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DHS Teacher Edition: May 2015

Hello, DHS friends! I wanted to give you a sneak peak at the e-newsletter I'll be launching at the start of the 2015-16 school year. Each month, I will be issuing two library newsletters -- one for teachers, as well as a newsletter for students. The "Teacher Edition" will feature library events and news, useful articles, helpful resources, and much more. The "Student Edition" will feature library events and news, popular new book titles, author interviews, trailers for new books, and much more. I welcome any suggestions you might have, and I look forward to providing you with more information in the future!

Wrapping Up the 2014-15 School Year

With less than a month left of school, we can see a little light at the end of the tunnel! Things can get quite hectic as we wrap up another successful school year; however, I do have just a few reminders regarding library matters.

You are welcome to begin turning in textbooks as soon as your classes are finished with them for the semester. The sooner we can get textbooks checked in, the sooner we can start tracking down all those that have been lost during the school year. If you would like a library cart to use for collecting textbooks, please let us know and we will bring one to your classroom. We will be glad to pick the cart up from you, if you'll email us and let us know when it is full. Once the EOCs are finished this week, you may bring your students to the library to turn books in.

Also, we will be placing inventories in teachers' mailboxes this week. Please check your classroom inventory and let us know if there are any materials you no longer use and would like to turn in, or materials you no longer have in your possession.

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"Google It" Better With Google Search Education

In this article, Tiffany Whitehead, librarian in Baton Rouge, LA, presents educators with ideas on how to help their students "Google" a little smarter, using Google Search Education. Google Search Education provides teachers with lessons plans (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels), as well as "A Google A Day" daily challenges, and live training videos. Please visit this article, and the Google Search Education website, for more information.

Common Core: Headache or Brain Tumor?

Below you will find a link to a condensed post that Amber Chandler, middle school educator in Hamburg, NY, shared on her blog, "Points to Ponder." Amber expresses some valid points regarding conversations on the topic of Common Core.

Gale School Toolkit

This website has some great lesson plans, activities, assessment rubrics, guides to resources, Common Core alignments, and more. You'll find excellent tools such as worksheets on citing sources, writing topic sentences, creating outlines, etc. I encourage you to give this site a look before the next school year. There are some really cool projects that I know your students would enjoy!

Looking for Summer Reading Ideas?

Check out the four links below for a variety of great book lists!

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The DHS library is open from 7:30-8:15 AM, and again after school from 3:10-4:00 PM. During this time, students are welcome to work on homework, read library books, study for tests, etc. The library is open during this time to provide students with a quiet atmosphere in which they may relax and feed their minds. Students should not use the library as a place to congregate and visit during this time.