RMS Media Center Report -Dec. '15

Check out what went on the the Media Center in December!

Media Center Stats

Student walk-in traffic - 1524

This counts students who visit the media center independently. For the 14 days students were in the building in December, that's over 108/day!

Students are welcome to visit the library before and after school, as well as throughout the day with a signed pass.

Materials Circulation - 1,660 items

For the 14 days students were in the building in December, we averaged about 119 books/day! This includes 46 circulations from Overdrive, our district-wide e-book and audio book library.

Classes - 52

We hosted several classes using the computers this month.

Mrs. Wike's class came in to practice for their Mock Trial competition.

Mrs. Harper and Mrs. Faulk's 8th grade ELA classes came to check out biographies.

7th grade Social Studies classes came to explore the traveling trunk exhibit on WWI.

Mrs. Mathewson's Financial Literacy classes participated in mock interviews with Publix managers.

7th grade ELA classes came to see author/magician Chad Crews perform his brand new show - A Haunted Christmas.

Mrs. Jenkins went to Mrs. Harper's ELA classes for 3 days to teach lessons on website evaluation, internet search strategies, citations, and DISCUS.

Mrs. Jenkins went to Mrs. Faulk's ELA classes for 2 days to teach lessons on website evaluation, internet search strategies, citations, and DISCUS.

RMS Library earns $6000 grant from author James Patterson!

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Other Activities in the Media Center

RMS Library received a $6000 grant from author James Patterson! - When James Patterson announced his pledge to donate $1.75 million to school libraries last spring, over 28,000 applications came in. We are one of 467 schools nation-wide that received a grant to support an innovative idea to get kids reading (ours was for our re-organization of books in the library to be more student-centered)! Our grant funds will go towards books for the library, with a focus on biographies, non-fiction student interest books (like sports, drawing, etc.), non-fiction to support curriculum, and books for specific high-interest genres in our fiction section!

Maker Events - This month we had a lot of maker stuff happening! We hosted author Sheri Levy for a writer's workshop for students who participated in last month's NaNoWriMo project. Three students attended and got great advice and had the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback from a published author. We also hosted a Cards and Calligraphy maker event with Mrs. Parker, a 7th grade math teacher at RMS. Mrs. Parker taught the basics of calligraphy, and our 12 participants made beautiful holiday cards for the school's support staff. Tech Tuesdays were awesome! We did Hour of Code and participants completed at least one of the Hour of Code modules on Code.org. They also explored Scratch and many made their own games! Mr. Morrill came in and helped interested students learn to write code for Arduino and they wrote scripts to light up LED lights! We hosted three Tech Tuesdays, with a total of 51 participants.

Inventory - Not at all exciting, but first inventory is done! Twice a year, we must account for all computers, projectors, and other technology, as well as other expensive equipment around the building. It was nice to have a quick visit with all the teachers and staff as we went around to all the classrooms and offices!

WWI Artifacts Exhibit visits RMS

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