WKMS Learning Commons Newsletter

Dr. Russ Conrath, Librarian: First Quarter Newsletter 2019

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Presentation at Edtech in Greenville

On November 7th, Dr. Russ Conrath, WKMS's librarian, presented at Edtech in Greenville, S.C. Over 60 fellow educators from around the state were in attendance. The session promoted reading advocacy by using YouTube. Examples were shared on how to set up and run a student-led talk show about books. If you check with students today, YouTube channels are where they are spending most of their entertainment time.

New Media Literacy Bill Proposed by S.C. State Representative, Seth Rose

In a recent State newspaper article by Joseph Bustos, the concern over "fake news," and the skills our students need to be able to analyze and evaluate quality information is examined. Frank Baker, a well-known proponent of "Media Literacy," has much to say and contribute to this topic. To further explain the need for special legislation focusing on media literacy, he states this Bustos's article: "When young people consume media, they should know to question who the author or producer is, ask if there is a hidden agenda or bias, and ask what techniques the media is using to convey its message..."

Below are links to The State article and to Frank Baker's website on media literacy.



More Features in DISCUS: South Carolina's Virtual Online Library

New GALE Accessibility Enhancements

Toolbars will appear on every page, text size options will be added, and page colors will improve accessibility compliance. GALE rolled out these interface enhancements and July.

Letters About Literature contest opens with January 10th deadline

Has an author's work changed your students' view of the world or of themselves? Encourage students grades 4 -12 to enter the Letters About Literature contest! Access the full rules and submission form. There will be three winners in each of three levels, I, II, and III. Students write a letter to their chosen author, living or dead, in any genre explaining how that author's work impacted them.

TumbleBookLibrary Adds New Books!

Poor Louie, Monster Hug, and Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? are a few of the new titles recently added to Tumblebooks! Over 20 new titles are available for K-6 graders. Earthrise by James Gladstone offers a great tie-in to the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 8 mission.

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What is Destiny Discover & Mackinvia On Your Chromebook LaunchPad?

Destiny Discover. Destiny Discover provides one discovery interface for students and educators to search and access all your print and digital resources, including eBooks, audiobooks, and interactive books, as well as free and paid subscription databases.

MackinVIA is a digital content management system, providing easy access to eBooks,

read-alongs, audiobooks, databases, and videos. With just one login, users can view, utilize, and manage all of their digital resources.

Both of these online book catalog systems are located on your Chromebook's "launchpad."

You only need to use your regular username and password to sign in and take off to great reading.

WKMS Book Hawk Club

Come on down to the Learning Commons this Thursday and every Thursday at 7:40 a.m. to join the WKMS Book Hawk Club. We read books and share what we've been reading, promote reading through posters, videos, and fellowship. Later this year we will be reading You Got This! by Maya Penn. After reading this book as a group, we will discuss it as a group during a special end of the semester luncheon. Students can join this club at any time. Developing the love of reading helps us in the classroom and in life beyond the classroom.
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Learning Commons Hosts Veterans Gathering

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WKMS's school counselor, Ms. Calabrese, organized and led a special breakfast for parents and grandparents who are veterans on November 11th in the Learning Commons. The principal, Mr. Guy Smith, addressed the group, and students, faculty, parents, and grandparents had breakfast from Lizard's Thicket and shared good conversation and fellowship.

On October 25th, The WKMS Learning Commons Hosted a School Board Visit

THANKS to ALL who prepared for our School Board visit on Friday. Along with four board members, Dr. Little, Dr. Talley, Mr. Pool were impressed with our work and our students. They understand and appreciate the important work carried out daily at WKMS.

...A special shoutout to:

  • Our Student Council Officers Brett Cassan, A.J. Chism, Autumn Moore, Alayah Guess, Aliyah Andrade, Jack Burger. They did an excellent job presenting to the Board and serving as tour guides.
  • Our Orchestra. They provided great music for gathering and greeting.
  • Our VEX Robotics Team for demonstrating their skills.
  • Our Art Students awesome work posted in the lobby

On November 25th, Mrs. Hartman, Mrs. Slyce, & Mrs. Mappus Brought Their Classes to the Learning Commons for a Special Thanksgiving Meal & Hand On Activities

On November 12th, Mr. Crawford Brought His Classes to the Learning Commons to Work On A Video Presentation Projects

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WKMS Learning Commons Contact Information

Dr. Russ Conrath, Librarian

Mrs. Wanda Patterson, Library Assistant