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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Fair - Reading is My Superpower!

Reading for pleasure 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. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. 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 at SCC Middle School: Nov 30-Dec 7
Students can shop: in the library anytime during the school day, as long as their teacher okays it
Parents can shop: before and after our concerts or online (see below for more info)

Book Fair ONLINE: Nov 23-Dec 7  →  scholastic.com/fair
This is a splendid option if you would like to shop a larger variety, shop for children not at the middle school, or just want to shop on your own time at home. Purchased items will be shipped to the school after May 20 and delivered to students.

Shop Before & After Concerts: Dec 1 and 6 from 3:30-8:00 p.m.
Stop by before you’re the musical concerts with your child to support their continued reading success. If items are sold out, the online fair is always a great option.

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. To that end, we are running a classroom wish list program again this year. Teachers will be pulling books that they would like for their classrooms, and if you feel able, you can purchase one of these book to donate to your child’s teacher. Building classroom libraries and having children surrounded by books will lead to reading success.

There are also a couple ways for students to win books from the book fair. Locker lottery is an event every year where students are randomly chosen each day and will find a winning ticket attached to their locker or presented by their teacher. All students are automatically entered into the locker lottery. Students also have the opportunity create their own superhero mask and return it to the library by Dec 2; winners in each grade level are chosen for their outstanding artistic abilities. Winners in both contests will receive a free book from the book fair.

As part of our superhero theme, students are also encouraged to wear their blue and white on Dec 2 to show that they are SCC Super Students.  And our new green screen area will be available for pictures with superhero props on Dec 7 to wrap up our fair.

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Books of the Week, Nov 28

Here are some wrestling books to kick off the SCC wrestling season!

Elementary - Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.
E FIC MOR @ the school library.

Middle School - Four Days to Glory: Wrestling With the Soul of the American Heartland by Mark Kreidler
Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere aspire to be four-time high school wrestling champions in Iowa.
796.812 KRE @ the school library.

High School - Pinned by Alfred C. Martino
Dealing with family problems, girls, and their own competitive natures, high school seniors Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane face each other in the final match of the New Jersey State WrestlingChampionship.
FIC MAR @ the Library.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Books of the Week, Nov 21

Happy Thanksgiving!
Here are some ebooks for the season!

Elementary - Thanksgiving Mice! by by Bethany Roberts and illustrated by Doug Cushman
A group of mice has some problems when they put on a play to commemorate the first Thanksgiving, but everything works out all right in the end.
ebook @ the school library.

Middle School - Why did the pilgrims come to the New World? by Laura Hamilton Waxman
Discusses the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the Pilgrims arrival in the New World, describing why they left England, what challenges they encountered upon their arrival, and related topics. Includes instructions for a related activity, a time line, and additional resources.
ebook @ the school library.

High School - The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman
To escape his offbeat family at Thanksgiving, Andrew West accepts a ride from a band of street performers who get their food and clothing from dumpsters, but as he learns more about these "Freegans" he sees that one cannot outrun the past.
ebook @ the Library.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Books of the Week, Nov 14

High School - Declare Yourself: Speak, Connect, Act, Vote: More Than 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why 
A collection of essays by celebrities-including actors, authors, and athletes-encourages young adults to think about what democracy means, to register to vote, and to speak up about the issues that matter the most to them.
323 DEC @ the Library.

Middle School - Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids by Mary Robinson
Based on the thirty rights listed in the "United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights," explores the basic freedoms of human beings, especially children, with examples of how these rights have been implemented around the world.
341.4 EVE @ the school library.

Elementary - Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton & illustrated by Raul Colón
A daughter of civil rights activist Andrew Young describes her experiences of growing up in the Deep South at the height of the movement, sharing her witness to the efforts of her father, family friend Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of others who participated in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.
323.1196 SHE @ the school library.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Short Story Contest : A (small) part of NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month 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!

One winner in grades 9-12 will be chosen from stories entered, and they will receive an Apple TV (4th generation)!

Short Story Contest Rules 

Quick Overview Video

Students in grades 9-12 can submit a short story using the form on the library media center page.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Olson!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Books of the Week, Nov 7

Celebrate election day and our right to vote for our leaders with these election titles!

Elementary - Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier
Explains about Election Day in the United States, how citizens eighteen and older can vote by secret ballot, what happens when a person goes to the polls, some of the officials who must be elected such as governor, president, and members of Congress, and includes a brief history of elections.
324.6 STI @ the school library.

Middle School - Encyclopedia of U.S. Presidential Elections by David C. Saffell, general editor
Chronicles the candidates, issues, platforms, campaign slogans, and influences of presidential elections in the United States from 1789 through 2000.
324.973 ENC @ the school library.

High School - Steal This Vote : Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America by Andrew Gumbel
The author details the history of electoral fraud in America, from Tammany Hall to the 2000 election, revealing many examples of misconduct on election day and arguing that free and fair elections have been the exception in the U.S. rather than the norm.
364.1 GUM @ the Library.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Win $50 in 3 Easy Steps

Students can do a lot with an extra $50. They can:
  • Take some friends to the movies
  • Buy some new clothes
  • Save it to buy an even bigger something later
  • Pick up a pair of nice earbuds
  • Fund a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign
  • Splurge on a new video game
  • Get some great apps for a phone or tablet
  • Fill up their car with gas
  • Give away $1 at a time to unsuspecting strangers to spread the wealth
So how can students at SCC in grades 5-12 win $50 to spend on these awesome things? Simple!
  1. Read the One School One Book title by the end of 2nd quarter (Jan 13). It's available as an ebook on Destiny Discover.
  2. Login to Destiny (our library catalog).
  3. Write a review of the book, including a specific detail of something you liked or didn't like.
That's it! Students in grades 5-12 can be entered for a chance to win $50 just by reading a book and writing a review. Winners will be chosen at random from those that write the review.

So what are the titles for One School One Book during 2nd quarter?

Middle School -- Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth by Laura A. Woollett
Summary - On July 6, 1944, thousands of fans made their way to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance. Not long after the show’s start, a fire broke out and spread rapidly as panicked circus-goers pushed and scrambled to escape. Within 10 minutes the entire big top had burned to the ground, and 167 people never went home. Big Top Burning recounts the true story of one of the worst fire disasters in US history. Drawing on primary sources and interviews with survivors, the author guides readers through several decades of investigations into how the fire started and why so many died.

High School -- Food: The New Gold by Kathlyn Gay
Summary: An eye-catching jacket photo leads to a well-researched presentation of worldwide issues related to food. Chapters explore global and American hunger, the shift from family farms to corporate farming, the dangers of industrial farming, the effects of climate change on agriculture, the health risks of genetically engineered plants and animals, issues of food safety, the clash between public health and agricultural interests, and food policy for the future.Clear color photos take readers to locations as diverse as a Colorado meatpacking plant, a Kenyan maize field, and the White House organic garden.

Second quarter we are focused on non-fiction with One School One Book, and these two books are excellent examples of what great non-fiction can be.

Let's get reading!!!

More information about One School One Book:

Building communities through reading is a powerful thing. This year we will be reading four books school-wide, one each quarter. This is a completely optional activity, but we all know that you don't get better at a skill unless you practice. Reading practice is just as important as sports or math practice. During One School One Book we highlight books across genres and formats so students get more exposure to reading different types of materials. 

As an incentive, students that read the selected book and also write a review of the book in Destiny by the end of the quarter will be entered in a prize drawing. 

All books are available as an ebook through Destiny Discover. This is a very convenient way to read the selected book since students in grades 6-12 all have a school issued Chromebook. Ebooks can be accessed on any internet connected device through the browser or through the Destiny Discover app (available on Apple and Android).

If you have any questions about One School One Book, our selected book, or accessing the ebook, please contact me! DFTBA!