Saturday, November 24, 2012

Batman Returns to Highcroft


Batman Icon Evolution

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Why school libraries are more important than ever!

Run, don’t dilly dally, and download the Ross Todd/Carol Gordon position paper, 5 yrs of research, why school libraries are more important than ever:

School Libraries, Now More Than Ever:
A Position Paper of The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries

Dr. Ross J. Todd, Director Dr. Carol A. Gordon, Co-Director

Every child needs a school library –Mary Gaver

School Libraries and Student Achievement

“The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University holds the belief, substantiated by five decades of research, that school libraries help young people learn. School libraries are learning laboratories where information, technology, and inquiry come together in a dynamic that resonates with 21st century learners. School libraries are the school’s physical and virtual learning commons where inquiry, thinking, imagination, discovery, and creativity are central to students’ information-to-knowledge journey, and to their personal, social and cultural growth. School librarians understand that children of the Millennium generation are consumers and creators in multi-media digital spaces where they download music, games, and movies, create websites, avatars, surveys and videos, and engage in social networking (National School Boards Association, 2007). They know that the world of this young generation is situated at the crossroads of information and communication. School librarians bring pedagogical order and harmony to a multi-media clutter of information by crafting challenging learning opportunities, in collaboration with classroom teachers and other learning specialists, to help learners use the virtual world, as well as traditional information sources, to prepare for living, working, and life-long learning in the 21st century. Schools without libraries minimize the opportunities for students to become discriminating users in a diverse information landscape and to develop the intellectual scaffolds for learning deeply through information. Schools without libraries are at risk of becoming irrelevant.

The CISSL: The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries

Praise them.


Meet Tomie dePaola

From Tomie dePaola's Official website:

Meet Bill Peet

"I drew for hours at a time just for the fun of it, and yet I was hoping to find some practical reason to draw for the rest of my life. But when I entered grade school, my drawing habit suddenly became a problem."
From Bill Peet's official website:

Meet Beverly Cleary

Sunday, February 12, 2012

What's been goin' on in the library so far this 2012....

Fifth grade is learning how to field (nature) journal and why it’s important. Classes began going outside this past Wednesday for their first try at field journaling.

Fourth graders are researching facts relating to NC and using an online lotus diagram to document those findings.

Third graders are learning about individuals who have overcome unbelievable obstacles in their life and are using primary sources to support their findings. We have read and researched Helen Keller, Wilma Rudolph, and Sacajawea.

Second graders are listening to books written by author Bill Peet who worked for Walt Disney for 27 years. Students then interpret the author’s purpose and discuss the book’s message. So far this year we have read Kermit the Hermit and The Ant and the Elephant.

First graders are enjoying books written by author, Tomie de Paola. Students are learning about the Caldecott Medal and why some of his books are located in the fiction section and nonfiction section. We have shared Strega Nona, her story and just finished Big Anthony, his story. We used a map to plot Big Anthony's trail through Italy followed up with learning where the country books are housed in the media center.

Kindergarteners are learning the location of books and why they are housed in those sections of the library through the use of fiction and nonfiction text sets. We enjoyed retelling of The Gingerbread Man and followed up with a similar version titled, Snow Dude by Daniel Kirk. They can now choose two books from all areas of the library and finally enjoy the benefits of morning circulation.

Read on Huskies!

The Lorax coming March 2, 2012!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Wishing you a very happy, healthy, successful year.

Mrs. Wetherell