PHS Media Minute

Plainfield High School Media Center Newsletter

March 2014

PHS Media Center Information

Hours: 7:25 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Lunch: Students with a pass can visit the media center during lunch

Tutoring: After school until 3:30 p.m.

Books / Magazines: Circulate for 2 weeks

Research Databases: Use at school and at home

MC Library Card Catalog:

MC Website:

Reading Club: Join on My Big Campus -

Plainfield / Avon Reading Challenge

The 8th Annual Plainfield / Avon Reading Challenge is currently being held February 17th through March 7th. All students and staff are encouraged to participate. Last year Plainfield took the 7th Annual Plainfield / Avon Reading Challenge Champions title. Mr. Woodard, biology teacher and football coach, graciously volunteered to be hit by pies. This year, Mr. Siefert, Plainfield High School Principal, has agreed to take the pies, only if we win.

Reading Challenge Rules:

1. Read a book, magazine, or newspaper - one that isn't for a class assignment.

2. Talk with any staff member about what you read. Bring the book or article with you.

3. The staff member will report the number of pages that you read and it will be added to the school total.

*Non-fiction will be counted as double the pages.

Please return all reading challenge forms to the media center or Lael DuBois's mailbox.

Read Across America Day - March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014 is the 17th Annual Read Across America Day. This celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation. This is a time for students, teachers, parents, grandparents and community members to share their love of reading.

Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Don't forget about all of the wonderful resources that our public library has to offer. You can access the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library at

Online Resources:

  • Evergreen Catalog - search the online library catalog
  • Overdrive - download books and audiobooks right to your digital device
  • Hooopla - borrow free videos, music and audiobooks
  • Freegal - download songs and music videos
  • A to Z Databases - online reference information
  • Mángo - learn a new language online
  • Zinio - online magazine collection

*The public library also has drop in technology classes every other Monday from 4-6 p.m.

NBC Learn - Online Digital Resources

There are over 12,000 online resources:

  • NBC Current Events collection and historic videos
  • News broadcasts and interviews
  • Hundreds of primary source documents
  • Images, charts, graphics, cartoons and more
  • K-12 safe and appropriate
  • Mapped to curriculum and correlated to Indiana and Common Core Standards

How to access NBC Learn:

  • Access NBC Learn through the Indiana portal -
  • Choose NBC Learn K-12 or NBC Learn K-12 on My Big Campus
  • Then click on register in the top right hand corner

*Information taken from

Indiana History Online

The Indiana History Online ( is provided by the Indiana State Library through INSPIRE. This FREE digital archive database documents Indiana State History. The archive provides access to personal narratives, memoirs, pamphlets, political speeches, sermons, songs and much more.

*Taken from the Indiana History Online website.


Blendspace ( is an online platform form where anyone can share and annotate digital resources. The "canvas" page organizes materials (documents, videos, urls, etc.) in a "Pinterest" style. Blendspace can be used for presentations, flipped classrooms, project-based learning, differentiated instruction and much more. Click on Blendspace and create a login.

Apps for Smart Phones & Tablets

SkyDrive becomes OneDrive

A change has happened... If you use SkyDrive you will notice it has become become OneDrive. You will still be able to access all of your photos, videos, documents and files.

2014 Summer of eLearning

The Indiana Department of Education is offering 19 summer eLearning conference opportunities. Check out the eLearning website at:

Top 10 Student Checkouts for February 2014

PHS MC Statistics - February 2014

  • 139 classes attended out of 133 class periods = 100% scheduled (multiple classes per period)
  • 1344 students from study hall and sent from classes
  • 3987 students in scheduled classes
  • 5331 total students for February
  • Estimated: 281 students per day
  • Estimated: 40 students per class period
  • 505 student book/material checkouts (19 teacher book/material checkouts)

Lael DuBois

Lael DuBois is a certified School Librarian / Library Media Specialist (grades K-12) who has been the media specialist / school librarian at Plainfield High School for 7 years. Prior to that, she was the school librarian at Pike High School and Pike Freshman Center.