A newsletter of the Avon High School Libraries
9th Annual Avon vs. Plainfield Reading Challenge
The Ninth Annual Avon vs. Plainfield High School Reading Challenge will run from February 9th through February 27th, 2015. The contest between Plainfield High School and Avon High School encourages students to read books, magazines or newspapers – as long as it is not for a class assignment.
When students complete a reading of their choice, they contact a staff member to discuss what they have read and answer a few questions. In addition to fiction works, non-fiction reading material is also acceptable – and will count as double the pages for the school’s total.
Students and teachers who reach the 500+ pages mark will be recognized with a locker sign and his/her name posted on the Wall of Fame by the Library.
This year there will be a Reading Challenge Champions trophy that will be awarded to the winning school for the most pages read. The teacher of the winning Top Class of Readers will be given a traveling Top Class of Readers trophy to display in his or her room until the next reading challenge.
The Reading Challenge is sponsored by both libraries in an effort to improve reading skills, read for pleasure, be a part of a team, have more meaningful conversations with students and incorporate school spirit. The Reading Challenge is a contest that everyone in the school – even the staff – can participate in. This contest allows all students to feel as though they are part of a team and encourages reading for pleasure. The goals are for students and staff to be able to enjoy reading for fun and beat the opposing school.
Previous Winners of the Reading Challenge
There are also sites that can help you follow the conversation more easily:
#INeLearn is a great hashtag to look for (you can also just search for it on Twitter); it is run by the Indiana DOE.
The Indiana DOE also has a list of different groups of teachers that you can follow. It's a good thing to look at when you are looking for new people to follow in a certain content area.
If you have no idea what has been discussed here, but would like to learn, please contact Robyn Young!
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What is being checked out in the library?
Library Stats for the month of December
- 93 classes attended out of 71 class periods = 131% scheduled (multiple classes per period)
- 187 students supervised in senior study hall each day
- 2,853 students from study hall or sent from classes or lunch
- 2,790 students in scheduled classes
- Number of students coming to the library each day: 376 students on average (not including study hall students)
- 1,385 books circulated in December
Goal for the 2014-2015 School Year
- co-teaching with teachers to help provide the best learning experience for each individual student
- working with students one-on-one as needed (searching for books, helping with individual research, providing individual learning stations)
Mission of the Avon High School Libraries
The mission of the Avon High School Library program is to encourage the quest for knowledge and promote the joy of reading by providing free access to a variety of materials that meet both the educational curriculum and recreational reading needs of Avon High School students.
Robyn Young is a certified School Librarian (grades K-12) who is in her 14th year of being the librarian at Avon High School. Prior to that, she taught Social Studies and English for 10 years.
She is the Vice-President for the Indiana Library Federation, National Honor Society co-sponsor, a Newspapers in Education Board Member for the state of Indiana, and a member of the ABC-Clio Social Studies Advisory Board.