Summer Library Hours

Happy Summer!!!

The Reagan Academy Library will be open for summer check-out from 9am -12pm almost every Wednesday in the summer beginning June 18th.  Please note that July 16th and July 23rd the library will be closed.  All student accounts will be reactivated for the summer and parents can check out up to TEN items at a time.  Bring your children and come find some terrific reads this summer!


octopus reading multiple book in hands

Poetry Contest Winners

Poetry Contest Winners!

Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2014 Poetry Contest this year.  There were so many amazing poems that were entered, many of the judges had a very difficult time deciding on the winning poems.  After much deliberation and careful consideration, the results are in!  There were four age/grade categories this year.  The winners in each category are:

1st Place = Mason Miller, 2nd Grade for  “Volcano Eruption”
2nd Place = Savannah Jeffcoat, 1st Grade for “Yellow is”
3rd Place = Adelle Davis, 2nd Grade for for “Spring Daisies”
Honorable Mention = Eliza Gill, 2nd Grade for “Star, Star, Can I Catch You?”
Honorable Mention = Clementine Morkel, 1st Grade for “Cute Little Bunny”

1st Place = Jenna McClellan, 5th Grade for “The Monster Under My Bed”
2nd Place = Emily Lara Harding, 5th Grade for “Apologies of a Dog”
3rd Place = Hannah Clayton and Natalie Parker, 3rd Grade for “Friendship”
Honorable Mention = Samuel Eliason, 5th Grade for “The Little Turtle”

4th grade
1st Place = Grace Hill for “Springtime”
2nd Place = Rebekah Hopkins for “Nature”
3rd Place = Lilly Brower for “Flamingoes”
Honorable Mention = Adelaide Olson for “Snow Cones at Seven Peaks”

1st Place = Vanessa Goodman, 7th Grade for “Sunshine”
2nd Place = Micky Jungheim, 6th Grade for “I Am”
3rd Place = Anna Morkel, 6th Grade for “Freedom”
Honorable Mention = Mia Snarr, 6th Grade for “Friends”

Because of Mrs. Peterson’s illness in May, the publication of the 2014 Reagan Academy Poetry Book has been delayed.  More information about the cost of the book will be coming in June.  If you are interested in possibly purchasing a poetry book when more information becomes available, please email Mrs. Peterson at so that she will have your email address in order to send home information.  All prizes for participating students and for the winners will be delivered on Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday this week.  Thanks so much for a fantastic contest!  Our 2014 poetry book should be available for students to check out near the beginning of next school year.


Poetry Contest

Mrs. Peterson will be out for a few more days.  Poetry entries are still be due by Tuesday, May 6th. The permission forms for publishing, however, can be turned in until May 16th.  If you need a permission slip there will be some available at the front desk beginning on Wednesday this week.


Library Announcements

Mrs. Peterson caught a BUG!  Unfortunately not the six-legged kind… Because of this, please look for library information to go home next week instead of this week regarding which items your child has checked out.  Also, feel free to turn in poems untilTuesday May 6th.

Thank you


Library Reminders!

  • All poetry entries for the contest are due THIS Friday, May 2.  They should be emailed to, along with a permission slip to publish your child’s poetry.
  • All library materials are due Friday, May 16.  There is a classroom competition for 1st-6thgrades to see which class will be first to have all library materials returned by May 16.  Please help your students find any missing library materials and help their class to win. Watch for library information coming home this week about what materials are checked out to your students.
  • A reminder that all library materials need to be returned and lost or damaged items paid for before students will be allowed to participate in end of the year activities and/or receive yearbooks.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Peterson
  • A+ BOOK FAIR is coming next week!  Come get some wonderful summer reading books.  All proceeds help us get new books for students in the library and classrooms.  Thanks for your support!


Reagan Academy Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month!

Mrs. Peterson has decided to host a school-wide poetry contest.  All poetry that is entered into the contest will be published in a book that will be housed in the “Reagan Academy” area of the library, where other books created by Reagan Academy students are already available to be checked out.  There will be a special place in the book reserved for winning poems.  If your child is interested in participating in the contest and in having a poem included in the 2014 Reagan Academy Poetry Book, there are two categories your child may enter. Please refer to the attached document for all contest information, rules, and permission slips.


Poetry contest Rules 2014   <- Information, Rules and Permission Slips



Library and Yearbooks

Yearbooks were distributed today. If your student ordered a yearbook but did not get it, it might be because they still have library books that have not been taken care of. Please keep in mind that until all obligations to the library and the lunch room are taken care of, students will not be able to get their yearbook or participate in end of the year activities (Lagoon, Field Day, Cowabunga Bay). Please contact Mrs. Peterson ( or 801-489-7828, x808) with any library concerns.

Library Reading Program

HOORAY!  The Library Reading Program is here!  Plan for fun, prizes, and stories galore!

Here is some information about the new library reading programs.  There are two programs, one for 1st /2nd grade and the other for 3rd through 8th grade.  Kindergarteners are welcome to participate in the younger grade program if the parent takes the lead to help their child claim prizes and collect and keep track of paperwork (see Mrs. Peterson).  Students should record the title of the books they read on their program paper and older students should also rate the book (1 star = did not like it, 5 stars = loved it).  Books can come from any library, including your personal library at home.  I have listed categories and genres for each of the programs below so you can find books that fit.  Prizes will be awarded for the number of books read.  Prizes include things like pencils, erasers, stickers, a small treat, book marks, small toys, a bag of popcorn, etc.  If you have similar items around your house that you do not need anymore, or would like to donate new items, we would love to have prize donations sent to the library.

Both programs are optional and are just for fun.  I cannot stress enough the importance of making reading a good experience for your children.  Please do not force your children to participate or force them to practice reading skills for this program.  Studies have proven that children who have positive experiences with lots of books achieve higher levels in school.  Children who are “friends” with books learn more easily.  There are only 2 goals for this program:  1) that students will have an enjoyable time reading lots of books, and 2) that students will be introduced to new genres that might be personally appealing.

For this program there are NO size requirements (such as the book must be 100 pages).  There are some fantastic short books available that contain a wealth of information, not to mention appeal!  Please be aware there are also some very lengthy books (such as an animal encyclopedia, or a recipe book) that are not intended to be read from cover to cover.  If your child is interested in such a book, they should spend time reading as many of the sections that interest them.  If they have spent a good amount of time with the book, it counts as one of the titles on their paper.

There are no deadlines to complete reading and students may repeat the program as often as they choose.

All Aboard the Reading Train!   1st /2nd Grade
Students are encouraged to read eight books from four different categories found on the Reagan Academy library shelves (read two books from each category).  Students may either read the book on their own OR have the story read to them by someone else.  After the book is read, the title should be recorded on the Reading Train paper.  I will be sending Reading Train papers home this week, please watch for them.  When the paper is complete, please sign it and return it to school with your child for a prize.  When your child has completed three pages, he/she will also receive a small bag of popcorn at the end of the day to eat outside or to take home.  The four categories to read from are:

Non-fiction – anything that is factual, such as animal books, biographical stories or biographies, arts and craft books, sports books, solar system and science books, etc.

Picture Books – usually fiction books with a lot of pictures to go along with the text.

Easy Books – These books have fewer words on each page and the words are usually written in a larger font – these are books that are generally not intimidating to young readers.

Collection Books – These are picture books that come with lots of stories about the same character or theme.  Here are some examples from my collection shelf:  Arthur, Barbie, Berenstain Bears, Black Lagoon, Clifford, Curious George, Dr. Seuss, Disney books, Fancy Nancy, Frog and Toad, Lego books, Little Critter, Madeleine, Magic School Bus, Sesame Street, Star Wars, Strawberry Shortcake, etc…

Chapter books can also be read, but there is not a space for chapter book titles.  If your child reads (or is read to) a chapter book, the chapter book can take the place of any one of the other titles!  You choose where to add it to your paper.

Reading Passport – Around the World Through Reading!    Grades 3 – 8

Students are encouraged to read eight books that fit within the following genres or categories:

1.       Historical Fiction or Biography

2.       Non-Fiction 000-500 (or the first half of the non-fiction area)

3.       Fantasy or Science Fiction

4.       Classic or Mystery

5.       Any Book of Your Choice

6.       Non Fiction 600-900 (or the last half of the non-fiction area)

7.       Picture Book

8.       Award Book – Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Coretta Scott King, Geisel, etc.

Genre choices and broad categories are offered whenever possible so that students have opportunities to find titles that really interest them. At least two of the books for older students should be chapter books.  Students can read the book themselves OR have the book read to them (a great family activity).   After the book is read, the title should be added to the Reading Passport paper.   Some students are choosing to keep their paper at school so it will not get lost.  If your children are keeping the paper at school and read a book from home, just have them write the title on a paper to bring with them to school.  They can add the title to their Reading Passport in the library (before school or on their library day).  When the Reading Passport is finished, students will bring it home to get a parent signature and then return it for a bag of popcorn to eat outside at the end of the day or at home (older students get a small prize without a signature after four books are complete).

If you have any questions, please email me at
Thanks for your help and support!
Tina Peterson