We serve a diverse group of middle-school students from our neighborhood and the surrounding communities. Our students apply to earn a spot in our school. Our students are motivated learners. They think critically, work collaboratively and seek a challenge. We are a community of learners and are all seeking to better ourselves.
Our students are young leaders.
Our school is a community of learners, leaders, and world-changers. We never settle. We want to read, write and discuss thought-provoking, relevant, and timely literature.
ELA students have a rigorous choice reading requirement each year. To keep their interest in reading, our classroom library needs to have current titles that are popular with young adults. The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (Blue Spruce Award) has been recognizing the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado since 1985. The award is unique in being entirely nominated and voted for by teens. Inclusion on the nominations list does not imply endorsement by any adult as this is a program of entirely student-selected titles. Each year teens in grades 6-12 are free to nominate their favorite titles; a list of 12-15 titles is then compiled by the Blue Spruce Award committee based on number of nominations received.
Having access to popular literature will encourage more choice reading and a love of learning!
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