I hope you had a wonderful summer! My two highlights from this summer was going to the ISTE conference at the end of June in Atlanta, Georgia and my granddaughter Katie. Katie turned one on July 14th and she is in love with her two dogs. I do believe that Katie believes that she is a dog! Gigi
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Starting with the 2014-2015 school year I would like to established a Media Center Advisory Committee to help with Media Center policies, selections and getting the message out on how the Media Center can help teachers and students. We will have only one meeting per semester and use emails to communicate when needed. If you are interested in joining this committee please email me at


Plickers is a new classroom polling system. All you need to get started is paper and a single smartphone. Plickers works on Android & i0S. This is a free app. Here is a link for more information:


A Google a day- challenges your students to put research to a test.

Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world.
From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City. A fun game!


Newsela is free for students to explore a world of nonfiction and test their comprehension. Updated daily with real-world news from major publications, students can participate in conversation about the most urgent topics of our time, all while becoming stronger readers. Every article has 5 lexile levels, aligned with common core standards and are high-interest topics.


Step 1

Download the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store or the App. Portal

Step 2

Open the OverDrive app and follow the prompts to create an OverDrive account (optional) and log in. Next, you'll be asked to create or sign in with an Adobe ID, which is required to download protected eBooks.

Note: Only newer versions of the OverDrive app will prompt you to sign in or sign up for an OverDrive account. If you don't see these prompts, or if you choose not to create an account, skip to step 3.

Step 3

In the OverDrive app, find your library's OverDrive-powered website. In newer versions of the app, you can do this by swiping from left to right to open the Home menu, then tapping Add a library. In older versions of the app, tap the Get Books+ button, then Add a library.

  • Tap the star to save your library's website to your library list.
  • Tap your library's name to start browsing.

Step 4

Log into your library's OverDrive-powered website with your student ID(NOT YOUR SKYWARD LOGIN) for students,(Staff is their Staff ID)- and borrow a title.

Step 5

Find borrowed titles under your account on your library website. You can:

*Note: To read eBooks in the OverDrive app, you'll need to authorize your device with an Adobe ID. It's a one-time, free process that takes just moments to complete.


· Students will get passes from classroom teachers. Only classroom teachers and the Media Center staff can write passes for study hall. Students will be scanned in with their ID, using a program in Skyward.

· There should be only one name on each pass.

· If a student needs to go to a classroom before they come to the Media Center have the student return to your study hall and put a time on the pass when the student left your room. We will check on a student who comes into the Media Center more than 15 minutes after the period has started.

· Study hall teachers will be given three laminated passes that will allow a student to exchange a book or print or has issues with their ipad-maximum time in the library will be 15 minutes. Students will sign in on a sheet located on the front desk. If you are study hall teacher and don’t have these passes email Mrs. Shook.

· Lunch periods will be open for all students. Students will sign in the library and stay until the lunch period is over. STUDENTS MUST HAVE AN ACADEMIC REASON FOR COMING TO THE MEDIA CENTER DURING LUNCH. We will allow packed lunches, sandwiches and drinks. WE WILL NOT ALLOW TRAYS OR FULL MEALS.

· The Library is open for Star for students that need Ipad help check out or returning books or to print. Students should not be issued any passes to just sit in the library during Star.

· At the end of the day a list of students who presented passes will be sent to all staff members. Please take the time to check the list for students who left your study hall for the Media Center or who you wrote a pass for. If the student is not on the list please contact Mrs. Shook by email or at ext. 4405. Students who used a 15 minute pass will not be on this list.

· Just because a student asked you to write a pass doesn’t mean that you have to! If a student doesn’t have anything to do-don’t write a pass! If they are failing your class-don’t write a pass! If they don’t like their study hall-don’t write a pass. If you are writing a pass for the last period of the day and you are afraid that the student will just leave school-don’t write a pass!

· The Media Center is open from 7:15-2:55.

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"Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian--but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.."--(Baker & Taylor)
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Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. (Baker & Taylor)
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