Reading Programs

Gateway Reading Program 

Every year the Missouri Association of School Librarians presents a list of fifteen books that represents the best current youth literature available to students in grades 9-12.  This list of Gateway nominees is named such "because reading is the gateway to knowledge and lifelong learning, because the teen years are the gateway to adulthood, and because Missouri was the Gateway to the West". The award is voted on by high school students throughout the state of Missouri.

To participate in the Gateway Reading Program and be a Gateway Reader, students need to read at least 2 books from the 21-22 Gateway Book List, vote for their favorite book in March, and then attend a party. 


Reader Selector for Gateway Nominees

Before books become Gateway Nominees, a list of twenty-five books are read and voted on by students, teachers, and librarians all over the state of Missouri. 

To become a reader selector, FHC students need to read at least 2 of the 25 books from the Reader Selector List by January, and then rank all the books they read. The program runs from August through the beginning of January each year. Students participating need to see Mrs. Head, Mrs. LaMartina or Mrs. Smith. 


Cover to Cover

Each quarter, a book is chosen as a topic for discussion. Students who have read the book are invited to come to the LC to discuss the book. Click the link above to find out about the current Cover to Cover selection and to find out more.

Project Lit

Project LIT is a literacy movement started by Dr. Jarred Amato, an English teacher at Maplewood HS (Nashville, TN), and his students. The movement's goal is to empower readers and leaders in schools and communities around the world. The FHC chapter of Project LIT hosts a book discussion for those who have read the current selection. Follow the link above to find out more about the next book discussion gathering. 


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