Media Matters

for Clover Middle School Families

500K Donut Breakfast (2nd Quarter)

Those students who read at least 500,000 words in Accelerated Reader 2nd quarter were invited to the media center the morning of January 23rd for donuts and juice. Sixty students qualified! Door prize winners were: Aryana Johansen, Lloyd Wallace, and Toni Davis. We'll continue to celebrate this word-count goal each quarter!

Valentine Craft Day

On February 2, before school and during lunch, students will have the opportunity to create and decorate Valentine bookmarks in the media center. We've purchased foam stickers and bookmarks from Oriental Trading, so this should be a lot of fun!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the media center beginning Friday, Feb. 6, and ending Friday, Feb. 13. The fair will be open each day from 7:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can even shop online! There will be a variety of exciting new books, stationery items, posters, and more! Hope to see you all at the fair! For more details, including online ordering, click here.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

We could use volunteers for our Scholastic Book Fair, which will be in the media center from Friday, Feb. 6, to Friday, Feb. 13. The volunteers are needed to run the cashier's table. Time slots run each day from 7:40-10:30 and 10:30-1:30. Your help would be much appreciated! To sign up, click here.

20 Tips for Parents to Get Children Excited to Read

If you’re a parent who is looking for ways to help a student or child of any age continue their reading, then this article has a great set of visual guides just for you.

http://dailygenius.com/tips-for-parents/

Also, see this article for more tips: http://dailygenius.com/students-excited-to-read/

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York County Library

Did you know that the York County Library has an abundance of digital resources that you can access with your mobile devices, including e-books and digital magazines? All you need is a library card, and they're free! Drop by any York County Library branch, with a photo ID and proof of residency (a document with your name and address on it), and you're set! They also have an awesome "Homework Help" service, as well as classes and events for kids and adults! http://yclibrary.org

PBS Website for Parents

PBS has a website dedicated to parents and their needs. It features tons of parenting information, as well as booklists, video clips, media literacy resources, e-books, a parent idea box, and even a PBS for Parents Shop. You can experience all these goodies at:

PBS Kids for Parents

PBS also has excellent sites for kids 9-12, they are:

Where the Internet Lives (Google Data Centers)

This video gives us a rare glimpse inside Google's secretive data center in Berkeley County, South Carolina (near Charleston), and it's really interesting! You can read more about this data center here and see some pictures here. Here is the link to Google's main data center page: http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZmGGAbHqa0


Fun facts about Google's data centers:

  • Google has approximately 16 data centers throughout the world.
  • A large data center has a capacity to use as much electricity as a small town in the United States.
  • Employees can bring their dogs to work.
  • Buildings are so large that Google provides bicycles for engineers to get around them
  • A stormtrooper stands guard at the North Carolina facility.
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What's It Like to be a Student Today?

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Clover Middle School Media Center

Carmen Boheler, Media Specialist

Marie Millen, Media Assistant