MRHS Media Message
Media Center Monthly Newsletter (Vol. 1 Issue 1)
Meet Your New Media Specialist: Mrs. Brinsfield
Mrs. Brinsfield is passionate about spreading a love of reading, as well as ensuring that students are equipped with valuable 21st century skills such as information literacy and digital citizenship. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, cooking, and (of course) reading.
October is Cyber Security Month and Computer Learning Month (With Digital Citizenship Week Oct. 17-21)
In addition to this month's tech tip below, check out some of these awesome Digital Citizenship Resources from Common Sense Media!
Digital Citizenship Letter to Parents
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Pumpkin Decorating Contest: October 10-25
- Please do not carve real pumpkins (they decay too quickly), use paint and craft materials only. You may use artificial pumpkins if you wish to bring something carved.
- All pumpkins must be submitted by the end of the school day on October 24, 2022.
- Keep your designs school appropriate.
Fiction Book Pick
From the Publisher
A love letter to Syria and its people, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow is a speculative novel set amid the Syrian Revolution, burning with the fires of hope, love, and possibility. Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Salt to the Sea.
Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria. She still had her parents and her big brother; she still had her home. She had a normal teenager's life. Now Salama volunteers at a hospital in Homs, helping the wounded who flood through the doors daily. Secretly, though, she is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. So desperate, that she has manifested a physical embodiment of her fear in the form of her imagined companion, Khawf, who haunts her every move in an effort to keep her safe. But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, Salama is torn between her loyalty to her country and her conviction to survive. Salama must contend with bullets and bombs, military assaults, and her shifting sense of morality before she might finally breathe free. And when she crosses paths with the boy she was supposed to meet one fateful day, she starts to doubt her resolve in leaving home at all.
Soon, Salama must learn to see the events around her for what they truly are--not a war, but a revolution--and decide how she, too, will cry for Syria's freedom.
Non-Fiction Book Pick
This pick will support digital citizenship and media literacy conversations (see more in the tech tip below).
From the Publisher
While popularized by President Donald Trump, the term "fake news" actually originated toward the end of the 19th century, in an era of rampant yellow journalism. Since then, it has come to encompass a broad universe of news stories and marketing strategies ranging from outright lies, propaganda, and conspiracy theories to hoaxes, opinion pieces, and satire--all facilitated and manipulated by social media platforms. This title explores journalistic and fact-checking standards, Constitutional protections, and real-world case studies, helping readers identify the mechanics, perpetrators, motives, and psychology of fake news. A final chapter explores methods for assessing and avoiding the spread of fake news.
Looking for What to Read Next?
Students can practice these skills at home too! Each month, we will share a project for students to try at home. Check this one out: