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May 08

MMS Summer Reading 215 from McClure Media on Vimeo.

Summer Reading Information

The Cobb County School District’s Library Media Education department is once again partnering with Cobb and Smyrna Public Libraries and Marietta City Schools for our summer reading programs! The theme this year is “Every Hero has a Story” for grades K-5 and “Unmask” for grades 6-12. The public libraries are offering amazing events all summer long for kids and teens!

In lieu of reading logs, our school has signed up to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program that invites children to log their reading minutes to help set a new world record for summer reading. The goal this year for schools around the world is to break last year’s reading world record of 304,749,681 minutes! With your help, we can do it.

As kids log their reading minutes, they will unlock stories written by bestselling authors. Plus, throughout the summer, kids will earn digital rewards and learn about great new books to read. You’ll also find free articles, activity sheets, and book lists for parents on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website.

McClure students will receive their log-in information the week of May 11th. Rising 6th graders will receive their log-in information from their elementary schools. When school begins in the fall, teachers will be given a report with their students’ minutes logged. These minutes will be recorded as one of the first language arts grades of the 2015-2016 school year. We are suggesting that students read and log one to two hours a week. 

You can learn more about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge at scholastic.com/summer.

If your child forgets his or her summer reading username, please contact your public library or contact Scholastic at 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

 

Summer Reading Suggestions

The books on the attached reading lists are merely suggestions. Our students may read any age- and level-appropriate book(s), magazine(s), and/or website(s) of their choice. Please keep in mind that some content may be too mature for younger readers and therefore parental discretion is advised. See your public librarian for alternate titles, series, and authors as needed. Another great resource is http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/.

“Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like – the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian ‘improving’ literature – you’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant.” –Neil Gaiman

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May 06

The graphic novels listed below are missing.

This is the worst loss of graphic novels that we’ve ever had!

If these books can not be located and returned to the media center before school is out, I will not purchase replacements for them, nor will I purchase as many graphic novels in the future. :(

Please do the right thing and return these books.

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May 05

turn in books Last day to check out books: Friday,May 8th

 

All books due: Monday, May 11th

 

First 5 homerooms with ALL of their books turned in will get a treat next week!

 

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Last day of Media Center Study Hall: 

Friday, May 15th.  Study Hall passes are very limited going into the last few weeks of school.

May 04

Well, you asked for it, so here it is. Sorry it took so long to get the video posted!

Thanks for making our spring book fair the best we’ve ever had!

6th grade boys did my hair & makeup from McClure Media on Vimeo.

Don’t forget, we still need donations to fund our project on Donors Choose!

We only need $186 more to be able to buy more cords for our awesome collaborative technology tables!

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Apr 23

And the winner is…torture

What’ll it be? Vote now! Poll closes on April 27th and the torture happens on Wednesday, April 29th!

 

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Apr 21

How’d you like to try out some new apps that were just added to the iPads & get to use our new collaboration tables?

app party

Tickets are available in the Media Center on a first come, first served basis. If demand is higher than the number of tickets available, a waitlist will be started.

We hope to see you on Tuesday!

 

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Apr 14

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but unlike school libraries of the past, our media center is a busy, collaborative place where students come to work not only independently, but also on group projects. Our students are very creative and involved! They are always creating something amazing, whether digitally (movies and blog posts) or more traditionally (research papers and creative writing).

Because of this increasing collaboration and use of bring your own device (BYOD) technology, we’ve worked hard to turn our former reference room from wasted space into a collaborative space for students to work on projects and assignments. With the help of my colleagues, we’ve built 4 collaborative tables that students can use to work on projects together by connecting their devices to large monitors.

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These tables have already been utilized by several classes and professional development for our staff with great success, but…we have a very small number of HDMI connector cords for our patrons to use and none that support Android devices at this time. Now we need your help to reach the potential awesomeness that these tables hold! By helping supply the requested HDMI cords, you will allow our students to work collaboratively on technology related assignments and projects. They will be able to connect their BYOD technology to a large screen monitor so that group members can literally see the ‘big picture’.

We’d also like to install a projection screen from the ceiling and need the mounts to make it happen. We already have the screen, we just need a way to attach it so the students can use it when they need it and put it away when it’s not in use. The projection screen mounts will allow us to do this.

If you’d like to help make this room even more amazing and useful, we’ve set up a DonorsChoose.org project to fund the purchase of additional HDMI cables as well as a projection screen mount. We’re less than $250 from our goal.

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Mar 27

Book

 Did you know that the Book Fair raises money for our school’s Media Center program? It helps fund all of our contests and events, as well as provides us with books for giveaways. Book Fair proceeds also help us buy new furniture and student supplies.

Check out this website to shop online or preview some titles that we’ll be carrying.

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, March 26-PREVIEW ONLY-8:20-4:00

Friday, March 27-PREVIEW ONLY-8:20-4:00

Monday, March 30-SALE-8:20-4:00

Tuesday, March 31-SALE-8:20-4:00

Wednesday, April 1-SALE-8:20-6:00

Thursday, April 2-SALE-8:20-6:00

Friday, April 3-SALE-8:20-10:00am

Special Promotions:

As Mrs. Harpin discussed on the morning announcements, we are attempting a 3-pronged incentive approach.

1, CANDY

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Donate $0.50 for a Chance to WIN!

If your sucker is marked with any of these colors, you win a prize!

RED-Mystery Prize & sucker

GREEN-$5.00 book fair gift certificate & sucker

BLUE-$1.00 book fair gift certificate & sucker

ORANGE-$0.50 book fair gift certificate & sucker

BLANK-a free sucker!

 

2. FREE STUFF

For every $5.00 that you spend at the book fair, you’ll receive a ticket to enter into our Prize Pack Drawing.

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3. TORTURE & HUMILIATION

Mrs. Harpin is willing to do something embarrassing if you guys meet the goal of at least $3000.00 spent at the book fair. She is open to most suggestions. Check her blog for a poll to vote on which embarrassing thing you want her to do.

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Mar 26
  1. Picture2Find a Creative Commons licensed picture to use for this project.
  2. Click the box that says that the picture will be licensed for you to modify but NOT the one about commercial use.
    1. Be CAREFUL about your search terms.
      1. Ex) Selma is also a girl’s name…be more specific like Selma, Alabama
    2. Pay attention to the size of picture you are looking at. You need a larger picture so it doesn’t go all wonky when you stretch it out to fit a whole page.
  3. Save your picture to your student ID #.
    1. Make sure you are saving the actual picture, not the preview!
    2. Pay attention to where the picture is actually saving! It might be going to your ‘download’s’ folder.
  4. Open Microsoft WORD.
  5. Save your project to your student ID #.
    1. Name it Black & White Poem
  6. Insert your picture & begin editing it.
    1. Use the Wrap Text button to send your picture Behind Text.
    2. Drag the CORNERS of your picture to make it fill up most of the page.
    3. If your picture isn’t already Black & White:
      1. Under Picture Tools, select Recolor.
      2. Choose Greyscale or Black & White.
      3. If you really want to get creative, use the Artistic Effects, but remember that your words need to be read.
  7. Start typing. You can make your font larger and bolder. You can turn it white or grey or black in places where you need to change it so that it can be seen.
    1. You might want to play around with the Text Effects (it kind of looks like a fuzzy A under where you can change the size of your fonts)
  8. Save your project.
  9. Print your final copy to the 644 B&W printer.

**10 bonus points if you include an EasyBib citation for your picture** (Pending Mrs. Coulombe’s approval)

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Mar 24

Bet some of you were wondering why the Media Center was undergoing an aquatic transformation over the last two weeks! Well, wonder no more…the BOOK FAIR IS COMING! This spring’s theme is Book Fair Under the Sea.

Book

 

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, March 26-PREVIEW ONLY-8:20-4:00

Friday, March 27-PREVIEW ONLY-8:20-4:00

Monday, March 30-SALE-8:20-4:00

Tuesday, March 31-SALE-8:20-4:00

Wednesday, April 1-SALE-8:20-6:00

Thursday, April 2-SALE-8:20-6:00

Friday, April 3-SALE-8:20-10:00am

Check out this website to shop online or preview some titles that we’ll be carrying.

Did you know that the Book Fair raises money for our school’s Media Center program? It helps fund all of our contests and events, as well as provides us with books for giveaways. Book Fair proceeds also help us buy new furniture and student supplies.

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