GCS Media Matters

Upcoming Task and Dates to Remember for this Week.

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Digital Learning Day

February 17th is Digital Learning Day. What will you be doing? Click below to see a list of resources created for this special day. Don't forget to contact Pam or Sabrina so they can come out and highlight the activities you will be doing in your classroom. They want to share what our Tech Integrator are doing in the district.

Digital Learning Day Resources

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This Week February 15-19

Remember our Extreme Transformation Challenge... Send before pictures to gruert@gcsnc.com


  • Feb. 10 January GCS Reads 20 Minutes are PAST Due
    current Minutes will be archived so 2016 totals can be entered today.
  • Feb. 17 Early Release Day
  • Feb. 17 Digital Learning Day
  • Feb. 18 Elementary Media & Tech. PLC 2:00-4:00 4:00-6:00 Franklin Blvd. Board Room
  • Feb. 19 Holiday Reading Challenge Gift Card presentation Pictures Due to Tammy
  • HOLIDAY Reading challenge Gift Certificates were put in courier last week. You should receive them sometime this week. Please remember to send Tammy a picture of your winners receiving their gift card.
  • Feb. 20 GASL PLC
Volunteer of the Month Israilita Jones at Madison Elementary
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Dates to Remember


  • Feb. 26 Applicants interested in attending World View and presenting at our Global Conference, need to submit their application through this link on or before Friday,
  • Feb. 29 Applications due for Summer Teaching with Primary Resources Program. See Details below.
  • Mar. 2 Read Across America Day
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The COUNTDOWN is on for BOB. 15 school days and counting...

Please share with anyone you feel may be willing to volunteer.


Please volunteer for one of the BOB competition. We are looking for judges, scorekeepers, and timekeepers on March 9, 10, and 11.

Upcoming BOB deadlines:

  • BOB Rosters are due to Jackie. Please include the coaches' names. A template will be emailed this week.
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HOST AUTHOR LISA GRAFF FOR FREE DURING HER WEEK-LONG SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM TOUR!

  • If you and your students are readers (and fans!)* of award-winning author Lisa Graff, then sign up for your chance to win a 30-minute Skype session!
  • All classes on the tour will receive a swag bag of goodies from Penguin (including free books, bookmarks, and more).
  • Ms. Graff will be Skyping into schools across the country from Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22, 2016. DON'T MISS THIS CHANCE.
  • *All classes must prepare for the tour by reading A Tangle of Knots, Lost in the Sun, or Absolutely Almost, which you will receive free prior to the visit.
  • Sign Up Here

CREATE A "LIVING WAX MUSEUM" IN YOUR SCHOOL OR LIBRARY!

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Random Acts of Kindness Week.

  • Feb. 14-20, is Random Acts of Kindness Week. During this week, our schools will be conducting food drives to support Backpack Beginnings, which has supplied more than 3,500 cans of food just this school year to food pantries. School social workers are coordinating this effort.
  • You can help by contributing one can, one dollar or one hour of your time. If each employee gives just one dollar, all 13 of the schools on the waiting list for a food pantry would be able to establish one. To make a donation and to learn more, visit www.backpackbeginnings.org or talk to your school social worker.
  • The Character Development team has also partnered with School Wrap!/Snack Wrap! and the School Garden Network to address issues of food insecurity in our community. School Wrap!/Snack Wrap! allows volunteers to collect untouched food and donate it to community agencies or for use within the school. About 70 of our schools have school gardens, allowing students to learn about nutrition and how plants grow while feeding others at the same time. If you’d like to get involved with these efforts, contact the Character Development office at 370-8397.
  • With your help, our community does not have to go hungry. Thank you for your efforts to support children and families in need.

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National Library Legislative Day 2016

Online registration for National Library Legislative Day 2016 is open!

Date: May 2-3

Location: Liaison Hotel Washington DC.

Click here to register

Over the course of two days, library advocates will have the opportunity to hear from trusted D.C. voices on the issues that matter most to libraries. On day two, armed with advocacy tips and timely issue briefs, advocates will take to the Hill with their state delegations to meet with their Members of Congress and rally support for libraries.

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NCCAT Summer Programs Registration Opens February 12

Hands-on professional development relevant to your classroom needs!

Professional Development Programs
  • Topics include digital learning, literacy, beginning teacher support, Canvas training, motivating disengaged students, differentiated instruction, gifted teaching strategies, and MORE!

Solution and Planning Teams

  • These programs offer educators an opportunity to have uninterrupted time for working on school projects. Learn More

Online Courses

  • NCCAT online mini courses are short modules available for self-study.
  • Learn More

Honored Educator Scholarships

  • Applications are being accepted now through April for the 2016-17 school year
  • Scholarship funds provide: instruction and program materials; substitute teacher reimbursement; travel reimbursement; lodging and meals and $250 for use in the classroom. Learn More
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Library of Congress 2016 Summer Teacher Institutes- Teaching with Primary Resources


  • The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.
  • The Library is offering five programs this summer. Four of the programs are open to teachers and librarians across all content areas. One focuses on primary sources in science, technology and engineering. During each five-day institute, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.


General Institutes – open to K-12 educators across all content areas:

  • · June 27-July 1
  • · July 11-15
  • · July 18-22
  • · July 25-29


Science, Technology, and Engineering Institute – recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do:

  • · June 20-24


Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.

Applications are due February 29 and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now !

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Don't Forget!

Save the Date: 11th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit

Website: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/trc/networkingsummit/2016.cfm

Registration is Not Yet Open


The 11th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit will be held at Joyner Library's Teaching Resources Center on the campus of East Carolina University on March 19th, 2016. The conference theme is Building Communities.

Registration for our 2016 NCTIES Conference is now open!

Registration for the 2016 NCTIES Conference now!

Do you want to suggest a title for NEXT Year's HS BOB List?

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We need your input

Many media specialist are in need of a good sub that knows Destiny and simple Library procedures. Do you know who to recommend?

Library Media Services

Have a wonderful week!

Remember: If you would like text reminders about media services events text @mediaspe to (469)209-4439

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Employee of the Month
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