Gilbert Middle Learning Commons

Where Success is Doing Your Best!

October/November 2015 News

Meet the Learning Commons Team

Sharmen Oswald, Library Media Specialist soswald@lexington1.net

Dawn Lucas, Media Assistant dlucas@lexington1.net

Jennifer Gooding, Literacy Coach and Interventionist Jgooding@lexington1.net

Andrea Derrick, Technology Integration Specialist. Atderrick@lexington1.net

Just What is a Learning Commons?

A Learning Commons is a library or a Media Center that has transitioned into a library for twenty-first century learners. Learning Commons are patron driven with open, flexible spaces for student collaborative zones. Students and teachers have available to them resources, print and nonprint, to foster twenty-first century learning . Having a team of specialists and coaches available to help students and teachers makes the Learning Commons the hub of the school and the focal point of learning.

Students may vote for their favorite SC Book Award book and be entered in a drawing to win a $25 iTunes card!

Teachers Given Awards from the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons has given several awards so far this year to very deserving teachers for various uses of the Learning Commons.


  • "Rockin' Research" Award given to Tony Bertone for jumping into research and incorporating formative and summative assessments for his STEM students
  • "Digital Citizenship" Award given to Shelly Lewis for signing up first for the Digital Citizenship Scavenger Hunt
  • "Digging into DISCUS" Award given to Allyson Stoy for directing her students to DISCUS within the first two weeks of school
  • "Stepping out" Award to Margaret Harmon for stepping out of her comfort zone when handing out iPads to sixth graders