The Wesley International Academy Media Center is dedicated to literacy, research, and technology.
Students at Wesley are continuously challenged and encouraged to reach higher levels of academic achievement while working closely with their teachers. To help students reach their academic goals, the Media Center offers resources and several subscription services accessible for students at school and home.
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Summer is a great time to read! 2020 will be our fifth summer of reading and we are striving for 100% participation. Summer Reading helps to keep students’ brains active during June and July. It also gives students a platform to bond with classmates on the first day of school. Everyone in the class will have read the same book and will be able to share and discuss their opinions. The books were chosen based on reading levels, curriculum, and/or social related content. We also made sure to choose books that would be enjoyable for the students.
Below are links to the 2020 grade-level lists, accompanying assignments, and rubrics. Happy reading!
Mrs. Tomlin and Dr. Dukes
PYP Summer Reading:
This year all students of Wesley will read within the theme “to overcome.” Kindergarten through 5th Grade students should complete three activities from the choice board in the summer reading packet and record their summer reading on the Summer Reading Record. A completed record, including a parent signature, should be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher on the first day of school.
MYP Summer Reading:
Over the next few months, we want you to enjoy your summer and give you an opportunity to keep thinking about things that are happening in and outside of your world. Your teachers believe that you can do this by reading some exciting books!
Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are required to read two books. Below is the information about the assignments. Book 1 is assigned to all students. Book 2 is a book of your choice within your Lexile score. The summer assignments are due August 31.
- 6th Grade Summer Reading – 6th Grade Rubric
- 7th Grade Summer Reading – 7th Grade Rubric
- 8th Grade Summer Reading – 8th Grade Rubric
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WIA Media Center Sponsored Programs
The Media Center hosts an Annual Reading Marathon! Students ask friends, neighbors, and family members to sponsor them for every minute they read during Reading Marathon week. All proceeds benefit WIA’s PTSA and the WIA Media Center.
Twice a year (in fall and spring), students have the opportunity to stock their bookshelves from our terrific Book Fair selections. In 2018-19, we partnered with Scholastic and Little Shop of Stories to host our Book Fairs.
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
For students who love to read, need a new challenge, and like a good competition, the WIA Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team may be a perfect fit!
“Several years ago, Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist in DeKalb County, wanted to find a way to use the nominee books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to encourage her students to read. She therefore created a unique reading competition in game format, called the Reading Bowl, using the award nominees. Her vision was to have teams comprised of students from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books. Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state. The winning teams from the Divisional Bowls meet at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in March for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.”
-Retrieved online on August 23, 2013
The Reading Bowl Team is open to any student in grades 4th – 8th grades. Wesley participates in both the elementary and middle grades levels with each team consisting of 5 members and 5 alternates. The elementary team is required to read 16 titles, and the middle school team must read 20 titles. Students selected to be on the teams will need to be committed to the reading bowl and to representing WIA with honor and respect.
We continually looks for opportunities to bring the world of books alive at our school and to encourage the importance of reading to our students. Wesley is committed to outreach, bringing local and national authors, as well as literacy programs, to the school.
Some authors who’ve visited our school:
- Marie Marquart, author of Dream Things True and The Radius of Us
- Kate DiCamillo, bestselling and award-winning author of 17 books
- Lincoln Pierce, author of Big Nate series
- Deborah Wiles, award winning author of several books including, Revolution
- Gitty Daneshvari, author of the School of Fear series
- Terra Elan McVoy, author of several middle grade and YA books
- Christy Ziglar of Shine Bright Kids
- Rashan Ali, author of Piper Sky’s Pink Popsicle Shoes