SAA's Media Center Newsletter

February-April

The Book Fair is Coming!

The SAA spring book fair will be April 13th-April 21st. The original date for the book fair was changed because of new ACT Aspire testing dates, and the book fair has been extended so students on field trips won't miss it! The online book fair will be open April 6th-April 21st and is on the Media Center website and Planet HS. If you would like to access the online fair or a preview of the book fair items, click HERE. Important or busy fair dates are listed below. Please contact the SAA PTO if you would like to volunteer for any of these dates!

Friday, April 10th (fair set up), Monday, April 13th 8th grade, Tuesday, April 14th 7th grade, Monday, April 20th 6th grade, Wednesday, April 22nd (fair clean up)

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Book Clubs Are Thriving

Recreational book clubs allow students to enjoy the reading experience in a social way! Book clubs have been very popular with the students and teachers this year! Numerous book clubs have been led by Ms. Nelson, Mrs. Hagen, and Ms. Paradis. The media center has helped them obtain extra copies of the books or has provided a lunchtime place to meet. Our very own Anderson County Public Library has assisted SAA with gathering extra books from all over the state. In addition to the teacher-led book clubs, the media center has sponsored three of its own, and the photos are below. More media center books clubs are scheduled for April and May!

SC Junior Book Award Luncheon

Students who read and reviewed three of the SCJBA nominees were invited to a special luncheon in the media center (photos below). During the luncheon, the students and teachers voted for their favorite title and saw a sneak peek of the next year's SCJBA nominees. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen was the SAA winner! Thank you to all who participated in this reading program! Participation nearly tripled from last year!

Invention Convention in the Media Center

Mrs. Koch's 6th grade GT science classes held their invention convention in the media center Friday, March 27th (photos below). Congratulations to all of the participants; they have amazing inventions for the future! Thank you to the many parents, teachers, students, and administrators who attended the event! Thank you, Mrs. Koch, for organizing the entire project and event! More photos are available on Planet HS.

Research Tip: Culture Grams

During Diversity Awareness Week, the 7th grade students in Mrs. Porter's writing classes were able to try the online database Culture Grams as they researched different countries. The world edition of Culture Grams allowed students to view continents, study countries, and access specific information about a country and its culture. Students could read about the way people from the country live, greet one another, eat, and so much more! This useful database is just one of the free offerings from DISCUS; if you would like to learn more about online databases, contact Mrs. Spencer.
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Tech Tip: Clear Browsing Data on a Chomebook

With the 1:1 technology initiative on the horizon, it is a great idea to learn Chromebook tips. Sometimes students and parents get a privacy error message while using Google Chrome that starts, "Your connection is not private . . ." Often this means that your browsing history needs to be cleaned out because plug-ins, cookies, stored passwords, and more impede future searches. Below is a video that describes how students, parents, and teachers may clear the browsing data. After the browsing data has been cleared, the Chromebook needs to be restarted. Happy searching!
Chromebook: How to Clear Your Web History