LEAP Media Messenger

Winter 2014

Our eBook Collection is Growing!

Our collection of ebooks available from the Leaphart Media Center is growing, and can be accessed by teachers and students from school or home. We currently offer titles on a variety of subjects, including:

- living and nonliving things - magnets - plants - weather

- science fair projects - solar system - rocks - volcanoes - electricity

We also have a selection of folktales, biographies, and fiction titles available.

Newly ordered titles will arrive soon, including books about light, sound, migration, Native Americans, motion, sun and moon, agriculture, and the water cycle.

Remember, these books are great to use on the SMARTboard during instruction!

New Books!

Our print collection is also growing! We recently received a large number of new fiction and nonfiction titles. The nonfiction books in this order focus on science standards for 3rd grade through 5th grade. Fiction titles include popular series fiction and picture books about superheroes, princesses, and Legos.

A new order will be arriving soon that will include nonfiction selections for Kindergarten through 2nd grade science standards, recently requested items, and classic children's fiction titles. Come by to check them out!

Young American Poetry Contest

The 2014 Young American Poetry Digest contest is beginning! Students are encouraged to submit a poem for publication in the 20th edition of the Digest. While all poetry styles are accepted, this year's theme is Haiku. All submissions are due by March 14th, 2014. More details will be placed in teacher boxes.

Hour of Code

During the last week of school before winter break, students spent time with Ms. Williams and Mrs. Rollison doing an "Hour of Code." This program, sponsored by Code.org, introduced students to the basics of computer programming. Leaphart students were highly engaged and had astonishing success completing programming activities. We definitely have some future programmers here at Leaphart!

Reading with the Gamecocks

The Reading with the Gamecocks program was a huge success! Leaphart students read a total of more than 46,000 pages over the three rounds of the contest! Many students also attended the basketball games. It was great to watch the Lady Gamecocks play!

Upcoming Events

There are many exciting events coming soon from the media center! On January 16, 2014, Ben Franklin will be visiting us for a school-wide assembly to share the magic of reading and tell us about some of his inventions.

In February, students will be participating in the selection process for the SC Children's Book Awards. Students will cast their votes for their favorite children's book and picture book nominees.

Monday, March 3, 2014 is Read Across America Day. Details will be released soon on how Leaphart will be celebrating Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday!

The Columbia Blowfish Reading Rewards program will begin soon. This exciting program allows students to track their reading in order to win baseball tickets and other prizes. Leaphart will be assigned a special game, where we can all have a day at the ballpark together!

A Letter to Our Teachers

Dear Teachers,

Thank you all for your continued support and use of the media center. We truly appreciate it! Thank you for doing your best to return library books before 8:10am each day. This really makes the start of our day begin smoothly. Also, please continue to encourage students to return overdue books so that they may continue to check out new materials. Lastly, if any classes need access to computers or help with class research, please come in to sign up for the research lab. We will be glad to assist or offer lessons whenever we can.

If you have any needs, suggestions, or special requests please let us know! We are ready to help.

Thanks again,

Shelley Williams and Diane Huck

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