Mission Valley JR/Sr High School

Library Illuminations Newsletter April 2014

In this issue.....

Mission Valley Book Club "Big Read" Activities Continue with...

  • Vietnam Veteran Speaks to Book Club
  • 1960's Dance Party
  • Book Club Discussion for The Things They Carried

Seventh Grade Activities

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts Book Club
  • English/History Project

English I Begins Research Project

March Newsletter Prize Winner Announced

April Library Newsletter Contest Question of the Month

Coming soon.....

Book Club - The Big Read Activities Continue

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Vietnam Veteran Speaks to Book Club

Ron Zink, Tecumseh, spoke to students on March 12th about his tour of duty in Vietnam in the mid-1960's. More than 20 students attended, along with several staff members. Mr. Zink said he likes to share his stories about his service with others because it is a part of history and it is "therapy" for him. We appreciate those who are willing to take time to make our Book Club selections relate to real events in history.

Book Club Vietnam Era Dance Party Rocks!

Book Club Discussion Marks the End of the Big Read

The Things They Carried Big Read culminated with a discussion on April 9th. Mr. Stucky led the discussion with students commenting about the stories in the book and spectulating whether all of the stories were true or a "version of the truth." A big thanks to Wichita Public Library and Emporia Public Library for providing book sets for our Big Read. We could not have Book Club without these loaned book sets.

Seventh Grade Book Club Checkout

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Line is Long for Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Ten seventh graders lined up to check out the new Book Club title, Al Capone Does My Shirts. All seventeen books were spoken by for the end of the day. The discussion, complete with lemon cake, the favorite of one of the characters of the story, will be May 5th at 3:00 in the library. The eager students above are Caleb, Adam, Rachel, Tyler, Jaynie, Payton, Sarah, Ethan, Cole, and Keith.

Collaborative Project Assignment Connects Kansas History and English 7 with the Library

Seventh graders are working on research projects connecting information skills for English and Kansas history as they read non-fiction selections. After choosing a book from a group of books selected by Mrs. Spoon, Mr. Packard and Mrs. Niland, students will write a paper for English and do a class presentation for history. In the photo, Cole is reading about Dodge City while he waits for others in his English class to master the concept of citing the sources used in their papers

Freshmen English Students Research

Prior to reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, students are researching topics related to the issues of that time period. Examples of research topics selected include the "Jim Crow laws," farming in the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and racism. In the photo, first hour students use Kansas history links from the MV Alexandria Researcher, and other internet sources to gather information.

And The Winner Is...

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Garrett won the drawing for the Orange Leaf gift card for knowing the correct answer to last month's Library Illuminations Newsletter Question of the Month. He correctly identified Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix as the fifth book of the Harry Potter series. Eighteen students entered the correct answer.

Question of the Month

What is the highest number of items checked out by one junior high or high school student so far this school year?

a. 37

b. 54

c. 61

d. 126

e. 153

Students: Email your answer to rniland@mv330.org. The prize to be drawn from the correct answers is $10 Chipotle gift card. All entries need to be received by 3:30 p.m. April 30th.

Coming Soon.....

7th Grade Book Club Discussion for Al Capone Does My Shirts

Thursday, May 8th, 3pm

Mission Valley High School JR/SR HS Library

Eight Grade Book Club Discussion for Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Monday, May 5th, 3pm

JR/SR High School Library

April is School Library Month - Support Your School Library

Rose Niland, Librarian

Mission Valley JR/SR High School

Stay tuned for the Community Big Read in October, 2014. We will be inviting community members to join us in reading The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. The book discussion will be part of the Veteran's Day activities at Mission Valley on November 11, 2014.