Bell Middle School
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It is our vision that all Bell students learn to think critically and face challenges with courage and perseverance. We will work towards building a community of collaborative workers who know how to utilize their resources and ask for help when needed. We will strive to raise empathetic young people who encourage and empower one another to make their world a better place.
Bell Middle School will be online for a tentative amount of time. We understand the challenges that come with online teaching and learning. These are unprecedented times and, like our students, we are learning to navigate this uncertain situation with commitment and determination. Together, we will get through this, stronger and more resilient.
Our main teaching platform is Google Classroom. Each class will have a specific code for students to enroll. All class assignments and announcements will come via Google Classroom and School Messenger. Students and teachers are required to meet via Zoom or Google Meets. These meetings are password protected. Attendance is crucial. Class participation will greatly impact student grades.
Please communicate with your child's teachers as needed. We are student advocates! We are here to support our students academically, socially, and emotionally. Their overall health and well-being remains important, even from a distance.
We look forward to an amazing school year, and a strong partnership with families.
-Bell Middle School English Teachers
One Crazy Summer
In One Crazy Summer, eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. But when the sisters arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their mother, Cecile is nothing like they imagined.
While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.
In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A strong option for summer or back to school reading.