Friday, May 29, 2015

Don't let the Summer Slide get you!

Don’t let the summer slide get you (or your students)! Keep up with your reading to hit the ground running when school starts again in September. The following books are only  suggestions; no matter what you are reading you are doing good!

Learning Target -- I can maintain or grow my reading level over the summer.

Elementary Summer Reading Suggestions

Middle School Summer Reading Suggestions

High School Summer Reading Suggestions

The class of 2022 has been signed up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Each student received a letter that has a unique login to track their reading minutes over the summer, in order to help break the summer reading minute world record. If an individual student reads at least 600 minutes they will also win a free book from the library and be entered into a mystery prize drawing in September. If parents/students have questions about this program, please contact me at aolson[at]

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Books of the Week, May 26

High - Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
After Taylor Edwards' family gets devastating news, they decide to spend one last summer all together at their lake house in the Pocono Mountains, they get to know each other again and bond, and Taylor remembers her past friends and crush.
FIC MAT @ the Library

Middle - The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin
Stacey McGill moves from New York City to Stoneybrook, Connecticut, in the summer before seventh grade where she meets and becomes friends with Kristy, Mary Anne, and Claudia, all of whom are going through big changes in their lives too.
FIC MAR @ the Library

Elementary - Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald
Judy's big plans for the summer seem ruined when two of her best friends go away, and then her parents leave her and Stink with Aunt Opal, but a new "thrill-a-delic" plan has her racing toward fun.
FIC MCD @ the Library

Friday, May 22, 2015

How Libraries Can Keep You Out of Trouble

You just rolled out of bed on a Saturday morning with no plans on the horizon. No where to go. Nothing to do. Just endless time on your hands. And when left to on your own, this will probably result in you making a poor choice and getting in trouble, or you'll just spend the day being a lump as the world goes by.

Never fear! Your Library is here!

When you're stuck with nothing to do, a library is a great place to head to. There are tons of things to read, from paper books to digital books, from magazines to newspapers. And the people that work there are experts at giving you suggestions on things that might be fun or interesting.

Beyond books though, libraries are places to learn new things. Many libraries have maker-stations where you can build and create projects with various materials. They hold specific classes to learn new skills. And as always, they have books that will teach you how to do something amazing.

So the next time you are bored out of your mind with nothing to do, go out on a limb, take a chance, and experience the awesomeness of your local public or school library!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Books of the Week, May 18

Elementary - Weird-But-True Facts about U. S. Presidents by Arnold Ringstad
Loads of quirky, cool, and astonishing facts about America's presidents, including presidential firsts, White House trivia, and presidential hobbies.
973.09 RIN @ the Library

Middle School - U. S. Presidents: The Oval Office All-Stars! by Simon Basher
Profiles the presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Barack Obama, and includes facts and trivia about each president, including major achievements and personality quirks.
973.09 BAS @ the Library

High School - When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences by Eric Alterman
Examines four key lies told by American presidents in the postwar period, explaining why presidents choose to lie about the Yalta conference, the Cuban Missle Crisis, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the Central American wars of the 1980s, and how those lies impacted the American people.
327.73 ALT @ the Library

Friday, May 15, 2015

Library Due Dates

It's that time of year again, where we try to gather all our library materials back from students and staff so that they can relax and rejuvenate over the summer. Here are the important dates to remember!

Elementary School Students -- All books due back by May 22.

Middle School Students -- All books due back by May 28.

High School Students -- Senior books due back by May 19. All other books due back by June 3.

All SCC Staff -- All items due back by June 5.

These dates give library staff enough time to track down still-missing books, audiobooks, and videos from students before they leave for the summer. If you would like a list of what you or your child has out, please let the library staff or me know.

Fine notices for lost items will be sent home on June 4 or shortly after. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me (email is usually the best since I'm traveling between buildings multiple times per day) and we can figure out what's what.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Audiobooks of the Week, May 11

Elementary - The Gooney Bird Collection by Lois Lowry; Lee Adams (Read by)
This audiobook collects four stories featuring Gooney Bird Greene, a second grader who has a gift for telling tales.
Audiobook on FollettShelf

Middle School - Heavy Hitters by Mike Lupica
While Ben and Justin are thrilled to be playing in the All-Star Baseball league, after Ben is hit with a ball and is shaken up, and Justin reveals personal problems, their friendship becomes just as important.
Audiobook on FollettShelf

High School - Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
Audiobook on FollettShelf

Friday, May 8, 2015

Speak Up Helps guide Decisions at SCC

Last fall, I advertised that national Speak Up survey. The survey was open to students, teachers, and parents and asked questions related to digital tools, internet usage, and technology in schools. Our results were combined, and state and national reports are now out. Here are some trends that we are seeing across the nation that, along with our SCC results, are helping to guide our decision making.

  • When students have access to technology as part of their learning, especially school-provided or enabled technology, their use of the digital tools and resources is deeper and more sophisticated. -- This fits in with the Chromebook rollout that was approved at the SCC school board meeting on April 27.
  • Students connect the use of technology tools within learning to the development of college, career, and citizenship skills that will empower their future capabilities.
  • Students see the smartphone as the ideal device for communicating with teachers (46%) and classmates (72%) and for social media (64%).
  • A gender bias exists in STEM interest –middle school girls are 38% less likely and high school girls are 32% less likely than their male peers to say they are very interested in a STEM career. - AT SCC, with our focus on STEM labs and curriculum and the inclusion of a science special at the elementary, we hope to increase our students interest in STEM careers.

You can find the full report with the national Speak Up results here.

10 Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students' Digital Learning - PDF

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Just a couple pics...

Here are just a couple pictures from the first morning of our middle school book fair.
The students love the "Under the Sea" theme and are super excited to see some of their teachers eat a blenderized Happy Meal!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Books of the Week, May 4

Happy Star Wars Day!!!

Elementary - Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
Roan Novachez expected his second year at Jedi Academy to be a lot easier, but his star pilot training is tougher than he expected, his best friends start ignoring him, and the class bullies are trying to tempt him to the Dark Side, which looks like more fun to Roan.
FIC STA @ the Library

Middle School - William Shakespeare's Star Wars : Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher
A retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard's greatest plays.
FIC STA @ the Library

High School - Star Wars Tales by Terry Moore, Cliff Richards, and Dean Motter
A collection of twenty-one illustrated stories featuring the characters and settings from the Star Wars universe.
GN STA @ the Library

Friday, May 1, 2015

Explore an Ocean of Books at our MS Book Fair!

Under the sea. Under the sea. Your books won't get soggy because we're in a li-brar-y!

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

• Set the example. Let children see you read.
• Have a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
• Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair to help you support reading in your children’s lives.

Book Fair Dates: May 6-13 at SCC Middle School Library
     Open before/after concerts on May 7 and 12

Shopping Hours: Students can browse and shop the book fair anytime during the school day, as long as they have their teacher’s permission. The fair will be open shortly before school starts, but will NOT be open after school.
On May 7 and 12 the fair will be open from 3:15 until 7:30 for students and families to shop.

Shop Online: If you can't make it to the school, you can always shop online by visiting our Book Fair website. This runs May 4-15 and items will be shipped to the school for free.

We are also running a classroom wish list program, which will be available during the nights of the concerts. Teachers will pick out books that they would like for their classroom libraries. Please consider supporting our readers by purchasing one of these classroom wish list books.

To encourage students to read and have some fun, we are also running a few special events. Friday, May 8 will be Hawaiian shirt day and students can get their pictures taken in the library that day. Winners of locker lottery will get $10 to spend on a book at the fair. And students can practice their estimation skills by guessing how many goldfish crackers fit into a jar (winner gets the jar of goldfish plus a book from the fair).

And lastly we have a goal for the fair. Our goal is $2200 in sales. This will give us over $1000 for our classroom and school library. If reach our goal, several staff members have volunteered to eat/drink a Happy Meal that has been blended up in all it's fast-food-goodness. But the students will only get to see them try to ingest this Happy Meal smoothie if we reach our goal. Students can check out the goal chart in the library to see our progress, or check out Book Fair Website.

Thank you very much and hope to see you there!