LMS Weekly Reminder

Upcoming Task and Dates to Remember for this Week.

THIS WEEK- November 11-15

    We will review BOB information at the PLC (Monthly Meeting Next Week)
  • November 13th- Instructional Technology Getting Started with Google Docs Training.
    Click HERE to register.
  • November 14th- Instructional Technology Prezi Training
    Click HERE to register.
  • November 15th- BOB School Commitment Forms Due

Happy Young Readers Week!!!

Nov. 11-15 is National Young Readers Week, and one GCS principal will be shouting it from the rooftops. Principal Terri Collins of General Greene Elementary will be on the roof of her school all day on Tuesday, reading her favorite books. A Skype link will allow her to read to students inside the classroom as well. Contact Kyle Thacker for more details.

The fun continues on Wednesday at Archer Elementary, where Principal Sophia Roberts will be dressed in character to read to students all day in the Archer Café, a special area in the cafeteria created just for this purpose. Contact Anita Cranford for more details.

These two principals will join hundreds across the country who are participating in the Principal Challenge. Those who meet the challenge to read to their students all day will be entered to win 100 copies of the newest book in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney. But more importantly, they’ll be going to extremes to show their students the importance of reading and get them excited about reading themselves.

  • Please send pictures or email me if you are doing anything special for Young Readers Week.

Dates to Remember

  • November 18th- Instructional Technology iPad Apps for the K-5 Classroom Training
    Click HERE to register.
  • November 20th- Instructional Technology iPad Apps for 6-12th grades
    Click HERE to register.
  • November 20th- Middle & High School PLC's (formerly known as monthly meetings)
    This month UNCG will be our host. Times will be altered, FREE parking and more information to come.
  • November 21st- Elementary PLC's (Formerly known as monthly meetings)
    This month UNCG will be our host. Times will be altered, FREE parking and more information to come.
  • November 28-29- Thanksgiving Holidays

Do you have a Media Specialist Substitute You would like to Refer?

There have been several instances this year where Media Specialist are in need of a substitute that feels comfortable working in the library environment. It would be nice to generate a running list of people that you recommend that have had experience.
Please CLICK HERE to submit a recommendation of someone you feel fits this description.

Roadmap2Reading Conversions

We are aware that it is very difficult at some levels to gather data in minutes. Therefore, we are reinstating the original conversions to help you convert books to minutes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

· Picture books = 20 minutes

· Chapter books under 300 pages = 200 minutes

· Chapter Books over 300 pages = 400 minutes

Therefore, if you are still counting books, just multiply it by the totals above.


We will have a wonderful opportunity in late January. An instructor with the Junior Library Guild will be conducting a workshop with us on using literature to support the African American Males in our schools.

Would you like to have a JLG instructor come visit for part of the day? We have been offered the services of the instructor for the entire day. She is willing to come to a school or two to visit and share her knowledge with one or two of you. If you are interested, CLICK HERE to enter your name in the hat to be chosen for a day with the instructor.

Approved Reading Lists

(Middle and High Schools Only)

It has been requested that we develop a running list of the titles that school MTAC committees at each school are reviewing so multiple schools aren't working on the same titles.
Please CLICK HERE to submit the titles your school's MTAC committees are working on to submit for the GCS Approved Reading List.
CLICK HERE to review the list or remove titles that have been approved.

Please note: You are responsible for removing titles once they have been approved.

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Elementary FYI...

  • Do you have a Flex or Partial Flex Schedule?
    We are looking for schools that have quality programs that have a flexible scheduling for instruction, allowing the SLMC to co-teach and plan with teachers. If this describes your library, please email me gruert@gcsnc.com so we can discuss.

  • Fine Records
    Please make sure to clean off any child's record when money has been sent to you from other schools within the week you receive it. If you need help with this please call Jean or I.

  • 2nd Quarter ELA K-5 Units
    Thanks to Nancy and Crystal's wonderful Elementary Curriculum Committee. The 2nd Quarter ELA K-5 Units are uploaded online. Click HERE to view.

  • Elementary Grading Rubric
    If you have been asked to provide grade for students, here is a sample rubric to alter for your purposes.
    Click HERE to access the rubric.

Instructional Technology and Innovation Course Availibiliy

Instructional Technology Training Sessions Offered

Tune into the buzz about professional development opportunities offered by the Instructional Technology team. Their "Fall into Web 2.0 Tools" series of classes (ThingLink, LiveBinders, etc.) begins in October. Click here for a full list of classes and more details.

REMEMBER: Please share this information with your staff.

Technology Websites, Links & Updates

Grant Opportunities

  • Trend Micro-Educational Tech Grant

    Trend Micro is offering a grant to help K-12 public schools and/or districts keep students safe online. The grant includes up to $10,000, in-kind donations, and IT professional services (total value not to exceed $15,000 per school/district).
    Deadline: November 30

    Learn More

  • Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

    The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Grant

    Schools with 80% of student body qualifying for free or reduced lunches are invited to apply for library improvement grants up to $5,000 each. Educational institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, all American territories, and Department of Defense schools in other countries are eligible to apply.
    Deadline: December 2

    Learn More

  • The NEA Foundation-Grants to Educators

    Grants of various amounts are available to educators for the purpose of improving students’ achievement, of implementing professional development experiences, and of funding special projects.
    February 1, June 1, October 15

    Learn More

Announcing the Scholastic Warehouse Sale

CLICK HERE to register for your coupon and FAST PASS.
December 4-17

Location: Suite 112
4344 Federal Drive, Greensboro, NC

Phone: (336) 854-4218
P.O. Day: Wednesday, Dec. 4: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Open Weekdays, Dec. 5-13: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Open Weekdays, Dec. 16 and 17: 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Open on Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Library Media Services

Have a wonderful week!

Remember: If you would like text reminders about media services events text @mediaspe to (469)275-4562

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