister isn’t always so great — especially on a car trip across the country. Can’t you just imagine how dreadful and funny that could be? Sisters is a funny yet meaningful graphic novel showing the many sides of a sibling relationship.

  • Dragon Slippers

    by Jessica Day George

    After being “given” to a dragon who doesn’t want her, Creel flees to the big city to find sewing work. Along the way she barters for a pair of beautiful slippers and befriends another, kinder dragon. Once in the city, her slippers stolen and she realizes that her slippers aren’t just magical — they’re dangerous. The first in a trilogy, this is an enchanting adventure story sure to appeal to Harry Potter fans.

  • Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin

    by Liesl Shurtliff

    Rump is elated to find something he’s good at: spinning straw into gold. Unfortunately, he is cursed with each thread spun. To remove the curse, Rump sets off on a quest filled with adventure, friendship, and magic.

  • Big Nate: Game On!

    by Lincoln Peirce

    Nate is up to his usual hilarity — this time with sports. He attempts to trash-talk opponents (with limited success) and tries to find his lucky talisman (smelly socks?) in a variety of different sports: soccer, baseball, and basketball. Guaranteed to make your child laugh out loud!

  • Ultimate Weird But True

    by National Geographic Kids

    The best thing about this book — aside from all the crazy facts — is that you can start reading it from any page. Even kids who are reluctant readers will enjoy surfing through true stories about tornadoes of fire, hamburger motorcycles, and other weird-but-true phenomena.

  • Wonder

    by R. J. Palacio

    Fifth-grader Auggie’s face looks different, and kids at his school treat him cruelly because of it. He and several other characters share, in their own words, perspectives on Auggie’s first year in public school — his struggles, his sense of humor, and how other kids begin looking beyond the surface to see Auggie for who he really is.

Working Hard & Playing Hard in Spanish!

It may be the last week of school but Mrs. McLeod’s 7th graders are working hard.  They are writing 3 paragraph descriptive essays about themselves, their families, friends, pets, and their homes in Spanish. But, there is a twist to this assignment.  Kids are not writing their names on their paperwork.  Why?  The essays will be distributed randomly to classmates and they have to figure out who wrote each description.  How? They will be asking each other probing questions, in Spanish of course, to figure out the mystery.  In September the students could never have imagined writing entire essays in Spanish but they are and they are doing it beautifully.  I am so proud of their effort and everything they have accomplished this year.

Check out a sample 3 paragraph Spanish essay:

     Yo soy un muchacho italiano. Yo soy bastante bajo. Yo no tengo pelo negro. Yo tengo ojos castaños. Yo soy muy perezoso, y no serio. Yo tengo trece años.
Yo tengo una familia grande. Yo no tengo un hermano. Yo tengo ocho primas, y cinco primos. Yo tengo nueve tíos. Yo no tengo un perro o un gato, pero yo tengo una mascota diferente. Él es castaño y blanco y tiene ojos rojos. Yo tengo muchos amigos, pero yo tengo tres amigos favoritos.
Mi casa es gris, blanca, y negra. La casa tiene tres pisos, y cuatro con el ático. Mi cocina y mi comedor son un cuarto. Mi casa tiene tres recámaras, y tres cuartos de baños. La casa tiene dos salas con una sofá en cada cuarto. El garaje tiene dos carros y hay otro carro al lado de la casa. También al lado de la casa hay un jardín con vegetales, pero no flores.



A big shout out to all the parents who made the 8th grade Spanish fiesta a big success!  Thank you very much for all your donations of food, drinks, decorations, and paper products. This event is a great complement to our curriculum and a wonderful way to finish off the school year.  The kids had a great time listening to Spanish music, socializing, and enjoying authentic Latin American food.

Señor Robinson & Señora McLeod

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NMS in the News!

Great news! Students from NMS will be featured on TV tomorrow, twice!


class act

First, a group of seventh grade girls were nominated for a Class Act Recognition on the Channel 7 News. The news crew came to NMS to film last week. The segment will air tomorrow morning around 6:30 AM.  What is it about? You’ll have to watch and see!





Our Grade 8 Celebration will be held tomorrow night (Friday, June 17 at 5:30) in the Nissitissit Middle School Auditorium.  For the first time, it will air live on Pepperell’s Public Access Channel 194! It will also be rerun after the initial viewing and available to view on demand at : http://www.pepperellchannel.org/VOD.html