January 2019 Newsletter- Happy New Year!

Hour of Code: Dance Party

In December, the LMC hosted nearly 100% of the student body for the annual Hour of Code event celebrating Computer Science Education Week. Our students, along with students from more than 180 countries across the globe, used block coding to program different avatars to complete some funky dances on The creativity that our students demonstrated was a lot of fun to witness!

The dance party tutorial is still available, if you'd like to try your hand at choreographing a dance using code.

On your mark, get set, READ!

In early December, we registered approximately 115 students and staff for the annual Reading Marathon Challenge. This week we are holding our quarter of the way done check-in for all readers who are flipping pages towards the finish line.

This year, in addition to the pizza party at the finish line, all students who read at least 5 books will earn two free tickets to a Fisher Cats baseball game. This program is sponsored by the Fisher Cats to promote youth literacy.

Looking for something to read for yourself? Check out the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018. We have Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover, in the library for your borrowing pleasure, and I am sure your local libraries will have the others.

Prefer middle grade novels? Check out this 20 Most Buzzed-About Middle Grade Book of 2018 list by Brightly. (We have a few and a several more are on their way.)

YA more your speed? Brightly has a 20 of the Most Exciting YA Books of 2018 list.

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Books. Mmmmm...Tasty

We are currently in the middle of our second Book Tasting. All 6th and 7th grade ELA students will be joining us here at the Library Cafe this month to sample our finest titles, nibble our most delicious pages, and hopefully leave with a doggy bag full of words to devour at their convenience.

42 books were checked out on Friday by Mrs. Dobe's readers- our first group of diners! The most popular genres were novels in verse (surprise!) and adventure (not a surprise). The least popular item on the menu was realistic fiction. Something to chew on!

8th grade teachers: I am in the process of developing a speed dating event for the month of February to celebrate Book Lovers Month. Be on the look out for more information as it becomes available.

Breaking out of our 1/17 Staff Meeting

After an inspiring collaboration between myself, DeAna Irving (HS) and Catherine Masterson (LES) and a 5th grade class, I was able to witness first-hand the power of a Breakout EDU session. I quickly purchased a class set of Breakout boxes that I will be bringing to you all on Thursday, January 24th. If you are interested in doing some front-loading of information, please visit the Breakout EDU website.

After our staff meeting, I am hoping to find a few willing victims to collaborate with to launch a Breakout activity with their class(es).


Below is a great article by Suzy Brooks from Tech & Learning magazine about how technology can be used by both adults and children to help manage anxiety.

Here is my personal favorite tool suggested to help combat anxiety: "EREADERS- Having an ereader on their device allows anyone who's feeling anxious to escape into a book to calm and collect themselves before or after a stressful event."

A good old fashion book can do the same, and we have plenty of those here in the LMC.

10 Sites for Checking Plagiarism

I recently heard a teacher comment that her students were continually copying chunks of writing from other sources and trying to pass it off as their own. As we all know, this is plagiarism and we need to be sure we are constantly reminding out students of the illegality, immorality, and down-right laziness of such a practice.

Tech & Learning Magazine featured these 10 sites for checking plagiarism, but I would be happy to come into the classrooms and help facilitate a lesson on paraphrasing, summarizing, and the ethical use of information. For a hard copy of this magazine, stop into the library.

1. BibMe

2. EduBirdie

3. Grammarly

4. Noplag

5. OuiWrite

6. PaperRater

7. PlagTracker

8. Plagiarisma

9. PapersOwl

10. QueText

Krystal Searah, LMS

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