CMS Media Center News

Carmel Middle School

December 2015

As usual, the library was hopping in November. The Scholastic Book Fair took over for the first week, the Makerspace had lots of classes using it, and the 3D printer was up and running. Check out the stats:

62 class visits to the Media Center computer lab

46 class visits to the Media Center to check out materials or work at tables

23 class visits to use the CMS Makerspace

2,710 passes issued for students to visit the Media Center during the day

2,500 books circulated

17 students eligible to vote for the YHBA winner in May! (7 new voters)

4 books given away in the "Cite It to Win It" contest!

Lunchtime Makers

Does your student talk about wanting to use the Makerspace in the Media Center? All students are eligible to sign up for Lunchtime Makers. Lunchtime Makers will receive a Fast Pass to jump to the front of the lunch line. Students eat their lunches in the cafe and then are dismissed to the Media Center to create, tinker, and innovate in the Makerspace. Eight students are allowed per lunch period, and lunches with a high number of interested students will simply be placed on a two-week rotation.

We will accept new Lunchtime Makers starting in January 2016. Starting in January, students will be expected to propose a long-term project to complete during their lunchtime sessions. Sign ups will open the last week before Winter Break, and proposals can be started any time by clicking on the form here.

3D Printing Comes to the CMS Media Center!

A 3D printer has been installed in the Media Center to support the maker movement. The printer produces small, 3D plastic objects. Students may submit one design per month for printing. Click here for guidelines.

We recommend TInkercad for 3D design. The site provides lessons to help students navigate 3D design and printing. Students under the age of 13 will need a signed permission slip in order to use Tinkercad at school. Click here to download the permission slip. Click here for a guide to getting started with Tinkercad.

Keep Up On Due Dates

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his/her materials are returned on time. Students with overdue items may not check out until the overdue item is returned. Classes do not visit every week like in elementary school, so students should keep up on materials' due dates. Click here for information on how your child can access his/her library record on a computer at home to see which materials he/she has checked out and when they are due.

Click here for more details on the Media Center's policies.

Suggest Materials for the Media Center's Collection

Students can suggest titles to add to the library's collection anytime by using the Virtual Suggestion Box. It is located on the main page of the Media Center's website. Students can log in using their school username and password. QR codes to access this are also scattered around the library.

All suggestions are taken into consideration; however, only titles that are age appropriate and fill a need in the collection will be purchased.