HES Library Media Center

January 2019

Welcome Back

Hope everyone had a great Winter Break as I did! Since I stay home for the holidays, I got a lot of reading done! I know that many of our HES students were reading as well! There have been 57 Winter Shelfies turned in! Those students will be getting their small prize after January 11th. I will be announcing the winners of the $5.00 gift certificates to the Spring Book Fair the next week. There will be two winners, one from a primary grade (PreK-2nd) and one from an intermediate grade (3rd-5th). Check out the pictures of some of our HES readers that were caught reading over Winter Break!

Media Classes

Kindergarten: Black-Eyed Susan Books and research


1st Grade: Black-Eyed Susan Books and research


2nd Grade: Black-Eyed Susan Books, research, and learning how to use laptops


3rd Grade: Research and Typing.com


4th Grade: Research and Typing.com


5th Grade: Research and Typing.com

New Books

A new year means new books! Mrs. Rossi and I have been working very hard to get new books out for students to check out. Many of these new books are books that have been nominated for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award. To read about the award and see the list of nominated books click here. Students who read five or more of these books can earn a place on the Black-Eyed Susan Wall of Fame. There is a recording booklet for the picture books and a recording sheet for the chapter books and graphic novels.

Mark Your Calendars

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held Thursday, March 28th through Friday, April 5th. We will once again be participating in the All for Books. Be on the lookout for more information in early March.


I just learned that Scholastic Book Fairs creates podcasts about books that are found in the Book Fair! These podcasts are an audio clip, no more than 2 minutes in length, that gives a summary about a book found in the book fair. This is a a great way for kids and parents to learn about the books. Soon the podcast page will be updated with books found in this Spring's Book Fair! If you are interested in the podcasts click here for the link. Please be aware that this link takes you to the page that has all books. From there you can navigate to Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School.

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Volunteers Needed

If anyone, who is an approved volunteer, would like to help Mrs. Rossi and myself in the Media Center we would be appreciate it. We are looking for one or two volunteers to come in on either Tuesday and/or Friday to help us shelve books that have been checked in. Some days we have a ton of books to put away and can really use the help. We will train you on how to shelve books, so don't worry about not knowing what to do. If you are interested, email Miss Hazuda (sjhazuda@smcps.org). Thanks!

Typing.com

We are continuing to work on typing skills with 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students. With students being required to do more and more typing while completing school work and online tests, this is a skill that they need to practice. There are two ways that students can access Typing.com at home. Next month I will update what the average words per minute is for each grade level.


Soon 2nd Grade will also be starting to use Typing.com and they will be able to access it at home!


First Way


  1. Go to www.smcps.org.
  2. Click on Students.
  3. Under the heading Academics, click on Destiny.
  4. On the new screen, click on Hollywood Elementary School.
  5. Then click on the specific grade level site on the left column.
  6. When the new screen comes up, using the top menu bar, click on Media Classes.
  7. Scroll down until you can see the Clever icon. Then click on it.
  8. Students will need to enter their user name and password to sign into Clever. This is the same user name and password that they use at school, except the password does not have 18 added to the end.
  9. Then scroll down until they see the blue Typing.com icon and click it.
  10. They will be automatically logged into Typing.com and can begin to work on lessons.


Second Way


  1. Go to www.typing.com.
  2. In the upper right corner click on Student Login.
  3. When the login screen comes up, below username will be a dark blue button that says: Sign in With Clever. Click that button.
  4. Students will have to search for their school, by typing in Hollywood Elementary and then clicking on the name when it comes up. This will take them to the Clever login screen.
  5. Students will need to enter their user name and password to sign into Clever. This is the same user name and password that they use at school, except the password does not have 18 added to the end.
  6. Then scroll down until they see the blue Typing.com icon and click it.
  7. They will be automatically logged into Typing.com and can begin to work on lessons.

Recess Makerspace

The Hollywood PTA Recess Makerspace is still happening! There continues to be excitement each week! A Makerspace is a place for students to create, experiment, problem solve, and use their imagination thorough hands-on building. The Makerspace will operate during the cooler months, from November through April. The PTA is always on the lookout for volunteers! You can check the Hollywood PTA Facebook page for a link to the Sign-up Genius to volunteer or email the PTA directly at heronpta@gmail.com.


If your child would like to participate, he/she needs to return the permission slip found below. Enrollment in Makerspace is open all year long, so there is still time to join in the fun! Just print out and return the permission slip to school to be added to the list.


One of the really cool activities that the Recess Makerspace had was to make a pinball machine! The kids had a lot of fun designing and creating their own pinball machine. And the best part was that they could take them home! Dr. Gilman tweeted out a short video of one of the pinball machines in action. Click here to be taken to the tweet!