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BMS GRADE LEVEL SUMMER READING & LEARNING SUGGESTIONS
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BMS teachers have compiled resources and topics for incoming students of each grade to increase their background knowledge in the areas they'll be studying in the fall. Check out all their great learning ideas and be aware that 7th, 8th, and 9th grades have REQUIRED reading assignments over the summer.

For Students Entering 5th Grade
- Summer learning recommendations from teachers: ENGLISH or SPANISH

 

For Students Entering 6th Grade
- Summer learning recommendations from teachers: ENGLISH or SPANISH

 

For Students Entering 7th Grade
- *REQUIRED READING*
Student have a reading requirement of at least FOUR books. For the recommended reading list in English & Spanish: ENGLISH & SPANISH
Summer learning recommendations from teachers: ENGLISH or SPANISH


For Students Entering 8th Grade
- *REQUIRED READING*: View the Summer Learning Recommendations from teachers to find the summer reading requirement. ENGLISH  or  SPANISH

 

For Outgoing 8th Graders / Incoming 9th Graders Entering Basalt High School's English 1 Class
- *REQUIRED READING*: lAll incoming BHS freshman taking English 1 have a reading requirement, which can be found here: ENGLISH
- Visit the Basalt High School website for more information on transitioning.

 

For All BMS Families: Summer Learning Resources
Talking to students about summer activities using a Growth Mindset: Click Here for English and Spanish

 

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SUMMER READING LISTS
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Summer Reading Recommendations for young adult fiction from Edutopia: click here

Booksource offers a comprehensive list of novels and nonfiction book suggestions for middle schoolers that align with middle school common core standards. http://www.booksource.com/Departments/Middle-School.aspx

Good Reads offers a variety of Middle School Book Lists: http://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/middle-school

Summer reading lists & resources from Edutopia (2015). Click here

Scholastic Summer Reading Recommendations: http://www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks/books/ and http://www.scholastic.com/parents/sites/default/files/field_file/src2015-booklist-ages-11-13.pdf

Basalt Regional Library: http://basaltlibrary.org/teens/teens.html

Pitkin County Library: http://www.pitcolib.org/

Garfield County Libraries (Carbondale): http://www.garfieldlibraries.org/

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BMS SUMMER HOURS
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Basalt Middle School's front office will close on June 8 and reopen on August 21. Due to construction, please call the main office number first before coming in.

Homeroom class lists will be posted by August 30 on the foyer bulleting boards. Call the front office with questions.

The Family Resource Center will have hours throughout the summer. Click here for their schedule.

5th Grade Orientation will take place on August 31st at 6pm.

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REGIONAL ACTIVITIES
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BASALT REGIONAL LIBRARY:Basalt Regional Library offers free programming all summer long. The Summer Reading Challenge at Basalt Regional Library for students entering grades 5-12 starts in June! Earn prizes for reading, writing book reviews, and attending awesome events (like Minecraft parties, DIY crafts, Trivia, After-Hours Game Night, and more!). BRL Website: brlteens.tumblr.com

BASALT REGIONAL LIBRARY is offering free sack lunches to students under age 18 on Tuesdays & Thursdays June 13-Aug. 31, 11am-1pm. FREE! Make it a weekly date with your student.

STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math)

Roaring Fork Conservancy: http://www.roaringfork.org/

ACES/Rock Bottom Ranch: http://www.aspennature.org

Aspen Center for Physics: Wednesday Kids Barbecues & Lectures:  http://www.aspenphys.org/public/kidspicnics.html

Aspen Science Center hosts a spectacular summer science fair in Aspen in August: http://aspensciencecenter.org/

John McConnell Math & Science Center in Grand Junction: http://www.mathandsciencecenter.org/

Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon: http://www.walkingmountains.org/

 

MUSIC:

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL SUMMER PROGRAMMING & PALS PROGRAM. Click here for details

JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP. Click here for details.

Aspen Music Festival-- Sit outside the music tent for any concert, free! http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/

Basalt Summer Concert Series: http://www.basaltchamber.org/culture/music-in-the-park/

Crown Mountain Park Summer Concert Series: http://www.crownmtn.org/activities/

 

SOCIAL STUDIES / HISTORY:

Aspen Historical Society (includes the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, the Marolt Mining Museum, Independence Pass ghost town and Ashcroft Ghost Town, historical events & information). http://aspenhistory.org/

Frontier Historical Museum in Glenwood Springs: http://www.glenwoodhistory.com/

Walking Tour of Downtown Basalt: Print the map at www.basaltheritage.org

 

ART: 

(Many of these offer day and week-long camps and scholarships are available)

Aspen Art Museum: http://aspenartmuseum.org/

The Art Base in Basalt: http://wylyarts.org/

Anderson Ranch: http://www.andersonranch.org/

Carbondale Clay Center: http://www.carbondaleclay.org/

Carbondale Community Arts and Humanities (CCAH).  http://www.carbondalearts.com/

Theatre Aspen: www.theatreaspen.org

Performances at the Wheeler: www.aspenshowtix.com

 

ATHLETICS:

Basalt Recreation: http://www.basaltexpressrec.org/

Crown Mountain Park: http://www.crownmtn.org/activities/

Carbondale Recreation Center: http://carbondalerec.com/

 

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ONLINE SUMMER LEARNING RESOURCES
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Teach your kids to code this summer-- lots of resources here.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teach-kids-coding-resources-parents-matt-davis

Fun & Free Summer Learning Resources
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/summer-learning-resources-matt-davis

Kids Discover: Engaging nonfiction for curious minds. http://www.kidsdiscover.com/

11 Best Educational Websites for Kids: http://childrensmd.org/browse-by-age-group/11-best-educational-web-sites-kids/

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: http://qrius.si.edu/

New York Times Learning Blog: Current news is written at a middle school level in areas like On this Day in History and Teen Topics. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/

Math games website: http://www.mathsisfun.com/

Radio Lab shows have interesting science stories presented in entertaining ways: http://www.radiolab.org/

TED talks for kids: http://www.ted.com/search?cat=playlists&per_page=12&q=kids

Download Google Earth onto your computer and your student can go anywhere on the planet, including ancient sites in Europe or down the Nile River: http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html

Visit art galleries all over the world at https://www.google.com/get/googletips/card/view-the-worlds-greatest-art-in-your-pajamas/detail/

Check out NASA for middle school students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/index.html#.U4fn13JdWmQ

Fun & Free Summer Learning Resources List from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/summer-learning-resources-matt-davis and http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-summer-reading-suggestions\

Avoiding the Summer Slide in Reading and Writing
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/avoiding-summer-slide-reading-writing-heather-wolpert-gawron?utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=avoiding-summer-slide-reading-writing&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_term=link

 

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