Love our ACS Media Coordinators

School Library Appreciation Month 2021

Erin Lewis, Media Coordinator at Ellendale Elementary

Ellendale students celebrated Music in Our Schools Month in specials during the 2nd week of March. K-2 students read "I Got the Rhythm" and participated in percussion and a music related movement, then created their own music using digital instruments. 3-5 students read "Trombone Shorty", listened to an interview and original Trombone Shorty song, then competed using Kahoot to demonstrate what they learned. Students then created their own original music using digital instruments. Check out the lesson links here.

Scott Bowman, Media Coordinator at Wittenburg Elementary

Students in 2nd grade read books and researched about Famous Americans. They created and displayed their projects on Famous Americans in the Media Center. Second grade is also learning to code using Code.org and Minecraft. Students are super excited to be coding at home and at home.

Wittenburg 1st graders are learning how books are made and about different bindings using Mystery Science. Fourth-grade Wildcats are also using Mystery Science to learn about how books are created and then using if-then statements to create the beginnings of their own stories.

Mr. Bowman has started a Chess Club with 3rd-grade students. The club has four participants at a time, two players, and two observers during the Chess Club.

Dr. Cheri Hudson, Media Coordinator at Hiddenite Elementary

2nd-5th grade students at HES have participated in Hour of Code through Code.org. During their media classes, they were encouraged to learn computer science and were introduced to basic coding, and simple scratch programming, as well as internet safety. The students have completed multiple levels and have written thousands of lines of code!

HES students have been engaged in a two-week reading adventure as they have participated in a school-wide Read-a-Thon! So far they have logged over 90,000 minutes read and have raised almost $2,000. The money raised will help purchase new books for the library, STEM materials, and materials to enhance our literacy program.

Vicki Braswell, Media Coordinator at Bethlehem Elementary

BES media classes have been learning about and discussing media balance and responsibility online. Students have reflected on their use of media, how to protect their private information, and the importance of respecting the privacy of others online.

BES students have been listening to and discussing the ten 2021 North Carolina Children’s Book Award nominees. Our students will participate in the statewide contest by voting for their favorite book.

The BES Elementary Battle of the Books team has been busy reading and practicing in preparation for the upcoming competition on March 30.

The media center continues to be responsible for keeping our students and teacher connected by answering questions, assisting with tech requests, and issuing devices.

Jennifer Muscarelli, Media Coordinator at Taylorsville Elementary

At Taylorsville we have been talking about spring and why we have seasons. Children have also been experimenting with putt-putt courses to learn about force and motion.

Jennifer Robertson, Media Coordinator at Stony Point and Sugar Loaf

At both schools, we are anticipating the arrival of our spring book orders. Students have enjoyed following the Bald Eagle Live Cam in Hanover, Pennsylvania. We have watched the nest building and repair, parents caring and sitting on the eggs, one eaglet being hatched, and the seemingly unending buffet of fresh fish. We are also learning about the Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky during the Great Depression.
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Krystal Mace, Media Coordinator at East Alexander Middle School

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Kim Lowman, Media Coordinator at West Alexander Middle School

WAMS is adding to their collection with new graphic novels, poetry, and various fiction books. Students are given access links via their teacher's Canvas pages through Bring On the Books! to read a sample, listen to a sample, book a commercial, or even an interview with the author. Students check these books out by filling out a Google Form. The books are then delivered to the classroom or taken to the office for Virtual Academy students. All new books have been added to the Genre Collections and are ready to be checked out!

Tracy Chapman, Media Coordinator at Alexander Central High School

Students at ACHS can do anything from check out books, work on college applications, get help with scholarship applications, and much more.

Mrs. Chapman was the Certified Support Staff of the Year 2019-2020.

Last year, students participated in a Book Tastings in the Media Center! These pictures are of Mrs. Duncan's 4th block Eng IV class. Mrs. Chapman curated high-interest books, provided bookmarks for students to write down titles, genres, and call numbers of books they are interested in, and the groups rotated between seven tables, spending approximately 5 minutes per table. This activity was all about getting students interested in what's in our media center (and by extension, what's out there to read in fiction and non-fiction). Many students left the media center with a book in hand.
Great things are happening around ACHS!

10 Reasons Librarians Are More Important Than Ever

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