AnHS Library News and Resources

February 2019

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Our Students are Improving Their Research and Digital Citizenship Skills

The Health, English, and Science Departments have been teaming up with the Library to encourage better digital citizenship and information practices. Students have had important discussions about cyberbullying, hate speech, healthy online relationships, the Internet vs. Databases, how to evaluate sources, how to search effectively, and the importance of reliable information.


The best student quote illustrating just how much our students need this information can be found below:


When students were asked if they ever go beyond the first page when searching on Google, one student replied, "there's more than one page?" Many of our students assume the top link is the best link. Let's help them practice better research skills!


Want to plan a lesson together? Shoot me an email or stop by the Library!

Exit Ticket Data from Health Classes Shows Successful Learning

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Student Search Tips

  1. Have Students Make Lists Before Starting a Search - Taking a few minutes to make a list of what students already know about a topic before searching will save them time and focus their search on only those resources that will have value to them. Here is a Google Doc that students can use for making their lists.

  2. Have Students Generate Alternative Keywords for Searching - Synonyms of keywords found in the students' essential questions help students curate more relevant sources.

  3. Have Students Conduct Boolean and "Exact Phrase" Searches- Using (and. or, not) and placing search terms inside quotation marks will deliver more relevant search results. Here is a worksheet that students can use for setting up keyword and Boolean Searches.

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Check Out These Curriculum Resources for Black History Month

Text Set on Civil Rights Movement


Black History Month Favorites:


"The Sit-In Movement" by USHistory.org
Civil rights activists introduced this peaceful form of protesting in the South in the early 1960s.


"Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott" by USHistory.org
This informational text explores how Rosa Parks’ decision not to give up her seat on a bus helped start a revolution.


"A Defiant Muhammad Ali Was Cherished by Black Men" by Karen Grigsby Bates
Muhammad Ali, a famous American boxer and social activist who passed away in 2016, is remembered for his bold courage.


"Sweat" This short story was written by Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), an African American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, anthropologist, and one of the most important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.


Blackface: The Birth of an American Stereotype

Tech Tools and Resources from Control Alt Achieve

New Mental Health and Wellness E-book Trial from Gale

Check out the following e-books from Cameron's Collection that the Library is currently evaluating for purchase.

Please Share These Scholarship Opportunities and Contests with Your Students

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Scholarship Opportunity for African American and Minority Students

"From Failure to Promise" Essay Scholarship Contest offers an opportunity for high school seniors to earn scholarship money by writing a 1,000 word essay. Students will be asked to describe the challenges they have faced in achieving academic success referencing the book From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate by Dr. Cleamon Moorer. The deadline for this scholarship is usually in JULY of each year, and the award amount is usually $500 - $10,000.

Doodle for Google

The Doodle for Google Competition is open to children in grades K – 12. The competition asks children to design a Google Logo based on a predetermined topic. Artists create their doodles using any materials they want and write an artist statement that explains how the doodle represents something that inspires them. The four national finalists in each grade group will receive a $5000 scholarship to be used at the college or university of their choice. One national winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship. The contest is open for entries until March 18, 2019 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT).

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is open to students aged 8 to 18. Each year the Barron Prize is awarded to 25 students who have made a positive difference to the people in their community and the health of the planet. Award criteria focuses on environmental issues as they relate to people and their communities. Winners receive a $2500 scholarship to be used at the college or university of their choice. Deadline is April 15, 2019.

Photography Contest: Education for All

"Education for All" is an annual photography contest that provides five student education awards of $1000 each to high school seniors. Each year, students from across the state are invited to submit photographs that illustrate the theme of Diversity. Collaboration. Achievement. In addition to their photographs, student artists submitted a short essay explaining how their work illustrated the contest theme. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MARCH 1, 2019.

Essay Contest: Why Education Matters

An annual essay contest awarding five education awards of $1,000 each for high school students. Topic questions include: How do you define success and the role of education in helping you achieve your goal? What are your unique passions and interests? Tell us how you plan to use these personal qualities and experiences to achieve your plans for the future. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MARCH 1, 2019.

Check Out The Parent Newsletter for February 2019

Read about upcoming Library Events, check out digital citizenship and research skills lesson successes, and view Health Students' Digital Postcards celebrating Healthy Relationships Online.