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Advanced Chorus Audition Information for 2020-21

Submitted by khristen.massic on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 06:25

Dear Students and Parents,

It’s that time of year when music teachers are auditioning and putting together advanced classes for the upcoming year! Along with other changes occurring at Mount Nebo Middle School, we would like to create an Advanced Chorus with the incoming 6th and 7th graders. This will be a selection of students who audition and are selected for the opportunity. This is a FULL YEAR course!  Please note that if selected, and if you choose to participate, changes in your schedule will have to be made if you are only registered for a half year.

Those interested will need to do 3 things:

1.      Fill out the online audition form found here:

2.      Record and submit the required audition items in the audition form (Part 2 of the form).

        i.     Requirements:

1.      Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” as a round with this link:

a.      Choose either the 2nd or 3rd entry/part to sing with.

2.      “I Love to Sing” exercise found in the form.

3.      1 minute or 16 measures of a song of your choice

4.      Sing “Happy Birthday” A Cappella

5.      Repeat phrase as played in the sample in the form (for tonal memory).

3.      Request the CURRENT school teacher to fill out the student evaluation form found here:

Please note you may practice items 1, 2, and 3 but DO NOT practice items 4 and 5.


Due date for these items is May 20, 2020!! The results will be posted by May 25.


Best wishes and good luck!


Tiffany Jacobson

Choir Teacher, Mount Nebo Middle School


Submitted by khristen.massic on Fri, 05/08/2020 - 11:49
Ryan McGuire, Principal


Mt. Nebo Junior High,

During this unique time in our history, we are grateful to you, your parents, teachers, and many others who have done so much to support your education during the COVID 19 pandemic.  As the end of the 2019-2020 school year draws to a close,  we thank you for your efforts. 

The following is a letter to help guide you through the grading process these last couple of weeks.  We encourage you to finish strong, and as always seek the help you may need from your teachers.  

Nebo School District and the state of Utah has provided information regarding grades based on recommendations from State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson. Based on this, the 4th term grading policy will be a “no harm approach.” 

We have outlined this practice below to ensure that you and your parents can work together to ensure your needs are being met. 

  1. Potential grades will be A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, P (Pass), or I (Incomplete).
    • Any student eligible based on the requirements can request a P (Pass) instead of the letter grade by going through the appropriate process (see below).
    • P (Pass) grades do not affect a Grade Point Average. The GPA will not go up or down with a P (Pass), and credit will still be awarded. (*See below for more information on P Grades)
    • The Aspire (SIS) system will reflect a letter grade until the end of the term when the teacher will change it to a P (Pass) or an I (Incomplete) where applicable. (See Chart Below)
  2. New Teacher assignments will end Thursday, May 14. No new additional assignments will be given after that point. May 15th will be a make-up day.
  3. Because we want students to continue learning and progressing, ALL work will be accepted until Wednesday, May 20th. However, in some circumstances, as arranged by teachers and students, work may be accepted until the end of the year (May 22nd).
  4. There will be no F grades given to any secondary student for 4th term. Instead, students may be given an I (Incomplete) and will have until December of 2020 to make up that grade.

Your teachers want to help you be successful and are eager to work with you to help you earn a passing grade for the 4th term. Our goal is to help all students reach the minimum level of a “P” grade.  Continue to work with your teachers these last couple of weeks to get there. 


  1. Standard Grade for work completed. A – D- 

  2. P (Pass) may be recorded in place for A - D -  letter grade.  

  3. I (Incomplete) may be recorded, and the student will have until December 2020 to make up the credit.


*Please read the following section for limitations for a PASS (P) grade. (This information is mainly for 9th-grade students.)


There are likely also other private scholarships that affect a small number of students that operate under similar circumstances.


There are some professional applications (including the health professions) in some institutions that don’t award credit for entry to students earning a P in a particular course.


The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) administered scholarships (including both Regent’s and New Century) will be unaffected by P/I, nor will local scholarships administered by Utah IHEs.

NCAA - For student/Athletes hoping to play at the collegiate level.  

Currently, the NCAA calculates Ps in two different ways. 

(1) The Eligibility Center will apply the credit earned in these courses toward the core course requirement in the student's certification. If the student's core-course GPA would increase by assigning a value of 2.300, this value will be assigned to the Passed courses. However, if the student's core-course GPA would decrease by including the 2.300 value for Passed courses, the student’s core-course GPA will be calculated based only on courses with assigned letter grades from other available terms (credit from these courses will still be applied toward the student's core course requirements). Note: This policy will apply to students from all grade levels (e.g., freshmen, sophomores) who successfully complete NCAA-approved pass/fail courses in Spring/Summer 2020. 

(2) In practical application, this means that if a student has a 2.0 GPA and they receive a P, that P will transfer as a 2.3, thereby increasing their overall GPA. If a student’s GPA is above a 2.3, all Ps will transfer as credit, but not affect their GPA.


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MT. Nebo Junior High,

Durante este momento único en nuestra historia, estamos agradecidos con usted, sus padres, maestros, y muchos otros que han hecho tanto para apoyar su educación durante la pandemia de COVID 19. A medida que finaliza el año escolar 2019-2020, agradecemos sus esfuerzos. La siguiente es una carta para guiarlo a través del proceso de calificación en estas últimas semanas. Lo alentamos a terminar fuerte y, como siempre, busque la ayuda que pueda necesitar de sus maestros. 

El Distrito Escolar de Nebo y el estado de Utah han proporcionado información sobre las calificaciones basadas en las recomendaciones del Superintendente del Estado Sydnee Dickson. En base a esto, la política de calificación del cuarto término será un "enfoque sin daños".

Hemos esbozado esta práctica a continuación para garantizar que usted y sus padres puedan trabajar juntos para garantizar que se satisfagan sus necesidades.

  1. Las calificaciones potenciales serán A, A-, B +, B, B-, C +, C, C-, D +, D, D-, P (Pase) o I (Incompleto).
    • Cualquier estudiante elegible basado en los requisitos puede solicitar una P (Pase) en lugar de la calificación de letra pasando por el proceso apropiado (ver más abajo).
    • Las calificaciones P (Pase) no afectan el promedio de calificaciones. El GPA no subirá ni bajará con un P (Pase), y aún se otorgará crédito. (* Consulte a continuación para obtener más información sobre los grados P)
    • El sistema Aspire (SIS) reflejará una calificación de letra hasta el final del término cuando el maestro lo cambiará a P (Pase) o I (Incompleto) cuando corresponda. (Ver cuadro a continuación)
  2. Las nuevas asignaciones de maestros finalizarán el jueves 14 de mayo. No se otorgarán nuevas asignaciones adicionales después de ese punto. El 15 de mayo será un día de recuperación.
  3. Debido a que queremos que los estudiantes continúen aprendiendo y progresando, TODO el trabajo será aceptado hasta el miércoles 20 de mayo. Sin embargo, en algunas circunstancias, según lo dispuesto por maestros y estudiantes, el trabajo puede ser aceptado hasta el final del año (22 de mayo).
  4. No se otorgarán calificaciones F a ningún estudiante de secundaria para el 4to trimestre. En cambio, los estudiantes pueden recibir una I (Incompleta) y tendrán hasta diciembre de 2020 para recuperar esa calificación.

Sus maestros quieren ayudarlo a tener éxito y están ansiosos por trabajar con usted para ayudarlo a obtener una calificación aprobatoria para el 4to trimestre. Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a todos los estudiantes a alcanzar el nivel mínimo de una calificación "P". Continúa trabajando con tus maestros estas últimas dos semanas para llegar allí.


  1. Grado estándar para el trabajo completado. A - D-

  2. P (Pase) puede registrarse en su lugar para la calificación de letra A - D.

  3. I (Incomplete) puede ser registrado, y el estudiante tendrá hasta diciembre de 2020 para recuperar el crédito.


* Lea la siguiente sección para conocer las limitaciones de una calificación PASS (P). (Esta información es principalmente para estudiantes de noveno grado).


Es probable que también haya otras becas privadas que afecten a un pequeño número de estudiantes que operan en circunstancias similares.


Hay algunas aplicaciones profesionales (incluidas las profesiones de la salud) en algunas instituciones que no otorgan crédito por la entrada a los estudiantes que obtienen una P en un curso en particular.


Las becas administradas por el Sistema de Educación Superior de Utah (USHE) (incluidas las de Regent y New Century) no se verán afectadas por P / I, ni las becas locales administradas por las IHE de Utah.

NCAA: para estudiantes / atletas que esperan jugar a nivel universitario.

Actualmente, la NCAA calcula Ps de dos maneras diferentes.

  • (1) El Centro de Elegibilidad aplicará el crédito obtenido en estos cursos hacia el requisito del curso básico en la certificación del estudiante. Si el GPA del curso principal del estudiante aumentara al asignar un valor de 2.300, este valor se asignará a los cursos aprobados. Sin embargo, si el GPA del curso principal del estudiante disminuiría al incluir el valor 2.300 para los cursos aprobados, el GPA del curso principal del estudiante se calculará en función de los cursos con calificaciones de letras asignadas de otros términos disponibles (el crédito de estos cursos aún se aplicará hacia los requisitos del curso principal del estudiante). Nota: Esta política se aplicará a los estudiantes de todos los niveles de grado (por ejemplo, estudiantes de primer año, estudiantes de segundo año) que completen con éxito los cursos aprobados / reprobados aprobados por la NCAA en la primavera / verano 2020.

  • (2) En la aplicación práctica, esto significa que si un estudiante tiene un GPA de 2.0 y recibe una P, esa P se transferirá como un 2.3, aumentando así su GPA general. Si el GPA de un estudiante está por encima de 2.3, todos los Ps se transferirán como crédito, pero no afectarán su GPA.


Submitted by khristen.massic on Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:23
Ryan McGuire, Principal


Locker Clean Out/Return School Books and Materials/Chromebook Check-In  -  Beginning Wednesday, May 20th students should come between 8 AM - 3 PM to clean out lockers, return books and check in Chromebooks. Please follow the guidelines below in planning your visit to the school:

    • All CDC/Utah county health department guidelines should be followed, including social distancing, wearing a facemask where possible, and sanitizing before and after your visit.  
    • We ask that, where possible, a healthy parent or other adult comes with the student to help them maintain the appropriate physical distancing from other students.
    • Bring a bag or backpack to take home locker contents.
      • Many students have not used their lockers this year and DO NOT NEED TO DO LOCKER CLEAN OUT.  If you did not use your locker don’t worry about this one
      • Please be sure to write down your locker combination and bring it with you to school. You will need the combination to BOTH your hallway locker and your PE locker.  Hallway locker combinations are available in Aspire (SIS)
    • If students need a Chromebook or other needed learning materials for make-up work in the last week, please keep and use them until needed or the 22nd, the last day of school.  
      • Please remember that no new assignments will be given after Thursday, May 14th.
      • All school materials must be returned to school by Friday, May 22nd. 
    • Books and other materials will be returned to a location near the main office and will be returned by school staff to teachers. 

We are recommending the following times to help with social distancing:


Wednesday. May 20th 

Thursday, May 21st

Friday, May 22nd

8AM - 11AM

Last Name A- C

Last Name H-K

Last Name P-S

1 PM - 3 PM

Last Name D-G

Last Name L-O

Last Name T-Z

Yearbooks - Yearbooks for our school will be shipped mid-June due to the yearbook company’s printing facility shutting down. We have selected the date of June 17th for yearbook distribution.  If it is possible to congregate we will have a yearbook signing activity outside and allow students to come and sign. However, if we are not able to meet as a group, we will likely do a drive-through pickup for yearbooks. Please stay tuned and I will get out a definitive plan when we can.  YEARBOOKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE and can be purchased for $32.00.  If you are interested in buying a yearbook please email or call the school during office hours 8AM - 3 PM each business day.  

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Limpieza de casilleros / Devolución de libros y materiales escolares / Registro de Chromebook: Empezando el Miércoles 20 de Mayo, los estudiantes deben venir entre las 8 AM y las 3 PM para limpiar los casilleros, devolver libros y Chromebooks. Siga las pautas a continuación para planificar su visita a la escuela:

    • Se deben seguir todas las pautas de los CDC / departamento de salud del condado de Utah, incluido el distanciamiento social, usar una máscara facial cuando sea posible y desinfectar antes y después de su visita.
    • Pedimos que, cuando sea posible, un padre sano u otro adulto venga con el estudiante para ayudarlo a mantener el distanciamiento físico apropiado de otros estudiantes.
    • Traiga una bolsa o mochila para llevar a casa el contenido del casillero.
      • Muchos estudiantes no han usado sus casilleros este año y NO NECESITAN LIMPIAR EL CASILLERO. Si no usaste tu casillero, no te preocupes por este
      • Asegúrese de anotar la combinación de su casillero y traerla a la escuela. Necesitará la combinación para AMBOS su casillero del pasillo y su casillero de educación física. Las combinaciones de casilleros de pasillo están disponibles en Aspire (SIS)
    • Si los estudiantes necesitan un Chromebook u otros materiales de aprendizaje necesarios para el trabajo de recuperación en la última semana, guárdelos y utilícelos hasta que sea necesario o hasta el 22, el último día de clases.
      • Recuerde que no se asignarán nuevas tareas después del jueves 14 de mayo.
      • Todos los materiales escolares deben devolverse a la escuela antes del viernes 22 de mayo. 
    • Los libros y otros materiales serán devueltos a un lugar cerca de la oficina principal, y el personal escolar los devolverá a los maestros.

Recomendamos los siguientes horarios para ayudar con el distanciamiento social:


Miercoles. May 20th 

Jueves, May 21st

Viernes, May 22nd

8AM - 11AM

Apellido A- C

Apellido H-K

Apellido P-S

1 PM - 3 PM

Apellido D-G

Apellido L-O

Apellido T-Z

Anuarios: los anuarios de nuestra escuela se enviarán a mediados de junio debido al cierre de las instalaciones de impresión de la compañía de anuarios. Hemos seleccionado la fecha del 17 de junio para la distribución del anuario. Si es posible congregarse tendremos una actividad de firma de anuario afuera y permitiremos que los estudiantes vengan y firmen. Sin embargo, si no podemos reunirnos como grupo, es probable que hagamos una recolección para los anuarios. Estén atentos y obtendré un plan definitivo cuando podamos. LOS ANUARIOS TODAVÍA ESTÁN DISPONIBLES y se pueden comprar por $ 32.00. Si está interesado en comprar un anuario, envíe un correo electrónico a o llame a la escuela durante el horario de oficina de 8AM a 3 PM cada día hábil.

Book Talk Tuesday

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 05/05/2020 - 18:35
Book Talks by Ellen-Anita Olson

The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor

Mountain girl is trying to make her parents see how poor they are. She has called a family council to discuss the matter. Does she ask about her brothers' worn-out shoes? Or how his pants are all patched up? They have a homemade, scratched up table not a fancy one from a store. Her mother and father make great arguments for being rich just the way they are. They decide to keep track of the monetary value of things the things they value most. 

This little book is so uplifting and it makes you notice how lucky you are.





I’m In Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor

Byrd Baylor describes things to celebrate in life in the southwest desert where she lives. Let us all look for things in our lives that we can celebrate and maybe even write down our own celebrations. Some of the things I celebrate when the quail visit my back yard. I celebrate the day the quail brought all thirteen tiny chicks to eat seed for the first time. I celebrate the day the first crocus blooms every year. Look for things you can celebrate in your own lives.


Schedule a Face-to-Face Meeting with Your Counselor!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 13:28

Face-to-face meetings with counselors are back! Because of the recent change in COVID-19 guidelines for the state of Utah, individuals may now meet with counselors. "The school counselor/social worker and student should both be wearing a mask and the appropriate 6 feet apart social distancing should be maintained." Calling ahead and making an appointment is recommended so these guidelines can be met. Need a mask? Follow this link to get one for free: #mtnebojhs #neboschooldistrict #utahpublicschools #utahschoolcounseling #pantherpride

Announcing 2020-21 Mt. Nebo Middle School Student Council!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Fri, 05/01/2020 - 09:50

WOW! We were astounded to receive over 100 applicants for our 2020-21 Mt. Nebo Middle School Student Council! All applicants received wonderful reviews from current teachers and principals and we are excited to have you in our student body and to continue to be leaders in your pods and classes. From those who submitted applications, voting took place this past week and we are pleased to announce your 2020-21 Mt. Nebo Middle School Student Council!

6th Grade 7th Grade
Brynlee Dymock Jac Christensen
Taggart Leatham Ailynn Correno
Anna Marvin Annistyn Gambling
Londyn Mattson Marty Grant
Benjamin Mckenna Brinley Jewett
Sophie Nemelka Danika Koyle
Shayla Parker Evan Nielson
Holynd Peterson Maddison Nostrom
Lily Shaw Abby Olson
Sydni Stevenson Chloe Peavler
Thatcher Sumens Gracie Raff
Miranda Walker Abby Rowley
Sadie Wells Jack Stahli
  Avonly Tervort
  Clara Wood

Book Talk Tuesday

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 04/28/2020 - 19:13
Book Talks by Ellen-Anita Olson

The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer

Ileana loved to collect stories and she wrote them down in her books. By the time she is eleven years old, she has a big collection of stories. Her stories are folk tales and legends, stories about what life is like in 1989 Romania, and how life used to be before the communist rule. She has stories about going with her dad late at night to watch illegal American movies, stories criticizing the leader of the country, and other stores that might get her and her family in danger if someone found out. Her parents fear for Ileana’s life after her uncle disappears for telling stories. Ileana is sent to stay with grandparents she does not know, in the mountain, far away from the city. She learns caution, and eventually sees the brutality the soldiers are with the people in their little village. This is a gripping story, built on true events in Romania right before the fall of communism in 1989.



The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

Eli’s father is extremely wealthy and in anticipation of a nuclear war has built an underground compound where the family can live for at least 15 years until it is safe to come out again. When we meet Eli, he and his family have lived in the compound for 6 years, since Eli was 9 years old. Eli is extremely unhappy. His grandmother and twin brother, Eddy, was left outside, Eli has three new siblings that he has refused to meet, and his mother is close to having another baby. One day Eli takes his brother’s laptop and sits outside his dad’s office. He has internet, and makes contact with his twin brother! Wow! This book is worth reading. Enjoy!





The Lonely Dead by April Henry

Adele has an unusual gift, but people just think she is weird. Adele can see, and talk to, the dead. One day, walking home through a forested stretch of a park she sees her ex-best friend Tori. It takes a minute for Adele to realize that Tori is dead and sitting on her shallow grave. Adele must work with Tori’s ghost to solve Tori’s murder. However, what if the murderer finds Adele first? Wow – another great mystery from April Henry. We have other books of hers here in the library, including Girls Stolen, The Body in the Woods, and The Girl I Used to Be. If you like a good mystery, this is the
book for you. This title can also be found on SORA.




Out of Tune by Norah McClintock

I found this gem of a book on SORA. This is another great mystery. Alicia goes missing and the town, together with the police department, organizes a search party to search the woods where Alicia was last seen. Friends from school come to help, and Riley, Charles, and Carrie walk right next to each other. Charlie discovers Alicia’s body. Everyone is devastated. Alicia was well-liked and admired by everyone. She was a talented violin player.
Soon Carrie becomes the main suspect. Riley is not so sure and she starts looking for clues herself. Can she find the killer before the killer gets to her? There are at least two more books about Riley solving mysteries on SORA.





New Kid by Jerry Craft

New Kid, a graphic novel is now in our library. This is the true story of 12-year-old Jordan Banks. He loves art and wanted to go to art school. Instead, his mom enrolls him in a private school. He is very uncomfortable at this school. Jordan meets a variety of different students and characters. This is the first Graphic Novel that has won a Newbery Medal.






Sisterland by Salla Simukka

In Sisterland, we meet Alice and Marissa. Sisterland is a magical, wonderful place where it is always summer. Alice followed a dragonfly from her wintry, cold home to Sisterland where she meets Marissa. They become best friends and do everything together. The longer they stay in this summer paradise, the more they forget about their home. Will they be able to find their way back home? Will they be able to free the world from the clutches of snow and ice?


Another Book Talk Tuesday

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 04/21/2020 - 19:31
Book Talks by Ellen-Anita Olson

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Wren is upset when her family moves from the Bay Area to Orange County. She feels she has no say, she is not being heard and takes out her anger in different ways. Finally, her parents have had it and they are the ends of their wits. They arrange for Wren to be part of a Desert Wilderness Survival Camp. Wren is picked up in the middle of the night, flown to Utah, driven into the desert and then made to hike for a long time. Wren soon discovers that anger will not put up a tent. Anger will not tie her bootlaces. Anger will not make her food. 

This book is amazing. It touches you in so many ways. The story of Wren gives you so many things to consider and think about. Wren’s story will pull at your heartstrings and she will stay with you for a long time. 





The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The world has been devastated by the Seven Stages War has left the Earth a burned wasteland. The kids are the leaders of the future. To become those leaders, they have to be chosen for rigorous testing, then pass. Cia is chosen and she is so excited. Nobody from her village has been chosen for the testing for many years. The people thought their kids were not smart enough. They did not know someone was protecting them. As Cia is ready to leave on the train her dad whispers in her ear “don’t trust anyone.” Cia wonders if this is a warning of danger and darker things happening. She has to rely on all her knowledge and her wits to survive the daily grueling and deadly tests. 

I could not put this book down. It was a fast-paced page-turner. 

You will find yourselves cheering Cia on, giving her warnings (in your mind) and wishing her good luck all the time. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games, you will certainly love this book.




The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle by Ann Renaud

Frank wanted to be an inventor and he was always experimenting when he was growing up. He had a lot of fun. This book shows how Frank never gave up, always stayed positive and if something did not work, he would change something and try again. Frank’s favorite thing to experiment with is liquids. He comes up with delicious flavored drinks. His friend loves it! Frank wonders what would happen if he froze his drink. He comes up with the all-time favorite invention – the Popsicle! So cool to read about Frank and his stick-to-itiveness. This is also a fun read-aloud for the whole family. Maybe you could even try making your own popsicles. I had fun with my children when they were little freezing their favorite drinks to make popsicles. 


Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge

Flor is facing the summer, at home and working at her dad's mattress store. Her best friend is away at camp. Flor is forced into taking part in the Honeybee Pageant with her former best friend Candice. They work on their talents, a duet where Flor plays the recorder and Candice plays the piano. As part of the pageant service project, the two girls are helping Mr. Henry, a recluse, and clean up his yard. He ends up teaching them a lot about bees and beekeeping.  At home, the situation is tense, mom and dad always arguing. Mom wants to move from Ohio to New Jersey and Dad wants to stay. He feels obligated to run the store his dad started. Can Flor help her parents? Will her mom make them move? And will Dad come with them?.

Flor is a great protagonist. We see things through her eyes and I felt for her as she worked to help her parents, Mr. Henry, her dad and just trying to do things that they all wanted her to do. Flor has a lot of guts and gumption and she is not afraid to stand up for what she believes is right. She gains respect for her Candice, as they again become friends. I really liked this book and I loved learning little known facts about bees in the process. I will book talk and recommend this book to the students at my school.  



The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

Mason lives with his mother and has never known his father. On Mason’s first day of Kindergarten, he was attacked by a dog and has a big scar down the length of his face. Some people find Mason intimidating, because on top of his scar he is big and tall. He is so kind and so friendly, you’ll see. The only thing he has from his father is a CD where he can hear his father’s voice, but never see his face. One day, when he visits his mom at her work, this CD is playing and one incredibly beautiful react and asks Mason to help her. Mason makes a snap decision and takes the girl with her. With the help of his friend, jack, they get the girl to Jack’s cabin. There they find she does not know how to eat and swallow. She has strange marks on her legs. It does not take long to figure out that she is part of an evil and gruesome experiment. Now the three kids are on the run from an evil scientist and his followers. Will Mason and his friends be able to save the girl? This is a fantastic read. A real page-turner.





Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones

Marc Mondragon lives with his mom in Rifle, Colorado. He is always getting in trouble or having crushes on the pretty girls. He rides his bike and likes to spend time with his best friend, Luke. Strange things start to happen to Marc, he cannot get hurt, he heals fast, and he has strange dreams about dragons. Marc is one of the few people that has ancient dragon DNA. Things happen fast and Marc finds himself in a new world. He needs to trust new friends and learn about the new powers he has and he needs to learn about the power within himself that connects all dragons.

This was a great read; I could not put it down. It was a refreshingly clean book. The story was fast-paced and full of interesting characters. Good and evil are clearly defined. I read it in one sitting, cheering for Marc the whole time.

More Books Featured on Book Talk Tuesday

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 18:52
Book Talks by Ellen-Anita Olson

Here's another #booktalktuesday with some recommendations from our librarian, Mrs. Olson. Books are available for checkout each weekday from 8 AM to 10 AM or digitally with the Sora app. See our website for all the book talks from Mrs. Olson as well as the link for the Sora app. #mtnebojhs #NeboSchoolDistrict #utahpublicschools #athomelearning2020

Slip of a Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

Anna, her father, and younger, disabled sister, live in their family home in Ireland. Anna's mother died and the older siblings emigrated to America. Anna works hard to take care of both her father and her little sister. She counts out how many potatoes each of them will need daily to survive. Even though her family has lived in the stone house they built themselves for generations, the English are raising taxes. If taxes are not paid, the English send in their people with battering rams to tear down and destroy the homes of the Irish. Anna's family home is threatened. Will Anna be able to save herself, her sister, her father, and her home?

We meet Anna in the aftermath of the great Irish Potato famine. The story is told in verse and is a fast read. The story is emotional and heartwarming as Anna and her father are fighting for their home and end up getting arrested. Anna has spunk, she's determined and she is very brave. This story put the whole Irish-English conflict in a different light and I could see it from the perspective of young Anna. I felt every emotion, every barefoot step she took and the cold and wet she experienced while reading this book. I loved this book and can't stop thinking of Anna, and of what all the Irish people went through and how they suffered. I highly recommend this book. 


The Miraculous by Wunder by Jess Redman

Ellis is 11years old and he believes in miracles. He keeps a journal of all the miracles happening all around him and considers himself a specialist on miracles, or a miracologist. However, everything changes when his baby sister dies at 8 days old. Wunder is very upset and gets rid of his miracle journal. He meets Faye, a girl who wears a cape and has her problems. They start exploring, hanging out at a big, abandoned house, meeting an old woman who asks for their help. This leads to Wunder and Faye on lots of adventures and eventually to friendship and even healing.

I liked how Wunder was such a positive and happy kid. He was always smiling and believed in the good in the world. He kept a journal of miracles, small and big, and he believed in all of them. That is until his baby sister died. Wunder works through his grief and mourning and eventually finds a way to look at the bright side again. I liked that the book shows that life has its good times and hard times and that we can get through the hard times and be happy again.



The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay

Clarissa (Clarry) loses her mother right after she is born in the early 1900s. She grows up with a very distant and introverted father and an older brother, Peter. She helps Peter with his schoolwork but is not allowed to go to school herself, even though she longs to. The highlight of every year is summer in Cornwall with their grandparents and her cousin Rupert. When World War I breaks out, Rupert enlists. At first, Clarry doesn't realize the gravity of the war, but reality soon catches up to her when Rupert is missing in action.

I liked that Clarry was so kind, positive and that she set a goal and went for it. She worked hard and applied to school, going against the wishes of her father. I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know Clarry. I recommend highly recommend this book. It was well written and the story flowed easily. Very good reading.




Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy Warrior to Navy Seal by Jocko Willink

Marc just has had the worst year ever! The fifth grade was awful. He is excited for the summer because his Navy Seal uncle is coming to visit. He is sure his uncle Jake will help him transform into a Navy Seal so he can show off and stop the other kids from tormenting and bullying him. Will Marc be able to follow uncle Jake’s workout plan? This is a great book and we have 2 more books in this series in the library. It is a great read and I am sure you will love the story of Marc. Jocko Willink is a retired, real-life Navy Seal!






Brightwood by Tonia Unsworth

Daisy and her mom live a life of seclusion at Brightwood Hall, an old, crumbling mansion. As things are right now, Daisy and her mom can live for years at Brightwood without leaving the property. Still, her mom insists on buying more supplies. Every day her mom makes a Day Box and inside she puts a few items so they can remember that day box. They now have stacks and stacks of Day Boxes and have made narrow isles through them all to go from one place to another. One day, her mom does not return from her weekly shopping. Daisy is not worried at first, but as the days go by she does worry. A stranger comes to visit, claiming to be a relative. Strange things are happening.

Can Daisy evade the evil stranger? Will she work up enough courage to leave the estate and find her mother? What happened to her mother?

Daisy is a great heroine and a well-developed character. The book has good supporting characters and this is a well-written story. I loved it and highly recommend it.



Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj

Karina, Indian, and Chris, white, are neighbors and seventh graders at the same middle school. Other than seeing each other in class and riding the same school bus and they have no desire to be friends. It isn't until Papa, Karina's grandfather, come to live with them and Papa strikes up a friendship with Chris that the 7th graders begin to bond. One day, outside the school, Papa, Karina, and Chris are walking to the car when they are attacked by a man with a knife. Papa is knocked to the ground and violently kicked. Their lives forever change, as does the way they see themselves and their world.

I loved the book and I could not put it down. The story is well written, heartwarming and heart-wrenching. It is written with deep feelings and a touch of humor. Varsha Bajaj has written two seventh grade students so well. I liked how well she describes being an immigrant, working for the "American Dream," making your dreams come true and being the victim of hate crime. It also shows how good people come together, bond together, and help each other overcome the hate. I salute Karina, Chris, and Papa for standing up for what is good and right in their community and the world. There are a lot of good surprises in this book and I highly recommend reading it. This would also be a good read-aloud book because it has so many good discussion points in it - so many things to talk about.

Book Talk Tuesday

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 07:19
Book Talks by Ellen-Anita Olson

A while back we posted about our amazing librarian, Mr. Olson, and her wonderful book talks that she would do for classes. Many asked which books she had recommended, so we figured we would do #booktalktuesday with some of her recommendations. Books are available for checkout each weekday from 8 AM to 10 AM or digitally with the Sora app.

Pixie Pushes On by Tamara Bundy

Pixie has been sent to live with her grandparents on a farm and she is not very happy about it. She feels that she is bad luck for everyone, and blames herself for her sister getting polio. She has to learn to do chores on the farm and collecting eggs is the worst - one of the chickens always attacks her. New hope springs up in her heart when her grandpa brings home a baby lamb that he wants Pixie to take care of. He warns her that the lamb is a farm animal, not a pet. She names the lamb Buster, and as he grows he follows her everywhere.

A delightful story, set in the 1940s, during World War II. Pixie has spunk, and she is very brave. She makes rash judgments and I loved how Pixie matured during the book and how she was able to deal with all her inner struggles. She even makes some unexpected friends. I kept cheering for Pixie during the whole book. Such a good read! I recommend this book.



The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill 

At the same time every year, the people in the village of the Protectorate have to leave a newborn baby in the forest as an offering to a witch that lives in that forest.

Every year, Xan finds a newborn baby in the same place and she does not understand why someone would leave a baby like that. She picks up the baby and takes to a village that will take good care of the baby. For the trip, she feeds the baby goats milk and starlight to make the child strong and healthy. One year Xan accidentally feeds the baby she just picked up the moonlight. Moonlight holds powerful magic and Xan realizes she cannot give this baby to someone else to raise. Xan locks the magic deep inside the child, a girl she calls Luna. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday her magic starts to appear, right on schedule. Danger approaches and Xan is far away. Luna will have to decide if she should protect the ones who have protected her even if it means the end of the world as she has always known it.

This is a delightful, new fairytale, sure to delight readers and become a classic. 



Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Maddy is going to spend the summer with her grandmother that lives in the Louisiana bayou. She is excited and scared. Her older sisters did not enjoy their summers with their grandmother and claims that she might even be a witch. However, as soon as Maddy arrives, she is enchanted by her grandmother, the bayou, and everything about living there. She loves the surroundings, the fireflies, and her new friend. She feels like there is something else – maybe even a mermaid!

This was an amazing book. I could not put it down. I discovered the bayou with Maddy and loved the vivid descriptions and language in the book. The book read like a “movie in my mind.” Maddy revels in the bayou, all the life, her new friends, the food and people that live there. I learned, through the eyes of Maddy, the impact of natural and man-made disasters on the environment. Maddy will stay with me for a long time.



Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford 

Scarlet and Lavender are two 7th grade girls. Lavender is an outsider, she is bullied but has love and support at home. Lavender is spunky and somewhat at peace with who she is.

Scarlet has a mother and stepfather that really don’t care that much and a rude step-brother. She knows how to dress and knows that she is popular and beautiful. Both girls want the lead in the school play. The girls have nothing in common, except their birthday. The morning after their birthday, the girls wake up as the other person. They need to figure out how to switch back to their own bodies.

This book was cute and funny, and I found myself laughing out loud at times. It was sad at times, but I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun book and a quick read.


All the Colors of Magic by Valija Zinck

Penelope lives by the swamp forest with her mom and grandma. The house they live in is run down and the paint is peeling, making it look like speckled red and green. Penelope calls it the "dragon house." Penelope is unusual because she has gray hair and she smells like smoke. She misses her dad and once a month he sends a dark gray envelope with $5 or sometimes, just sand. One day Penelope's mom was hit by a tractor and is in the hospital. Penelope wakes up with bright red hair, the road starts talking to her and she discovers that she can fly.          

I could not put this book down! It was a fun, fast-paced story and Penelope is a delightful heroine, and her life is full of unexpected, twists and turns. She takes matters into her own hands and brings the story to an unexpected end. I can't wait for the next book from this talented author. This is a great book!



Legends of the Sky by Liz Flanagan

Milla an orphan has been taken in by Nestan on the island country of Arcosi as a servant and companion to his daughter Tarya. While hidden in a tree a stranger hangs a beautiful pannier up in the tree to hide it. All her life Milla has heard the old legends about dragons and dragon riders. The man that hides the pannier is killed and Milla is frightened. She takes the pannier and hides it before looking inside. When she checks, she finds four beautiful, large eggs. Could they be dragon eggs? Will the dragons return to the island? She protects the eggs and finally confides her secret to her best friends, twins Tarya and Isak. The eggs are stolen. A mysterious woman, Kara, gives Milla a riddle. Milla has been present when the dragons hatch. Will she make it in time? What will happen when the dragons hatch? All this takes place while three groups of people struggle for control of the island kingdom. There is a lot of political struggle and finally a big uprising. Can the dragons and their riders help the people see that they can all live in peace?          

This is a wonderful, fast-paced, epic fantasy about dragons and dragon riders, the fight and struggle between Norlander, Arcosi, and Sartolan people. I could not put this book down. It was great. The characters and their struggles, good times and bad times were told and explained so well. The characters were so well written, they seemed real. The story became like a movie in my mind while I was reading it. It was great! If you liked Eragon, you will also love this book. 



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