AnHS Library News and Resources

November 2021

Parent & Student Newsletter November 2021

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Previous Teacher Newsletter

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Curriculum Corner

Building a Literacy Culture

When literacy is displayed for all to see, it is valued. Please complete the following Google Form to request two laminated signs (examples) for your door. The I am reading... sign can be changed as needed. Just write in what you are reading with a dry erase marker. The I suggest reading... sign will be permanent, until you request a new one. Thank you for helping us to value literacy campuswide.

Digital Citizenship & Ethics through Dystopian Texts

Engage students in conversations around the intersection of technology and humanity to get them talking about digital well-being, social responsibility, media and information literacy, and digital safety.


Use the poem The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniel to spark a discussion on digital well-being and the understanding that technology may play a role in both advancing and impeding human connection.


Use the poem Like Any Good American by Brynn Soto to spark a discussion on digital safety and the understanding that digital identities, data, and online activities are commodities.


Click here for other texts to spark digital citizenship and ethics conversations.


Want me to pop into your classroom for a 15-20 minute activity with one of these texts? Shoot me an email to pick a time and day!

Technology Tips and Tools

Curated Tech Tools

Check out the Library Webpage or Symbaloo for a collection of favorite technology applications in the classroom. From presentations to organization, videos to comics, photos to avatars, the opportunities are limitless for you and your students.

NPR Book of the Day Podcast

NPR's Book of the Day is a daily quick listen: author interviews that illuminate the ideas and issues of our time, and literary conversations curated from NPR's archive. The podcast will offer a mix of genre fiction, literary fiction and nonfiction, as well as showcase interviews with authors of color and female writers (NPR, 2021).

Applied Digital Skills from Google

Digital skills are more important than ever for our students and for us as educators.


  • Our students need digital skills to be prepared for the jobs of their future, and to function in daily life now.
  • As educators we need digital skills to communicate more effectively with our students, provide them with more engaging learning experiences, and to stay organized ourselves.


There are loads of wonderful resources to help all of us improve our digital skills from blogs to YouTube channels to podcasts and more. One fantastic, and totally free, resource is Google's Applied Digital Skills.


Applied Digital Skills is a totally free, video-based, online curriculum to teach digital skills for your students in any subject area and for your own professional development. There are over 150 ready-to-use lessons covering a wide range of age levels, tech tools, and topics (Curts, 2021).

Teacher's Lounge

Collaborate with Your Teacher-Librarian

Please reach out to me if you would like me to curate resources for your classes; provide research, news literacy, and/or digital literacy instruction for your students; run a book club or lit circle connected to your course content; create student tutorials; book talk some new YA titles; provide technology support for students; and/or help students find independent reading books. I am here to support you and your students. Click here for a sampling of what I can support you with!


Please let me know how I can help you and your students by filling out the following Collaboration Google Form. I will follow up with you based on your preferences. If you prefer to email me or stop by the library, that is fine too!

Password Resets

If students are having problems with their passwords, please email Amanda Scuka at ascuka@rjuhsd.us with their first and last name, their grade level, and their student id number. She will be able to reset it for them. If Amanda is out for the day, you can email Lindsay Jordan at ljordan@rjuhsd.us or me at jmccoy@rjuhsd.us as a backup.


Additionally, students can email the Technology Help Desk directly at help@rjuhsd.us.

Bookshare and Read & Write for Students with IEPs or a 504 Plan

Any students with 504 or IEPs can access all of their materials in ebook, audiobook, or large print form. Bookshare has an immense collection that includes most textbooks and thousands of free fiction and non-fiction reading materials.


Any teachers or counselors that want to set a student up with Bookshare just needs to let me know who the student is, whether they are on a 504 or an IEP plan, and what their disability is. I can set up an account for the student and assign specific textbooks or reading books or even an entire reading list based on a students' interests (ex. sports books, graphic novels, reluctant reader books, etc...) in about 5 minutes. After setting up an account for the student, I can then share their login credentials with them as well as my tutorials for how to get started accessing their books.


You can email me the student's information, or you can fill out the Bookshare Enrollment Google form for your student(s).


Students with IEPs also have access to the Premium edition of the Read & Write App through the District's site license. I have tutorials for them on how to use the app, and I can also Zoom with them to show them how to use the app in real time if they need any extra help getting started.


Here is the link to my Bookshare and Read & Write App tutorials on my website. Just scroll down to the resource you are interested in.

Chromebook Help for Students

If your students are having problems with their CBs, have them go to this link for help! Students will fill out a Google Form and pick a day to come to the Library and turn in their CBs. They will be given loaners to use until their CBs are repaired.

Cameron's Collection

Recommend these wonderful resources to students who need access to health and wellness support information or utilize for students doing research on mental health topics. Students can download and access these resources from home as many times as they need to. They can also share them with friends! Students can go to bit.ly/AnHSResearch to access the link and password for the eBooks, or they can access them through the Library webpage. Thank you for promoting these important resources! Note: Students must be logged into their school account to access the password's document.

SCHOOL DATABASES GIVE YOUR STUDENTS QUALITY SOURCES AND HONE THEIR RESEARCH SKILLS

Do your students need a vetted source for a school project or paper? They can access, on campus or from home, a variety of quality and credible sources right on the AnHS Library Webpage. All logins are now available on one document. Note: Students must be logged into their school account to access the password's document.

How to Research on ABC Clio Social Science Database

Access student help tutorials for ABC Clio here.

How-to at the AnHS Library

Access student help tutorials for database and Internet searching suggestions or for how to use specific apps, etexts, and our online library catalog. Instructions on accessing current events articles from Gale and WebPath Express are also included.

WANT TO ACCESS THE SACRAMENTO BEE IN THE CLASSROOM?

Find current articles in English or Spanish by visiting the Sacramento Bee News in Education website. Log in as a student using the AnHS Class ID 2843 and password lewis (Note: this login now requires a year long free trial to access). Once you log in as a student select "Read Today's Paper" to choose The Sacramento Bee or El Nuevo Herald. You can also access many other student resources on their website for use in your classroom.


Access to the Sac Bee through the Sac Library

Sacramento Library (Scroll down to Sac Bee)

Apply online for an eCard to access long term or use the following temporary login

Barcode/Username: 23029091921439

PIN: 2004