Bathgate Buzz Volume 3 No. 4

Building a community of readers and researchers

Poetry Month Resources

30 Poems You Can Write for National Poetry Month! ReadWriteThink has resources for a poem a day for April at

Help your students display their talents as the next Eliot, Hughes, or Poe. Submit 140 character poems and tag #NYCpoetweet .


We’re distributing library cards to our new students. If you have library cards from last year please distribute or return them to the library. All teachers should receive their cards by the end of April. Cards will be placed in the main office mailbox in your respective schools.

Students that have not received cards should fill out this form . Once the form is filled out, cards will be processed and distributed.


We are giving away books before Spring Recess.

Giveaway guidelines

• Each student is allowed to select two free books.

• Students must have a clear account – no over-dues or lost books

• A few titles are only for our HS students

Library Scheduling

If you would like to schedule a visit to our library please complete the Class Visit Form. Once the form is submitted you can email the librarian to include additional details or make additional inquiries.


We have a subscription to the School Edition of EasyBib, thanks to NewVisions. The school edition includes an APA citation creator, allows students to share their work with their teacher, and includes additional research tools.

Library REACH Grant iMacs & Research Ready Unit

Most of our new computers are up and running. We expect to receive the rest of our tech resources throughout the month of April. Lessons will be created to help our students become more research ready.

It’s a book !

Our final book order has been placed. We were able to purchase most of the items requested by staff and students. Look out for our new additions to the collection in the coming months.

Online Educator Resources

New York Times Replica Edition

entering the following to log on:

Username: 200354264

Password is the same as the username.

Digital Citizenship -YouTube in the classroom

As our students continue to use the Internet and online resources we can help guide their use using the lessons and curricula linked below.

Online Quizzes and Assessments

  1. Google Forms – my “go to” quiz maker that is simple to set up, creates great charts, is exportable to an Excel file, and can be accessed via almost every device.

  2. Socrative – simple to use and trusted by many teachers, has a “race” setting where students can compete, and can be done on any device.

  3. Geddit – a new platform that teachers have my school have enjoyed using – and so have the students.

Common Core Resources

  1. Better Lesson - They just published over 3,000 complete Common Core-aligned lessons from 130 Master Teachers.

  2. Thinkfinity (by Verizon) - Click on “Resources” and search for CCSS lessons/resources by the actual standards!

  3. MasteryConnect - Although the do have “paid” plans, the free plan is perfect for getting started and finding what other are doing with the Common Core.

Important Dates

4/11 - VPA - March Against Violence

4/23 - World Book Night / Shakespeare's Birthday

4/30 - CLN PD Closed

5/5 - VPA- NYSESLAT testing all day

5/6- VPA - NYSESLAT testing all day

5/7- MHBX - NYSESLAT testing all day