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What's happening and things to try from Kim and Erica

Moving and Shaking...

All VHS videos have now been discarded from the Professional Library-well overdue, I know! If you are "old school" and still have a VCR player at home and want a few more to add to your collection OR if you are addicted to Pinterest and have seen all the uses for old VHS tapes and want to use them for creative purposes, please come by the media center to get them before Friday of this week!

Introducing "The Fish Bowl!" This is our old media center office space and is available for multiple things such as displays, group collaborating, a supervised video-taping space, etc. Continue to think of the media center as an extension of your classroom space!

Note our new phone extensions: Kim 430, Amy 636

Dan Sparlin, our State Copyright Specialist, reminds us of the following message (in other words, there is a legal suit):

Downloading YouTube videos is a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Use and is subject to legal action. Bypassing their advertising in any manner threatens the revenue that supports their infrastructure and personnel. If you choose to adhere to ethical standards, you may wish to avoid either course of action.

From the Terms of Use:

4. General Use of the Service—Permissions and Restrictions

YouTube hereby grants you permission to access and use the Service as set forth in these Terms of Service, provided that:

  1. You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Service or the Content without YouTube's prior written authorization, unless YouTube makes available the means for such distribution through functionality offered by the Service (such as the Embeddable Player).
  2. You agree not to alter or modify any part of the Service.
  3. You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Service itself, the Embeddable Player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate.

*For more information to protect you and our students from copyright issues, see the copyright guide on our school's media/technology web site under Research Tools, then the research symbaloo.

What's New:


DVD-Fiddler on the Roof (40th anniversary)

DVD-Les Miserables (stage version-25th anniversary)

DVD-Bizet's Dream

*The Continuum of Literacy Learning (Grades 3-8) - 2 copies

*A Collection of Performance Tasks and Rubrics (High School Mathematics)

*Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst

Audio Book

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Books Worth a Mention

1) ITCH: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter by Simon Mayo

Fourteen-year-old Itchingham Lofte, nicknamed Itch, has an unusual passion: collecting specimens of every element in the periodic table. So what if that means he's had a few ... mishaps? But when he gets his hands on a suspiciously warm rock made of a new, previously unknown element, things really begin to explode. Soon, a malevolent teacher, an evil-doing corporation, and a top-secret government agency are all after Itch. Can his science know-how keep him one step ahead of everyone...and help him stay alive?

2) Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

One hundred years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which connected the world's two largest oceans and signaled America's emergence as a global superpower. It was a miracle, this path of water where a mountain had stood—and creating a miracle is no easy thing. Thousands lost their lives, and those who survived worked under the harshest conditions for only a few silver coins a day. From the young "silver people" whose back-breaking labor built the Canal to the denizens of the endangered rainforest itself, this is the story of one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken

3) The Golden Bull: A Mesopotamian Adventure by Marjorie Cowley

5,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia during a terrible drought, Jomar and Zefa's father must send his children away to the city of Ur because he can no longer feed them. At fourteen, Jomar is old enough to apprentice with Sidah, a master goldsmith for the temple of the moongod, but there is no place for Zefa in Sidah's household. Zefa, a talented but untrained musician, is forced to play her music and sing for alms on the streets of Ur.

4) Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo

A fictionalized account of the Pakistani child who escaped from bondage in a carpet factory and went on to help liberate other children like him before being gunned down at the age of thirteen. (This is the story of the real Iqbal: a courageous thirteen-year-old boy who knew that his life was worth more than a rug, that chaining children to looms to work hours without rest was not right, and that there was a way to stop the abuse.)

5) Rush Limbaugh’s Time Travel Adventures:

The First Patriots

The Brave Pilgrims

6) This Star Won't Go Out by Ester Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl

In full color and illustrated with art and photographs, this is a collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Essays by family and friends help to tell Esther's story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

*All summaries provided by Follett

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