LMS Weekly Reminder

Upcoming Task and Dates to Remember for this Week.

Remember GCS Reads 20 Minutes PAST Due

Please enter minutes as soon as possible to be eligible for the School of the month for your region.

Congratulations to the 2015 GCS Battle of the Books Winners

Battle of the Books

Congratulations on a Job well done!!!

Excellent Job to everyone on preparing your Battle of the Books teams this year. It was evident that you have put a lot of time and effort into your teams. They did a wonderful job and the week was very exciting. Please take a moment to congratulate the winners listed below. Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of our GCS students.

This Week - MARCH

We still need many of you to send pictures of your Holiday Reading Challenge winners to Tammy. Make sure to include the student name and School.

PLC Agenda's will be shared in a separate email.

  • GCS Reads 20 Minutes Due
  • YA Lit @ Grimsley Media Center
  • Mar. 18 Early Release Day
  • March 19th -Elementary Media & Tech. PLC
    Location -PECK ELEM. Time 2:00
  • March 19th- Elementary Media & Tech. PLC
    Location -PECK ELEM. Time 4:00

Dates to Remember

  • March 25th -Middle School Media & Tech.
    Location- Washington St. Rm. 104 Time: 2:00
  • March 25th- High School Media & Tech. PLC
    Location-Washington St. Rm. 104 Time: 4:00
  • April is National Poetry Month

  • April is School Library Month

  • April 16 Media Services Distict Meeting 4:00-6:00 TBD

    AMTR Deadlines will be announced at the April District Meeting

  • April 13-19National Library Week

  • April 23 Mentor Mentee Meeting INVENTORY TRAINING 4:00- 6:00 Wash. St. Rm 300 anyone needing a refresher is welcome to attend.

COPYRIGHT or NCWiseOwl Questions...

As many of you know Dan Sparlin has retired as of February 28. If you or your LEAs and schools need any information related to NC Wise Owl and/or Copyright, please contact the consultants below:


Kathy Parker

SLMC Consultant



Jennifer Northrup

DTL Consultant, Region 8


It’s time to register for NCSLMA Snapshot Day 2015!

School library media coordinators advocate for effective media programs.” (Standard 1, Element C)

During National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015, school librarians across North Carolina are encouraged to choose one day to collect data, photographs, stories, and comments to show what takes place in their school libraries on a typical day. NCSLMA will collect, combine, and share information from all participating school libraries. The results will be available for school librarians to share with their school communities and state legislators and for NCSLMA to share through our Association's advocacy efforts.

We need YOUR participation to make this a success. The larger the numbers, the greater the impact. Participating in Snapshot Day is simple. Visit the NCSLMA Snapshot Day website to register and find information and resources to make your Snapshot Day event a success! (http://www.ncslma.org/snap-shot-day-in-nc-schools)

For more information, visit the website and/or contact Becky Palgi, NCSLMA Advocacy & Governance Section Chair, rdpalgi@mindspring.com.

Having issues logging into Discovery Ed?

If you are having a problem logging in to Discovery Education, please make sure you:

  • Are going to gcsnc.discoveryeducation.com (do not add www at the beginning of the link).
  • Login with your GCS username and password, if this information is asked for.
  • You give detailed information describing your problem when contacting Pam James. Are you going to the above site? Are you getting an error message and if so what does it say? Are you using your GCS username and password?
  • Ask new staff members to send Pam James their GCS username and password if they cannot access Discovery Education. It could take up to 30 for new accounts to be created.

Discovery Ed for Middle Schools

The Dig into Mining program is excited to introduce a new learning simulation focused on the exploration phase of mining. Students will immerse themselves in various careers to determine the best location to find copper.

Dig Into Mining is a three-year middle school program designed to spotlight metals (such as copper), and their social, environmental and economic impacts – past, present and future. Last fall introduced the first of three virtual field trips, Explore Metals in Your Everday Life, which is archived here and complements the virtual lab.

The “Dig A Little Deeper” virtual lab has been designed as an authentic, problem-based learning simulation focused on the exploration phase of the mining process. Students will be challenged to choose from three possible sites on which to mine for copper. To help them choose a site, students will assume the roles of a geologist, an environmental scientist, and a mining engineer. Students may go through each of the tests individually or as a part of a team. Within each career lens, students will develop an authentic research question, evaluate/test data, and analyze the results. All three sites will have benefits and trade-offs. Once all data is collected, students will make and justify a recommendation, based on the evidence they’ve uncovered throughout.

Instructional Techonology and Innovation

CLICK HERE to see the latest newsletter from Pam and Sabrina regarding Instructional Technology & Innovation

NCSLMA Awards and Scholarship Nominations OPEN

The NCSLMA Awards and Scholarships Committee is excited to share that the 2015 Awards, Grants and Scholarships are now open. The deadline has changed a little this year. All Award, Scholarship and Grant applications will be due May 15th, 2015. This is a change from past years. Please keep this date on your calendars and don't let it slip by! We have some great opportunities to share!


  • NCSLMA Media Coordinator of the Year: Presented to a media coordinator, or team of media coordinators at one school, in recognition of outstanding performance in the school library media center.

  • NCSLMA Francis Bryant Bradburn Distinguished Service Award :The award will be presented annually to recognize an individual or organization for contributions to NCSLMA and/or school library media programs throughout the state of North Carolina.

  • NCSLMA Administrator of the Year: The award will be presented annually to recognize an administrator who has made an outstanding contribution(s) to advancing the role of the school library media program in the state of North Carolina.For more information and the nomination forms for the awards, please visit: http://www.ncslma.org/awards


  • NCSLMA Scholarships: Two scholarships, each in the amount of $1000, will be presented annually to increase the number and quality of school library media personnel in North Carolina. For more information and the application forms for the scholarships, please visit: http://www.ncslma.org/scholarships


  • Read 2 Succeed: NCSLMA Read 2 Succeed grants are available to K-12 NCSLMA member media coordinators (certified or provisional) in public or private schools, in partnership with classroom teachers, for innovative projects that foster the integration of media / information skills into the K-12 curriculum. The focus is on individual media coordinators and teachers rather than on district-wide projects. Up to five (5) one-year grants totaling $1,000 each will be awarded. For more information and the application for the Read 2 Succeed Grant, please visit: http://www.ncslma.org/read-2-succeed

  • Action Research Grant: The North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) is pleased to offer an Action Research Grant for a school library media coordinator or an advanced library student who is a member of NCSLMA. Applications should include research-based proposals that focus directly on the effects of innovative strategies on student learning in the school library media center.For more information and the criteria for the Action Research Grant, please visit: http://www.ncslma.org/action-research

Don't Forget!

Photo Directory Pictures Needed

Please send Tammy a picture of yourself for the GCS Media Specialist online Picture Directory.

CLICK HERE to verify if you need to send in a picture.

eBook Completion Certification Due

CIPA Certification PAST DUE

  • Elementary and Middle schools, remember to certify complete on your CIPA training.
  • CLICK HERE TO learn how to log in and certify Complete.
  • CLICK HERE to log in

Library Media Services

Have a wonderful week!

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Employee of the Month
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