Media Center News

Check out what's happening in the NMES Media Center!


Welcome to the newsletter for the NMES Media Center! Read below for information and updates on media center programs and lessons. If you have any questions or need more information, please email Mrs. Siderius, our media specialist, at Follow us on Twitter @FCPS_NMESMedia for pictures of our learning in action!

Thanks for a great book fair! The media center purchased new books (examples below), and will also buy additional Playaways and new cafe tables!

Hour of Code

Our school will be celebrating Hour of Code week in the media center! One week isn't enough for us, so we'll celebrate the entire month of December! K-2nd grade students will explore coding apps, such as Scratch Jr and Code-a-Pillar, and robots such as Code-a-Pillar, Botley and BeeBots. 3rd-5th grade students will be using the Hour of Code website, along with some unplugged Lego coding team challenges. Watch our Twitter feed for pictures of our coding fun!


NMES is so excited to launch our use of the reading tracker, Beanstack! Beanstack helps students keep track of the titles and minutes that they have read to create a personalized reading log. Students at NMES can log their minutes in one of 2 ways:

  1. Visit the media center website at and click on the icon for Clever. After they log in using their FCPS computer username and password, they can click on Beanstack to enter their reading log.
  2. Download the Beanstack app from the Google Play or Apple stores to a phone or tablet. Once downloaded, students log in with their FCPS student ID number and birthdate to enter their reading log.

If you need assistance downloading or using the Beanstack website or app, please contact Mrs. Siderius at! She'll be happy to assist you as we begin using this app for reading contests and promotions this school year!

Ask a Bookseller Holiday Edition

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 7-9pm

12 North Market Street

Frederick, MD

Check out this awesome opportunity to find out great titles for children on your holiday shopping list!