Hubbard Learning Commons

News from the Commons - November 2015

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for new Hubbard Learning Commons

Excitement was building the first six weeks of school as the renovation of the old Lincoln-Hubbard Library was kept off-limits to students (shhhh no peeking! shhhh it's a surprise!) until everything was completed. The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Hubbard Learning Commons (HLC) was held on Friday, October 16, 2015 with representatives from the Hubbard family, members of the Board of Education, and district administrators among the guests. Morrene Jacobs, daughter of benefactor Mr. Hubbard, was on hand with her nephew to cut the ribbon. The new HLC is designed to be a central hub of learning with 21st century capabilities featuring flexibility in room arrangement, a new soft seating area for independent reading and center activities, an interactive whiteboard to enhance instruction, a reader's theater stage in the story area, all new furniture, shelving, and computers. Funded by the Hubbard Public Schools Fund with support from the Lincoln-Hubbard PTO, the new space is a welcoming, engaging environment for students, teachers, parents, and the entire community to enjoy.


All students were invited to tour the new HLC on opening day and the reaction of students was priceless! If you have not yet had an opportunity to see the new space for yourself, please stop in next time you are in the building.

Inspirational quotes and quotations from children's books adorn the walls in the HLC.

A visit from author Sarah Weeks

Thanks to the generosity of the L-H PTO, we hosted acclaimed children's author Sarah Weeks on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Sarah Weeks is the author of over 50 books for children including her latest picture book Glamourpuss, and novel Honey. Weeks' novel So B. It is currently being made into a movie! All students participated in one of three presentations geared to specific age groups held in the brand new Hubbard Learning Commons. We heard about the author's writing process and had the opportunity to ask questions. Students and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed Sarah's humorous and engaging presentations and her very approachable manner. Visit the author's website to learn more about Sarah and her work.
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We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago. That’s why for the second year librarians in all Summit public schools are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). The Hour of Code was begun in 2013 by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science by reaching students of all background to inspire them to keep learning. Summit’s Hour of Code is a statement that Summit schools are ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. All students at Lincoln-Hubbard will experience the fun of computer programming during regular weekly library instructional time the week of December 7. The students will be engaged in age-appropriate online tutorials where they will experience how to create the instructions computers need to make any software program run. They will also watch as their own instructions to the computer make things happen on the screen. The tutorials students will be working with are available online, so you and your children can extend the experience at home if you choose.
What Most Schools Don't Teach

Battle of the Books update

Thanks to a grant from the SEF, all students in 4th and 5th grade have been invited to participate in Battle of the Books this year. Battle of the Books, sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), is a reading incentive program where teams of students share the reading of 15 books and compete against other teams to see who can answer the most "In what book..." questions. The program is voluntary and open to all 4th and 5th grade students. Teams are in the process of being formed and will begin meeting once a week during lunch recess in the Learning Commons under the direction of Mrs. Stubeck after Thanksgiving break.


Battle of the Books is "all about those books" start reading!

"All About Those Books" MDIHS Library

About us

The Hubbard Learning Commons (HLC) is staffed by School Librarian Carole Stubeck and Library Assistant Laura Brody along with a supportive crew of parent volunteers. All students at Lincoln-Hubbard visit the HLC for 30 minutes of instruction each week where they are engaged in a variety of activities designed to ensure they become effective users of information and ideas. Students also borrow books to enjoy at home each week. Classes may also schedule use of the HLC and the librarian for research purposes in support of curricular areas of study throughout the school year.