Mission Valley JR/SR HS Library

Library Illuminations Newsletter, February 2014

In the February 2014 Issue.....

  • And the Winner Is.........
  • Biology Classes Use Periodicals
  • War of the Worlds Download
  • Massive JR High Checkout for The Cay
  • Question of the Month
  • Coming Soon.....
The February issue is being published a little later than normal due to losing four school days during the week of February 3-7.

And the Winner Is...

Brooke (pictured above) was announced as the winner of the January 2014 newsletter contest. She correctly answered the question: "What was the most circulated book in the MV JR/SR HS library during the calendar year 2013?" Her name was drawn from among the fourteen other students who also guessed the correct answer, Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Brooke received a Subway gift card donated by Mrs. Niland. Each monthly issue of MV Library Illuminations will offer a contest to encourage students and staff to check out the monthly newsletter. Twenty-six students participated in the January contest.

Biology Classes Use Periodicals

Ms. Cochran's biology classes will use the library's periodicals collection to keep up with science news throughout the spring semester. Each week, students will complete a summary of an article (written in cursive) from a print or online periodical. Popular library sources are Sports Illustrated, Popular Science, Health, Discover and Time. Below Ms. Cochran uses an example to explain the assignment requirements to first hour Biology students.

War of the Worlds Download

Science fiction fans and those in search of a little extra credit in English swarmed the library January 22nd at 3:00 for the mass download of the ebook, War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Mr. Stucky provided the instructions for the free ChromeBook download. Students feasted on alien snacks and beverages. The Book Club members will have until March 5th to read it and attend the discussion that day.

Junior High Book Club Reads The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Massive Junior High Book Check Out

Students lined up at the library door on February 22nd waiting for the distribution of the latest in the book club offerings, The Cay by Theodore Taylor. The story is about the struggle to survive when the S.S. Hato was torpedoed two days after leaving Panama in 1942. All 29 available copies were spoken for by 9:00 am that day. With only 137 pages, students can finish the novel in a short amount of time and return the book for others to read. This survival story will be discussed during seminar on March 6th. For a glimpse of the plot, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98nlRp_IC2M . Above: Students shown waiting for books are Marlow, Ethan, Adam, Cameron, Caleb, Emily and Brogan.

Question of the Month

Student Question of the Month: How many books have been purchased and added to the Mission Valley JR/SR High School library during the 2013 calendar year?

a. 54

b. 87

c. 127

d. 516

Email your answer to rniland@mv330.org by Thursday, March 6th at 3:30 p.m. to have a chance to win a $10 iTunes gift card.


War of the Worlds Book Club Discussion

Wednesday, March 5th, 3pm

Mission Valley JR/SR High Library

The Cay Book Club Discussion

Thursday, March 6th, 3pm

Mission Valley JR/SR High Library

High School Big Read Book Checkout - The Things They Carried

Thursday, March 6th, 7:45am

Mission Valley JR/SR High Library

The high school will have their own Big Read this spring. Activities surrounding the reading of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien will include activities related to the Vietnam Conflict and the Vietnam era. To view a "teaser" about the book, follow this link:


The Mission Valley 2014 Big Read