CvMS Media Center Highlights

November 2014

Who gives a HOOT about The Day of the Dead?

During the last week of October, sixth graders arrived in the media center to the sounds of Mexican fiesta music. Music helped set the tone for the lesson of the day: learning about the Mexican holiday, The Day of The Dead in conjunction with NC Wise Owl, an NCDPI research resource for students. Students learned about the holiday using Britannica, an online encyclopedia within NC WiseOwl; After learning facts about The Day of the Dead, students used chromebooks to play an interactive and competitive game called Kahoot, a Web 2.0 app. Prizes were available for winners. The lesson was posted on the JCS Data Central blog spot.

Mrs. Cravens and Ms. Debord, CvMS Spanish teacher, collaborated on Mrs. DeBords' students constructing stained glass windows depicting skeletons, the well-known symbol of The Day of the Dead. Students colored transparencies and bedazzled them with acrylic gemstones. The following week, in conjunction with Election Day, students voted for their favorite stained glass art using a Google form displayed on the Smart Board. Students that voted received an 'I Voted' sticker. The top two winners were selected and allowed to select new books. Overall, it was a great collaborative lesson providing students a chance to learn about a different culture while accessing digital content.

Research Collaboration - 7th Grade Genetic Disease Project

The Media Coordinators collaborated with Mrs. Boatwright on her seventh grade genetic research project. In addition to providing print resources for classroom use, Mrs. Cravens reviewed with students how to use the Destiny research tools WebPath Express and OneSearch. Students were able to make resource lists, add credible sources to the list, and generate a Works Cited list within the Destiny. Overall, the collaboration and instruction were a success, and our CvMS students are beginning to master accessing and citing digital content.

Book Fair Success

CvMS held its fall Scholastic Book Fair November 17-21st. A Family Afternoon was held on November 18th from 3:15-4:30pm and many students and parents visited. The Family Night event took place on November 20 from 6:30-7:00pm, and the attendance was great! We appreciate the students, teachers, and parents for supporting the book fair. We are especially thankful to our volunteers! Happy reading, rams! See you at the spring
book fair in March!

Statistics Don't Lie...

  • Total Circulation: 2,147 books and other resources
  • Nonfiction: 895 nonfiction books
  • Fiction: 694 fiction books
  • Class Novels: 501 class set novels
  • Spanish Books:10 Spanish books
  • Open Access: 167 students visited the media center independently to check out books, use computers, or take a test
  • Information Literacy Classes: 32 total
  • Interlibrary Loan Transactions: 4 total


*There were 16 school days in November.

  • Computer lab booked 16 days
  • 8 Chromebook carts

Destiny Digital Content Tools

  • Follett Shelf eBooks/Catalist Digital Audiobooks: 74 eBooks checked out/read online
  • WebPath Express Searches: 431 searches for November
  • One Search Database Usage: 20,289 searches