ECMA Learning Commons
Come to the LC to read, study, relax, create, and LEARN!
Covid-19 "At Home" Resources
Clever is the "launchpad" that houses student MCSD resources, such as Achieve 300, Lexia, IXL and Canvas)
Free access to Tumblebooks (e-books), Brainfuse (homework help) and Learning Express (online practice tests for various skills improvement)
Educators can sign up for FREE and parents get a 30 day FREE trials. Epic has thousands of wonderful e-books to explore.
Hearing stories read aloud is important for all ages. Storyline Online has many popular books being read by celebrated actors.
Destiny allows students to access any e-books in the ECMA library and Webpath Express to locate research articles. Students should click on East Columbus Magnet Academy and log in using the "Log In" button with their GTID and school password.
Podcasts for Kids
First, you can find kid friendly podcasts on the following free apps:
Check out these for these recommended podcasts:
-Smash Boom Best
-Wow of the World
Scroll down to see pictures from last month's LC activities!
Welcome to the ECMA Learning Commons!
The LC is open before school (8:05-8:35) on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Morning passes can be picked up in the front office or the LC.
Students can visit the LC anytime during school hours with a pass from their current teacher.
Book Check Out:
Students can have three books checked out from ECMA at a time. Students proven responsible can have more, with permission from Mrs. B. ELA classes visit every other week. Students can visit the LC at any other another time with a pass. If the LC is closed for some reason, books can be returned using the book return door in the hallway.
Students can work off lost book fines for ECMA by reading and filling out a short book report form, by replacing the copy, or paying the fine. There will be several volunteer days near the end of the year to earn $ off fines as well.
Then, ELA classes also had the opportunity to visit the LC to view all 600 new books, make a wish list and learn how to request holds using Destiny.
Common Links for Students and Parents:
About the library collection and YA novels
Mrs. Brookins is often teaching a class or helping students and staff members so the circulation desk is set up for self check out and self check in. The students are taught correct procedures at the beginning of each year and their account is their responsibility. Account notices are given to students several times a year to remind them what they have checked out at that time. You may access your child's Destiny account using the Destiny link above or by going through Clever. Mrs. Brookins encourages parents to discuss the books students are reading and even read with them or come pick one out themselves! We have a lot of great books to share.
Students are encouraged to recommend any titles for purchase that are either not in the collection or are often checked out. Please use the form below to request books or other LC materials (such as games or supplies):
Order your Yearbook today! Turn in your form with payment to Mrs. Cooper in 709 or Mrs. Brookins in the LC
About Mrs. Brookins
Mrs. Brookins is ECMA's Media Specialist. She values student choice and loves connecting students with books that they enjoy. If you want to raise test scores, reading is key. If you want to raise children who think outside the box, problem solve, and are empathetic to those around them, reading is key. Read, read, read!
Mrs. Brookins teaches classes, runs the library, organizes morning announcements, coaches Reading Bowl club, manages the Makerspace/Game Center, is the ECMA technology contact, is the "Chromebook Queen" of ECMA, and more. If you have any questions related to any of the above, please email Mrs. Brookins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Brookins is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris, and together they have a daughter, Leah, who is in Kindergarten at Britt David Magnet Academy. They also have a furry family member named Melo, a dachshund who likes to chew holes in dog beds and dump his toys out of the toy basket without ever cleaning up. Mrs. Brookins loves fall, football (Go Dawgs!), reading and shopping. She also loves to binge watch her favorite shows.