Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero Has a Story

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We are pleased to present the W.C. Mepham High School Summer Reading Program. Summer should be filled with joyful times, and we hope that reading will be an important part of your child’s summer plans.

Students entering Grade 9 are required to read one of the books on the list. While all of the books on the list clearly have literary merit, some may be suitable for more mature students. Therefore, we urge you to carefully review the list and to help your son or daughter make a selection that is appropriate based upon his or her interests, age, reading level, and maturity. To assist students in making their book selections, the Mepham High School website will have short summaries on each book. Students who are having difficulty choosing a book should ask their teachers, a librarian, or the English Department Chairperson for help. All students will be assessed on their summer reading in September.
Students entering Grades 10 – 12 are required to read the book(s) listed below for the grade level they will enter in September. This approach to summer reading will enable students and teachers to start school with meaningful, focused discussions. The “common read” format will help to increase participation and create a community of readers on each grade level. Through whole class discussions and lessons, students will have the opportunity to thoroughly analyze the text and to exchange ideas and opinions. Additionally, the required text will add value to the summer reading assessment as a springboard exercise to the school year.

Please note, students entering Senior Experience and Advanced Placement English courses will also be given a writing assignment to complete over the summer.

Enjoy the summer with a good book!

Incoming Ninth Grade (E1) 
Alexie, Sherman - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only Native American is the school mascot. While this book is not a graphic novel, it does contain several inspiring illustrations.
Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe 
In 1659, after becoming the sole survivor of a shipwreck, Englishman Robinson Crusoe lives on a deserted island for more than twenty-eight years.
Hoffman, Alice - Green Angel 
Haunted by grief and by her past after losing her family in a fire, fifteen-year-old Green retreats into her ruined garden as she struggles to survive emotionally and physically on her own.
Lupica, Mike - Million-Dollar Throw 
Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie's family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.
Mortenson, Greg & David Oliver Relin - Three Cups of Tea 
Traces how the author, having been rescued and resuscitated by Himalayan villagers after a failed attempt to climb K2, worked to build schools that would benefit the young girls who were forbidden an education by Taliban restrictions.
*Three Cups of Tea is not to be confused with Three Cups of Tea: Young Readers Edition, which is a special adaptation for younger people.
Murray, Liz - Breaking Night 
Liz Murray, who was homeless at the age of fifteen and had drug-addicted parents, reflects on how she overcame obstacles and eventually attended Harvard University.
Swanson, James L. - Chasing Lincoln’s Killer 
Recounts the twelve-day pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth, covering the chase through Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, with a discussion of Abraham Lincoln as a father, husband, and friend that examines the impact of his death on those close to him.
Incoming Tenth Grade (E2)
Salinger, J.D. – The Catcher in the Rye 
An adolescent boy, knowing he is about to be dropped by his school, spends three days and nights in New York City on a quest for self-discovery.
Incoming Eleventh Grade (E3) 
and Incoming Eleventh Grade Advanced Placement (11AP)
O'Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried

Related stories, linked by recurring characters and an interwoven plot, recreate an American foot soldier's experience in the Vietnam War.
Incoming Twelfth Grade (E4)
and Incoming Senior Experience 
Gladwell, Malcolm – Outliers: The Story of Success 
The author explores why some people are high achievers and others are not, citing culture, family, and upbringing as possible reasons some people are not as successful as others.
Incoming Twelfth Grade Advanced Placement (12AP)
Alvarez, Julia – In the Time of the Butterflies 
Gives a fictionalized account of four sisters in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of General Trujillo.
Foster, Thomas C. – How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Presents a discussion on how to understand symbolism in literature, discussing the appearance of journeys, eating, drowning, rain, violence, sex, illness, geography, Christ figures, and other signifiers, and how to see patterns the way literature professors do.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Spring Arts 2015

Have you been down to the Art Center today? There are some amazing book sculptures this year! Below are just a sampling:

Rebecca Morawski 

Anna Vogel
Anthony Clemente

Anthony Clemente

Ryan Filosa
Janan Shen
Jamie Cayaban

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Thank You Class of '54

The Mepham Alumni have always been a very generous supporter of the school library. You may recall the restoration project they funded back in 2012. You can read about that project here and see what the library looks like after the restoration here.

Well in true Mepham Alumni fashion, the Class of 1954 has bequeathed a charitable grant to the library. On June 2nd, three members of the Class of 1954, including Vince (Bob) Ferrigno, presented us with a check for $5,400. This grant will enable us to purchase an iPad reference bar for the school library. Our school library is a living environment and these funds will enable us to keep up with the times and provide much-needed resources to our students.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Mepham Teacher Debuts Her First TedEd!

Mepham's very own, Mrs. Melanie Sirof, English teacher extraordinaire, recently made a TED-Ed video. Click below to check it out! 


From the TED website:
TED-Ed — TED's education initiative — aims to amplify the voices and ideas of teachers and students around the world. TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. With this philosophy in mind, and with the intention of supporting teachers and sparking the curiosity of learners around the world, TED-Ed is the newest of TED’s initiatives.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's the end of the year as we know it!

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Right now I have R.E.M.'s It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) song playing in my head, (do you even know you R.E.M. are!?!), but I have changed the lyrics to "it's the end of the year as we know it." Yes, another year has come and gone and the Mepham Library will never be the same. When you return in September, you will see many new resources and spaces for you to explore, learn and create. BUT before this year draws to a close,we need to do some housekeeping. 

As you start to clean out your lockers, remember that all books and calculators need to be returned. We will be sending out reminder notices shortly via your English classes. You can always come into the library and speak to the librarian or click here to log into Destiny to see your library account. It's the same username and password that you use to log in to the school computers. 

Locker clean-out will take place on the following dates:
3rd Floor – Thursday, June 4
2nd Floor – Friday, June 5
1st Floor – Monday, June 8

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bradley Boyle likes to READ


Bradley's favorite books:

Night 
by Elie Wiesel

Speak 
by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Hunger Games 
by Suzanne Collins

Fahrenheit 451 
by Ray Bradbury

 Divergent 
by Veronica Roth

Friday, May 15, 2015

We Love YOUR #bookfacefriday

Ms. Schiulaz's Photography II class took a field trip to the Mepham High School Library today in honor of #bookfacefriday (yay for cross-curricular teaching!). Her lesson on perspective aligned perfectly with our #bookfacefriday competition. Here are some of the results. Choose your favorite one below. 










See our previous about  #bookfacefriday here