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Greetings From Mrs. Tetschner

Hello Patriots!  

I am really, really missing you.  I hope you and your families are doing well -- and that you are continuing to read, read, and read!  

Reading is one of the best activities you can do to keep your brain engaged and growing!

Remember you can check out ebooks and audio books via Sora Overdrive.  The directions are on this webpage -- over to the right.  

I need your help!  

I am trying to compile a list of the books Patriot students and staff read during the quarantine.  So, far only teachers have emailed me.  Everyone, once you have finished a book email me the title and the author and I will add it to the list.  

Can we make it to 500? 

My idea this week is to read a "classic."  Ask your older brother, older sister, mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa about a book they enjoyed when they were your age -- and give it try!  When I was your age, I enjoyed Nancy Drew books.  An updated version, called Nancy Drew Diaries, is currently available on Sora!


I hope you are enjoying the quarantine version of the library's website.  

Remember to check it out each week for new information, new book recommendations, mind-blowing (?) puzzles, SAT-level vocabulary words, and a cheesy "librarian" joke.  

Stay safe,

Mrs. Tetschner



Mrs. Tetschner is currently reading...

Tricky Words of the Week

My uncle emigrated (left a country) from Russia and immigrated (entered a country to live) to the United States.        

Thinking Outside the Box!

Commonym Of The Week --  In this type of puzzle, you are given three items.  The trick is to see if you can figure out how the three items are connected.  Example:  What do a tree, elephant, and car have in common?  The answer is that they all have trunks.

Last week's answer: What do tow, row, and show have in common?  They are all boats.

What do gray, red, and timber have in common?  

Tom Swifty of the Week -- In this type of puzzle, you are given a sentence with a blank.  The blank is usually filled in with an adverb (a word that describes how something is done).  You have to use the context clues in the sentence to try to figure out which adverb fits the best.  Example:  "Sorry I am late.  I had to change my tire, Tom said _____________."   The answer could be "flatly"  or "deflatedly" since we know from the context clue that Tom was changing a deflated or flat tire on his car. 

Last week's answer: "I know what herb would taste good with this soup," Tom said ___sagely______.

"I've been feeding the crocodile," Tom said __________________.


NBA Word Puzzle of the Week --  In this puzzle, I have created a silly clue for the name of one of the NBA teams.  (Do you remember doing this with the NFL teams?)  Yes, they may be a little cheesy because I am making them up.  Email me if you have a good one.  Example:  Imprisoned insects.  Answer: Celtics -- Cell Tics -- Get it?  

Last week's answer: Needed In Winter = Heat

Cowboy Accessories = 


Good luck!  I will post the answers the next Monday!

Vocabulary Challenge

If you could perform one altruistic act, what would it be?



definition:  unselfish, concerned for the welfare of others


Cheesy Librarian Joke

Student:  Why does Voldemort prefer Twitter to Facebook?

Librarian:  Because he only has followers, not friends.








Available on Sora Overdrive: Grab a Kleenex, Mrs. Tetschner recommends...

Sora: Overdrive

Hello Patriots!  

The method used to log in to Sora Overdrive has changed.  

You no longer need a special username and password.  From now on, you will log on to Sora the same way you logged on to computers at school.  The username is your OPS email, and the password is your student number.

All Patriots have room on their virtual bookshelf to check out two digital books -- e books (which you read right on the screen) or audio books (to which you listen).  

You can use the link in this box, or you can follow this "click" path.  

(1) Go to Nathan Hale Middle School's website.  

(2) Click on "library" on the menu bar.  

(3)  Click on the light blue button that says Sora Overdrive.  

(4)  Select Omaha Public Schools  

(5) Select "student"

(6) Username = OPS email

(7) Password = student number 

You can keep a digital book two weeks before it needs to be renewed.  Digital books that have not been renewed will be returned automatically.  

Here is the link...




How many books are the Patriots reading?

Help me keep track of the books our Patriot community is reading during this quarantine.  Send me an email at when you finish a book.  I'd love to hear what you thought about it, and I'll add it to our list.  

1. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Mrs. Tetschner)

2. Soul of the Sword by Juie Kagawa (Mrs. Tetschner)

3. Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson (Mrs. Tetschner)

4. Bombay Blues by Tanjua Desai Hidier (Mrs. Tetschner)

5. The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper (Mrs. Tetschner)

6.  Kiss Josey for Me by Florence Marie Ankeny Cox (Mr. Moriarty)

7.  Warcross by Marie Lu (Mrs. Foley)

8.  Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (Mrs. Peters)

9. Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry  (Mrs. Peters)

10. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich (Mrs. Peters)

11. The Lonely Dead by April Henry (Mrs. Peters)

12. How Carrots Won The Trojan War by Rebecca Rupp (Mrs. Peters)

13. A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell  (Mrs. Peters)

14.  The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron (Mrs. Tetschner)

15.  All Fall Down by Ally Carter (Mrs. Tetschner)

16.  See How They Run by Ally Carter (Mrs. Tetschner)

17.  Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter (Mrs. Tetschner)

18.  The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Mrs. Kissinger)

19.  Mindfulness for Teachers by Patrica Jennings (Mr. Schmidt)

20.  Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey  (Mr. Schmidt)

21.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Mrs. Bridgeford)

22.  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  (Ms. Birkemeier)

23.  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng  (Ms. Birkemeier)

24.  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Ms. Boesch)

25.  The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey  (Ms. Benson)

26. The Perfect You by Dr. Caroline Raf (Ms. Benson)

27.  The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe (Mrs. Taylor)

28.  Refugee by Alan Gratz (Mrs. Taylor)

29.  Becoming by Michelle Obama (Ms. Benson)

30.  Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Mrs. Tetschner)

31.  Little Fires Everywhere by Cleste Ng (Ms. Moore)

32.  In Her Bones by Kate Moretti (Ms. Moore)

33.  Who Switched Off My Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf (Mr. Williams)

34.  The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs (Mrs. Tetschner)

35.  Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (Mrs. Tetschner)

36.  Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry  (Mrs. Tetschner)

37.  Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry (Mrs. Tetschner)

38.  A Piece of My Soul by Cuesta Benberry (Dr. Rivers)

39.  Listening With Your Heart by Wayne Peate, MD (Dr. Rivers)

40.  The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks  (Dr. Rivers)

41. The Power of People:  Four Kinds of People Who Can Change Your Life by Verna Cornelia Price, PhD (Dr. Rivers)

42. Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy (Mr. Bedore)

43. The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan (Mr. Bedore)

44.  A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn by James Donovan (Mr. Bedore)

45.  The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle by Jane Leavy (Mr. Bedore)

46.  Coolidge by Amity Shlaes (Mr. Bedore)

47.  The Lost by Natasha Preston (Nurse Cunningham)

48.  Fire and Ash by Jonathan Mayberry (Mrs. Tetschner)

49. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Mrs. Patton)

50.  Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen (Mrs. Taylor)

51.  News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Mrs. Taylor)

52. Lost Boy Lost Girl by John Bul Dau (Mrs. Siert)

53.  The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre (Mrs. Siert)

54. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Mrs. Siert)

55. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (Mrs. Tetschner)

56.  In Her Bones by Kate Moretti (Ms. Moore)

57.  The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (Mrs. Tetschner)

58.  Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (Mrs. Tetschner)

59.  Catwoman: Soul Stealer by Sarah J. Maas (Mrs. Tetschner)






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