Vol. 1 No. 13 ~ Apr. 15, 2014

This Newsletter:

  • Literacy Nights / Dia de los ninos Events
  • Mound Fort 9th: 1930s and 1960s
  • Mt. Ogden Utah Studies: Native American Tribes
  • OHS American Gov.: Senate Simulation
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Literacy Night / Dia de los ninos Celebrations

Ben Lomond High, Ogden High, and the District Teacher Librarians invite families to celebrate Dia de los ninos / Dia de los libros at the high schools. The evening will feature read-alouds, creating writer's notebooks, performances by students, a book handout to each family, and Carlos Camacho, a bilingual storyteller. Come celebrate and visit your future schools!

Ben Lomond Literacy Night / Dia de los ninos

Tuesday, April 15th, 6:30-8pm

1080 9th St

Ogden, UT

This year Hillcrest, Horace Mann, and Lincoln elementary schools are invited to Ben Lomond.

Ogden High Literacy Night / Dia de los ninos

Thursday, April 24th, 6:30-8pm

2828 Harrison Blvd

Ogden, UT

This year, Shadow Valley, Polk, and Odyssey elementary schools are invited to Ogden High.

Mound Fort 9th: 1930s and 1960s

Ninth-grade students at Mound Fort Junior High School will soon read To Kill a Mockingbird for their language arts classes. To build background knowledge, teachers Kelly Buie and Judi McMinn and District Teacher Librarians guided students through research projects on historical events to help students situate the novel in its historical context (1930s) and the period during which the novel was written (1960s). Topics ranged from the Dust Bowl and Great Depression to Freedom Riders and the Civil Rights Movement.

Students collaborated in small groups using NoodleTools to develop bibliographies and organize their information on digital note cards. Students created poster boards that guided their classroom presentations. Each board included a topic sentence, three essential questions, and evidence of research that answered their questions. Students shared their presentation boards with their families and friends at a well-attended literacy night.

Mt. Ogden 7th Graders Research Utah's Native Americans

Mt. Ogden teachers Laurie Armour and Tony Zuniga worked with the District Teacher Librarians to research Utah's Native American tribes with a new group of 7th grade Utah Studies students. Many more resources were collected for this round, including videos, books, and websites. Students created note cards and bibliographies, and recorded their research on their group's poster about their assigned tribe. Students had a gallery walk to learn about the other tribes in Utah from their classmates' research. Honors students furthered their work by writing compare and contrast papers between two different tribes' culture, history, and influence today.

OHS Congress Is In Session!

Jaci Durtschi’s American Government class teamed up again with the DTLs to put on a Senate Simulation unit with a new group of Seniors. Students researched various viewpoints and solutions on many social issues of the day including: minimum wage, gun control, drinking ages, and gambling. Students collaborated together to come up with their proposed bill, including enforcement and implementation, and presented it to their fellow classmates in the Senate. The Senators then voted on the bill. This semester, the bill had to pass through their own class and another class, representing the Senate and the House of Representatives. Students collected their research and citations on Google Documents as the teacher librarians helped guide them to verified sources of information to back up their bills and prepare for counter-arguments.

Ogden School District Teacher Librarians

We are excited to co-teach with you in your classroom. Please contact both your principal and one of the DTLs about co-teaching opportunities.

Also, if you have questions or comments about the district library program, please feel free to contact us:


Katie Kilts --

Daniel Mauchley --

Shelly Ripplinger --

Elaine Shelburne MLS / M.Ed -

Avan Thayn --

Amy Jamison --

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