Innovation Center

February 2017

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Another Literacy Week for the Books!

The Warrington Middle Innovation Center bustled with activity during Literacy Week (1/23-1/27). On Monday, students made bookmarks while Ms. Ratliff was still away at the American Library Association Conference in Atlanta. Upon her return on Tuesday, she showered the students with the 92 new books she obtained for FREE at ALA. Books were given away during daily raffles and to all book club members and library assistants. Throughout the week, student could also enter the Fine Forgiveness raffle. Once a day, one lost/damaged book fine was forgiven. Stay tuned for this fine forgiveness opportunity again in the spring! Students wrote letters to their favorite authors on Tuesday. The Read to Me dogs returned on Wednesday. Ms. Worley, Ms. Ziegler, Ms. White, Ms. Jackson, and Ms. Worley all brought students to read to the dogs. If you haven't had a chance to experience this popular event, there will be one more Read to Me opportunity in the spring. On Thursday, the 7th-grade book club learned how to make fabric-bound journals with the help of Katie, a high school senior in the IB program who volunteers frequently with the makerspaces at Warrington. Since the 7th-grade book club just read The Crossover, which is narrative poetry, many plan to write their own poems in their journals. Literacy week concluded on Friday with a special Minecraft Club meeting where students recreated their favorite story setting in the Minecraft world. Thank you to everyone who made Literacy Week a success!

Shout out to Ms. Loerch's 7th- and 8th-period classes (pictured above) who recently visited the innovation center to make journals. After instructing her students about how to properly journal, students were given the materials to make and customize journals. Students were delighted to find out that retired book pages are upcycled into supplies for many of the makerspaces. Teachers, Ms. Ratliff is always open to providing enrichment activities to support your work in the classroom. If you have ideas, let her know.

Innovation Center Highlights

What's Coming Up?

  • Black History Month is already underway, but there are plenty of resources in the innovation center for check out.
  • The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections will sponsor our Sunshine State Young Readers Award election on Thursday, April 6th during 6th period. Students must have read 3 of the books to vote. Any student who reads all 15 books will earn a free book! These are the books to read:
  • Overdue book notices were already distributed this month. Please encourage students to return books to the library bin in the cafeteria if they cannot return books to the library. Teachers, please return your materials to Ms. Ratliff when they are due.

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"My alma mater was books, a good library...I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity." --Malcolm X