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Velma Bell Hamilton Middle School: Home


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twitter birdFollow @VHMLMC - Ms Phelps will be updating during our COVID-19 shutdown (click on image)

Did you knoWord Spotifyw our school has its own Spotify playlist??  Click on Spotify Icon to open our 'Velma Bell Hamilton MS Power & Positivity Mix" [Have a suggestion for a song to add that has a message of POWER and/or POSITIVITY? email it to Ms Phelps!


Painting of Velma Bell Hamilton, older middle aged African American woman, smiling and sitting on a chair 

Click on Mrs. Hamilton's portrait to learn about our wonderful namesake!  See more info -- including pictures --  here.

A Great Library Simile

Under words is an image of a tardis (or phone booth) from BBC show Dr. Who

Newbery Winners 2021!!

NEW from J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter At Home Hub

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Xello - student access

ISTE Standards- Why Chromebooks Are Important Learning Tools

Search our Ebook & Audiobook collection HEY WE FINALLY GOT NEW BOOKS! Check it out!

spaceship logoClick on the image to go to our ebook & audiobook catalog

Click here to see Ms Phelps' short video about how to use Sora to get just what you want

Click here to see tips for searching Sora (Overdrive) 

Click here to go to Wisconsin's Digital Library ebook & audiobook catalog (much bigger than ours)

Click here to see how to connect your school Sora with the Wisconsin Digital library - gives you the most choices in one place!

Click here to Audible -- Amazon Audible now offers FREE Audio Books! [and then maybe choose Tween or Teen]

Search our Catalog



May: Celebrate Asian -Pacific Island Heritage Month with a GREAT BOOK!

Download 2 Free Audiobooks per week -- goes through Aug 4 -- CLICK on IMAGE below

Audio File Sync audiobooks for teens 2 free downloads a week April 29 - August 4

Great Big Story: Celebrating Asian -Pacific Heritage Month

15 min video includes: Lion Dancing, Korean American rapper, Hawaiian Hula Dancing, Indian cuisine, and a Cuban/Chinese restaurant in NYC

Midwinter Chromebook Refresh & Clean-up

How to troubleshoot chromebook problems

6-Word Story Contest WINNERS & ALL ENTRIES - THANK YOU to ALL!!!

Black History Month - Celebrate with an AMAZING book!

Books & Cats

Library Clips video

Have you read Jason Reynold's 'Ghost'? This is the friend who the story is based on

In Honor of April, Poetry Month -- favorite poems!

I sometimes think that I am not a huge poetry fan, but when I think about things that I have read and enjoyed, I realize I LOVE a lot of poetry!  For me, it started with good old Dr. Seuss, then Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening," all the great poetry in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glassthen all the wonderful poetry in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, and moving on to 'The Simpsons' great version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" ... so I hope you have some favorites too!

Check this out - Madison Public Library is posting a poem every day in April!

Here are some of my favorites:

Throwback video!

46 of the Most Beautiful Sentences in YA Literature

Click the image to read some BuzzFeed reader favorites!


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Please fill out THIS FORM and I will figure out the best way to get you back up and running!


How can I get an ACTUAL BOOK from the Hamilton LMC??

Remember our fun StickTogether Mystery Posters in the LMC? Here is a VIRTUAL ONE! Have at it!!

Don't have a Public Library Card? Get a virtual one for free!

Click on card to sign up for a virtual library card. [You DON'T need one if you already have a library card]

NEW NEWS: MPL is doing CURBSIDE PICK-UP OF BOOKS, and phone help. You have to put the book on hold, and the libraries are NOT doing inter-library loans, so you will have to pick up at the library that has your book. More info here.

Book of the Week - What is Ms Phelps loving?

Click on image to see more books

Bookcover with snow-covered mansion next to a river

Podcast or Video Contest! Deadline is June 1

Create a PODCAST or VIDEO and submit by June 1. Click on link below for details!

Spectrum is offering 2 deals: FREE & REDUCED PRICE internet this fall

Breakout EDU -- Play live M-F @ 1pm (for prizes), or anytime that you want (no prizes, but still fun!)

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How do you play? 
In order to play, visit at 1PM and wait for the game to start. There is no login required. When you complete a game, you can enter to win a prize. It is FREE!
Can students win prizes? 
When a game is complete the player enters their parent’s or teacher’s email address. Winners must reside in the U.S. to win a prize . 
Can I play past episodes? 
Yep! All past episodes can be found at

More Fun Stuff

What is the Next Book in that Series????

Queer Youth Book Club

The Queer Youth Book Club  is a social reading group  for LGBTQIA+ middle and high school students.  Click on the image to get info about the books, dates, and locations of meetings!