SAMS Media Center News

September Edition 2014

Library Card Sign Up Month

September is Library Card Sign Up Month. To celebrate this event, representatives from the St. Andrews Branch of the Richland County Public Library welcomed students, parents, and community members at our Open House on September 5, 2014. Ms. Janice King and Ms. Crystal Johnson greeted parents with giveaways that included books and lunch bags. In addition, they came with a huge donation of pencils for student use. Ms. Johnson addressed parents and told them about the wonderful programs taking place at the St. Andrews branch. Ms. King has been at SAMS in the past to assist with Family ELA Night and the annual Community Fair.
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Media Center: Destiny Card Catalog Update

Every teacher at SAMS has access to the Destiny Card Catalog. Your username is the same as the prefix to your email address. Your password is your employee ID/Sub Center number. Searching as a guest is also permitted. New to Destiny is the option to search for online information. As in the past, you can search district wide for resources and have them sent to St. Andrews for your use. Please visit the media center to see additional uses for Destiny.

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SC Junior Book Award Contest

The SC Junior Book Award Contest is sponsored by the SC Association of School Librarians (SCASL). The purposes of the South Carolina book awards are to encourage our students to read good quality contemporary literature and to honor the authors of the books annually chosen the favorites by student vote. The South Carolina book award program began in 1976 with the participation of sixteen schools. At the present time, there are approximately three hundred schools and more than 30,000 students participating in this program.

At SAMS, students have an added incentive to read the books on the list. Not only will they have an opportunity to participate in the voting to pick the SC winner, but they will also have a chance to win an E-reader.

To qualify, students must do three things:

1. Read at least eight books from the SC Junior Book Award List.

2. Pass the AR test for eight of the SC Junior Book Award Books.

3. Write a review of your favorite book. Review forms are available in the library.

The deadline is February 13, 2015. Voting is available until February 28, 2015.

There is also a banner contest. Last year, several St. Andrews Middle School students participated in the contest, and they won second place.

To see

The deadline is February 13. See Ms. Wylie or Ms. Corbitt in the media center for details.

READING ROCKS 2014 "Reading Rocks Goes Digital"

Saturday, Oct. 4th, 9am-1pm

3455 Pine Belt Road

Columbia, SC

Richland One celebrates their annual literacy family event. This a great time for families and friends to enjoy activities related to literacy. Join us for door prizes, books, and other goodies! Featured artists and guests are Sharon Draper, Floyd Cooper, Sanford Greene, and Tony Jamison (radio personality).

Don't forget to update your E-Chalk page.

Parents use E-Chalk to keep abreast of your classroom activities and to stay in contact with teachers. Be sure your page is updated. Jennifer Thornsberry and I are available if you need assistance with setting up or updating your page.

Tech Thursdays

We are excited to have Jennifer Thornsberry back this year to facilitate our Tech Thursday sessions. Be sure to join us for the remainder of the year as she introduces us to new technology. Don't forget to sign in when you attend the sessions!

Dates & Topics:

October 2 - Technology Proficiency Updates/Edmodo/Remind

October 22 - E-Chalk

November 20 - SmartBoard Updates/New Features

December 18 - Fun with technology (IPODs)

January 29 - TBA

February 26 - TBA

March 19 - TBA

April 16 - TBA

Banned Book Week is September 21 - 25!

Look for details on the American Library Association's webpage!

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Visual Literacy Festival

This is a collection of contests to celebrate visual literacy. Students and adults may compete to receive top honors in a variety of categories. Please see Ms. Wylie or Ms. Corbitt for additional information and assistance with completing forms. Click the link for more information. RICHLAND ONE VISUAL LITERACY FESTIVAL

Your Go to People!

Ms. Corbitt and Ms. Wylie are available to assist you with your information needs!