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Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson


"Laurie Halse Anderson masterfully gives voice to teen characters undergoing transformations in their lives through their honesty and perseverance while finding the courage to be true to themselves."

David Mowery, Chair
2009 Margaret A. Edwards Committee


Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Laurie was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature…”. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.

Tabitha Jones

Covid-19 Updates

This is very important information regarding laws/rules to protect ourselves and your children. 

  • Students must wear a mask on the bus, entering the building, during hallway transitions, to the cafeteria, to the restrooms, and walking to activity classes.

  • Students will not be required to wear them in the classroom while sitting 6 feet apart at their desks. However, if they travel around the room for whatever reason, a mask is required. 

  • Students will be provided with a mask and lanyard. If a student loses their mask, breaks it, or does not bring it to school, they will be provided with one for the day. If this becomes a recurring problem, parents will be contacted.

  • If a student is sent home with a fever and they test NEGATIVE for Covid-19, a student CANNOT return to school unless they are FEVER FREE for 48 hours with NO MEDICATION! 

  • If a student is sent home and tests POSITIVE for Covid-19, you will be contacted about quarantine regulations and possible exposure of others. 

  • The school nurse will not be able to take care of small incidents like pulling a tooth, bug bites, chapped lips, etc. These problems will be handled in the classroom. If you are not comfortable with me applying Neosporin, itch cream, or vaseline for lips, please let me know on the last page. The reason for this new policy is to keep students out of the nurse’s office where there could possibly be a sick child. If an emergency arises, the nurse will take care of the situation promptly. 

  • Students will not have access to the drinking fountains. However, students can bring a water bottle and fill it up at the water bottle filling stations. 

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