Media Minute

The Musson Media Center Newsletter - December Edition

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Book Fair Recap

The Book Fair was a huge success! You should see the students' eyes when they walk into the library during Book Fair Week. It's thrilling to see the excitement they have for books and reading. It is definitely one of the highlights of the year! Thank you so much to our PTA for the endless hours spent preparing for the Book Fair, setting up the Book Fair, and working the Book Fair. A special shout out to Karen DeMars for chairing this year's event!


There was a lot of learning and collaboration going on this week in the media center for Hour of Code. See it for yourself below!


Hour of Code

All students at Musson participated in Hour of Code during their time in the media center. December 7th-11th was Computer Science Education Week and during this time, students were exposed to computer programming and engaged in coding activities using popular formats like Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, and more! If you'd like to learn more about Hour of Code, take a look at the video below or visit the Hour of Code website. Students can access all of the activities at home by going to or the coding page on my website.
Hour of Code 2015 - WORLDWIDE

Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5)

Third, fourth, and fifth graders are wrapping up Digital Passport. In addition to online communication, privacy, and cyberbullying, we have now completed modules on search terms and creative credit. Check out the family tip sheets for parents below - the new ones are there in addition to the ones I sent last month.

Fifth grade is working on a visible thinking activity known as "Headlines". To wrap up our unit on digital citizenship, they created a newspaper headline to capture the essence of one of the modules and to show their learning. Take a look at some of their published work!

Family Tip Sheets - Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety

Click the link below to read the family tip sheets provided by Common Sense Media. This coincides with the Digital Passport module your child has completed in media.

  1. Privacy Family Tip Sheet
  2. Cyberbullying Family Tip Sheet
  3. Communication Family Tip Sheet
  4. Search Family Tip Sheet
  5. Creative Credit Family Tip Sheet

Lower Elementary (Grades K-2)

Kindergarten is continuing with their author study on Jan Brett. I love reading Jan Brett's books at this time of the year - many of her books take place in snowy settings and she has beautiful, detailed illustrations that draw you in. Her signature style is her story borders which capture "overflow thoughts". Kindergarten students watched a video of Jan Brett drawing one of her favorite characters, the hedgehog, then created their own hedgehogs using Kidpix. Take a look at some of them below.
In addition to Hour of Code, first grade is continuing with Storybird and I hope to publish their stories soon. Second grade completed a pretest on digital text structures and will begin a new unit on the various features in the new year.


All 5th graders are encouraged to participate in the Rochester Hills Public Library's Battle of the Books. It is a voluntary reading competition and the Battle will take place in March. Teams should consist of 3-5 students and each team needs an adult coach. I think any of our 5th grade teams would have an excellent chance of winning, but regardless, they would all benefit from participating and reading more books! For more information, and to see a list of the books, click here.
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Volunteer Spot

If you would like to help out in the media center, there are still openings available! Go to Volunteer Spot and click on the day of your child's media time. If no one is signed up, you are welcome to volunteer. Just keep in mind, anyone working with students in the classrooms must fill out a Rochester Community Schools I-CHAT authorization form. These can be turned in to the main office or to me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break and I look forward to seeing you all in 2016!