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GRIT Book Club

GRIT 2021

GRIT is a traditional book club. We all read the same book at the same time and then meet to talk about it.  If the past year has revealed anything, it's that we all need GRIT to get through remarkable challenges! 

Previously, we met during lunch but the pandemic upended our schedule. This spring we will meet virtually. Send an email to Mrs. Nocita to indicate your interest in participating!  You do not have to participate in all 3 books.  You could choose which book(s) most appeal(s) to you.  If you’re interested in learning more, go to   or you can join our canvas tile 

April 1 -- Our first book will be The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling 

Time TBD

Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book and should plan to have it read before the discussion date.  

PSMS Catalog 

Axis 360 ebook

Johnson County Library 


April 29 -- Wings of Ebony by J. Elle


May 20 -- PET by Akwaeke Emezi





Creative Writing Club

Creative Writing

March 11, March 25

send an email to if you would like to be added to our canvas tile

Do you like to write? Join us write now! During each club meeting, students will learn and practice creative writing skills which they can practice in a relaxed and social atmosphere. The club is both fun and informative and gives writers an opportunity to work on their craft and share their work with peers. Options for publishing work will be discussed. 


TAG will be virtual in 2020-2021


The library is looking for a dedicated group of readers to serve on our advisory and selection board for the 2018-2019 Teen Advisory Group (TAG) list.  This activity also qualifies as Community Service based on a model developed by the Johnson County Library.  For each book read, you may earn 2 hours of service and for each meeting you attend you will earn 1 hour. 

As a reader selector, you have the opportunity to help select books for the 2019-2020 Trendy Twelve List.  The books are student-selected to provide quality reading for Prairie Star Middle School students and appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests.  Students from other Blue Valley middle schools are also participating.  The Trendy Twelve is for students in the sixth through eighth grades. We meet as a TAG group once a month from September - February to discuss the books we’ve been reading and compare notes! This is not a book club per se.  You are reading independently from a list of 20-25 titles.  (The number varies slightly each year based on a list selected by BV Library Media Specialists). Each member is responsible for reading each of the  titles on our list.  There is no specific order in which you have to read the books, but all books must be read by the end of spring break.

Additionally, TAG members serve in an advisory capacity for library programming and assist with book fairs and library promotions as needed. Your ideas and suggestions are key to providing an engaging, student-centered media center!


March 8, March 29 (voting day)

Science Bowl

Science Bowl is an academic quiz competition that covers the fields of math and sciences over 7 subject areas: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Energy, Math, and Physics, often far beyond a typical middle schooler’s knowledge! It is challenging and exciting.   A love of science, math, and technology is a must for this fast-paced buzzer competition.  

All students are welcome to attend practices but for the competition, PSMS fields two teams of 5 members.  Team members will be selected based on academic performance, attendance, commitment, tenacity, and perseverance! We will practice Tuesdays from 3-4 pm every week.  Attendance @ practices is not strictly mandatory but will be a factor in determining the competition teams. I plan to create a Canvas group for participants that will allow members to take quizzes to help determine placement.   

National Science Bowl questions are, by and large, sourced from science textbooks commonly used at the middle school through undergraduate levels. As a result, dedicated students can achieve a high degree of success in the competition via thoughtful reading of the textbooks provided by their sciences classes. As a rule of thumb, the content difficulty at each level of competition is predominantly as follows:

Regional Event Information
Date: 02/27/2021 virtual 

Competition Location
University of Missouri - Kansas City
5100 Holmes
Kansas City, Missouri 64110


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.





Students will have a chance to tinker and create! No experience is necessary just a curious mind and willingness to explore!

3D printing, Makey Makeys, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, EV3, legos, Tinker tubs, duct tape, paint, glue, and more! Student directed and self-paced.  3-4 pm library

 3D Print Requests go to: 

We will host special events each month -- coming up Fractal Trees, Kindness & Gratitude Rocks, Snowflakes, Hand warmers

We would love donations of time, talent, or resources! Please see our wish list @