WHS Media Center 2015-2016

Year In Review

A wonderful, busy year

2015-2016 was an excellent year for Walkertown High School and the media center. Our school received AdvancED Accreditation. We were also selected as a TEAM (Technology Empowering Active Minds) for Tomorrow school for the WSFCS district, which provides excellent training to help us transform our classrooms and the media center into truly blended learning spaces. Mrs. Allred looks forward to implementing year two of the TEAM model next year!

In the media center, we were busy with literacy projects, collaborating with teachers, promoting reading, and helping students find relevant, useful information for their academic and personal learning goals. Please see more information about these projects and activities below in the newsletter!

Ages & Pages: WWII Family Literacy Project

The Walkertown Middle-High media center facilitated a year-long literacy project called Ages & Pages: WWII. The goal of Ages & Pages is to foster collaboration between the school and families, build literacy, and promote interdisciplinary connections. Families read books related to our theme and participate in activities throughout the year. Students visited interactive stations in the media center in the fall to pique their interest about WWII. A November kick-off featured breakout sessions featuring an author, WWII veterans, and staff/community experts. At the kick-off, families received the WWII books they selected and a literacy package with projects and activities. Thanks to Sheetz of Walkertown for our sub sandwiches!

Ages & Pages Kick-off Video: https://animoto.com/play/Frcqmy011rVB3aNWgaZ4eQ

In April we held two events. The first was a Lunch with a Veteran for selected high school and middle school students. They were able to interview six veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Operation Desert Shield. Our culminating event in April featured WWII veteran Ivey Redmon as a guest speaker. We also recognized student-nominated Hometown Heroes.

Veteran Lunch Video:


Ages & Pages Culminating Event Video: https://animoto.com/play/IS00qjHWzXn4zI0731jcgA

The program was made possible in part by Title I funding (Walkertown Middle) and a Clinard Innovative Teaching Grant from the Forsyth Education Partnership (Walkertown High).

The number of high school student participants in Ages & Pages grew by 33% from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016. We plan to facilitate Ages & Pages again in 2017-2018!

Sensational Statistics!

Over 8,400 items have been circulated this year (middle/high), excluding equipment & class sets.

On average, 155 classes/events are held in the media center each month (middle/high combined). WHS alone: 70 classes/events per month.

800 young adult fiction books were checked out!

An average of 20 high school students used the library each day on a hall pass (before school, during lunch, and from classes).

Our media center has 32,251 items in the collection.

Our average collection age is 2006.

Page Turners Reading Program

Thanks to funding from the PTSA, the media center hosted a series of reading celebrations this year called Page Turners. Students and staff completed reading activities to earn their way to delicious lunches, breakfast, gift card prizes, and Wolfpack spirit wear. Congratulations to all of our participants this year. Our goal is to motivate students to become more avid readers, which will benefit them in all aspects of their academic and adult life. Keep reading and be on the look out for more activities next year! More information about our Page Turners Summer Book Club is below.

Collaborating with Teachers!

Mrs. Allred collaborated with several teachers from various departments and grade levels to teach students research strategies, demonstrate excellent resources, and recommend books. She is available to help teachers plan, to teach mini-lessons, to work with a class to provide support during an inquiry-based lesson or unit, and to help indivduals/small groups of students throughout the course of an extended project.

Mrs. Allred and Mrs. Webster hosted a yummy pop-in style staff development called "Cocoa Fest: Teaching & Learning Tools that Lead to Sweet Success". We served hot chocolate and flavored marshmallows while working with teachers in small groups to showcase a variety of resources. Teachers had time to explore NC Wiseowl databases, eBooks, Destiny Online Catalog, professional collection books, and a LiveBinder of digital resources. We had good feedback from the staff about this event.

Staff Reading Rockstars

Throughout the year teachers displayed what they were reading in their classrooms. This sparked discussions with students about books and reading. The following PowToon videos give a snapshot about what our staff has been reading over the year. Keep it up, reading rockstars!

May, 2016:


December, 2015:


October, 2015:


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Research Strategies

The Research Tips & Tools section of our webpage is designed to help students at any stage of the research process. Our most highly recommended resources for students are Destiny Online Catalog (to find books) and NC Wiseowl databases (for professional journal articles). NC Wiseowl has recently gotten a face lift and is super easy to navigate; try Explora and Brittanica first. The ABC-CLIO American History and World Geography databases are fantastic, and we are thankful to the district for providing these tools. See the media center staff for a handy bookmark with all the passwords you need!

Top books

Our most frequently checked out young adult fiction books:

1. Divergent (Roth)

2. The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Pearson)

3. Wonder (Palacio)

4. The Crossover (Alexander)

5. The Fault in Our Stars (Green)

6. The Maze Runner (Dashner)

7. True Grit (Portis)

8. The Juvie Three (Korman)

9. To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)

Page Turners Summer Book Club

All Wolfpack are invited to participate in our online summer book club through Haiku! Read whatever books you want and join in for the virtual discussion and activities. The Media Center page on Haiku will open for all students and staff on May 27. Please email Mrs. Allred with any questions.

Media Center Staff

Kristi Allred, media coordinator

Jim Brown, media assistant