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- Operation Gratitude: Students wanting to donate extra Halloween candy to be mailed to our troops overseas may bring in their candy starting November 1 and we will accept donations until Friday November 9th.
- Brandon Mull Author Visit- Tuesday October 30th 8:30-9:30 a.m.- 4th through 8th grade students!
- Veterans Day Assembly- Friday November 9th, 9:00am
- This year students have been designing pins in art class to be given to our veterans honored at the assembly. Winner will be chosen soon!
- Please send in photos (copies!) of veterans in your family to display and invite them to celebrate with us! Photos can be submitted to the front office and we will return them to your students after the assembly.
- Middle School Student/Parent Night Out- Friday, November 2nd- Special comedy performance by Divine Comedy along with fun and Sub Zero ice cream! 7-8:30 pm
NaNoWriMo Writing Club Starting in November!
From our seventh grade writers:
During the month of November, a novel writing club will be taking place, called NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Any middle schooler who would like to join may do so, and it is completely free. The first meeting is on November first, in Ms. Daugherty’s room, 203A or 303 in the middle school hallway. After that, there are meetings every Tuesday and Friday after school from 3:30 to 4:15 on Tuesdays, and 1:30 to 2:15 on Fridays. All of these meetings are optional, but are a fun time to write your novel and share ideas with your friends about what you are writing. There are also meetings every day at lunch in the same place.
The first meeting is highly recommended, as it is where you will get all your crucial information about NaNoWriMo. You will get the password that will get you onto the website, and you will be able to sign a contract with your word count goal. Word count goals usually range from about 5000 words to 50000 words depending on how much writing time you have, but it is recommended to start small and adjust your word count goal as needed. You can not decrease your word count goal past what you wrote on the contract, but you can increase it as much as you want.
You can not start writing until the first of November, or else you will be disqualified from all of the prize-winning opportunities.
Nanowrimo can be a big commitment, depending on what your word count goal is. Most people will probably end up spending about 1 to 5 hours each day writing. If you write on the NaNoWriMo website, you will be able to track your progress toward your word count goal, see other people progress in their novels, and get handy tips and prompts to help you through writer's block. You cannot access the website unless you have the code from Ms. Daugherty, which you can get at the first meeting.
The whole point of this club is to inspire young writers to write a novel. Anyone who joins will automatically get a small prize, and anyone who meets their word count goal of over 2500 words will get another prize. The top writers will be entered into a drawing for bigger prizes, including a Kindle Fire possibly signed by Brandon Mull.
NaNoWriMo is an extracurricular activity that does not count to your grade in school, but can be good practice to help you improve your writing skills. And who knows, you might even become a famous writer someday!