Driscoll MS Library

November 2014

Greetings from the Library

Hello, Driscoll community!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving Break! In this newsletter, you will find all the library happenings for November.

Library traffic tends to slow down this time of year due to all of the vacation days, but please continue to encourage your students/children to read for pleasure. What better way to spend their time off, than snuggled up with a good book?! Students may check out books before and after school and during the day as long as they have a pass from their teacher.

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held Dec. 8-12 so you can stock up on good reads for holiday gifts! The fair will be open until 7pm on Tuesday, if you'd like to stop by before the PTA meeting. Also, don't forget about OverDrive, our awesome digital library, with tons of ebooks and audiobooks that can be accessed on computers, tablets, and e-readers.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!


Erika Murray

"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." - -Voltaire

Debate Class Takes Digital Notes To Prepare for Competition

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MakerSpace Duct-tivities

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Students Use Databases to Research U.S. History

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Driscoll Stars Ceremonies

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  • Mr. Valadez's Debate class spent a week in the library to prepare for their upcoming debate competitions. Students researched their topics and learned to use a Digital Note-Taking form to help better understand their material. Students submitted their notes via Google Classroom.
  • Mr. Wilson's 8th grade Social Studies classes learned all about the debates over the Ratification of the Constitution using ABC-CLIO American History database over the course of 3 days. After researching both Federalists and Anti-Federalists points-of-view, students were assigned a stance and used Discovery Education Streaming's Board Builder Tool to create a virtual board illustrating their political beliefs and arguments for/against ratification.

Other Library Usage

  • Checkouts - The following classes visited the library for checkouts: Mr. Schweninger (6 RDG), Mrs. Arguello (6 RDG), Mrs. Powers (7 RDG), Mrs. Sadler (8 AIM), Mrs. Curry (7/8 AIM)
  • MakerSpace Duct-tivities - Students had fun making things out of duct tape afterschool. Some of their creations included flowers, bow ties, animals, cell phone holders, and jewelry.
  • Games Unplugged - Every Wednesday morning before school, students come to the library to play various board, trivia, and card games.
  • Driscoll Stars - Driscoll Stars ceremonies for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade were held in the library before school on December 11th-13th. Students were honored and celebrated for their academic successes and good citizenship.
  • Choosing the Best - 7th and 8th grade Choosing the Best classes were re-located to the library for a portion of the 2-week program.
  • Data Digs - The Math and English Departments both spent a day in the library to review testing data, develop intervention plans, and create lessons.
  • NJHS Meeting - Driscoll's National Junior Honor Society holds their monthly meeting in the library.
  • Open Forum with ITS and Librarian - Wes Ryan (ITS) and Mrs. Murray held an all-day open forum in the library so that teachers could meet with them during their conference periods to plan technology integration, collaborative lessons, etc.
  • Meetings - Monthly faculty meetings and weekly administration meetings are held in the library.

November Usage Stats

# of School Days: 13

# of Classes Served: 58

Students Before School

Daily Avg. = 29

Total = 375

Students on Library Pass

Daily Avg. = 25

Total = 330

# of Students After School

Daily Avg. = 13

Monthly Total = 165

Daily Avg. of Individual Students Served: 67

Total # of Individual Students Served = 870

*Low numbers are due to the library being closed at various times due to meetings and ceremonies, as well as the week off for Thanksgiving Break.

November Circulation Stats

6th Grade: 434

7th Grade: 158

8th Grade: 45

Faculty: 133

OverDrive: 87

Total: 857