Library Newsletter

Spring/Summer Edition

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It is so hard to believe that the end of the year is almost here. The library has now closed for regular business soon and will, once again, become a textbook warehouse. Here are some important library-related dates that may be helpful as you make plans:

  • May 17 - The library is now closed for regular business (All library books are past due)
  • May 18 - First day the library can schedule classes to return their textbooks
  • May 31 - Textbooks are due for seniors to be able to participate in graduation.
  • June 2 - Textbooks for all underclassmen are due on the last day of finals, June 2.
  • PLEASE be sure to send your classes as a group to return their textbooks. Students do not remember to do this on their own.


Let's Share Our Summer Plans

Email your summer plans to me by Monday, May 23, and I will share them with the whole staff. Let's hear what our colleagues' plans are for enjoying this summer.


We've Been Busy!

During the 2015-2016 school year, the library has:

  • Checked out over 5,000 library books
  • Checked out over 10,000 textbooks
  • Hosted 276 classes

Good News

The library recently received a $1000 grant from Sage Publications to purchase non-fiction, historical fiction, and realistic fiction novels to support common core standards in the classroom.

If you have any suggestions of books you would like the library to purchase to support your classroom lessons, please contact Carol Forbes as soon as possible.

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Check out these outstanding sites for educators:

The Arts and Dital Literacy Initiative

This site offers lesson plans designed to bridge the arts (art, music, theatre, dance) with technology. The initiative provides project-based lessons for high school students. This seems like a perfect match for SSHS.

Plunge Into Tech

Consider learning some new tech tricks this summer. Corwin is offering several free online technology training seminars for teachers this summer.


Purdue University is offering electronic field trips that "bring Purdue University scientists into your classroom." Students interactively visit labs, greenhouses, aquaculture facilities, discovery Park, the veterinary school, and many more fascinating sites. All of the electronic field trips include a live webcast with Purdue scientists, during which students may email questions. Each trip also provides supplementary online videos. offers resources for teachers that provide pro and con articles on controversial issues of the day. They offer non-partisan information to help student think critically about a variety of important topics.

Students Vote 2016

I love Newsela, and they have now teamed with the National Council of Social Studies and other educational group to provide an interactive site for students to learn about and participate in this year’s election season.


Summer Reading List

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading. Consider these titles while you're on the beach this summer. There's a little bit for everyone.

Don't forget to get a picture of yourself "getting caught reading".