Banned Books Week!

We will be in the Library with Mrs. Eppelsheimer on Tuesday 9/27 and Wednesday 9/28 for Banned Books Week.

We will work on this assignment in class with Mrs. E. Use the notes you take in our discussion with Mrs. E. to complete this analysis of your chosen banned book. What you do not complete in class will be homework for Friday 9/30. Submit your work on GoogleClassroom.

Everyone has English on Friday 9/30.

Click here to go to the Banned Books page.

Laurie Halse Anderson Book Orders due Monday 9/26!

New York Times-Bestselling Author Laurie Halse Anderson at USM on Wednesday, October 5!

Book orders due Monday, September 26!

Author Laurie Halse Anderson, best known for her National Book Award finalist novels Speak (a core text in 9th grade English) and Chains (a core text in 7th grade English), will be at USM to present her very newly released book Ashes – the last in “The Seeds of America” trilogy – to 7th through 10th Grade Students at an Assembly on 10/5.
Parents are invited to pre-order Ms. Halse Anderson’s books by Monday 9/26 using the order form here. Ms. Halse Anderson will be happy to autograph them during her visit.  

Celebrate Banned Books Week


Kick off Banned Books Week this Sunday at the 88.9 and ACLU’s Banned Book Slam —

Sunday 9/25 ~ 3:30-4:15 pm ~ The Rep

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As a part of Banned Books Week, join Milwaukee Rep and the ACLU of Wisconsin in a celebration of banned and challenged books, many of which are now heralded as literary masterpieces and integral parts of our literary canon.

…join us for live readings from some favorite challenged books, plays and poems. Favorite titles such as Charlotte’s Web, Invisible Man, Romeo and Juliet, and Captain Underpants could be among them! Attendees are invited to dress in costume as one of their favorite authors or characters from a favorite forbidden text, or you can sit back and listen to poetic words that were so un-successfully silenced. No acting, literary, or historical knowledge necessary.

All Banned Book participants will be entered to win 2 tickets to the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, and other wonderful prizes.

Dr. Walczak will be a guest reader at the slam!

Three Amazing Opportunities!


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The  Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are an outstanding opportunity to submit your work for publication and recognition! Got something you’ve written? Submit it!

This year’s program opened just today! Take a look at the information on the website and talk with me about submitting.

More information about our local chapter and its contest can be found at Still Waters Collective.

I highly encourage everyone to submit their work!


We the Students Essay Contest – Bill of Rights Institute

The Bill of Rights Institute’s We the Students essay contest offers $20,000 in prizes!

Respond to the prompt: Does peaceful resistance to laws positively or negatively impact a free society?


VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Writing Contest

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.


Looking for a good book?


Longlist of nominees for 2016 National Book Awards for Young People’s Literature: