Media Matters

News from the Dutch Fork High School Media Center

Have you seen our new collaboration space?

You may have noticed lots of changes in our space throughout the course of the school year. We wanted a collaborative learning space for students- and thanks to suggestions and design plans from Ms. Suarez's class, we put the changes in motion. We have new furniture, a refreshed collection, and plenty of space for your students to try new things and work together.

Improvements include:

Small group work spaces

Presentation area

Green screen: add creativity to student work

MacBook and iMac for device flexibility

MakerSpace: duct tape and origami crafts

Be on the lookout for more changes in the weeks to come.

Encourage your students to collaborate and hold them acccountable. Here's an example rubric.

New! and available for you and your students

ChromeBooks- available for use in media center

iPad stand for filming- available for checkout

iMac- available for use in media center

Right: Mr. Gilliam's students use ChromeBooks to research argumentative essay topics.

End of year Reminders

  • If you've not yet made your 2 free posters for the year, please take an opportunity to use the new Poster Maker!
  • Thanks so much for returning overdue and fine notices to students. This helps us tremendously.
  • All books due May 22
  • All equipment not being used due May 22
  • All equipment due May 29
  • Teacher iPad check in/out: June 1
  • Please remind students about our printing policies as they turn in assignments:
  1. Black and white printing: First 5 pages per day are free, then 5 cents/page.
  2. Color printing: 10 cents/page.

2015-16 SC YABA nominees announced

Titles include:

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

See the complete list here.

Are your students using easybib?

So far this year, 1,142 students have used their school easybib account to develop Works Cited pages, annotate bibliographies, check for credible sources, get help with APA citations, and more.

Thanks for school wide reading!

Congratulations to Susie LeRoy, Carrie, Dickey, and Erin Henderson. They'll receive pizza or donut parties!

Build STEAM on April 30

April 30 is Children's Day/El Dia de los ninos. Incorporate a children's book (with a STEAM-related topic) into the day. Check out this list of TeachingBooks resources or our collection of children's books located in the media center teacher workroom.


Thanks to: Evelyn Newman,, student council,, Jaime Chason, Ms. Suarez and her students.