Middle School

Required Summer Reading 2018

Everyone loves a good book! There is nothing better than curling up with a book and time to read. Summer brings opportunities to read things we enjoy on long vacation drives, on sunny afternoons, or under the shade of a big tree! This is the goal of summer reading – just to read!

Each class is required to read different amounts based on their grade level. Therefore, incoming 6th graders need to read 1,300 minutes, incoming 7th graders need to read 1,400 minutes, and incoming 8th graders need to read 1,500 minutes by the end of the summer. There is also an extra challenge for those of you who choose it. If you read up to 2,000 minutes or more, you will receive a trip to Laser Tag at the beginning of the school year!
While this might sound overwhelming at first, it’s really just 20-30 minutes per day. You are welcome to read ANYTHING of your choice! Consider genres you might really enjoy – nonfiction, web articles, magazines, newspapers, comic books, short stories, novels – ANYTHING!  In fact, I ENCOURAGE you to read a wide variety of materials.
Along with your reading, you will be expected to submit two things: a signed reading log and 6 journal entries (5 sentences each) based on what you have read. For students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year, you will receive an invitation to join Google Classroom where you can submit your journal entries. For new students starting the 2018-2019 school year, please submit your journal entries to Mrs. Smith at psmith@intermountainchristian.org. Your reading log (CLICK HERE for form) needs to be filled out, signed, and given to Mrs. Smith on the first day of school.  A sample journal entry is included below as well as a reading log sample.  

Student Sample Journal Entry
As I am reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, the characters are really coming to life for me.  I can totally relate to the main character’s struggles with his little sisters.  Summer has only been here for a few weeks and mine are driving me crazy too! I am anxious to see if he is able to fulfill his dream of earning enough money to buy the hounds he wants.  It will be interesting to see if the neighborhood bully continues to be a real pain in the neck throughout the rest of the book. So far, I really like this book!

Sample Reading Log Entry
Selection Title                           Date                             Minutes Read
Where the Red Fern Grows
     6/7/17                           20
The Trouble with Our Stars      6/8/17                           40
Bicycling Magazine                  6/9/17                           15
ESPN.com Sports                    6/10/17                         20

Not Sure What to Journal About? Try One of These!
  • Talk about your main character. Why do you like him/her? Why don’t you? How is he/she changing throughout the story?
  • Write about what is happening in the book – what are some of the conflicts, themes or interesting parts?
  • Who are some of the minor characters and why are they important to the story?
  • If you could change any parts of this book, what would they be and why?
  • What made you pick up this book in the first place and why have you kept reading?
  • Which parts of this book connect with your life as the reader?  Why?
  • How do the problems in this book get resolved?  Are there any hopeful sections as it relates to the conflict?
  • Would you recommend this book to others?  Why or why not?

How Do I Post My Journal Entries and Reading Log?
For students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year, you will receive an invitation to join Google Classroom where you can submit your journal entries. For new students starting the 2018-2019 school year, please submit your journal entries to Mrs. Smith at psmith@intermountainchristian.org. They must all be sent in by the first day of school!


What If I Don’t Do This?  What If I Still Have Questions?
This actually does affect your grade! If you choose not to complete the summer reading, the highest grade you can earn in English for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year is an A-.  

Please email Mrs. Smith (psmith@intermountainchristian.org) if you still have questions! She would love to email with you and give you some book selections based on your interests. She has tons of good reads up her sleeve!


CLICK HERE for a summer reading log. Use this to log your minutes read.

CLICK HERE for a list of book suggestions.


Our Middle School Program focuses not only on academics but also in creating a sense of belonging, teamwork and a deeper walk with Christ. Core classes include bible, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies with electives in art, music, physical education, and Spanish.


Message from the Upper School Principal

Welcome to the Intermountain Christian School community! As you walk through a middle school classroom at ICS you will encounter students who are engaged in learning and teachers who are passionate about teaching from a distinctly Christian perspective. As Christian educators, we are uniquely equipped to walk along side students and help them navigate these very important transitional years. Relationships are a focus as we strive to create a community that loves each other well. 

Middle school teachers strive to work together as a team to invest in our students' lives, meeting their needs not just academically, but socially, spiritually, and emotionally as well. We host a variety of activities and events that promote experiential learning both on and off campus. Students are given the opportunity to deepen their relationship with Christ as they experience first hand the abundant life that Christ offers. Thank you, and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Denise Buckley
Upper School Principal