Whew!  You made it through another school year.  Now you can just relax and READ!   Reading at least 30 minutes a day all summer will make sure you are ready for next school year!

Incoming Fifth Graders (that’s you) are REQUIRED to read at least THREE books.  Click here for a PDF version of this information.

From the 2015-2016 Sunshine State Young Readers (SSR) List

  1. Everyone MUST read:  Chasing Vermeer  by Blue Balliett
    When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect; an eccentric old woman seeks their company; an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their problem solving skills, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has stumped even the FBI?—
    Assignment: After finishing Chasing Vermeer, complete the project (attached) DUE Friday, August 28.  That’s the first week of school – so don’t wait until the last minute!
  2. Choose at least ONE additional book from the 2015-2016 Sunshine State Young Readers list: Grades 3-5                                                                                                       Grades 6-8Athlete vs. Mathlete  by W.C. Mack                                                        Counting by 7s  by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    Blast Off!  by Nate Ball                                                                                The Eighth Day  by Dianne K. Salerni

    Eight Keys  by Suzanne LaFleur                                                                The Eye of the Storm  by Kate Messner

    Fortunately, the Milk  by Neil Gaiman                                                    Jack Strong Takes a Stand  by Tommy Greenwald

    The Fourteenth Goldfish  by Jennifer Holm                                           Jungle of Bones  by Ben Mikaelsen

    Freaky Fast Frankie Joe  by Lutricia Clifton                                          The Night Gardener  by Jonathan Auxier

    The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom                                            Project Jackalope  by Emily Exton

    by Christopher Healy                                                                                    The Secret of Rover  by Rachel Wildavsky

    The Hypnotists  by Gordon Korman                                                         Seeing Red  by Katherine Erskine

    Kizzy Ann Stamps  by Jeri Watts                                                               Skink – No Surrender  by Carl Hiassen

    Nerd Camp  by Elissa Brent Weissman                                                     Stung  by Bethany Wiggins

    Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen  by Donna Gephart                                       Tesla’s Attic by Neil Shusterman and Eric Elfman

    Pie  by Sarah Weeks                                                                                        The Testing  by Joelle Charbanneau

    A Snicker of Magic  by Natalie Lloyd                                                        This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

    by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

    Three Times Lucky  by Sheila Turnage                                                     Twerp  by Mark Goldblatt

    White Fur Flying  by Patricia MacLachlan

  3. Choose at least one additional book – anything 
Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

adventure Each year the teachers and faculty of Millhopper Montessori School work incredibly hard to help our children learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment. During Teacher Appreciation Week we like to let them know how much we value their efforts. This year’s theme is designed to honor each individual’s interests and choices. As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, the PTO Appreciation Committee is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to purchase for our teachers and staff a gift certificate to a local merchant of their choice. By many families contributing to the same gift, they are able to select something special. Participation is optional and we hope the program will alleviate some of the stress of this busy time of year. If you would like to participate, please place your order on this webpage or you may review the letter that was mailed to your home and indicate the dollar amount you wish to contribute next to the individual’s name. Please total all your contributions and return the form with cash or check (made out to MMS PTO) in an envelope to Crystal Sorrow by Friday, May 13, 2016. You may leave the envelopes at the front desk or hand them to Crystal directly. Gift certificates will be presented to each recipient during Teacher Appreciation Week with a card from the families who have contributed. Dollar amounts are not included on the card. Since the PTO is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. If you are interested in assisting with planning Teacher Appreciation Week or if have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us at or Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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