- Please remember that, according to the faculty handbook, teachers must schedule a time to visit the innovation center with Ms. Ratliff in advance. Please refrain from showing up unannounced with your class. This includes bringing classes in while teachers use the printer or laminator. Ms. Ratliff can often accommodate teachers with just a day's notice, but the sooner the notice, the better! Thank you for your cooperation.
- The innovation center has been very busy this first quarter! Thank you to all the literacy teachers who have been writing passes and sending students to the innovation center to check out books or to use the makerspaces. Thank you to Mr. Blankenship for instructing his book club on how to use Destiny to pick out their books before they came to the innovation center. Thank you to Ms. Loerch who brought her literacy class for a Breakout Edu library orientation.
- More innovation center passes will be placed in teachers' boxes for quarter 2. If you have the majority of your class wanting to visit the innovation center, it might be better to schedule a time to bring your entire class. If you don't have time to write a bunch of passes, consider making a permanent library pass on a lanyard. Please continue to only send three students on a pass.
- The mobile book drop in the cafeteria was moved near the door by the dean's office. Although this location is not as accessible as the cafeteria, it has cut down on trash being thrown in on top of books. Please remind students that they may return books here as an alternative to returning books to the innovation center.
- Overdue book notices will not be printed this month as Destiny has some technical issues. Since there is no homeroom this year, notices will be delivered to literacy teachers this year.
- Please remind students to not enter the side door of the innovation center. The door remains locked but does not shut tightly.
- The sign in/out process for students in the innovation center is now digital and can be accessed by faculty. Click on the link below to see a list of students who visit the innovation center.
New electronic sign in/out method for students: Check to see if your students signed in & out of the innovation center!
Makerspace Highlight: BreakoutEdu
- 8th-grade teachers, there is an entire display of new books that are only available to 8th graders for check out. These books contain mature themes and have a YA (Young Adult) sticker on the spine. If students are looking for fiction books with more worldly topics, please let them know about this section.
- 353 new books have been added this school year already! Hundreds of more books will be added in quarter 2 including new class sets of novels (The Outsiders, The Hate U Give, &The Children of Blood and Bone).
- The focus on collections this year will be updating the nonfiction section, building the graphic novel and Honor book sections, and establishing a section of hi-lo books for struggling readers.
- Genre Spotlight: There will be a display each month highlighting a different genre in the innovation center. This month's spotlight are thrillers and horror.
- Ms. Ratliff has read the Q2 selections for book club, so if you have any questions or looking for ideas for novel activities, please let her know. The Eureka Key, Restart, and Surrender the Key are all Sunshine State titles. There will be an SSYRA Facebook Live with Sarah Thomson, author of The Eureka Key, on Thursday, 10/18 at 12:00.
Do you want a way to manage your classroom libraries? Consider using the free site Booksource.com! Booksource's platform allows you to catalog your books and check them out to students. See Ms. Ratliff if you need help setting up your account.
Digital Citizenship Week
- October 15th-19th is Digitial Citizenship Week. Please make sure you familiarize yourself with the basics of Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons by joining the following Google Classroom about best practices for educators: voqayoy.
- Please know that Classroom Fair Use does NOT cover the reproduction of copyrighted text, whether it's from a purchased book or PDF.
- See Ms. Ratliff if you have any questions about the reproduction or display of copyrighted material in the classroom.
Visit the innovation center!
--Henry Ward Beecher