Jun 212017

Summer Reading


Dear Knights,

Below are your Summer Reading Lists for next school year. Please follow all directions and make sure that the assignments are done well–they will be your FIRST grade in your English class next year. Happy reading!

6th Grade Summer Reading

7th Grade Summer Reading 

8th Grade Summer Reading 

9th Grade Summer Reading 

10th Grade Summer Reading

11th Grade Summer Reading

12th Grade Summer Reading

Additional Novels for 10th-12th

Dialectical Journal Instructions 



May 222015

Why Summer Reading? (A message from your librarian)

While students may groan at the thought of our summer reading list, know that all of us at Holy Cross have their best interest at heart.  Did you know that students who don’t continue reading during the summer, can lose as much as a year’s reading level? You can read the benefits of summer reading in the article: Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement on the School Library Journal.

Parents, I urge you to push your children to read this summer, past the required summer reading.  Here are some ideas:

1)      We are blessed with a wonderful public library system. Check out the summer reading programs at your nearby branch.  The Central Library just opened a fantastic area for teens!   Go to http://www.mysapl.org/ for information on what’s happening all over town.

2)      Model reading for your kids.  Do you read the newspaper, books, explore topics on the internet?  This has a powerful effect on your children.

3)      Visit bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Half Price Books.  You don’t even have to buy anything. They love for people to just browse and read.

4)      Try our ebook library – just download the app for MackinVIA on your smart phone.  Pick Holy Cross of San Antonio. Username is the student’s ID number, Password is hcosa.  We have about 100 ebooks and audio books just waiting for your student to self-checkout.

5)      Reward them!   “Incentives” are always helpful.

Please email me if you have any questions or to tell me your success with your children!  They may also email me about the great books they are reading. (Karen.braeuler@holycross-sa.org) Have a blessed summer.

– Mrs. Karen Braeuler

May 222015

Library Databases – For use all year long!

You can access our library databases, including the World Book Online, by going to our Library Homepage.

Here are the directions:

Go to the Holy Cross website http://holycross-sa.org

Hover cursor on Academics, click on Library Resources, click on Library Homepage.

Click on any database.  All usernames and passwords are: hcosa

Please notice all the links available for your use!  If you have questions email your librarian: