Parent Newsletter - August/September 2014
Central Middle School Media Center
Media Assistant - Ms. Wyrick
Library Hours - Monday - Friday 7:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Students will need passes to visit media center prior to 7:40 a.m.
(Hours extended as needed for special projects after volleyball season)
Central's Library Catalog - http://destiny.k12.in.us
(This link will list all of the books in Central's library collection - Students will be given Destiny log in access sometime during the school year allowing them to place holds and check account status remotely)
Fall Scholastic Book Fair
Thursday, Oct. 30 - Friday, Nov. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
CMS Media Center
If interested in volunteering, please email me or call the media center.
Online Subscription Databases
Students may access our online subscription databases from home using the username and password information provided below. The library page on Central's web site includes links to the following databases.
SIRS KNOWLEDGE SOURCE
Description: SIRS Researcher contains full-text articles and graphics exploring social, scientific, health, historic, economic, business, political and global issues. Internal links include: Leading Issues, Natural Disasters, Focus on Terrorism, Today’s News, Maps of the World, World Almanac Excerpts, and much more.
Remote URL: http://sks.sirs.com
Remote username: 37-3382
Remote password: bigchalk
Description: CultureGrams contains reliable and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries.
Remote URL: http://online.culturegrams.com
Remote username: 37-3382
Remote password: bigchalk
WORLD BOOK ONLINE
Description: World Book Online contains articles from the 22-volume print set. This Internet version of World Book offers related articles, web sites, pictures, videos, and sound clips.
Remote URL: www.worldbookonline.com
Remote username: bcscworldbook
Remote password: allabouta2z
Description: BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students.
School username: centralmsbp
School password: brainpop
Description: NetTrekker is an academic search engine. Online
resources are previewed and selected by educators.
You can quickly and easily find websites for your own use. These resources are organized according to readability evel and are age-appropriate.
LEARN 360 DIGITAL MEDIA
Description: Learn 360 is a website for K-12 multimedia educational resources
Description: Inspire is a collection of academic databases.
No username or password required
GALE E-REFERENCE BOOKS
Description: Gale e-Reference Books are a collection of subscription e-reference books including books on topics such as chemical elements, volcanoes, biomes, junk food, green resources, and much more.
Bluford Books and Audiobooks
Bluford Books are a collection of young adult books set in contemporary urban America. The books feature male and female main characters. All books are very short (less than 200 pgs.) All titles are available in the media center. Click link below for access to the audiobook collection:
Description: Follett Audiobooks are a downloadable audiobook collection. Audiobooks can be streamed online or the app (app has not been released yet) can be downloaded onto a mobile device. For more information, please see the media specialist.
Blio/Axis 360 eBooks
Description: Axis 360 is a digital media platform that includes Blio (an ereading software application). eBooks can be downloaded in EPUB or PDF formats, or in Blio, to serve a range of PCs, ereaders and mobile devices. For more information, please see the media specialist.
Accelerated Reader Parent Home Connect
Your child cannot take Accelerated Reader quizzes at home.
To access Home Connect go to: https://Hosted131.renlearn.com/122428/HomeConnect and use your child's login and password. (Same Accelerated Reader log-in used at school)
To check whether a book is an AR book or to find the reading level of a book, you may go to http://www.ARBookfind.com.
(Lower grade interest level quizzes have been inactivated from our program)
Links are also available on the CMS website under the site shortcuts section.
Young Hoosier Book Award Program
1. Sign up for the program through the media center - students will have an opportunity to sign up during presentation of program sometime in September.
2. Read five books off this school year's grades 6 - 8 YHBA nominee list.
Click link below for this year's list of middle grade nominees.
3. For the book to be valid the accompanying Accelerated Reader (AR) quiz must be passed. A book read during a previous school year will count as one of the five books read (an AR report will need to be printed out or shown to media specialist).
Important Program Dates
Last day to sign up: Dec. 1, 2014
Last day to take quiz: Apr. 17, 2015
Voting Day: Apr. 24, 2015 (tentative)
Call outs will begin in August and meetings will be held weekly.
Teen Advisory Board/Lunch Book Club
Call outs will begin in August and meetings will be monthly or bi-monthly depending upon need.