Innovation Center

September 2018

Library Policies

  • Literacy teachers, please email Ms. Ratliff if you want to sign up for library orientation with all your classes.
  • Teachers may send up to three students at a time with a pass. Wait for students to return before sending the next group. Passes will be placed in teachers' boxes. All students will need to return to classrooms by 3:50 each day.
  • Entire classes may visit the innovation center to check out books, do research on the computers, or use the makerspace area, but a time must be scheduled by the teacher in advance.
  • Students may check out books, read quietly, use the computer for school assignments, and tinker in the makerspace area. Students who are disruptive or not productive will return to class.
  • Books may be returned to the book drop in the innovation center or the book drop in the cafeteria. *Teachers, return your materials directly to Ms. Ratliff.
  • Overdue student notices are printed once a month and put in teacher mailboxes. Please pass out notices in a timely manner during homeroom. Overdue teacher notices are printed quarterly.
  • Remind students to enter the innovation center only from the front entrance, and it's not to be used as a shortcut to the 700 hall by students. Students are not allowed in the innovation center without Ms. Ratliff or a teacher present.
  • Teachers should stay with classes at all times and encourage students to take care of the innovation center. *Food and drink is not allowed.

Teacher Resources

  • Self-service area with computers, laminator, color poster printer, B&W printer, paper cutter, die cutter with alphabet, number, and shape dies. *Please inform Ms. Ratliff if equipment needs maintenance.
  • Maximum 20-book check out, classroom sets of books, DVDs, & professional development materials. You may search our school catalog at destiny.escambia.k12.fl.us (use Novell login). *Email or call Ms. Ratliff if you need books or other resources.
  • Innovation Center will be locked when Ms. Ratliff is not in there except for before school. *Check your email for notices about closures.
  • All Escambia County teachers have access to https://www.teachingbooks.net where they can find valuable resources to teach novels.
  • As a member of the SSYRA committee, Ms. Ratliffs reads over 200 recently published middle grade books a year. $15,000 worth of books have been donated to the school library by publishers, so if you are looking for high-interest books for your students, please contact Ms. Ratliff.

SSYRA Facebook Live Events

There are Facebook Live events scheduled for the authors of some of the 2018-2019 middle school SSYRA books, including Restart (9/13), Surrender the Key (10/18), The Van Gogh Deception (10/26), The Girl Who Could Not Dream (11/8), A Crack in the Sea (12/12), The First Rule of Punk (3/14), and The Firefly Code (3/29). Most author chats are scheduled for 9:30 A.M, except for the two events in October which will be at noon. If you are interested in bringing your classes to these events in the innovation center, please let Ms. Ratliff know.

Student Resources

  • 3-book maximum checkout limit for three weeks with one renewal per book.
  • No fines are assessed unless books are lost or damaged.
  • Check out privileges may be lost if fines are not paid or if books are overdue.
  • Students with excessive fines or lost books will only be allowed 1 two-week check out of an Honor book. Any lost Honor books are $1.00.
  • Access to the desktops and the black & white printer are for school assignments only.
  • Some of the makerspace activities that are available for individual students or whole classes are BreakOut Edu, MinecraftEdu, Magic 3D pens, Make Do cardboard kits, Merge Cubes, Bloxels, Turing Tumble, Makey Makey, Ozobots, Snap Circuits, and our upcoming Warrington Story Booth (thanks to a $2,500 grant from Cox Communications).
  • Scholastic Book Fair (Tentatively scheduled for February).
  • County-wide Battle of the Books competition for Sunshine State book trivia in May. *Teachers, if you are interested in helping with this event, let Ms. Ratliff know.
  • More eBooks will be purchased this year, which students will be able to access on their Chromebooks.
  • With the switch from research class to book club this year, Minecraft club, SSYRA book club, and READ events with the dogs will not be available at this time.

Public Library Cards

All students in Escambia County should have free library cards from West Florida Public Library. These library cards are unique because there are no late fees; however, students can only check out 3 books or audiobooks. Additionally, students may use these cards to ride the ECAT bus for free year-round. If students lost their cards or never received one, students can still use the online resources at school or at home. Graphic novels, magazines, and ebooks may all be viewed online. All student cards have the same number 13-digit format (1236590 + student number), and the 4-digit pin is the last four numbers of their phone number (most likely the phone number listed in Focus). Teachers, you are eligible for a free library card even if you don't live in Escambia County. Just show your county badge at any of the seven library locations to get a card. For more information, see Ms. Ratliff.

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"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education." --Harold Howe