SSHS Library Newsletter

Winter Edition - 2018

What's New In the Library?

By the time everyone returns from the holiday vacation, 2 shipments of new books, hopefully, will have arrived at Santa Su.
  • Shipment #1 includes a myriad of popular, new fiction titles. There are also several poignant, non-fiction titles in this book order.
  • Shipment #2 includes biographies and autobiographies that we purchased from a grant, to supplement our aged biography collection.
Below are pics of a few of these new books. Please encourage your students to stop by the library and check-out these hot, new titles. Feel free to stop by and check out a few yourself. There is a great selection from which to choose. :-)

There has never been a better time for students to complete research!

The state of California is now offering a database program for ALL California public school students. Now, we not only have access to all of our wonderful GALE databases, but we also have access to great resources, such as:
  • Proquest
  • SIRS
  • Culturegrams
  • eLibrary
  • TeachingBooks
  • Britannica
Freshmen have been learning about these new resources during the library orientation. If you would like more info about these resources, see Carol Forbes. To access all of the databases, click on the Database tab on the library website.

Recommended Websites for Teachers to Love

All Sides

“The AllSides News Page curates daily news stories by topic categories and with left-center-right bias ratings. Issue searches include background articles” and much more. Great site for fighting fake news.

App Inventor

You and/or your students can easily create your own Android app at this site. Students could make an app to help practice skills they've learned. iOS platform support coming soon.


“provides multimedia science resources for secondary and college educators as well as students. Materials include short films, lectures, virtual labs, tutorials, apps, click-and-learns, and teacher guides.”

Book Creator

“create and publish fiction, non-fiction, comic books, picture books, how-to guides, and more. The free version allows each educator to store up to 40 digital books with text, audio, video, and illustration.”


For those of you who are interested in gamefying your classroom, you have to check out this site. Convert your lessons into epic adventures for your students.


Learn to code by making music. "EarSketch helps you learn core topics in computer science, music, and music technology in a fun, engaging environment...Learn to code in Python or JavaScript...while manipulating loops, composing beats, and applying effects to a multi-track digital audio workstation."

This site offers free, professional development anytime, anywhere. This is a great community for finding current webinars and helpful resources for educators.


Holiday Movie Trivia - All correct entries will be entered in a prize drawing.

  1. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, what winter recreation are the characters doing in the opening scene?
  2. In It's a Wonderful Life, what did George and his friends use as sleds?
  3. In Frosty the Snowman, what were Frosty's first words?
  4. In the movie Elf, what edible forest does Buddy pass through?
  5. In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, what does the misfit squirt gun shoot?
  6. What is the name of the head elf in The Santa Clause?
  7. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, who mistook the Grinch for Santa Claus?
  8. In Miracle on 34th Street, what does Susan teach Kris to do?
  9. In A Christmas Story, what does Ralphie want for Christmas?
  10. In what state does most of White Christmas take place?

(Entries must be emailed to Carol Forbes by 3:30 Friday, 12/14, to be eligible for the drawing.)

Library Snapshot

So far this school year, we have checked out 6511 textbooks and close to 2000 library books.

The top ACE class checking out books include:

  1. Duda
  2. Halula
  3. Helmuth
  4. B. Abbe
  5. Bonvehi