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2017-2018 Millie's Reading Contest

Happy reading!!!  




From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!



Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. 

And then, one day, he was lost. 



For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . . .



In The Keeper, the man who electrified the world with his amazing performance in Brazil does something he would never do on a soccer field: he drops his guard. As fiercely protective about his privacy as he is guarding the goal on the field, Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette’s syndrome defied the odds to become one of the world’s premier goalkeepers.

The Keeper recalls his childhood, being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of sports and a devout Christian faith that helped him cope when he was diagnosed with Tourette’s in the fifth grade. He looks back over his fifteen-year professional career—from becoming the youngest player to win MLS Goalkeeper of the Year to his storied move to the English Premier League with Manchester United and his current team, Liverpool’s Everton, to becoming an overnight star after his record-making performance with the United States Men’s National Team. He also talks about the things closest to his heart—the importance of family and the Christian beliefs that guide him.



A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.



Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.




Participation in the Millies is voluntary, unless otherwise specified by your teacher. Students have until April to complete their reading. In order to get credit for a book you must speak to Mr. Lubic or Ms. Price and answer questions about the book. When questions are answered correctly we will sign off on your card. Read as many as you'd like.


7/7 vote and attend party

6/7 vote and attend party

5/7 vote and small prize

4/7 small prize

3/7 satisfaction of reading some good books

John Lauster

Welcome to a New School Year!



August 23, 2018


Dear Miller Creek Parents,


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Miller Creek Middle School.  I am very excited for the upcoming school year and to have the opportunity to teach your child. This is my eighteenth year teaching Language Arts and Social Studies to middle school students.  I love being a teacher.  I could not foresee myself in any other profession or teaching any other age group.  The middle school years can be such a difficult time for an adolescent. From a teacher’s perspective, I enjoy the challenges that middle school offers. I feel it is my job to help guide students academically and socially and to hopefully alleviate some of the stress that your child is bound to encounter. My hope is to make school an enjoyable experience for all my students.  What they learn during middle school will set the foundation for their high school, and ultimately, their college years.


I grew up in Terra Linda and I graduated from Terra Linda High School. I also went to college locally, receiving my teaching credential and my Master’s in Education from Dominican University. My credential is in both Social Studies and Language Arts. I have three children (two daughters ages ten and eight, and a boy who is almost six years old).  We live in Terra Linda and are thrilled to have the opportunity to raise our children here.


It is my goal to start off strong this year and to develop a positive relationship with my students and their parents. I believe that communication is a vital component to your child’s success during the school year.  Communication between parent and student, student and teacher, and parent and teacher is essential.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have during the school year.  I have found that an open-line of communication with the parents is the most effective way to help a child improve. Please check my School Loop website for current grades, homework, test dates, important handouts and other information. I will update assignments on a daily basis and grades regularly.


I strongly encourage all parents and students to check my website on School Loop as soon as possible and to read all of the important information in order to get a better idea of what will be expected in my class. Also, please feel free to email with any questions or to provide me with any info you think I should know about your child as the school year begins.


I am very excited to start this school year.  I want to strive for the best when it comes to the academic and social development of your child. I want to wish all my students the best of luck as they embark upon the 2018-2019 school year. I look forward to working with each student and family to make this year a successful and happy one. Thanks to all of you for your support.




John Lauster

7th  Grade Language Arts and Social Studies


Unit Overview:


The Mesoamerica unit will last approx. 3 weeks.  There will be a  test at the end of the unit.  We will be focusing on the rise and fall of the Aztec, Mayan and Inca civilizations.  We will compare and contrast how each civilization collapsed. We will also use primary sources to determine the most important cause of the fall of the Aztec empire.


Below are the essential unit questions and the lesson focus questions for this unit.


Essential Unit Questions:  

1.  How was the rise of the Maya, Aztecs, and Inca civilizations similar and different?

2. How was the collapse of the Aztec and Inca empires similar and different?


Lesson Focus Questions:

1. What areas on the map did the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas occupy?  (You will have to know the modern countries that these civilizations occupied)

2. How did the Aztec, Mayans, and Incas become powerful civilizations?

3. How did the Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilizations fall?

4. What was their culture/daily life like?  (Be sure to focus on their religious beliefs, recreation, family life and class structure)

5. Which of these reasons (manipulation, alliances, disease, or superior military power), best explain the fall of Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec Empire, to the Spanish?

Posted 4/1/19

Thanks for those who were able to make Back to School Night.  In case you are interested, here is a copy of my presentation.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Posted 9/1/18

We believe that 7th grade is a time for kids to learn how to learn

One of the main objectives of a Core class is to blend Language Arts and Social Studies – focusing on valuable information about world history, reading, writing, technology, and oral communication skills.

It’s a time for students to open their minds; to become critical thinkers; to learn to analyze and question everything they read, see, and hear.
We hope that they will gain an understanding of world history that will help them make sense of the world today.

Posted 8/15/17

Class Motto

"Read Like a Wolf Eats"
 "The most important thing is to read. Read all the time; read when they tell you not to read, read what they tell you not to read, read with a flashlight under the covers, read on the bus, standing on the corner, waiting for a friend, in the dentist's waiting room. Read every minute that you can. Read like a wolf eats. Read." -Gary Paulsen
I respectfully request that every one of my students reads something for 20 minutes prior to lights-out every night.

Mr. Lauster's Classroom Expectations

Three Class Expectations:

1. Make Good Decisions

2. Be Respectful 

3. Solve the Problem



Top Ten Keys to Success in Mr. Lauster’s Class

  1. Be respectful

    Always treat your peers and the faculty and staff with respect. Avoid rude and disruptive behavior that interferes with the learning of others.

  2. Be responsible

    Make good decisions! You must take responsibility for your school work and your behavior at all times. Blaming others and making excuses will do you no good.

  3. Be safe

    Never put yourself in a position where you could cause harm to yourself or others.

  4. Be prepared

    Have your notebook, something to write with, and all other necessary school materials everyday.

  5. Be on time

    Excessive tardies are rude and disruptive. Too many tardies will have a negative impact on your grade and will lead to detentions.

  6. Be clean

    Always clean-up after yourself. Put trash in proper place and return things back to where you found them.

  7. Be organized

    Save everything I give you and keep it in your binder in a way you can find it easily.

  8. Be involved

    Be attentive at all times. Participate in discussions, ask questions, make comments, and just “be alive” in class. Always listen to or read instructions carefully before asking questions.

  9. Be proactive

    Ask for help before something is due or if you are struggling with anything. Make an appointment with me anytime you need help. I will always make time to assist you.

   10. Be happy

          Have a sense of humor and an upbeat attitude as much as possible. I will be upbeat during class, so why don’t you try to have a little fun and             stay positive?