KMS Library Report

November 2015

Our Mission

The Kammerer Middle School library is committed to supporting the Jefferson County Public School’s Vision that “all students graduate prepared to reach their full potential and contribute to our society throughout life” We will lead JCPS Middle Schools in access to technology, access to information, and innovative programs to increase student achievement. The KMS Library will teach students to effectively use information and provide teachers with a collaborative environment and curriculum based resources to increase student achievement in the classroom.

Your KMS Library at Work

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“Students consistently perform better on tests when there is a certified full-time librarian and appropriate assistant on staff” – School Library Impact Studies 2013

Collaborative units and resources in the classroom

360 students provided resources for learning!

“The Westing Game” class set for 6th grade language arts unit

“The Raven and other Poems” class set for 7th grade language arts unit

“I survived Pompeii” Class set for 7th grade social studies unit

“Drums, girls, and Dangerous Pie” Class set for 8th grade language arts unit

“The Giver” Class set for 8th grade language arts unit

“Chains: Seeds of America” Class set 8th grade Social Studies Unit

“Collaborative planning between school librarians and teachers enhance student learning” – School Library Impact Studies 2013

Collection Development Update

The KMS Library through generous contributions of PTSA members, the annual book fair, and allocations from the administration acquired several new resources to support 7th grade social studies curriculum and the study of ancient Egypt. 4 new books, with two including multi-user access were added to the collection as well as database access and three ipad apps.

Database access last month was up 70% from September 2015. There were 75 resources on Ancient Egypt circulated during the month of November. This is an increase of 30% compared to November of 2014. Ipad apps purchased as part of the special collection were utilized 1000 times during the month of November, representing 3.3 uses per student. The new databases were accessed 600 times from school and 150 times from home. Student and staff response to the new resources has been robust and is continuing to drive database usage for other social studies focus topics.

Total expenditure for the new collection was $1800 dollars. Resources from the new collection were utilized 1825 times in November, representing a $.99 cents per student cost. The per student cost should drop well below $.25 cents per student use over the course of the year. Contrasted with a $75 dollar per student cost for new textbooks the special collection on ancient Egypt represents tremendous value and learning opportunities. The KMS Library staff and the students of Kammerer Middle School thank you for your support!!

"Higher expenditures, and larger, newer, and varied collections contribute to improved test scores" - School Library Impact Studies 2013

After Hours Usage

Guitar Club: 2nd,9th, & 16th

Photo Club: 5th & 12th

Staff Meeting: 3rd ,10th , & 17th

Drama Club: 4th & 11th

Sports Study Hall: 4th,11th,12th & 16th

Available days: 17 Usage: 14 Capacity: 82%

What else is going on?

Fellowship of Christian Athletes: 2nd, 9th, & 16th 7:05-7:25 before school

Beta Club Induction: November 12th

Morning Broadcast production: 1st period each day

Yearbook production team: 1st period each day

“Extended hours of operation and flexible scheduling have a direct impact on student achievement” – School Library Impact Studies 2013

New books!! Check 'em out!

Partners in Crime by Kim Harrington


When best friends Darcy and Norah have to create a fake business for a school assignment, they come up with a great idea: a detective agency! Darcy loves mysteries, and Norah likes helping people, so it's a perfect fit.

But then their pretend agency gets a real case. Someone is missing, and it's up to Darcy and Norah to take on the search. Unfortunately, there's someone else out there who doesn't want the two detectives stirring up any trouble. . . .

With the help of hidden clues, spy gadgets, and trusted friends, can Darcy and Norah crack the case in time?

What students are saying

“ I love the library” – Jamal 7th grade

“Mr. D helps me with all my research projects” – Anael 6th grade

“They always have a new book or something interesting for me to read” – Jasmine 8th grade

“They let you check out a Kindle! Cool!” – James 8th grade

“There’s always something interesting going on” – Thomas 6th grade

Citations/Image & Photo Credits

ABC-Clio [Online database product image]. (2015) Retrieved December 8th 2015 from (2015) Son of the mob. [book synopsis] Retrieved from

Barnes and Noble. (2015) Can true love survive highschool. [book synopsis] Retrieved from

[Can true love survive high school book cover]. n.d. Retrieved December 6th 2015 from

Darrigrandi, V. [Self portrait] (2014). Retrieved December 6th 2015 from

Goodreads (2015) Partners in crime. [book synopsis] Retrieved from

Gretes, Frances. August 2013. School library impact studies: A review of finding and guide to sources. Retrieved from

Kids Discover [Online database product image] n.d. Retrieved December 8th 2015 from

[Legal codes and constitution]. n.d. Retrieved December 8th 2015 from

Nelms, Mackenzie. n.d. No Title. Retrieved December 8th from

[Partners in crime book cover]. 2015. Retrieved December 6th 2015 from

Simon and Schuster n.d. The summer I turned pretty [Book synopsis] Retrieved from

[Son of the Mob book cover]. n.d.Retrieved December 6th 2015 from

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