Therrell Library Media Center

News and Information -- March 2016

Celebrating Women's History Month: Madame C. J. Walker

Madame C.J. Walker, was born Sarah Breedlove. She created specialized hair products for African-American hair and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. She created her hair products after suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss. As a result, she invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905. One of the ways she promoted her products was by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations. She established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Madame Walker was a savvy business women and one of the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. She was also known for her philanthropic endeavors including donating the largest amount of money by an African-American toward the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in 1913.
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Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?

All across America, Black History Month was celebrated in the month of February. Carter G. Woodson, a historian and professor established the Negro History Week in 1926 to commemorate the efforts and hard work of African Americans to American society. In 1976, the celebration of Black History was extended for the entire month of February.

Woodson chose February to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of many great African- Americans in history. Dismayed by the fact that history books barely mentioned the accomplishments of famous African Americans, Woodson worked tirelessly and wrote several books and journals to highlight the work of numerous African Americans. He also wanted the world to change its perception about blacks and recognize their contributions to American society and culture. The month of February was reserved for celebrating and recognizing the contributions and determined efforts of numerous African Americans who helped carve American society, values, culture and tradition.

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LIBRARY CARD FOR ALL!

As a part of President Obama's ConnectED Library Challenge to make sure every child has his or her own library card, Therrell's Media Center and Adams Park Library held a Library Card Sign-Up event in September 2015. Over 190 applications were completed and 184 students received library cards. It is never to late to get a Library Card.
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THERRELL'S CHAPTER CLUB

The purpose of Therrell’s Chapter Club is to introduce reading to students as an interactive and social experience. The Chapter Club is a way to give students an opportunity to use what they’ve learned about reading and understanding text in a student-directed and social context. To get students engaged in the reading process, the Librarian Media Specialist will introduce a chapter and asked for student feedback. If you are interested in joining Therrell’s Chapter Club, please email me at pgbrown@atlanta.k12.ga.us

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Therrell Student's Drop Everything And Read

Each Monday and Thursday, students at Therrell High School Drop Everything And Read. The importance of reading can not be overstated. According to Susan Canizares, a language and literacy development specialist, "Word knowledge is among the most critical pieces of language development." In an article published in Scholastic Parents magazine, Ms. Canizares contends that children who acquire a substantial vocabulary are often able to think more deeply, express themselves better, and learn new things more quickly. They are also very likely to be successful not only learning to read, but also in reading at or above grade level throughout their school years. Canizares further stated that research shows that children who reach school age with smaller vocabularies, less depth in prior knowledge and background experiences, and fewer experiences with hearing stories and exploring with print are more likely to have significant problems in learning to read. To address these factors, the D.E.A.R. program at Therrell was implemented to help boost student's language and literacy experiences. Click below to read the entire article. Click on the link below to learn more information about the D.E.A.R. program.

Newton's Football Laws of Helmets

Students in Ms. Heflin's, Physical Science class had to apply their understanding of Newton’s laws of Motion to the problem of improving sport helmet design. Students had to analyze different types of sports-related head injuries, analyze the current state of helmet design, and design and conduct an experiment to test model helmet designs. Students used their new knowledge to make innovative designs to helmets that could help to reduce the rate of brain injury and/or concussions in the sport of football.

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Therrell Hosted the FCCLA Culinary Arts Region 4 Competitions

On February 10, 2016, The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Students (F.C.C.L.A) held its Culinary Arts Region 4 Competions at Therrell High School. Three students enrolled in Ms. Harper-Jones' Culinary Arts class competed against students from 5 other schools in our region. Therrell students prepared a Parmesan Crusted Pork Loin, savory sweet mashed potatoes, garlic greenbeans & kale, apple, cranberry salad with peanut butter vinegerette. The students' placed in the top 3 of the competition. Congratulations to students' Elijiah Gilbert, Amari Hassan and Diovveon Hillman.
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Therrell Teachers and Students Participated in Digital Learning Day.

Mr. Dennis' and Mr. D'Aguiar's 9th Grade World History classes participated in Digital Learning Day. The students used the Culture Grams Online database to research information on their selected Latin American Countries. Students created a PowerPoint Presentation describing the background history, population, language and religion of the people. Students also provided information on their selected countries form of government, economy and education. Dr. Johnson's Sociology Class participated in Digital Learning Day by thinking critically about the impact the Super Bowl Commercials have on society. Students viewed commercials and interpreted the message and techniques of persuasions that were used.
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