WKMS Learning Commons News

Fourth Quarter 2018

Encourage Students To Engage In A Wide Variety of Reading

Have your student read the restaurant menu, road signs, recipes, newspapers, and magazines. Encourage your student to read to you or to a sibling. Reading aloud builds confidence in reading. Let your student see you reading the newspaper or other types of reading for information. When your students use an iPad or other electronic devices, encourage the use of programs and apps that promote reading instead of those which have little or nothing to do with reading. Reading is a life-long skill that can be found in all facets of life. Preparing our students to be life-long learners and readers means preparing them to read all types and genres of reading.


Source: South Carolina State Department

of Education’s Blueprint for Success

Book To Read: Honors students should read one book. Choose either from Young Adult Book Award (YABA) nominees listed below OR students may read a classic title listed below.

Assignment Due Dates: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 for fall semester and Monday, January 14, 2019 for spring semester

Reminder: The YABA book list is optional. Students may read one of the classic book titles below.


Young Adult Book Award Choices


South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees:

Air by Ryan Gattis

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

Blood, Bullets, and Bones by Bridget Heos

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

Sachiko: A Nagasaki bomb survivor’s story by Caren Stelson

The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Starflight by Melissa Landers

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


NOTICE: Young Adult titles often cover mature subject matter and may include strong language. Parents should review all titles to determine if the book seems appropriate for their student reader. If in doubt, please choose the classic novel choices given for the appropriate course.


If the child chooses a book from this Young Adult Book Award (YABA) list, please read the information on the following websites:

Detailed information and resources for each book

Brochure with brief overview for each book title

Book talks about each book

Amazon Book Reviews

Common Sense Media



Classic Title Choices

English 1 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

English 2 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

English 3 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


**English 4 students taking Dual Enrollment may participate in YABA reading for the Learning Commons celebration.

Additional Dual Enrollment assignments are to be determined.

WKMS Summer Reading BINGO Option

White Knoll Middle School is offering an optional summer reading opportunity through Reading BINGO Card. Click on the PDF below to access and download this reading option.

Lexington County Library Summer Reading Program


Summer Reading: Teens

For Grades 6 Through 12





Jun 01 - Aug 18
Preregistration begins May 01.

Libraries rock! Come get in the groove this summer at the Lexington County Public Library and discover books that can help you find a new beat. Challenge yourself to try new things and see what your library has to offer this summer.

Children and teens can score some jam up treats from Chipotle, Bojangles' and Chick-fil-A, as well as a book, Summer Reading medal and ticket to a Lexington County Blowfish Baseball game. Tracking time is easy and online. Simply log the number of minutes you spend reading and you'll be notified when it's time to pick up your prize at the library.

Summer Reading isn’t just for kids. Adult participants who log their reading are entered to win weekly prizes at their local branch.

Logging forms are available at the library to record minutes or titles of books you read this summer.

As you make plans this summer, don’t forget to stop by the library each week for exciting activities for all ages. Our programs are designed to help grow your mind and body from author talks to programs about food and yoga.

For a complete list of events, visit www.lex.lib.sc.us/events.

How It Works

  • Register for an online account.
  • Set a goal of reading 20 minutes a day.
  • Log minutes to earn points. Each minute of reading is worth one point.

Things to Know

  • Receive prizes when you hit 300, 600, and 900 points; but don't stop there.
  • Log each week to be entered into a weekly prize drawing.
  • Hit 900 points and you're a reading champion — swing by the library to select your medal and book.
  • Prizes awarded from Monday, June 11 to Saturday, August 18.


Group Registration

Parents — you can click on "Myself and Children" on the registration page to create a family account.

Child care groups – click on “My Group” after clicking the register button.

Lexington County Public Library Link to create an account: http://lexingtonlibsc.readsquared.com/Register.aspx

20 Free e-Books From Capstone For The Summer

Capstone is excited to announce a great resource for reading this summer: Capstone Interactive eBooks! This summer, Capstone is providing free access to thousands of ebooks that can be read from school, home, or on-the-go. These eBooks can be used with a laptop or desktop computer or an iPad. Best of all, Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio, recorded by professional voice-over artists. Plus, the easy navigation makes it inviting for your student to find their Capstone favorites: like the spunky Katie Woo, stunning photography from PebblePlus books, and thrilling reads like Library of Doom from Michael Dahl. And you can feel comfortable knowing your student is exploring an ad-free website bursting with resources to help them read in and out of the classroom. Check out all the titles available using the login information below.


Go to www.mycapstonelibrary.com

Login: summer18

Password: love to read


P.S. Want to read offline? Download the app directly from iTunes!

Access Your WKMS eBooks Through These Online Resources

MackinVia Login


Destiny Discover Login


For either of these logins, use your regular school username and password. Once you are logged in, you will have access to several fiction and non-fiction titles. (For Discover, click on login in the left corner of the Destiny webpage.

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New 3-D Printer in Your Learning Commons, An Enhanced Maker Space Place

Before the school year ends, come by your Learning Commons to look over the new 3-D printer. This device will enhance a new edition to the LC, a "Maker-Space" area. We will also have other hands-on "Maker-Space" tools and manipulatives available for students to use as part of class projects or just personal interest and creativity.

Mrs. Patterson Receives The Monthly Professionalism Award From The Staff

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eBooks and Audio Books: Lots of Choices To Consider

Follett is at the forefront in developing and providing exciting digital content to schools, districts, classrooms, and libraries. Our digital educational products include the latest eBooks, engaging interactive titles, and much more. This content is designed to engage learners at every level and provide the differentiation support that 21st-century educators need. Several eBooks are set up for unlimited check-out.

Explore our wide selection of digital content – including eBooks, audiobooks, and more – now.

Download and review WKMS's LC eBook collection from the attached PDF below.

17 Useful iOS 10 Tips

Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 10, is now available for iPhone and iPad.

The Messages, Photos, and Maps apps got the biggest updates, but there are a lot of new, smaller tweaks throughout iOS 10 that may be causing new users some confusion.

If you're wondering what's going on with the home button or where the heck the music controls are now, here are some essential tips and tricks.

Click here for more on this website's tips.

WKMS Learning Commons Address & Contact Information

Librarian: Dr. Russ Conrath

Library Assistant: Mrs. Wanda Patterson