News for the week of September 8, 2015

Lab & Classroom Schedule

The LMC Reservations Calendar is best viewed in Google, but a smaller version of the calendar may also be viewed in Edline here.

September 8-September 11 includes:
    • Novels with Mrs. Flanagan
    • Photo II with Mrs Mock
    • SIP Team
    • Instructional Reading and Writing with Dr. Franklin
    • World History teachers planning meeting
    • ELL Screener
    • Anatomy & Physiology with Ms. Wheeler

    If your plans have changed, please send an email A.S.A.P. Thank you.

    Passes Per. 9

    Study hall teachers--please continue to wait to initial any LMC passes for students in your study hall until you receive a call from Teresa or me telling you how many computers are open. We need time to seat and count everyone visiting for library day before the parade of passes begins. We will do our best to call within five minutes of the bell. If we do not call you right away, it is likely because we are on the phone or helping students get settled.

    Thank you for your support!

    Please call 4115

    Just a reminder that our phone extensions changed last year:

    • 4115 is the circulation desk and both Teresa and Ann Marie have regular shifts there every day. Most questions should go to 4115, such as those about student attendance, passes, computer availability, and book titles.
    • 4112 is Ann Marie's desk in the back office
    • 4110 is Teresa's desk in the back office

    Are you the next great author?

    On September 4, WNIJ announced the return of the "Three Minute Fiction" contest. Do you have an amazing short, short story to tell? The deadline to submit your 500-600 word fiction is September 20. Author GK Wuori will select the winners and the authors will be invited to read their stories on the air the week of October 5. Visit northernpublicradio.org for details. Good luck!

    10th Annual Decatur (GA) Book Festival, Labor Day Weekend

    Best part about book festivals? Authors! There's nothing like hundreds of writers appearing on 20 stages over three days.

    Here are my highlights of the 10th Annual Decatur (GA) Book Festival:

    • 2:00 Saturday: Delilah S. Dawson and Matt De La Peña discussed survival skills in current YA fiction. De La Peña's novels are already a big hit at RTHS, especially among the classes of 2017 and 2018, with Mexican WhiteBoy being the favorite. De La Peña said the best quote I heard, in reference to suburban librarians he'd met who didn't buy his books because they didn't have "those students" in their schools. He replied, "Oh yeah, I get what you're saying. I'm sure you do have a lot of wizards in your schools, though?" De La Peña's personal story is interesting and I think we have students who identify with him.

    • 3:00 Saturday: During a session called "Mountain Vengeance," Julia Keller and Brian Panowich (pictured above) discussed and argued about the implications of setting, culture, and history in their crime/mystery novels. I learned that authors bristle at generalized labels like "Southern Writers" or "Appalachian Noir" as reviewers try to describe plots in quick reviews. I will start the first two books in Keller's series this weekend, and I finished Panowich's Bull Mountain on the plane last night. Let me know if you'd like to borrow it!

    • 4:00 Saturday: As I stood in line for Julia Keller's signing, I read the blurb on the back cover about her years writing for the Chicago Tribune. I asked her if she won her Pulitzer Prize for a series about the Plainfield tornado, but it was the Utica tornado. She was surprised to find someone at the festival who knew where Utica is! The stories may be found here and they are well worth your time if you missed their publication in the Trib.

    My friend Annie and I went to the DBF to hear Greg Iles, but De La Peña and Julia Keller are the authors I keep thinking about days later.

    Next week: New books @ RTHS from the festival.