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7th graders display their award certificates signed by State Librarian, Jesse White.


Not only did Spring bring the return to in-person learning at CMS, it also brought great news for many of our students. Twenty-three CMS 6th and 7th graders received awards in the statewide Letters About Literature contest. Sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Illinois State Librarian, Jesse White, the reading and writing contest requires students to write a letter to an author, living or dead, who has written a book that has been personally meaningful to them. Letters were submitted by ELA teacher, Beth Hogan. Ms. Hogan uses the experience to lead students through the writing process. This year, three students earned recognition as state finalists: Cecelia B., Kate G., and Amala W.


Last school year, both the top state winners in 6th and 7th grade were CMS students! https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book/past-letters.html



6th grade students display their Letters About Literature award certificates.



6th & 7th grade English teacher, Beth Hogan announces the LAL award winners to 7th grade students. Every 7th grade student earned an award.


Fostering a lifelong love of reading is a core value of CMS, so we are particularly proud of our students' accomplishments.

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