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Mohave Middle School
8490 E. Jackrabbit Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250     
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Chris Asmussen, Principal
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Achievement Profile
Upcoming Events
9/24/2015
9/30/2015
- Naviance Training
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
District Announcements
SUSD MOVES TO NEW WEBSITE JULY 1, 2015
Scottsdale Unified School District is moving to a new website July 1, 2015. All 2015-16 information will be available on the new website. Thank you for your patience during this time.
7th and 8th Grade High School Credit
This letter is to provide clarification of eligibility to earn high school credit for completing Algebra I and/or World Language I. Here is more information for 7th grade and 8th grade students.
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MOHAVE MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
SUMMER READING LIST
Mohave Middle School encourages all of our young scholars to read for pleasure and academic enrichment over the summer. Students enrolling in Honors English for the 2015-2016 school year are expected to read two books over the summer, but reading widely will benefit any and all students. Research shows that reading increases vocabulary, enhances writing skills, and leads to achievement gains in all academic areas!
 
Below are lists of high quality titles to choose from for each incoming grade level.  We would also recommend that students choose books from “award” lists or recommended lists such as the Newberry Medal list, or from the Tween section of the 2015 Grand Canyon Young Reader Awards list, available online.
 
Grade 6:  Changes
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
As a fourteen-yeear-old who just moved to a new town, Doug Swieteck has no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother. He finds an ally in Lily Spicer, a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.
 
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City. There he meets Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.
 
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
A group of counterfeiters scheme to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from his tomb and ransom his remains for money to free a master counterfeiter from jail. Secret Service agents learn of the plot, recruit an undercover agent to infiltrate the gang, and try to catch the criminals before they can rob Lincoln’s grave.
 
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend knkow how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, and they know who to avoid. But things start to unravel. A mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things that haven’t yet happened.
 
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them. Now they learn that they have special powers, a quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.
 
Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage
Mo LoBeau was washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Now eleven, Mo and her best friend turn detective when the co-owner of a cafe and his cook appear to be implicated in a murder.
 
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Polly Portman’s award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map. After Polly’s death, her devoted niece Alice and Alice’s friend investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly’s secret pie crust recipe. Fourteen pie recipes are included.
 
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters travel from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know. They arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
 
 
Wonder  by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhatten. There he endures the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
 
I Funny  by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Wheelchair-bound Jamie Grimm resolves to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life. He endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.
 
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Capricorn Cap Anderson has been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. When Rain is injured in a fall, Cap is forced to attend the local middle school. Although he knows a lot about Zen Buddhism, nothing has prepared him for public school.
 
The False Prince  by Jennifer Nielsen
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son.
 
The One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate
Ivan is a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
 
Almost Home  by Joan Bauer
Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.
 
About Average  by Andrew Clements
As the end of sixth grade nears, Jordan Johnson, unhappy that she is only average in appearance, intelligence, and athletic ability, reveals her special skills when disaster strikes her central Illinois elementary school.
 
Powerless  by Matthew Cody
a group of young people set out to discover why their very special powers disappear before their 13th birthday.
 
The Magician’s Elephant  by Kate DiCamillo
When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace, she tells him that his sister, who was presumed dead, is alive. He goes on a series of adventures to find her.
 
Better Nate than Ever  by Tim Federle
Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York.
 
Amelia Lost  by Candance Fleming
This book tells the story of Amelia Earhart’s life – as a child, a woman, and a pilot – and describes the search for her missing plane.
 
Princess Academy:  Palace of Stone  by Shannon Hale
Miri returns to Asland and calls upon all of her knowledge of rhetoric and other useful lessons learned at the Princess Academy when she and the other girls face strong opposition while working for a new, fair charter. This is the sequel to Princess Academy.
 
Chomp  by Carl Hiaasen
When filming an episode of the reality show “Expedition Survival” in the Florida Everglades, the difficult star disappears. Wahoo and classmate, Tuna Gordon, set out to solve the mystery.
 
Annie and Helen  by Deborah Hopkinson
This book describes the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and includes excerpts from letters written by Annie about her work with Helen.
 

Grade 7:  Choices
The Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them.
 
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
This is an autobiographical work profiles Nelson Mandela’s early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison.  Under the apartheid government, Mandela was regarded as a terrorist and jailed on the infamous Robben Island for his role as a leader of the then-outlawed ANC.
 
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Tree-ear has a dream. He has watched the master potter Min take a lump of clay and shape it into a thing of beauty. For Tree-ear the transformation is a miracle. Someday he wants to perform such a miracle himself.
 
Starfall by Michael Cadnum
After Phaeton fights his rival in front of their village over his parentage, he undertakes a long journey to the gates of dawn to confront his father and prove his worth. His father grants him his wish: to ride the chariot of the sun. But as Phaeton tries to control the powerful steeds that pull the chariot, he fails and is forced to face his fate.
 
*“Baseball In April” and Other Stories by Gary Soto
The Mexican American author Gary Soto draws on his own experience of growing up in California’s Central Valley in this finely crafted collection of eleven short stories that reveal big themes in the small events of daily life.
 
The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell
From the depths of a cave in the Vermilion Sea, Ramon Salazar has wrested a black pearl so lustrous and captivating that his father, an expert pearl dealer, is certain Ramon has found the legendary Pearl of Heaven. No diver, not even the swaggering Gaspar Ruiz, has ever found a pearl like this!
 
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Following the lives of four sisters on a journey out of adolescence, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women explores the difficulties associated with gender roles in a Post-Civil War America.
 
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
When Stargirl arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the students are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different. And Leo Borlock, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.
 
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Run run run.  That's what twelve-year-old Annie loves to do. When she's barefoot and running, she can hear her heart beating and start to find the rhythm of her life.


Grade 8:  Challenges
 Smile by Raina Telgemeier
In this coming-of-age true story, Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader, but one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces and surgery.
 
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The classic tale of the dog named Buck who is abducted from his comfortable home to a life of hard labor in the frozen land of the Yukon.
 
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
 
The Maze Runner by James Dashner Lit Circles
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
 
Nothing But the Truth by Avi
Ninth-grader, Philip Malloy, is kept from joining the track team by his failing grades in English class. Convinced that the teacher just doesn't like him, Philip concocts a plan to get transferred out of her class. Breaking the school's policy of silence during the national anthem, he hums along, and ends up in a crisis at the center of the nation's attention.
 
Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen
Charley goes to war a boy, and returns a changed man, crippled by what he has seen.  In this captivating tale Paulsen vividly shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.
 
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper Lit Circles
Andy Jackson was driving the car that crashed one night after a game, killing Robert Washington, his best friend and the captain of the Hazelwood High Tigers. It was late, and they'd been drinking, and now, months later, Andy can't stop blaming himself. As he turns away from family, friends, and even his girlfriend, he finds he's losing the most precious thing of all -- his ability to face the future.
 
That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton
Companion to The Outsiders, That Was Then, This is Now is S. E. Hinton?s moving portrait of the bond between best friends Bryon and Mark and the tensions that develop between them as they begin to grow up and grow apart.
 
 
Daniel’s Story by Carol Matas
A young Jewish boy recalls life in Hitler's Germany. First his family is forced out of their home in Frankfurt and sent on a long journey to the Lodz ghetto in Poland, and then to Auschwitz--the Nazi death camp. Although Daniel is a fictitious character, his story was inspired by the real experiences of many of the more than one million children who died in the Holocaust.
 
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Lit Circles
This Newbery Medal Book describes how a ten-year-old Danish girl's bravery is tested when her best friend is threatened by Nazis in 1943.
 
Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev
At only eight years old, Srulik Frydman says goodbye to his father for the last time and becomes Jurek Staniak, an orphan on the run in the Polish countryside at the height of the Holocaust. With the danger of capture by German soldiers ever-present, Jurek must fight against starvation, the punishing Polish winters, and widespread anti-Semitism as he desperately searches for refuge.
 
I am a Star: Child of the Holocaust by Inge Auerbacher
Inge Auerbacher's childhood was as happy and peaceful as any other German child's--until 1942. By then, the Nazis were in power, and because Inge's family was Jewish, she and her parents were sent to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The Auerbachers defied death for three years, and were finally freed in 1945. In her own words, Inge Auerbacher tells her family's harrowing story--and how they carried with them ever after the strength and courage of will that allowed them to survive.
 
I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson
The author, who was imprisoned in Auschwitz as a teenager, describes her terrible experiences as one of the camp's few adolescent inmates and the miraculous twists of fates that enabled her to survive.
 
The Lost Childhood by Yehuda Nir
This compelling memoir takes readers through the eyes of a child surviving World War II in Nazi-occupied Poland. As a nine-year-old, the author witnessed his father being herded into a truck—never to be seen again. He, his mother, and sister fled to Warsaw to live in disguise as Catholics under the noses of the Nazi SS, constantly fearful of discovery and persecution.
 
Night by Elie Wiesel
Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.
 
We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust by Jacob Boas Lit Circles
The five diarists in this book did not survive the war. But their words did. Each diary reveals one voice, one teenager coping with the impossible.
 
Shakespeare Collection by AGS Classics (Graphic shorts)
 
The Boy by Who Owned the School by Gary Paulsen
Fifteen-year-old geek Jacob Freisten is faced with the difficult task of working on the stage crew of the school play in order to pass English, a job made more difficult by the presence of Maria Tresser, a beautiful classmate.
 
Shakespeare: His Work and His World by Michael Rosen and Robert Ingpen
Presents the life and times of the renowned author through a review of some plays and expressions.
 
 
Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times by Aacesen and Marcie Blumberg
Kids can experience William Shakespeare's England and get their first taste of the Bard's sublime craft with this lively biography and activity book.
 
The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck
Russell Culver is fifteen in 1904, and he's raring to leave his tiny Indiana farm town for the endless sky of the Dakotas. To him, school has been nothing but a chain holding him back from his dreams. Maybe now that his teacher has passed on, they'll shut the school down entirely and leave him free to roam





 
SUMMER BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL CAMP AT MOHAVE
Session 1A: June 1-4 1:00-3:30 Volleyball Ages 9-14
Session 1B:                   3:30-5:30 Basketball Ages 9-14
Session 2A: June 8-- 11 1:00-3:30 Volleyball Ages 9-14
Session 2B:                   3:30-5:30 Basketball Ages 9-14
Session 3A: June 15-18  1:00-3:30 Volleyball Ages 9-14
Session 3B:                     3:30-5:30 Basketball Ages 9-14
Session 4A: June 22- 25 1:00-3:30 Volleyball Ages 9-14
Session 4B:                     3:30-5:30 Basketball Ages 9-14
*volleyball requires extra time for setup and take-down of nets.
 

Fine Arts SUmmer Camp at Saguaro
Register at www.susdcommunityed.org for the Fine Arts SummerCamp at Saguaro
June 8th to June 25th  ------  3rd grade through 12th grade
Mohave Handbook

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