Innovation & Design Center

April 2017

Welcome Back!

We hope that you've had a relaxing spring break!

Inside this issue, please find helpful information for what's new at the IDC. We encourage you to forward our newsletter to your colleagues. As always, please contact us with any questions.

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New Hi / Lo Book Sets

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April is Library Appreciation Month

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. First celebrated in 1985 (as School Library Media Month; the name was changed to School Library Month in 2010), every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. Contact ALA's American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA) with questions.

Let us know how your school celebrates Library Appreciation Month. Send pictures to Francie Billings at and we will highlight your school in next months newsletter.

D.E.A.R. on April 12th!

D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. You may remember that Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Since then, "Drop Everything and Read" programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday. We figured, why not "drop" the "day" and celebrate our beloved author, her timeless stories, and the joy of reading for the full month. So, "drop" by this website all month long in April and anytime you want to make reading a priority! D.E.A.R. is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of the American Library Association}; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the American Press Institute; First Book; HarperCollins Children’s Books; Read Kiddo Read; Walden Media and Ramona Quimby.
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Innovation & Design Center's Latest Technology for Computer Science

Meet Cubetto

Cubetto is a playful robot that teaches programming without the screen. Powered by a fun language that even young children can comprehend, this wooden robot is chosen by educators and parents to guide kids into coding adventures.

If you are interested in learning more about Cubetto or our popular Computer Science program, please call the Innovation and Design Center today! Sharon Combs, our Instructional Technology Designer, is available to come on site and help you get your program started in your school.
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District Battle

Thursday, May 11th, 3:30pm

11033 Monarch Boulevard

Lone Tree, CO

Seven middle schools are competing in Battle of the Books. The district battle is being held at Rocky Heights Middle School on May 11th starting at 3:30 pm and continuing until it finishes. Each school is having their own internal battles, narrowing down to one winning team to represent their school.