Greenville County Media Specialists

Secondary News 2013-2014

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SCASL CON

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 at 8am to Friday, March 13th 2015 at 8pm

1101 Lincoln St

Columbia, SC

Celebrating 40 years of school library leadership & advocacy! Featuring authors: Gwyneth Jones: The Daring Librarian, Alice Ozma: The Reading Promise, and Jennifer Lagarde: Library Girl. Applications to present are due September 1st.

Wade Hampton HS Changes

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Theresa Morelli:

I have enjoyed my year at Wade Hampton High School and have made many changes to the physical environment which makes the media center more functional. The non-fiction area was so far away from the circulation desk that students couldn't be seen or helped in a timely fashion. So the first week on the job, we were moving book cases and over 4,000 books from one end of the room to the other. I created a central reading zone and moved tables and chairs nearer the computers to form an area for instruction. Student art was hung on the walls and a poster of the Generals' logo was added to make an attractive display. Multiple shelving units were added in order to provide more space for the Common Core collection development. Books had to be moved again to take advantage of the additional space. Students in the art department made wonderful signage. This changed the total atmosphere of the room and made it so much more inviting. Students and staff reacted positively to all the changes. Patron needs were placed at the forefront of my media program. I would like to thank all of my volunteers who made these changes less daunting. Joan Mullin, retired media specialist, Sandy and Bruce Bailey, Sandy Ingram, retired teacher and Beth Barth, former Robert E. Cashion teacher, gave of their time and their talents.

Local author at Eastside High

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The Eastside High Media Center had local author John Faris, Jr. who shared stories from his book Ten Was the Deal: Southern Hunting and Fishing Stories with our creative writing and occupational diploma classes and other students. Eastside students enjoyed this very much.

New Student Mural

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Talented students in Beck Academy's art classes were selected to work after-school on a mural in the media center featuring several landscapes. A Hokusai-inspired wave flows to a nighttime mountain scene which transforms into gentle hills blooming with spring flowers and finally a large tree losing its leaves in autumn. The "leaves" transform into books and blow across the top of the mural towards the shelves. Hopefully the mural inspires inquiry and gives an aesthetic gift to each patron who enters. Stop by and look at it some time--pictures do not do it justice!

Poetry Slam

Carol Harris organized a Poetry Slam that the library hosted at the end of April. Students had to recite original poetry for faculty judges and fellow students. The top three students were awarded prizes.

Janet Allen receives RVP Grant!

Janet Allen from GHS received a Robbie Van Pelt grant in order to purchase a site license subscription for Noodle Tools. Noodle Tools will help students organize their research projects and site sources.

Create-a-Collage Project

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Above is a picture of Berea Middle's Create-a-Collage project. Students stayed after school in March to work on the collages, which incorporated pages of discarded books to illustrate a genre or topic. The gallery opened in April and gives the Media Center colorful art on the walls above the shelves.

Reading Posters

8th graders at Blue Ridge Middle made posters and put them in the 6th grade hall to promote reading. Students also wrote to their "heroes" asking for permission to create posters of them and are still waiting to see if they respond.

Divergent Day--the Dauntless at GHS!

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A school-wide Divergent day was held on the day of the movie's opening. Students and faculty dressed as their favorite faction and were entered in a drawing to win cool prizes like faction tattoos, movie tickets, books, and more.

Online Safety Awareness

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Awesome bulletin board at Mauldin Middle School!

Greer High's new lounge chairs

Students are loving them! There are 12 in all.
Debbie Barron is partnering with the Teengagement company to offer PD in early fall on use of the Teengagement database. She will provide this ito all ELA teachers, but one session will be exclusively for media specialists. Watch for more to come!

News from earlier in the year.....

Southside High Book Club

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Students and Faculty from Southside High School recently met in the library this month to discuss their latest book club read: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This month’s selection brought in 13 students and 4 faculty members to discuss the book. A light lunch was also served to feed their hungry minds after reading. Our next book selection will be Divergent by Veronica Roth, along with a visit to Camelot Cinemas to see the movie!

Skyping with Paul Volponi

Inspired by an email promoting Skype sessions with Paul Volponi and many requests for The Final Four by students in one of our English teacher's classes, two Skype sessions were held in Mauldin High School's Media Center. Mrs. Beth Berry's freshman English classes and Mauldin High Media Specialist Stacy Henderson skyped with young adult author Paul Volponi. Mr. Volponi has written 11 popular young adult and middle school fiction novels. During their session, Mr. Volponi encouraged our students to never give up on their dreams.

Poetry Alive Comes to Mauldin High

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Mauldin High English classes had the opportunity to attend and participate in an interactive workshop held in the MHS auditorium led by the popular, entertaining Poetry Alive! group. Based in Asheville, NC since 1984, Poetry Alive! provides a high-energy performance involving the audience in their dramatic re-telling of a poem. These exercises are designed to enhance the ability of our students to conduct in-depth explorations of texts. This visit was coordinated by our media center intern, Abbie Richey, who is currently an English teacher at MHS.

Stacy Holcombe Henderson on Educational Technology

Education World interviewed Mauldin High School's Stacy Holcombe Henderson about the topic of educational technology. Click here for the story!

Movies in the Classroom

Albert Camus' L'Etranger

At JL Mann, students used iMovie to create video summaries/reenactments of the book The Stranger. In addition to the required incorporation of literary elements, they were required to demonstrate their ability to use iMovie to express their creative interpretation of the novel. Students were taught how to create, edit and produce video. Final videos were uploaded to YouTube and viewed by the students who then voted on the best video production. See the sample student video above, posted on YouTube.

Special Elections @ Riverside Middle

Conway Belangia from the Greenville County Election Commission visited the Riverside Middle School Library with his staff on Tuesday, February 25th. Mr. Belangia spoke with some of the 8th grade social studies classes about local elections, registering to vote, and demonstrated how the voting machines work. The staff also set up a special election for SC Junior Book Awards. Eligible students were able to use a real voting machine to cast their ballots for their favorite title!

Hillcrest Middle's Author Visits

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Shelby Bach, the author of the Everafter Series, spoke to the 6th grade students at Hillcrest Middle on March 5, 2014. She signed books, ate lunch with some 7th grade students and provided bookmarks and stickers for all. Her third book in the series, Of Sorcery and Snow, will be published this summer.


And, on April 22, the HMS Media Center will host the road tour of the authors Wendy Van Draanen and Mark Parsons. 7th grade students will hear the California authors discuss their books, the writing process, and how they've managed to share the same office for twenty years without bloodshed. Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the long running Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series, and two four-book series for younger readers (Shredderman and The Gecko & Sticky). Additionally she has written several stand-alone novels, including The Running Dream, Swear to Howdy, and Flipped (named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ and became a Warner Brothers feature film). Mark Parsons has published primarily non-fiction, penning over a hundred articles for national magazines as well as a pair of non-fiction books. His debut novel, Road Rash, is a YA adventure about a high school boy who goes on the road with a band. It draws from Parsons’s many years of experience as a rock drummer. Books are available for purchase and will be autographed the day of the event. Click here for book information. Want to view their video? Watch here!!

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...in the Riverside Middle School library this February! Seventh and eighth grade students participated in speed dating with books during their English classes. All students were invited to take a chance on a blind date with a book. See more pictures here!

Mauldin High's New Art

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So many blank walls... what to do? Working with Greenville based emediagroup , images and quotes were designed to reflect everyday activities in the media center. The images are not painted but are printed decals!

Olympic Reading, Olympic Prizes

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Hillcrest Middle School students participated in an Olympic Reading Challenge, "Read for the Gold." We celebrated with a breakfast for champions and gave out prizes. Sky Zone, Greenville Pavilion and the Road Warriors donated prizes.

Nooks @ Northwest

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Northwest Middle School Assistant Principal, Julie Whetston-Carlson, received a grant from Walmart at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. With her grant money, she purchased 22 Simple Touch Glowlight Nooks and donated them to the media center. Media Specialist, Keri Reaney, used the e-readers to begin a Nook Book Club. Seventh grade girls read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and sixth grade boys will read Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen during March.

Immigration Project

Students at Beck Academy worked with Amanda Jackson, a USC-MLIS intern, and 8th grade Social Studies teacher Mandy Anderson to create videos depicting an immigrant's journey. They used Symbaloo to find facts for their research and MovieMaker to put their narrative together. The project culminated in a "movie day," complete with popcorn maker.