GCS Media Matters

Upcoming Task and Dates to Remember for this Week.

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Promote GCS Summer Reading

All links have been updated on our GCS Library Media Services Resources Page.

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Dates to Remember

  • May 20 – CIPA Due for HS

  • May 30- Memorial Day Holiday

  • June 2 - DLMI/AMTR and all end of year reports due online

  • June 10- Principal Sign Off on DLMI DUE

  • June 30- All Inventories FINALIZED in Destiny.

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Congratulations to Northern HIGH

Northern High School was just awarded a $500 grant from their PTSA to purchase Maker Space materials for the Pop-Up Friday space – Legos, Google cardboard, Makey Makeys . https://amzn.com/w/3AFHIOHOKU63G

Her Maker-Space is a drop in format, instructions are written on craft paper on the tables, books featured beside, a notebook with past projects, an old TV cart loaded up with plastic bins for tools/materials.

She has put together a quick PowerPoint to explain what a makerspace is. She has asked for a senior project volunteer, or CTE clubs to help sponsor.

For maker projects that require needles or sicssors, they are kept at front desk to check out. Pat hopes to have some maker kits to check out, especially for skills that take time to learn – knitting, crochet, sewing, etc.
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Destiny APP Instructions

CLICK HERE to access instructions on downloading the Destiny app to your device.

This app can be used to help CF's Check ARC materials in and out to the correct classroom teachers, as well as check copy status of any random copy left around and returned to the correct classroom.

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STREAM Labs and Inquiry Based Learning

Many of you expressed an interest in the contact information and resources from Thursday’s PLC on STREAM labs and inquiry based lessons. Please see the presentation link below along with the resources that Jennifer and Becky shared.

Contacts :

Presentation Link:

Other Resources discussed in the presentation:

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Summer Workshop at the Newseum in DC

Summer Workshop at the Newseum in DC: Join Annenberg Learner and the Newseum for a FREE three-day institute (July 18-20) for practicing 6-12 teachers, librarians or media resource specialists who are actively using technology in their classrooms, whether through blogs, social communication tools or creating websites, but are looking for novel uses. Applications are due May 8. For more info, click here! (Shared by Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies)

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Feedback & Sharing needed asap

AASL Affiliate Assembly -

Last week, AASL leadership met with the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Monique Chism in relation to ESSA and school libraries. The ALA Washington office has also engaged in the DOE ESSA 'listening sessions' on the behalf of AASL and school libraries.

As part of this engagement and transparency, the USDOE has clarified that they are interested in library-specific, general and real-world examples on the following topics:Digital Learning, Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Openly-Licensed Educational Resources, and Well-Rounded Education.

Please help us advocate for school libraries. Provide, through this easy online form, your very brief examples of one, some, or all of the ESSA education vocabulary.

Also critical is the need for you to share this request with your region, state, and local constituents. The more examples we collect and provide, the more powerful our message for the power and transformative nature of school libraries.

Time is critical, so please follow this link and provide feedback before May 31: http://www.ala.org/aasl/exemplars

As ESSA continues to be unpacked and evolves, we are at a critical juncture and it is imperative that you and the school librarians in your region continue to engage and contribute when we send out a call for assistance.

Thank you for all you do to help your students and community.

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GASL cordially invites you to our End of the Year event!

Let’s celebrate the end of a long year and honor those who are retiring. We hope you can join the festivities.

Drop by and join us for whatever time you can!

You have your choice of boxed dinner – all served with dessert, too!

  • Chicken Salad Croissant
  • Turkey Wrap
  • Ham and Swiss
  • Veggie Wrap
  • Sweet and Unsweet tea

Please choose your meal option on the linked survey below and send payment (checks to GASL) for $9.00 to Aislynn Denny at Guilford Middle School

(plan ahead – remember courier only runs a few days a week so plan accordingly)

Click here to make your dinner choice (by May 20!)
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We need your input

Many media specialist are in need of a good sub that knows Destiny and simple Library procedures. Do you know who to recommend?

Library Media Services

Have a wonderful week!