Media Minute

BAMO Media Center Newsletter | September 2021



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I am Every Good Thing, by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

I am a nonstop ball of energy. Powerful and full of light. I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader. The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through--as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he's afraid, because he's so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you--and shows you--who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!


Self-awareness is the ability to recognize one’s own feelings, interests, and strengths, in addition to maintaining an accurate level of self-efficacy. Students who are selfaware are capable of describing and understanding their own emotions. In addition, they are capable of recognizing their own strengths and weaknesses. Students’ beliefs about their own strengths and weaknesses influence the academic choices they make, how long they will persist on tasks and whether or not they will ask for help on academic tasks


Individuality and Positive Self-Concept (We are aware of the importance of each unique identity and the strengths we all bring as individuals)

IB Learner Profile Attribute:

Reflective -

I use experiences to consider my choices, take action, help me grow, and improve the world around me.

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C James, Read-Aloud by Story J (until 09/30/2021)

Race2Read Materials for Beanstack App

Race2Read Materials

Here are the resources to for Beanstack-Race2Read:

  • Beanstack101 Student Guide -- This 2-pager will help your students sign-in and complete the 3 main actions in Beanstack on both the web and mobile apps.
  • School flyer -- This will help your students and community members sign-in and complete logging in the Beanstack app on both the web and mobile apps.
  • Quickstart Guides -- Teachers, these guides will give you at-a-glance information about how you and your students sign-in, and the actions you can take in Beanstack.
  • Quick Experience Videos: The video links below will help you introduce Beanstack to your students, and are a good resource!

Video Links:

*Student Experience

*Teacher Experience


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eBooks & eRsources in MyBackPack


Kid’s GALILEO is an excellent resource for students to do research. GALILEO is a gateway to credible and authoritative resources -- a universe of full‑text articles, ebooks, journals, educational videos and more.

You can access GALILEO through my Backpack or

The password for Atlanta Public Schools is: traffic

MyBackpack eBook Shelf

APS District eBook Shelf

To access the APS eBook shelf, students should log into MyBackpack. Select the eBooks tile. From here, all apps are accessible for student use.

To access apps requiring username/password, use the following credentials:

TumbleBook Library/Cloud

Username: atlantaps

Password: books

Big Timber Books

Username: atlantaps

Password: readmore

MyBackpack eResources

APS eResources

To access APS eResources, students should log into MyBackpack. Select eResources.

World Almanac (Elem, Middle & HS) - no additional log in required

National Geographic Kids: Password: readmore

Infobits - Password: readmore

Learn360: no additional log in required

Britannica Image Quest - no additional log in required

Blooms Literature - no additional log in required

Need to find out if a book is an AR book?

1. Go to Renaissance Accelerated Reader Book Finder at this link:

2. Once there, click on student, or parent
3. In "Quick Search," type the title of the book
4. If the book is indeed an AR title, information about the book will appear, if it is not an AR title, it will say, "No AR Quiz"

Loraine Foushee

Loraine Foushee is a life-long learner that enjoys sharing her knowledge with individuals aspiring to reach their full potential. Loraine completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Media Production and her Master of Education in Instructional Technology at American InterContinental University (AIU). It was immediately after receiving her Bachelors in Media Production that Loraine started her career as a Production Technician at a market-8 News Station, CBS46 Atlanta for 6 years.
Loraine transitioned to a career in education, she shared her love of media production with high school students for 7 years. Her career has spanned Clayton County, Gwinnett County and Cobb County. Loraine completed her Specialist degree in Education with Certification in Library Media Science in 2013. She accepted her current position as the proud Media Specialist of Barack and Michelle Obama Academy in 2014.
Loraine Foushee is also an award winning film producer with more than 20 years of industry experience.