MJHS Media Center Newsletter

November 2018

APS Introduces Beanstack!


Atlanta Public Schools will soon raise the bar for reading with the launch of our

District-wide APS Race2Read: The 2 Million Minutes Challenge, encouraging students, teachers, CLL staff, parents and community partners to read daily with a goal to collectively reach 2 million minutes of reading by the end of the school year.

Readers will track their minutes through Beanstack, available via mobile app and websites customized for each school.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will sound the starting pistol for Race2Read during her Nov. 6 #MeriaMeetup on APS XChange - our new digital platform powered by Facebook Workplace. If you haven't already done so, please be sure to claim your account.

What is the goal for MJHS?

54,882 minutes

How can I use it?

Visit: https://apsmaynardjackson.beanstack.org/users/sign_in or use the Beanstack app

Every child is already in the system - it is easy!

  • Username: student number
  • Password: six digit birthday (mmddyy)
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Academic Integrity Resources

All IB learners strive to be ‘principled,’ acting with ‘integrity and honesty’, with a strong sense of justice and respect for the individual, groups and individuals. (Source: IB Academic Honesty Policy)

Help your students and your personal project supervisee to learn about Academic Integrity and how to avoid plagiarism with these useful tutorials!

· Academic Integrity Tutorial from the Univ. of Maryland

· Plagiarism Tutorials and Certification Tests from Indiana University

· Academic Integrity Tutorial from Penn State

· Identifying Plagiarism Tutorial from Univ. of North Carolina:

Sharon Draper is Coming to Little Shop of Stories!

In the midst of many exciting upcoming events at Little Shop of Stories, we have a very special visit on the calendar. Sharon Draper, professional educator and author of such beloved mid-grade books as Out of My Mind and Stella by Starlight, is visiting us on her tour for her new book, Blended.

So many students struggle with identity through their mid-grade years, and having just the right book can open a pathway to conversation, connection, and understanding. Come join us for an opportunity to talk with Sharon Draper about her powerful, lovely new book. As a special bonus, we would like to offer any K-12 educator who attends this author event a 25% discount off of any purchase at the shop that evening, and a bonus $5 shop gift card for later! (Please bring your educator ID!).

Sharon Draper's visit will be Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 pm at Little Shop of Stories in downtown Decatur. See www.littleshopofstories.com for directions and details!

Please share this with educators on your staff. We don't want any of our teacher friends in the area to miss out on this unique opportunity!

MJHS Jaguar Book Club for October

Our Jaguar Book Club is going strong and growing with each meeting! The book selection for October is The Art of Secrets by James Klise. The book tackles serious themes such as hate crimes, relationships, and race. The students have really enjoyed reading it since the story is told via Tweets, text messages, journal entries, newspaper articles, etc. It is a unique format that covers many different perspectives and speaks to their technology-driven world. We highly recommend the book for anyone looking for a good mystery! :)
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Chromebooks for 2nd Semester?

If you would like to be considered for a Chromebook cart for second semester, please email me. Instructional Coaches will evaluate the course listing for Spring semester and decide who has priority. Coaches will notify teachers during January planning after the holiday break.