Monday, October 2, 2023


Stuart Gibbs is coming this Thursday, Oct 5!  

Do you have a question you're dying to ask Stuart Gibbs?

If so, fill out THIS FORM by 4pm on Tuesday.

Your question just might be picked and you'll get to 

ask your question at the author event!

Thursday, September 28, 2023



We are soooo excited to host New York Times best-selling author, Stuart Gibbs, for the entire school on October 5! Mr. Gibbs is beginning his tour right here at HCMS for Spy School Goes North, book eleven in the Spy School series! His visit is going to be an epic event and will spawn many new Stuart Gibbs readers! You can purchase online through BookPeople or directly from the HCMS Library with cash, CC, or ApplePay.  Purchase signed copies of his books today while supplies last!  

Stuart Gibbs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlie Thorne series, FunJungle series, Moon Base Alpha series, Once Upon a Tim series, and Spy School series. He has written screenplays, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows, been a newspaper columnist, and researched capybaras (the world’s largest rodents). Stuart lives with his family in Los Angeles. You can learn more about what he’s up to at

Thursday, September 21, 2023


KAYLA MILLER: Sept 27 & 28

Graphic novelist, Kayla Miller, will be visiting all 7th graders on September 27 and 28 for a graphic novel workshop. Students will be wrapping up their graphic novel study and Kayla will guide them through the writing and artistic process as they venture into writing and creating their own graphic novels. 

We will be selling signed copies of Kayla's graphic novel series, Click. You can purchase online through BookPeople or directly from the HCMS Library with cash, CC, or ApplePay.  Quantities are limited, so purchase your copy soon!

Kayla Miller is the New York Times bestselling creator of five graphic novels, ClickCampActClash, and Crunch and the coauthor of the Besties series. An author-illustrator and cartoonist with a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Kayla lives and works in New York.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023



All good things must come to an end.  And so, it is that time that all Library books and materials must be returned to the Library by MAY 15. All Library books/materials are due by MAY 15!

Your student can go HERE to sign into their library account and see what they have checked out.  They can sign in with their student ID and "read" as their password. 

Remember that books love to hide on home book shelves, under beds, in cars, and in bags/backpacks.

If you cannot find a library book/material, please email the library at to let them know. They can add a fine on your student's skyward account so that you can easily pay online.

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Check Out Library Books for the Summer!

Prevent the "summer slide" - keep students reading all summer long!

Students are invited to check out up to 10 books from the HCMS Library to read over summer break.  Students must have returned all Library books/materials and paid any outstanding fines. They can bring THIS SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP to the Library May 24-26 and check out books for the summer. 

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Friday, March 24, 2023


On Feb 28, author Adam Rubin came to visit with our sixth graders. His enthusiasm and humor was inspiring and got the kids excited about writing and reading!  

In his previous middle grade book, The Ice Cream Machine, he encouraged kids to write and submit their own Ice Cream Machine stories and six were selected and printed in the paperback version of the book!  It was such a huge success that he's offering this writing exercise again with The Human Kaboom. But he cautioned the kids not to send in their first draft.  He emphasized the importance of the revision portion of the writing process, which he calls "Monkey Time."  It's the time you take after you've written the story to just mess around with the words and the plot.  It's a time to take things away and rearrange and add details.  

He also compared the writing process to making nachos.  The first draft is like the base layer of chips.  But chips on a plate aren't nachos.  You need to add more toppings (details, characters, etc) in order to make nachos.  An interesting analogy that I'm sure the kids will remember.

Fun was had by all and hopefully our budding writers were inspired to submit their own Human Kaboom story!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Open Chess Play Every Thursday in the Library (4:00pm - 4:45pm)

Sign Up to play chess in the Library on Thursdays from 4pm - 4:50pm.  
You MUST let an adult know that you need to be picked up at 4:50pm sharp!
Sign Up HERE.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

WORLD PUZZLE DAY - Speed Puzzle Competiton


You can also click HERE to sign up.
Be sure to sign up by Friday, Jan 20.