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Questar III School Library System & Arts in Education

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

This year, in an effort to get to know the administrators in our region better, I will be sending out a newsletter to principals in the region on a quarterly basis. These newsletters will focus on school libraries, arts in education, and Odyssey of the Mind, and are intended to help you get the most out of the services we have to offer. I would encourage you to please contact me if you ever have any questions. Thank you for your support of libraries, the arts, and students.


Kerrie Burch
School Library System Director
Arts in Education Director
Odyssey of the Mind Regional Director

Copyright and Fair Use for Librarians, Educators and Administrators

Tuesday, Sep. 24th, 8:30am-3pm

10 Empire State Boulevard

Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

Anne Dalton, Esquire will join us at Questar III for a valuable presentation on copyright and fair use in the education setting. All librarians, administrators, and other educators are welcome to join so please spread the word about this full day workshop. Topics to be covered will include the ins and outs of Copyright law, the rights of educators under Copyright law, fair use, the TEACH Act, and more. Lunch will be provided.


This event is sponsored by the School Library System and is free to attendees.


Register by September 20th: http://bit.ly/copyrightSept19

Send questions for the presenter by September 10th: http://bit.ly/CopyrightPD19

Free Resources Available to All Students

Our state funding allows us the ability to provide resources to students and educators at no cost to the school. SLS provides the following free resources:


  • OverDrive is an ebook and audiobook resource for students at all grade levels and abilities. Help foster a culture of reading with this collection of titles available 24/7.
  • TeachingBooks.net brings books to life with over 167,000 digital resources that enrich the reading experience with lesson plans, author interviews, and activities.
  • Rosen Spotlight interactive ebooks focus on history, science, coding, and social and emotional learning and are a great resource for teachers in the classroom.
  • NoodleTools promotes best research practices and inquiry learning. It features integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, and collaborative research and writing.
  • Newsbank provides access to America's Historical Newspapers (great for primary sources) and Access World News (daily news publications worldwide) and is a great resource for students in grades 6-12.
  • NEW Rosen PowerKnowledge Science Suite consists of three databases for students in grades K-8. Students and teachers have access to Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science.


Contact your librarian for access information.

Reimagined Information Fluency Continuum

This year the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (IFC) was revised. The IFC is the document that librarians use to teach information literacy skills in collaboration with teachers in the school. The revised document has been aligned to AASL, NextGen (ELA, Science, Social Studies, etc.), ISTE, and Social and Emotional Learning standards.


Many of our professional development workshops this year will focus on the IFC. Our General Membership/Communication Coordinator Meeting (found in our Professional Learning Catalog) on October 22nd will be mostly devoted to showing librarians the revised document and how to begin to use it in every day practice. All librarians are encouraged to attend this training.


On December 4th, Barbara Stripling, creator of the IFC, will present at our SLS Regional Professional Learning Day. The sign up information for this workshop is also in the Professional Learning Catalog. Barbara will take participants deeper into the IFC and show them how to use the document to enhance student learning.

Coordinator Meeting

Each district that participates in the Arts in Education/Exploratory Enrichment Coser is required to have a coordinator for the district who coordinates the events at the school(s). Each fall we have a coordinator meeting at which we discuss the role and responsibilities of the coordinator, how the program works, and other important information. This year's meeting will be held via Zoom on September 25th at 4 pm. All coordinators, especially those who are new, are urged to attend. If you have a new coordinator in your district, please email Kerrie so she can reach out to them with the information they will need to be successful.
Check Out the Arts and Enrichment Directory

The Arts and Enrichment catalog provides excellent programming ideas for your school. There is something for every subject area and every grade level.

Meet the Artist Vendor Showcase

Our 2nd annual Meet the Artist Showcase will take place at Capital Region BOCES on October 10th from 2-7 pm. We hope you will join us for an afternoon of great performances and meetings with artists that could lead to a great program in your school. All are welcome so please spread the word.
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Check Out the Artist Request System

We use an electronic system for arts in education and exploratory enrichment program approvals. You may have seen emails coming in that ask you to approve programs. Please approve or deny programs as soon as possible so artists can be paid on time.

Odyssey of the Mind Advisory Board Meeting

Just as with Arts in Education, Odyssey of the Mind requires that each district have a coordinator who organizes teams, disseminates information to them, and helps to ensure that each team has the volunteers and judges that are required for a successful tournament. All coordinators are strongly urged to attend our Zoom meeting on October 1st at 4pm. This meeting will give them all the details they will need to be successful this year with Odyssey of the Mind. If your district has a new coordinator please email Kerrie so she can reach out with information pertinent to their role.

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

Saturday, March 21st 2020 at 7:30am

24 Sunset Boulevard

Coxsackie, NY

Mark your calendars! This year's tournament will take place at Coxsackie-Athens Central School on March 21st. Volunteers and judges are always appreciated and needed. Please email Kerrie for more information.