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! 2017 will be our second summer of reading and we are striving for 100% participation.
Each grade level will read one book over the summer and complete a small assignment, which will receive a grade. This year, we have also included a second suggested optional title. Students rising into grades 5-8 will have an additional creative extra credit assignment which is optional. Upon returning to school, students will also complete an Accelerated Reader quiz for the book.
Summer Reading helps to keep students’ brains active over the summer. It also gives all 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 is the 2017 grade-level list and accompanying assignments. Documents will also be available in the main office when open. Happy reading!
Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis (required)
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (suggested)
Rising 1st Grade
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (required)
Here I Come First Grade by Nancy Carlson (suggested)
Rising 2nd Grade
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo (required)
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak (suggested)
Rising 3rd Grade
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl (required)
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (suggested)
Rising 4th Grade
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea (required)
Frindle by Andrew Clements (suggested)
4th Grade Book Review Sheet Fourth grade should complete an additional small writing assignment on a separate sheet of paper and attach to the book review.
Rising 5th Grade
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (required)
Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos (suggested)
Rising Year 1
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (required) *If you have already read Wonder please either reread it or read Auggie & Me
The Westin Game by Ellen Raskin (suggested)
Rising Year 2
Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai (required)
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (suggested)
Rising Year 3
Terrible Typhoid: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America (required) by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (suggested)
*Rising 5th grade, Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 will follow the directions of the Book Review Instruction Sheet to complete the task on notebook paper or in a computer document (required assignment). There is also an additional Scrapbook project that may be completed to receive extra credit in ELA (MYP Language and Literature).
All assignments are due to the classroom teachers on Monday, August 7, 2017.
Accelerated Reader quizzes will need to be completed by Friday, August 18, 2017.
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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 2016-17, 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