SSHS Library Newsletter

Autumn, 2017 Edition

The Freshmen Cometh:

SSHS freshmen have been visiting the library. They have learned skills, such as how to:

1) locate and use print resources in the library

2) access and retrieve specialized database articles

3) highlight/take notes/print articles from these databases

4) find books and research in our electronic library catalog

5) conduct research using the BIG 6 Model


These skills may be applied to the subject you teach. If you would like some instruction on these resources, and the skills that your students have now acquired for conducting research in your class, please contact Carol Forbes.

Library Snapshot

So far this year, the library has checked out approximately 900 library books and 6,000 textbooks.

8 Gr8 Sites!

Each newsletter I will offer 8 outstanding websites and/or mobile learning resources for education. Click on the 8 Gr8! link below to access this do-not-miss list. It will be worth the effort.

In this edition, the recommended sites will help you:

  • get a simple way to make animated videos for the classroom
  • find free movie/TV clips for class use
  • access a periodic table in which each element has a corresponding Haiku poem
  • have NASA use your mobile device to help track climate change
  • learn about a new resource from Kahoot! (Kahoot Studio)

New, Hot Books

I am currently ordering new books for the library. Here are 15 of the titles your students will be talking about.
  • The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Maas
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  • Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith
  • Wire and Nerve, Vol 2 Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Highlighting Library Resources

Each newsletter I would like to highlight 1 of many valuable resources the library provides. This issue focuses on a specialized resource. Did you know we have a college and career database that helps students:
  • study and take practice tests for SAT, ACT, AP tests, and many other college/career based tests
  • take career inventory tests to find a good career match
  • take college inventory tests to find the perfect college
  • get advice for applying to colleges
  • find financial assistance resources
  • follow a college planning guide
  • receive assistance with writing a resume
  • explore resources for help with grad school prep
If you know any students who could use this assistance, please tell them about TERC (Testing and Education Reference Center) or have them visit the library. This database may be accessed from the library home page or by clicking on this link:

TERC Database. Remember: Our password is susana.

This Month's Quiz

The last week of September is Banned Books Week. Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. In recognition of Banned Book Week, the first person to list 3 of the books on this list for the year 2016, wins a prize.