MS summer reading & supply lists – 2022

Sixth Grade Summer Reading
Sixth Grade Supply List
Seventh Grade Summer Reading
Seventh Grade Supply List
Eighth Grade Supply List
Eighth Grade Summer Reading

Incoming sixth grade students

Summer Reading – 6th grade

Dear Incoming Sixth Graders,
We are so excited to welcome you to middle school. Sixth grade is a big transition, and we know you want to be ready! One of the expectations we have for our new sixth graders is that you read a book over the summer. It can be any book of your choice that has not been made into a movie. All you have to do is choose one (Choose lots more, if you’d like!) and come to school in September ready to share your thoughts on it. (You’ll find information on how to access books online below.)

Here are a few great choices for sixth graders:
The Crossover, K. Alexander
New Kid, J. Craft
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance, L. Yee
Resistance, J. Nielsen
Ground Zero, A. Gratz
The Hidden Oracle, R. Riordan
Alone, M. Freeman
Ghost, J. Reynolds
Lions & Liars, K. Beasley

So choose a great book, find a shady spot, and enjoy! We’ll see you in September!

Warm regards,
Mrs. Decker, Ms. Fridholm, Mrs. Wlazlo

SORA Instructions

With Sora, you can get free ebooks and audiobooks from your school.

  1. Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to
  2.  In Sora, find your school (or enter your school’s setup code), then sign in. Stillwater Middle/High (use your email and password to sign in)
  3. Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.
  4. Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can:
    – Tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book.
    – Tap Options to renew or return the book, get to your notes and highlights, and more.

Please contact Mrs. Carpenter at with any questions.

Supply List – 6th Grade

  • Backpack
  • Sturdy Ear Buds/Head Phones (to be kept at school)
  • (1) 2” Binder with Dividers
  • (2) 4″ Binder
  • 5 Pocket Folders – 1 for each subject & homework
  • 18 Tabbed Dividers
  • (1) Zipper pouch (to clip into binder for pencils)
  • (1) Composition Notebook
  • (2) 3-subject Spiral Notebooks – for math & ELA
  • Pens (blue/black)
  • Loose-leaf, Lined Paper
  • 3 x 3 Post-It Notes – several packs
  • Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator (Available at Wal-Mart or Target)
  • Optional: Sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, refillable water bottle

Incoming Seventh grade students

Summer reading – 7th grade

June 2023 Summer Reading

Welcome Incoming Seventh Grade Students!

Mrs. Mamone, your ELA 7 Teacher, is requesting that over the summer, you read a book of your choice and be ready to discuss and write about them in September.

Happy reading!

Supply List – 7th grade

  • Book Bag
  • Sturdy Ear Buds/Headphones
  • Refillable Water Bottle

Social Studies

  • Pencils/Colored Pencils


  • No supplies needed


  • Binder with 5 Dividers and Loose-leaf Paper (used only for French)
  • Dry Erase Marker (any color except yellow)
  • Pens (blue or black)
  • Index Cards


  • Binder
  • Notebook
  • Pencils

Science 7/7A

  • 1″ Binder with Paper
  • Pencils/Pens (blue & black ink only)

    Math 7/7A

    • Scientific Calculator (TI-30XIIS)
    • 1” Binder with Paper
    • Pencils/Erasers/Highlighters


      • 1” Binder with 5 Dividers
      • Essential Elements Book 2 (your instrument)


      • ½” Black Binder
      • Pencils

      General Music

      • Sturdy Pocket Folder

      Incoming Eighth Grade Students

      Summer Reading – 8th Grade

      Welcome to eighth grade! In order to get an understanding of your reading comprehension and writing skills, I am asking you to pick a book to read over the summer. You will have an in-class writing assignment based on your book our first full week of class.

      For this assignment, you can choose anything that you find engaging. You can select any genre of book for this assignment. Your book can be a novel, graphic novel, manga, memoir, fiction, non-fiction, history, sci-fi, etc. Your book should be something that is interesting for you but is at your reading level. If you are unsure what you would like to read, I have attached a list of books that would work for this assignment and are great reads.

      While you are reading, you should take at least 15 active reading notes. These active reading notes can be written on a separate sheet of paper or on sticky notes. You should bring these active reading notes as well as your book to class that week (the notes will be a part of your grade). Your active reading notes can be direct quotes or just events that happen in the story. Each of your active reading notes should include a page number in order to help you with your written response. When taking notes, focus on:

      1. What are the most important plot events
      2. Who are the main characters and how do they develop throughout the story (protagonist and antagonist)
      3. What theme or themes are developed over the course of the story

      You must have at least 15 active reading notes and your book the first full week of school.

      Have a great summer,
      Mr. Bushnell

      Book Recommendation List:

      • Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
      • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
      • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
      • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
      • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
      • A Boy at War by Harry Mazer
      • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Coffer
      • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
      • Downriver by Will Hobbs
      • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
      • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
      • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
      • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuParu
      • Rules by Cynthia Lord
      • Scat by Carl Hiaasen
      • Flush by Carl Hiaasen
      • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
      • Holes by Louis Sachar

      Supply List – 8th Grade

      • Book Bag
      • Sturdy Ear Buds/Headphones
      • Refillable Water Bottle

      Social Studies

      • 1″ Binder with 5 Dividers
      • Pens/Pencils/Colored Pencils


      • Folder
      • Pens/Pencils/Highlighters


      • Binder with 5 Dividers and Loose-leaf Paper (used only for French)
      • Dry Erase Marker (any color except yellow)
      • Pens (blue or black ink)
      • Index Cards


      • Binder
      • Notebook
      • Pencils


      • 2″ Binder with 5 Dividers and Paper
      • Pens/Pencils/Highlighter
      • Homework Folder (to be used for all classes)

      Math 8

      • Folder
      • Scientific Calculator – Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS
      • Pencils

      Algebra 1 CC

      • 3″ Binder
      • Pencils/Pens/Highlighters
      • TI-84 plus Graphing Calculator to be kept at home (We have a class set for daily use)


      • 1″ Binder
      • Pens


                •  1” Binder with 5 Dividers
                • Essential Elements Book 2 (your instrument)


                • ½” Black Binder
                • Pencils

                  [Updated 6/22/23 for Fall 2023]