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Five Star Reader's Advisory Group Awarded Grant, Encouraging Reading
The Five Star Reader’s Advisory group at Hal Peterson Middle School recently received a grant from the website donorschoose.org worth nearly $400.00 to purchase books for their all-girls reading club. The five eighth grade girls have been meeting weekly since August to read books and write reviews. The group displays the reviews and the books in the school’s library to encourage fellow students to read. Each book they read gets rated on a 1-5 star basis, 5 stars being the best.
Additionally, the girls speak on the morning announcements to share their most recent reads. Since the girls carry their books around with them throughout the day, often they become conversation starters, leading other students to choose books outside of their preferred genre.
The girls say that they want their peers to know that reading is fun, that “it’s like watching a movie in your head,” according to 14-year-old Kylie Villasenor.
One of the girls explained that she used to not consider herself a good reader. But now that she is reading the same books as other girls, and is enjoying and understanding them, she feels more confident in her abilities.
Leading the group is eighth grade counselor Shelly Eckhart. Eckhart led the effort to get the grant for the girls because they needed multiple copies of the books so that they can read the same books at the same time. She also helped develop the list of books the girls wanted to read, mostly choosing from the Texas Library Association’s Lone Star Reading list (www.txla.org). “I have really enjoyed being part of this group with the girls,” said Eckhart. “It creates a new avenue for me to associate with the students, from a counseling perspective.”
Librarian Melanie Smith has guided the girls throughout their journey this year, and helped with weekly discussions and display of books in the library.
“Often the books are all checked out, so we created a printout of the cover page to display so that students can see what the book looks like. We usually have a waiting list to check out the books the girls have rated.”
Now the girls are working on securing an author to come to the school as a guest speaker. We are proud of these five “all star” readers at Hal Peterson!
Pictured below left to right are the Five Star Reader's Advisory Club Members: Kali Weakley, Shelby Miller, Natalie Garcia, Jordan Busby, Kylie Villasenor
Hal Peterson Middle School Is Named Nationally as a Title 1 Distinguished School for the 2011-2012 School Year!
HPMS earned a Title 1 Distinguished Performance Award for the 2011-2012 school year. This award is given to schools based on their academic performance over a 3 year period. Peterson earned this award because of its previous 2 years as a Recognized campus and its most recent Exemplary Campus rating. Of the 600 schools in the region, Peterson is the only Middle School Campus to receive this award.
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2011 TEA Rated "Exemplary Campus"
2008 NCEA "High Performing Campus" Award
2008 NCEA "High Performing Campus" Award
Choir makes Sweepstakes Rating
Orchestra makes Sweepstakes Rating
Destination Imagination Teams win 2nd and 3rd place at Regional
Student Wins 2nd place in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
12 Students Place at UIL Tournament of Champions Competition
All students are invited to join!
Peterson competes against other schools in the region for
academic honors! Competitions are held in early spring.
Open to anyone who wants to excel in academic
This is a program that allows students to be trained as
mediators that help other students resolve issues between
themselves in an appropriate manner. Students wishing
to become mediators need to apply in the counselor's office.
This committee meets with the principal on a monthly basis to
discuss concerns amongst the students as well as to assist in
planning events for the student body.
The Peterson Media Club is an opportunity for students to try
out their on-camera skills. This club creates a weekly video
news cast with interviews and information about up coming
Students are elected by their academic team peers to
represent them on the student council. The student
council organizes different events during the year including
campus events to help support our Special Olympics
students when they go to competition!
The Hal Peterson Middle School Chapter of the National Junior
Honor Society is open to students who excel in their studies.
Students are inducted in the spring of their 7th grade year
and participate in service projects throughout their 8th grade
Destination ImagiNation allows participants of all ages to
access their creativity, learn problem-solving skills, and
experience successful teamwork strategies as they
develop unique solutions to challenges. Hal Peterson
has several teams that successfully compete with other
schools in the region each year.
PT0 - The HPMS-PTO meets the first Monday of every month! Join us!