Monday, October 28, 2013


SCC became a GAFE school last year. Here's an FAQ to help you out!

What is GAFE?
Google Apps for Education. We have our own domain and email addresses we can distribute to students and staff.

What do the staff have access to?
Teachers have access to Drive, Calendar, Contacts, Picassa, YouTube, and many of the other Google apps. The staff is currently NOT using Google for email.

What do the students have access to?
Students have access to Drive, Calendar, Contacts, plus many of the other Google Apps. In grades 5-6 students have access to internal email (can only send to and receive from students and staff at SCC). In grades 7-12 students have access to global email (send to and receive from outside email services).

Can students and staff access their SCC Google accounts from home?
Yes. An SCC Google account is very similar to a regular, personal Google account and can be accessed on any computer or device that has an internet connection.

What makes an SCC Google account different from a regular, personal Google account?
What makes GAFE special is that we can use our own domain ( instead of Google's ( This allows parents, students, and educational companies and institutions to recognize this an account or email instantly as coming from a verified educational institution. We here at SCC can also monitor student's email accounts for inappropriate content and address any issues immediately.

Where can I find out how to use my SCC Google account?
You can find specific SCC help HERE. I (Ms. Olson) maintain this page, and you can direct further questions to me.

Other resources for GAFE?
Google Apps Learning Center
Wisconsin's Google Apps Resource Site

Friday, October 18, 2013

New and Notable Books @ the HS

Here in library land, we are continuously updating our collection of resources.Old books and magazines get weeded, and new stuff gets planted in its place. The circle of life at work at work in your library. As part of that circle, we've recently added some great new books to our high school library. Below are just a few of the brand new titles.

Super graphic : a visual guide to the comic book universe by Tim Leong -- The comic book universe is adventurous, mystifying, and filled with heroes, villains, and cosplaying Comic-Con attendees. This book by one of Wired magazine's art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, time lines, scatter plots, and more. Super Graphic offers readers a unique look at the intricate and sometimes contradictory story lines that weave their way through comic books, and shares advice for navigating the pages of some of the most popular, longest-running, and best-loved comics and graphic novels out there.

Rise by Anna Carey -- The Eve trilogy finale finds Eve, the king of New America’s daughter, in an unwilling marriage to her father’s employee Charles. She’s still mourning true-love Caleb and discovers she’s carrying his child—and she’s resolute in helping the rebel uprising. But when plans go awry, Eve, her friend Clara, and some girls they free from the king’s nefarious school initiative, escape and face dangers and difficulties on the path to new beginnings. Though some elements throughout may stretch believability, this dystopia offers descriptively detailed fantasy-futuristic elements and builds suspense, and Eve’s continuing experiences—and the concluding twist—will be welcomed by series followers.

Quarantine #1: The Loners by Lex Thomas -- It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High--until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning. A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you're as good as dead. And David has no gang. It's just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school.

Sounds of rebellion : music in the 1960s -- Looks at various music trends in the 1960s, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Folk revival, Bob Dylan, Folk Rock, Soul music, and psychedelic music.

Spirit's Princess by Esther Friesner -- In ancient Japan, Himiko, the privileged daughter of her clan's leader, fights the constraints and expectations imposed on young women and finds her own path, which includes secret shaman lessons.

The silver dream : an InterWorld novel by Neil Gaiman -- After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, sixteen-year-old Joey Harker and his fellow InterWorld freedom fighters embark on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds.

OCD love story by Corey Ann Haydu -- In an instant, Bea felt almost normal with Beck, and as if she could fall in love again, but things change when the psychotherapist who has been helping her deal with past romantic relationships puts her in a group with Beck--a group for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell -- Feeling cast off when her twin sister outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.

Rose under fire by Elizabeth Wein -- When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang -- In 1898 during the Boxer Rebellion a boy named Little Bao recruits an army of Boxers to rid China of foreign missionaries and soldiers who bully and rob Chinese peasants.

Search the SCC Destiny Library Catalog to find more great books. DFTBA!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Badger, Badger, Badger, Badgerlink!

*** Before we start, did you get the internet reference (meme) in the title? If not click here, and here. It was just one of those things that popped into my head just now and made me smile!

On with the show!

Do you ever know something and think everyone already knows this something, so you never mention it? That's how I feel about Badgerlink. It's been around for 15 years and has continued to expand during that time. I used it in high school, college, and now encourage my students to use it. But even my husband, who hears me talk about this stuff pretty often, was astounded when I told him he could just go on Badgerlink to look up Consumer Reports information. "What! That's awesome!" was his response.

So I'm going to pretend that you have never heard of Badgerlink for this post. Basically, (not .com) is a website full of awesome resources on every topic that the state of Wisconsin, specifically part of the DPI, purchases for its citizens to use. As long as you have a Wisconsin internet service provider or have a public library card, you can access this content.

Here's the main page at
As you can see, there are large buttons for the most frequent users, but there are also sections for specific topics that the public might be interested in. Badgerlink actually redesigned their website over the summer and I find it much more user friendly.

Here are some of the things you have access to in Badgerlink:
  • 8000+ full text magazines and journals
  • Test prep materials and practice tests for the ACT, SAT, AP, ASVAB, and GED
  • 3000+ royalty free songs and sound effects
  • THOUSANDS of documents and resources for genealogy buffs and history nerds
  • Auto repair information
  • And several amazing health related resources
If you ever have any research needs or want to answer a question with verified facts, Badgerlink is the place to look. And unlike Google, Badgerlink offers you resources that are usually locked away in subscription databases, so you have many more quality resources to choose from.

If you have any questions about Badgerlink, please check out their website,, or contact your local school or public library.

Enjoy and DFTBA!

Friday, October 4, 2013

5th Grade Library Class

Library class has been a part of the fifth grade specials rotation for as long as anyone can remember. It's a time for students to be introduced to the middle school library and be immersed in library stuff. I use the term "stuff" a lot, but I think there are so many avenues of study in library class that it's hard to come up with one cohesive term to describe them all. Here are a few things we've talked about or will talk about in this year's 5th grade library class.

  1. General Library Info -- This includes how the library is set up; which sections are where and how they are organized. It also includes rules, policies, and procedures. My big rules have to do with being respectful, being responsible, and having some common sense.
  2. Login Info -- Our library catalog, Destiny, is the first login information we learned this year. Students can do a multitude of things in Destiny with their login including writing reviews, recommending books to other students, and placing holds. Next we learned about their Skyward login, in order to check their grades. Finally we will learn to login to their school assigned Google account. Three new logins in a year is a lot, but we practice using them often.
  3. Google Accounts -- The next thing we will focus on is learning to use their school provided Google accounts and its various applications (Drive and Mail).
  4. Internet Safety -- Simultaneously with learning about their Google accounts, students are learning some basic internet safety rules-of-thumb. We spend time talking about social networks, cyber bullying, computer security, username/password security, etc.
  5. Research -- Learning how to organize a research project, take notes, correctly cite resources, and create a project is what we spend much of third and fourth quarter on. Using the Big6, students work through the research process for a variety of topics. 
  6. Book Trailer -- Last but not least, students create a video book trailer during fourth quarter. We use the Big6 to organize our project in order to create a video book trailer on a book they have read this year. Students have the option of having their finished video posted on the school's YouTube channel (no names or student pictures are attached to videos, so it is fairly anonymous). 
  7. Literature -- Throughout the year as we have a few minutes at the beginning or the end of class, or as the new book awards come out, we will spend time talking about literature that they students may enjoy. 
So that's the fifth grade library class in a nutshell. You can see what we are currently up to by visiting the 5th Grade Library page.