April Library Update

RRMS, 2016

Still Going Strong!

The library hosted many classes and several events in April!

- Classes from Latin, English, Math, History, and Creative Writing all used our space, resources, and/or taught lessons in the library. In all, 42 classes used the library in April.

- Students worked on tasks such as Poetry Slam poems, research, unit tests, and creative assignments by themselves, in pairs, and as a whole group.

- The library was also the place for RRMS's Spring Book Fair, which coincided with April's Parent-Teen Book Club and our Author Visit by Ben Mikaelson.

We absolutely LOVE being the heart of RRMS!

See below for photos of more fun activities that happened this month.

Thanks for a GREAT Spring Book Fair!

We had a wonderful book fair from April 11-15. Rocky Run students, parents, and staff purchased nearly $3000 in books, posters, and other merchandise. Thank you to the English teachers who brought their students to browse the fair and thank you also to our fantastic parent volunteers who helped run the fair. Our next book fair will be October 31-November 4. See you then! (source of image: onebeautifulhomeblog.com)

Experimental Design Displays

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The library was transformed April 6-7 by over 300 Experimental Design Displays, provided by the 8th grade AAP students. Many fascinating topics were explored, and students were able to review their peers' work. Thanks to the outstanding 8th grade Science department for their continual coordination of this wonderful event.

Ben Mikaelson Visits RRMS

Battle of the Books!

April was a busy month for the library-sponsored Battle of the Books club. We had our school competition, when our 4 teams competed against each other to see which team knew the most about a set of 20 books. Congratulations to Mrs. Simmons's team, the Bookie Monsters, who represented us in the regional battle on April 16 in Bealeton, Virginia. We placed 12th out of 20 schools - and we had never competed before!

Finally, on April 28, the library hosted our end-of-year celebration for our teams and coaches. Students voted on their favorite and least favorite books, made posters for next year, and created videos about what they liked most about Battle of the Books.

Thanks to all for such a great year!

Picture Books Professional Development

On April 21, Ms. Grover and Mrs. Slevin conducted a professional development training for the English and ESOL teachers on how to use picture books to teach specific skills related to SOL review. Our interim principal, Mr. Meier, also attended. It was a great time for all, and many teachers have already begun integrating them into their SOL review.
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No May Newsletter due to Testing. See you in June! :)

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