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Friday, October 30, 2015

Short Story Contest

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and SCC High Library is going to be running a short story contest to celebrate a month of writing. Most of us would be daunted by having to write 50,000 words in a month, but a short story can be as little as 1,000! So we are going to start out small, and if you get inspired let your writing muscles flex and keep writing until you have a novella or full-length novel. I guess instead of NaNoWriMo we are doing ShoStoWriMo (Short Story Writing Month)!

Contest Specifics
  • Can be an original work or a work of fanfiction
  • Story can be of any genre or topic, but must be school appropriate
  • Short story must be at least 1,000 words long (use the “Word Count” tool to keep track)
  • You will have the opportunity to have your short story posted on our website and have a copy added to the SCC High Library (optional)
  • You must submit your completed short story using the Google Form found at: goo.gl/MNpJkD
  • Submissions due by December 2, 2015
  • A team of SCC teachers will evaluate short stories and determine three winners
Prizes
After being evaluated by a team of SCC teachers, the top three entries will receive a nano quadcopter drone. All entries will be posted on the SCC website and a hard-copy added to the library (student permission required).

Important Documents

Friday, October 23, 2015

Middle School Book Fair Info

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, magazines, or newspapers in your home.
·      Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
Book Fair Dates & Shopping Hours at School:
         October 26–30 from 7:30am-3:00pm
         October 27 from 4:00pm-8:00pm (coincides with the concerts)

Shop Online October 22 – November 4: If you are unable to attend the Fair in person or just want the convenience of shopping at your leisure, we invite you to shop our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from October 22-November 4. Items will be shipped to the school for FREE and delivered to classrooms after Nov 4.

Classroom Wish Lists: Most educators believe that a rich, supportive literacy environment is critical to a student’s reading success. The best way to create this type of environment is for every classroom in the school to have a well-stocked classroom library. Teachers will once again have the opportunity to create wish lists of books for families to donate to their classroom libraries. You can find these books at the book fair from Oct 26-30. Our teachers say a big “thank you” in advance for your support.

Student Contests: We are running a few contests and activities for students to win items from the book fair. First, we have locker lottery where a random student from each grade is chosen each day of the book fair. These students receive a free book at the book fair. Second we have a coloring contest which is open to all students. Students should pick up, color, and return the official coloring sheet to the library by Oct 28. One winner will be chosen from each grade level and will receive a book from the book fair. Lastly, we are running a pencil pull. For each book a student purchases form the book fair they will get to pull a pencil out of our zombie head display. Pencils with red dots get the students $2 to spend at the fair and blue dots get them $10 to spend at the fair. And though students won't win anything, we are having crazy hair day on Friday, October 30 to finish out the week.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Books of the Week, Oct 19

High School - You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
From the online entertainment pioneer, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day, comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world
921 DAY @ the Library


Middle School - Mo'Ne - Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer by Mo'ne Davis with Hilary Beard
At the age of thirteen, Mo'ne Davis became the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and the first Little Leaguer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. A month later she earned a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This inspiring memoir from a girl who learned to play baseball with the boys and rose to national stardom before beginning eighth grade will encourage young readers to reach for their dreams no matter the odds.
921 DAV @ the Library


Elementary School -Robert Cade: Gatorade Inventor by Joanne Mattern
Examines the life of Robert Cade, discusses his work in medicine, and looks at how his efforts to find a way to treat football players at the University of Florida for dehydration and heatstroke led to the invention of Gatorade.
921 CAD @ the Library

Friday, October 16, 2015

Speak Up & Share Your Thoughts

Here at SCC we value your thoughts about the education our students are receiving. To that end we are asking teachers, parents, and students to participate in the Speak Up survey by December 18th.

What is Speak Up?

Speak Up is a unique research project designed to collect and report on the authentic, unfiltered ideas and views of K-12 students and their parents, teachers and administrators. The primary focus of the Speak Up project has been on education stakeholders in the United States though schools in Australia, Canada and around the world have participated in the surveys for many years.

In general, Speak Up has three primary objectives:
  1. To provide a means for local schools and districts to easily and effectively listen to and act upon the ideas of their stakeholders.
  2. To provide a conduit for the voices of education stakeholders, most notably students, to inform national and/or state/provincial policies and programs.
  3. To stimulate new local discussions around the use of technology within education.

Parents: Be a part of the conversation! 

Starting on Oct. 1st we will be participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of nearly 4 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states, as well as internationally. By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.

To take the survey visit: http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2015/  and click the blue parents enter here button!

Students: Your opinions matter to us! 

We are participating in the online survey Speak Up so we can learn more about how you are using technology in class and for homework. We’d also like to know more about how you are using technology to learn and how you would like your teachers to use technology class.

The survey will be open until December 18th; to take the survey visit: http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2015/ .  All students will be required to enter in our school’s password to access the survey. Our password is: panthers

SCC Staff: Join the conversation!

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, nearly 4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.

To take the survey visit: http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2015/  and click the blue educators enter here button!

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact me via email. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Books of the Week, Oct 13

High School - Basic: Surviving Boot Camp and Basic Training by Jack Jacobs
Describes the experience of basic military training that all United States military enlistees endure.
355.5 JAC @ the Library


Middle School - Military Technology by Ian Graham
Describes new technologies that are helping make military aviation, land warfare, warships and submarines, intelligence, non-lethal weapons, and space weapons more efficient and discusses the implications these technologies have on current and future warfare.
355 GRA @ the Library


Elementary School - H Is for Honor: A Millitary Family Alphabet by Victor Juhasz and Devin Scillian
Presents a children's A to Z alphabet book on military families, explaining experiences of militarychildren, the different branches, and other related topics.
355 SCI @ the Library

Monday, October 12, 2015

Five Magnificent Things

Good Day Panther People!

Here's some great news in library land and a couple reminders so our school year continues to be magnificent.

Book Fairs - We had a TERRIFIC book fair at the elementary Oct 6-8, raising over $3000 for our school. This money goes towards providing books for students and teachers, books for the library, as well as two great online databases, TrueFlix and FreedomFlix. We will be having our first middle school book fair the last week in October, a second elementary book fair the end of February, and a second middle school fair in May.

Ebook Use - Our ebook and digital audiobook use at the middle school is up 730% from last year for the first six weeks of school. This is mainly due to the increased number of devices in that students have access to during the day. It also reflects well on the collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks we have. You can find our collection on the middle school FollettShelf.

Banned Books Week - The sophomores at the high school got a visit from me during this week. Students learned about the historical context of banned books week (including the defining Supreme Court case), I highlighted some of the books we have in the library that have been banned in other schools, and we read the book And Tango Makes Three and discussed what people might object to in the book. The book emphasis though was that we live in a country where you always have the option to read what you want to.

One School One Book - Middle school students should read our selected first quarter title, Juice, and complete the library activity by October 30 to get entered in the prize drawing. One winner from each grade will get a hand boiler and one grand prize winner will receive a strandbeest model kit. I don't have the numbers, but I've seen LOTS of kids reading the book. Great job!

Game Nights - Don't forget that there will be game nights at the middle school and high school once per month. You can click here for the middle school schedule and here for the high school schedule.

If you have questions about theses or anything else relating to the SCC libraries, please contact me at aolson[@]scc.k12.wi.us (without the brackets).

DFTBA! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Books of the Week, Oct 5

Elementary - Fire! Fire! by Gail GibbonsViews fire fighters fighting fires in the city, in the country, in the forest, and on the waterfront.
628.9 GIB @ the Library

Middle School - The Great Fire by Jim MurphyPhotographs and text, along with personal accounts of actual survivors tell the story of the great fire of 1871 in Chicago.
977.3 MUR @ the Library

High School - Jumping Fire : A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire by Murray A. TaylorSmokejumper Murray Taylor recounts more than twenty years' experience of jumping by parachute to fight fires in Alaska and the American West.
634.9 TAY @ the Library

Friday, October 2, 2015

Elementary Book Fair Info

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 your home.
Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair, either in-person or via or online fair, and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Shop Online October 1-14: If you are unable to attend the Fair in person or just want the convenience of shopping at your leisure, we invite you to shop our online Book Fair at goo.gl/3BG2MV. Our online Fair is available from October 1-14. Items will be shipped to the school for FREE and delivered to classrooms after Oct 14. This is a great option for families to take advantage of since the online fair contains many more items and in all age ranges compared to the fair we physically have at school.

Book Fair Dates & Shopping Hours at the ES School Library:
October 6 – 3:30-8:00pm
October 7 – 7:20-8:00am
October 8 – 7:20-8:00am AND 3:30-8:00pm
Due to scheduling issues, students WILL NOT be able to purchase at other times during the day.

With some of our profits we will be giving away books to students at each grade level. Students can enter to win a book by coloring our Monster Book Fair coloring sheet (get one in the library) and returning it by Oct 7.

Teachers can also win books. Classroom teachers may be handing out raffle tickets to families during conferences on Oct 6 and 8. All families need to do is drop off that raffle ticket in the library to enter their teacher into a drawing to win a basket full of books.

Other profits will be used to support the library program in our school district.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Olson, SCC's district library media specialist.