Nicole Miller

Shalom! Hello! Hola! Welcome Parents/Guardians and Middle School Students of Ben Gamla Kendall.

If you’re reading this, you’ve managed to find Mrs. Miller’s Webpage!  On this page you will find any and all pertinent information regarding upcoming events, important dates, as well as any general information regarding our English Language Arts program.

A little about me:

This is my second year teaching at Ben Gamla and I am so excited to return to such a great school! 

I am from Orange County, NY but moved to Miami for college. Prior to teaching I was a real estate paralegal. I learned a lot working at a law firm and am grateful for all the years in the law field but my true calling is in education. Teaching is my passion. I feel extremely lucky to get to teach and build trusting relationships with our middle school students. I strive to teach them to care about their education, to become well-rounded young adults and to be kind to everyone they meet. Inspiring students to read, not because they have to, but because it’s actually fun, continues to be my goal. I have always believed that reading is the key to learning, and as the late, great Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

I received a B.A. in history from Florida International University and will be resuming my graduate degree. I am certified to teach English and Social Studies and am currently working on ESOL and Reading endorsements. This year I get to put my college degree to even better use, as I will be teaching U.S. History and Civics along with English Language Arts. 

Aside from teaching, I love to travel. My husband and I love to hike and we make it a priority to visit a new national park every year. My favorites (so far) have been Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah), Zion National Park (Utah), Mount Rainier National Park (Washington) and the Grand Canyon (Arizona). This summer we will be heading to Glacier National Park (Montana), Mount Rushmore (South Dakota), Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), and Grand Teton (Wyoming).This country has so much beauty to offer. Get out there and explore when you can! 

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Dear middle school students,

The 2017-2018 has come to an end, and what a year it was! We shared so many great memories. As discussed, I will require that you read at least two books this summer – one fiction and one non-fiction book of your choice. You will see some suggestions below, but you can absolutely pick one of your own. I would also like for you to do a summer activity in which you create a newspaper based on one or both the books you read this summer. The packet, which will be linked below, is very detailed and I hope you read through it thoroughly. I know some of you will be vacationing or away at camp this summer, so I will not make the newspaper a requirement, although the reading of two books absolutely is.

I hope you have a great and relaxing summer. See you next school year!

With love,

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

Recommended Reading List for Incoming 6th Graders

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Almost Home – Joan Bauer

Angel in My Pocket – Ilene Cooper

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

Archer’s Quest – Linda Sue Park

Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander

Belly Up – Stuart Gibbs

Better Nate Than Ever – Tim Federle

Crossing the Wire – Will Hobbs

Daphne’s Book – Mary Downing Hahn

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book – Nat Hentoff

Ella Enchanted – Gale Carson Levine

Ellie’s Story – W. Bruce Cameron

Flygirl – Sherri L. Smith

The Girl Who Could Fly – Victoria Forester

Gossamer – Lois Lowry

Grab Hands and Run – Frances Temple

Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s Teacher – Marfe Delano Listen! – Stephanie Tolan

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Lowji Discovers America – Candace Fleming

Moon Runner – Carolyn Marsden

Navigating Early – Clair Vanderpool

No More Magic – Avi

On My Honor – Marian Dane Bauer

One for the Murphys – Linda Mullaly Hunt

Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper

Perfect – Natasha Friend

Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice – Joseph Delaney

Root Cellar – Janet Lunn

Seven Kisses in a Row – Patricia MacLachlan

Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs – Betty Birney

Shakespeare’s Secret – Elise Broach

Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

Summer of the Swans – Betsy Byars

The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd

Thinking in Pictures – Temple Grandin

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster – Deborah Hopkinson

Ways to Live Forever – Sally Nichols

When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead

Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth Speare

Wringer – Jerry Spinelli

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

*Please Note: Students are not limited to selections from this list for PERSONAL CHOICE BOOKS.

Recommended Reading List for Incoming 7th Graders

Angelfish – Laurence Yep
Archer’s Quest – Linda Sue Park
Bridge to America – Linda Glaser
Close Encounters of a Third-World Kind – Jennifer Stewart
Crossing the Wire – Will Hobbs
Crooked River – Shelley Pearsall
Cousins – Virginia Hamilton
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie – Jordan Sonnenblick
Freak the Mighty – W. R. Philbrick
Gossamer – Lois Lowry
Heat – Mike Lupica
Lowji Discovers America – Candace Fleming
Lyddie – Katherine Paterson
Of Nightingales That Weep – Katherine Paterson
Olivia and the Little Way Nancy – Carabio Belanger

The Master Puppeteer – Katherine Paterson
My Name is Brian – Jeanne Betacourt
Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice – Joseph Delaney
Road From Home – D. Kheridian
Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs – Betty Birney
Shakespeare’s Secret – Elise Broach
Shakespeare Stories – Leon Garfield
Song of the Trees – Mildred Taylor
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush – Virginia Hamilton
The Door in the Wall – Margaret de Angeli
Trading Places – Claudia Mills
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech
Where the Lilies Bloom – Vera & Bill Cleaver
Yolonda’s Genius – Carol Fenner
*Please Note: Students are not limited to selections from this list for PERSONAL CHOICE BOOKS

Recommended Reading List for Incoming 8th Graders

Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints – Colleen Swaim
Among the Hidden – Margaret Haddix
Code Orange – Caroline Cooney
Cousins – Virginia Hamilton
Crossing the Wire – Will Hobbs
Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dumphrey – Margaret Haddix
Dragonwings – Laurence Yep
Free Baseball – Sue Corbett
Gathering Blue – Lois Lowry
Go Ask Alice – Anonymous
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K.Rowling
Hiding the Stranger: A Trilogy – Joan Kelly
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
The House of Dies Drear – Virginia Hamilton
Incident at Hawk’s Hill – Allan Eckert
The Island – Gary Paulsen
Julie of the Wolves – Jean George
Listen! – Stephanie Tolan
The Music of Dolphins – Karen Hesse
Moon Runner –  Carolyn Marsden
My Brother Sam is Dead – James Collier
Olivia’s Gift – Nancy Carabio Belanger
Outlaw Red – Jim Kjelgaard
Perfect – Natasha Friend
Red Kayak – Priscilla Cummings
Rules – Cynthia Lord
Scorpions – Walter Dean Myers
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup – Ron Koertge
Schooled – Gordon Korman
The Shakespeare Stealer – Gary Blackwood
There’s a Bat in Bunk Five – Paula Danziger
When the Game Was Ours – Larry Bird and Julius Earvin
Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo – Zlata Filipovic
*Please Note: Students are not limited to selections from this list for PERSONAL CHOICE BOOKS.

Summer Reading Project – Newspaper (Any Book)

Parents/Guardians, it is so important that our students read daily for a minimum of 30 minutes. Please encourage your child to pick up a book, any book that they are interested in, and read. Thank you! Scholastic Book Lists and Recommendations for 11-13 year olds.

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