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School Library System, Model Schools & Arts in Education

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The information below may be useful to others in your school so please feel free to share with the teachers and others who would benefit most. If you have any questions, please contact Kerrie Burch, Director for School Library System, Model Schools and Arts in Education.

Database Ordering

The library database ordering season has begun! All school librarians in the region are putting together their orders for library databases for your districts for next year. There are a few free trials available right now in case there are products you or your teachers are interested in trying out for next year. Please feel free to share trial information with your teachers. All orders are due by May 1, 2020. Please contact Kerrie Burch with any questions.

Story Design Kits Now Available!

Story Design is the brainchild of Barnes and Noble. They have paired literature with STEAM activities to create a truly immersive experience with reading. SLS has curated resources for librarians and teachers to try. For more information click HERE.
Questar III SLS Professional Learning Catalog

The SLS Professional Learning Catalog is the home for all professional learning opportunities for school librarians for the 19-20 school year.

Model Schools News

iReady User Group Meeting

i-Ready User Group is being held 3/18/2020 from 8:30-11:00am in Conference Room #1. Please register and fill out this Google Form to let us know what topics or questions you would like us to focus on during the user group. This FREE workshop is open to Questar III Districts who purchase the Model Schools Base fee.

Join Us! First Ever "Sandbox" Event on March 18th

Join us for this premier event that will allow participants to "play" with instructional tech tools and learn how they can incorporate them into their every day instructional practices. Participants will have the opportunity to spend time at each station and discuss how they can incorporate the tool at the station into their teaching. **Open to Questar III Districts who purchase the Model Schools Base Fee.**

Stations will include:

  • VR Headsets
  • Dash/Dot/Cue
  • Ozobots
  • Cubelets
  • Sphero Bolt
  • Edison Robot
  • Merge Cubes

Date: March 18, 2020

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

Location: Questar III Central Office (Room 1)


Liaison Meeting

Questar III Model Schools coordinates Model Schools Liaison meetings in order to:

  • Determine the district needs with regard to instructional technology
  • Discuss the latest instructional technology trends
  • Determine how to integrate technology into classrooms effectively
  • Discuss updates to state standards and policies

This group is for Instructional Technology teachers, Tech Directors, Ed Tech Coaches, and any others who are involved with instructional technology decision making in your district. The group will have a focus on instructional technology so may not be the best group for IT Directors. We don’t want to turn anyone away, we just want to be clear about the focus of this group and not waste anyone’s time if it isn’t the right fit for them.

Our next meeting will be held March 27th beginning at 12:30. The group would like to discuss creating software and app request forms. If you have one you already use and would like to share, please add it to the collaborative folder.

Our last meeting of the year will be May 21st beginning at 8:30. The work for that day will be determined by the group at the March meeting. We hope to see everyone there!

Using Evidence-Based Solutions to Reduce Absenteeism - WEBINAR

Check out this EdSurge Webinar on Chronic Absenteeism to be hosted March 25, 2020 at 11 am.

More Information:

The U.S. Department of Education has referred to chronic absenteeism as a hidden educational crisis. That’s because chronic absenteeism, defined as 15 or more days missed in a school year, is actually a predictor for student learning outcomes, student success and even well-being in adulthood. Interventions for chronic absenteeism are often based on outdated assumptions about the root causes of the problem.

In this webinar, learn how to take a nuanced approach to understanding chronic absenteeism and about actionable steps school and district leaders can take to manage it.

You'll also learn more about:

  • Leveraging evidence-based strategies to impact attendance at scale
  • Using data to uncover the root causes of chronic absence
  • Steering away from common assumptions about chronic absenteeism
  • Implementing a tiered approach vs “one strategy fits all”

Sign up HERE

31st Annual High School Invitational Art Exhibit

Thursday, April 30th, 5-7pm

10 Empire State Boulevard

Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

Opening Reception & Awards:

April 30, 2020

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


May 1, 2020-May 25, 2020

During Questar III Business Hours

Finalize Requests

At this time we ask that all districts finalize their requests for the 2019-2020 school year so that we are able to process all paperwork and any billing before the end of the year. Please let us know of you need any assistance. Thank you!
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.

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.

You are cordially invited...

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

Saturday, March 21st, 8am-6pm

24 Sunset Boulevard

Coxsackie, NY

Mark your calendars! This year's tournament will take place at Coxsackie-Athens Central School on March 21st. Please email for more information.