RMS Media Center Report -Nov. '15

Check out what went on the the Media Center in November!

Media Center Stats

Student walk-in traffic - 2227

This counts students who visit the media center independently. For the 18 days students were in the building in October, that's over 123/day!

Students are welcome to visit the library before and after school, as well as throughout the day with a signed pass.

Materials Circulation - 2,106 items

For the 18 days students were in the building in October, we averaged about 117 books/day! This includes 36 circulations from Overdrive, our district-wide e-book and audio book library.

Classes - 20

We hosted several classes using the computers this month.

The 6th grade ELA classes came for an author visit with local author Sheri Levy, author of Seven Days to Goodbye.

Ms. Mathewson's students did JA in a day (Junior Achievement) with several speakers from area businesses.

Mrs. Straka's classes came in to find biographies for their projects.

We also hosted the monthly School Improvement Council meeting.

Other Activities in the Media Center

Read Your Way to the Big Game/Swamp Rabbits Reading Challenge - Students at RMS have been participating in the reading challenges issued by the Swamp Rabbits hockey team and the SC Education Oversight Committee's program, Read Your Way to the Big Game. For both programs, students needed to read six age-appropriate books. We had 38 students complete the Read Your Way to the Big Game program, and were entered in a drawing for the Clemson/Carolina football game tickets. We also had 28 complete the Swamp Rabbits Reading Challenge, and they got buy-one-get-one tickets to the Swamp Rabbits hockey game!

Maker Events - This month we participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). We had 31 students participate, and we had seven winners! Students had to set a word-count goal, and our students' goals ranged from 3,000 words to over 40,000 words! One of our winners wrote over 30,000 words and two more wrote over 40,000 words! All told, as a group we wrote 181,494 words in just 30 days - that's over 6,000/day! We are SO proud of of all the students who took on this challenge, and even MORE proud of our winners! More will be shared about them later.

Students will have the opportunity to continue to work with local author Andrea Cefalo and Sheri Levy as they work to revise their novels and get them published!

Coming in December: Tech Tuesdays for learning how to code, and Cards and Calligraphy!

3D Printing - we are up and running with the 3D printer! Students can print pretty much anything they want for 15 cents/gram. We've printed the "One Ring" from Lord of the Rings for a book report project, and a lots of stuff just for fun, like a Tardis, a plane, and a minecraft spider! Looking forward to working with teachers to use 3D printing in their classrooms!

YALLfest - Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Ingle attended YALLfest again this year! The Young Adult Literature festival is held in Charleston, SC and draws some of the biggest names in teen fiction - including Veronica Roth (Divergent), R.L. Stine (Goosebumps/Fear Street), Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart), Leigh Bardugo (Grisha), Kiera Cass (The Selection), Brandon Mull (Fablehaven/Five Kingdoms), Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan/Uglies), Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries), and so, so, many more. Mrs. Jenkins scored some free advance copy books for the library and met Brandon Sanderson and Brandon Mull, and Mrs. Ingle and her daughter got to meet R.L. Stine! We also attended several panels where authors discussed everything from how "Harry Potter is Lyfe" to sharing their very early (very bad) early writings.

RMS 6th grader, Lily, got to meet R.L. Stine!

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