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March Newsletter

Annual District Meeting

March 8, 2018
7:00 pm at Merrimack Valley High School

Polling Hours 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

News & Notes

The library averaged 30 books checked out per day during the short month of February. Thank you to the reading teachers who have taken the time to come down and encourage their students to get books!

EVERYONE: Please remind students that reading makes you smarter and kinder.

"Novel reading is a great way to practice being human."

7th Grade Science classes have been researching geological time periods to create brochures that are being presented to their peers. We provided them with print resources to help meet their research needs. Let us know if you need books pulled for your classes!

The Book Swap & Sale was a modest success with about a dozen students bringing in books to swap for "new" reads. We were also able to donate discarded books to several teachers who expressed interest in building up their classroom libraries.

The Reading Marathon is reaching the 3/4 mark next week. Students and staff are welcome to pop in to show off their completed reading lists, collect a small treat, and enter a raffle. The finish line will be 16th-20th and the party will take place after April vacation.

Mark your calendars and start saving your dollars: The Annual Scholastic BOGO Book Fair will be held from Monday, May 21-Friday, May 25th. More info. to come.

New Materials

Using Technology to Teach: HyperDocs and Padlet

What is a HyperDoc?!

"HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. They are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH."

-Highfill, Hilton, and Landis, 2018, About HyperDocs retrieved from:

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HyperDoc Tutorial Using a HyperDoc

By working your way through the HyperDoc, you will learn: what makes a HyperDoc more than just a digital worksheet; how to make a HyperDoc; and what your colleagues think about the whole concept.

Visit the Padlet Site to Explore

This tool allows you/students to collaborate in a fun way. "Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to."

For more information about Hyperdocs or Padlet, please do not hesitate to send me an email or pop into the LMC to chat. I'd be happy to help!

Helping Students Grieve

In light of our current local and national reality, I thought this article may be helpful to us as educators while helping students cope with their grief. In particular, the list of "Resources for Helping Grieving Students" at the end may come in handy.

According to the article, "In a 2012 survey, the American Federation of Teachers found that 92 percent of school staff members surveyed agreed that childhood loss and grief is a serious problem that requires more focus and resources to prevent mental health problems with potentially serious consequences. Yet only 7 percent of the educators surveyed had received training in identifying vulnerable students and how to respond. The report concluded that there was an "endemic lack of training," but an "overwhelming interest" among educators in doing more for grieving students."

As they say, knowledge is power.

I have a copy Educational Leadership magazine in my office. The entire issue is dedicated to mental health in schools. Let me know if you are interested in borrowing it.

Database Highlight: Grolier Online

User Name: merri ; Password: mack

Link can be found on the library website.

Grolier Encyclopedia - With increased use of Chromebooks every classroom, don’t forget the amazing resources we pay for, including our online encyclopedia. Remind kids to use it….or even require kids to use it. In my experience in the library, once they are familiar with it, kids like it because it is written at their level and often answers their questions in one place.

There are many reasons to use this resource, and here are a few from the Grolier people (highlighting is mine):

With Scholastic GO!® you have instant access to authentic pieces of text in multiple formats, from multiple perspectives, and in a wide range of Lexile Levels. This allows in-depth investigation into topics as students work their way up the staircase of text complexity. Here are some more ways you are supporting Common Core learning outcomes:

Common Core Skill Builders - Visit this link and click on “GO Skill Builders” to view three professional development Common Core videos. These short videos discuss ways of utilizing Scholastic GO! to achieve three specific Common Core learning objectives:

Primary DocumentsThousands of primary source documents provide opportunities for students to analyze and compare sources evaluate historical interpretations and form hypotheses.

Culture Cross and Pro-Con Debates –Teachers have easy access to critical components of effective common core instruction to help students conduct analysis and compare ideas, concepts and texts, conduct classroom debates and support their arguments with texts offered in a variety of formats, help students collaborate on projects, and build academic vocabulary

Authentic, varied texts and media – Students and teachers have access to thousands of rigorously vetted pieces including articles, bios, video, audio, maps, graphs, and thousands of primary and secondary source documents allowing students to draw information from a wide range of sources.

Perfect Interactive Whiteboard Resource A vast portal of interactive content that is perfect for whiteboard use. GO-Tube videos to grab students’ attention and generate interest in any topic, and thousands of photos, projectable texts, charts, interactive maps, graphs, and more.