Summer Reading

The purpose of the Summer Reading Program is to…

  • foster the joy of reading
  • continue student literacy development during the summer months
  • provide a common text for literary discussion and writing at the start of the school year

Your summer reading requirement is determined by the grade you will be entering this fall. Language arts teachers will use the selected texts for beginning-of-year assessments and to learn about you as a reader and writer. You are expected to have read the texts and be familiar enough with the texts to participate in discussions and complete assessments. If you read the book in June, you will need to review it closer to the start of the school year. Please bring a copy of the book (either purchased or from the library) on the first day of school.


6th Grade
Choose one of the two books to read for 6th grade


7th Grade


8th Grade


Hastings Community Garden Service Hours Opportunity

Hastings Community Garden needs some volunteers to help water, maintain, and harvest during the summer months. Families and/or students are welcome to sign up for as many days as you would like to volunteer. Please list your student’s name in the comment section, so I can make sure they receive service credit hours. Each visit to our community garden should take about 30 minutes. Volunteers will find information about where to find garden tools when visiting the garden and other important directions and guidelines on the following link: click here . Thank you again for helping us maintain our garden this summer.

Signup Genius

Elizabeth Blank
Hastings Middle School Social Studies Teacher


Meals on Wheels Service Hours Opportunity

Meals on Wheels delivers meals to Franklin County residents in need. Hastings “adopted” a route two years ago, and HMS families have been delivering to our UA neighbors who qualify for Meals on Wheels. Our food pick-up is on Bethel Road. Each time your family completes the route, your student can earn two hours of service. This is a great chance for your student to earn service hours over the summer!

ChairpersonStori Rex –


Open PTO Positions







Open PTO positions for 2019-2020:
Spirit Wear (group of 3-4) – divided into Online Store coordinator, Back to School Coordinator, Bears Essentials/Inventory Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator

Charitable Donations Chair – someone to research area employers that match donations and compile a list for our families. Parents, guardians and other family members can then sign up with their employer (think membership, monthly donations, etc)

Please contact Meghan Harder at for more information.

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