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Cari Montgomery, Library Media Specialist

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Reading & Writing Opportunities

Reading & Writing Opportunities

Mensa for Kids
Does your child love to read? Does your child love a challenge? Mensa has created a reading challenge that encourages children to read a wide variety of books to show their excellence in reading. Learn more about how your child can be a part of the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading program.

Collin County Poetry Contest
Do you have a talent for writing poetry? This is your chance to enter a poetry contest and possibly be published in a 2017 anthology. All entries should be postmarked by February 1, 2017. Learn more.

Helpful Links

Helpful Links

Safe Search Engines for Students

Safe Search Engines for Students



What’s happening at your library?

Summer Reading Opportunities

Students, don’t forget about our Summer Reading Program. This year all three schools are working with the Melissa Public Library to help encourage and promote summer reading. The summer reading challenge starts Friday, June 9. All you have to do is read 800 minutes between June 9 and Aug. 18. Prizes are given out weekly for each 100 minutes read. Not only will you receive free prizes from the public library, but you will be invited to an ice cream party at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year from your librarian, Mrs. Montgomery.

Summer Reading Challenge Reading Log

Visit the Melissa Public Library website for more details and copies of the reading log to keep track of your reading over the summer.

Visit this post for details on other cool things you can earn for free, just by reading over the summer, and several additional reading challenges that you can choose to take part in. Here is a sneak peek at what this site features:

I look forward to talking with all of you about your summer adventures when you return to school in August. Enjoy reading this summer!

National Poetry Month Winners

Melissa Middle School students were encouraged to participate in three poetry contests to celebrate National Poetry Month in April. The three contests included writing an original poem, using the spines of books to make a spine poem, and creating an original bookmark. Winners received prizes ranging from Bluetooth speakers and books to posters and earbuds.

Original Poem Winners:
  • 1st – Rylei Johnson, 7th grade
  • 2nd – Elon McNeil, 6th grade
  • 3rd – Aubrey Bell, 8th grade

Spine Poetry Winners:

  • 1st – Evan Gepner, 7th grade
  • 2nd – Jonathan Contreras, 7th grade
  • 3rd – Maisy Gustaveson, 6th grade

Bookmark Contest Winners:

  • 1st – Neemah Mureithi, 7th grade
  • 2nd – Zion Downie, 7th grade
  • 3rd – Kaycee Fender, 7th grade

Congratulations to all our winners and all the contestants who participated! As you can see, we have some amazing talent at MMS!

Lights, Camera, Action, READ!

Our next book fair is scheduled for April 10-13 with Family Night on Tuesday, April 11. We hope to see you there!

  • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 7:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Family Night: 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
  • Closed Friday (No School)

Movie Book Winners

Students were asked to read a movie book, talk with Mrs. Montgomery about their book, and in turn earned a ticket to win free prizes. The following students were winners for our January and February 2017 contests.

  • 4th Grade: Britton Talbert and Emma Bejarano
  • 5th Grade: Juan Barrera and Ella Grace Hart
  • 6th Grade: Maddison Alldredge and Kimberly Boyer
  • 7th Grade: Caleb Searcey and Lillian Walker
  • 8th Grade: Rachel Adejokun and Hayden Hutzler

Middle School Students have a “Date” with a book

Date with a Book
Melissa Middle School students celebrate February by choosing a “Date” with an unknown book. Students are asked to read the description of the book and decide whether that book would be a good match. Students, however, cannot judge a book by its cover, since the books are wrapped to conceal their identity. If students take a chance and read the book, they are asked to come back, after reading the entire book, and talk with Mrs. Montgomery. Afterward, students receive a sweet treat and have hopefully enjoyed another great book.

Texas Bluebonnet Voting Celebration

Students in 4th and 5th grade who read at least five the Bluebonnet Nominees and tracked their progress were invited to a special voting celebration on Monday, Jan. 30 with Mrs. Montgomery. Students were given a voter registration card to vote for their favorite Bluebonnet Nominee. They received a completion award along with a bookmark and enjoyed popcorn and ice cream.

4th Grade Bluebonnet Readers
4th Grade Bluebonnet Readers
5th Grade Bluebonnet Readers
5th Grade Bluebonnet Readers

Read a Movie Book

Library Reading Incentives for February

Read a Movie Book: Students in grades 4-8th are encouraged to read a book that has been made into a movie. In addition, they are encouraged to come talk with Mrs. Montgomery about their book. Afterwards, students earn a ticket for a chance to win free prizes. There is no limit to the number of ticket entries. All winners will be announced, Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Rec a Book

Give a Book Recommendation

Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to read a book, write a book recommendation, and share on the reading wall. Students talk with Mrs. Montgomery about the genre of their book and the reason for recommending their book. In return, students walk away with a good book recommendation and earn a sweet treat.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club 2017 Starts Now!

To participate, students in K-6th grade read for fun for a total of 6 hours or 360 minutes. Students can read books, magazines, newspapers, eBooks, or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment does not count. Students will log their hours reading with the reading log below and turn in their completed form to their reading teacher no later than Friday, Feb. 24.

Program Information Reading Log

Read Under the Stars

Read Under the Stars Photo
Mrs. Montgomery with Josh Fine and Lydia Thompson at the first annual “Read Under the Stars” event.

NEWS: Melissa families visit Book Fair and “Read Under the Stars”

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