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For GHES Teachers -- March 2017

GCISD Reads Deadline

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GCISD Reads is a district initiative that encourages our students to read throughout the year. I know most of you have promoted this through your classroom reading this year. The district wants to see the impact this program is having across the district as well as recognize the students who completed the goal by sending them a certificate.

You can provide the district this information in two ways:

1. Go to the following link and input the student reading information


2. Email me a list of your students and their pages read and I will input them in for you.

Deadline for having information input: May 1, 2017

If you or parents need more information about this program, visit the library website:http://gatorzread.weebly.com/gcisd-reads.html

Breakout EDU

We now have 5 additional Breakout EDU kits at GHES. If you are interested in trying one with your class, let me know. I will be happy to help you get your first one ready to facilitate and to set the locks for you! Glenhope has facilitated 17 breakouts and they were all huge successes! What a fun way to introduce content, compliment a book study, review content.....there are many possibilities. Mr. Boykin is even writing his own breakout centered around Math and baseball and we have a group of Fourth graders who are currently writing their own.

Let me know if you would like to give it a try!

Weeded Books- Come and get them!

Just wanted to know I have pulled some books to be weeded that are from the 90s. I am expecting a HUGE order of new books before the end of the year so I am making room for them by weeding some books that have had LOW checkouts or are more than 15 years old.

The books I have currently pulled are picture books.

You are welcome to come and look through to see if there are any that you could use in your classroom or make sure there aren't any you might use with your lessons. Some may be a little newer but may be duplicates.They are in my office. They have the barcode marked through to make sure they don't end up back in the library.

Take any and all you want! I will be sending them to be repurposed in a few weeks.

Nepris - Real World Connections with Industry Professionals

I have recently signed us up for a 3-month trial membership with Nepris. If you don't know what Nepris is, here is a brief description:

"Nepris connects teachers and students with the right industry experts, virtually without having to spend much planning time or leaving the classroom while providing an effective way for companies to extend education outreach and create equity of access."

If you are interested in trying it out:

1. Visit the following website: https://www.nepris.com

2. Login at: Login: ghes Password: gators

3. Add information for who you would like to connect with

As always, I am more than glad to help with this so just shoot me an email! I am often able to easily find connections without going through Nepris but am curious how much more efficient Nepris will be for us. I will make a decision as to whether it is cost-effective to subscribe in the Fall so try it out if you have a need!

Makerspace Update

Just a short update on our Makerspaces:

You have all done a wonderful job exposing your classes to our Makerspace. I am looking at this Spring as an experimental time as we all try out the Makerspace and see how it will benefit our students....whether it is a brain break from heavy curriculum, allowing them to use their creative juices, or using the materials as a connection to your curriculum. So far, we have been able to use it in all of these ways.