At the conclusion of each nine weeks grading period, select students who have exhibited exceptional character are recognized at a Breakfast of Champions held on a set day before school. Exemplary students, along with their parents, and nominating teachers share a few moments of food and fellowship and students are presented with a letter written by their nominating teacher describing the positive qualities evidenced. During this special gathering, Media Specialist Mrs. Baker takes photos of the honorees, then she and Media Paraprofessional Mrs. Webb create a bulletin board in recognition of the event. Featured here are snapshots of the bulletin boards Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb have created so far this year.
Durham Media Center celebrated Read Across America throughout the month of March featuring fun, festive displays and Dr. Seuss trivia via the morning announcements. The annual Scholastic Book Fair, also open during Dr. Seuss’ birthday week, added to the celebrations. Media specialist Mrs. Baker even dressed up in the spirit of the occasion. Also added during the month were the fun “speech bubbles” featured in photos below. Students from the Library Media Committee helped make them to entice patrons to check out the newest books added to the collection.
The past couple of months have been so hectic that we mistakenly failed to share some of the fun events we have hosted! In addition to the awesome lessons on which we have collaborated with classroom teachers, not all of which are shared on our blog, we also featured Durham’s second annual Blind Date with a Book back in February. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, Media Paraprofessional Mrs. Webb, and students from the Library Media Committee selected lots of their favorite books, covered them like Valentines’, and featured brief “descriptions” to entice patrons to take them on a “blind date.” These books flew off the shelves, and disappeared as soon as they were displayed! Hopefully, many students paired up with books they would not typically have chosen. Something amazing can happen when we take a chance . . . on a new book.
It is now time for Mrs. Stahler’s 7th Grade Reading classes to team up with Mrs. Baker as they continue on their Genre Journey. The focus of this media center visit is Historical Fiction.
The activities for this lesson are attached below. Access them if you are unable to complete the notes during class or if you were absent from this lesson.
Drama and Broadcast teacher Mrs. Zwolle and Media Specialist Mrs. Baker recently teamed up to lead 8th grade Drama students through a study of stereotypes based upon ethnicity, gender, locality, and occupation in an effort to gain understanding of the role stereotypes play in dramatic production. Students reflected upon how they might personally be typecast within society. In opposition to those labels, they wrote poems modeling Latino feminist Ana Castillo’s “We Would Like You to Know” in which she dispels Latino prejudices. Students presented their poems in class, and then used Vocaroo to record audio recitations of their poems which they turned into QR codes. For additional resources on this lesson, check the related blog posts below.
And the figures are in . . . Sales at our annual Scholastic Book Fair totaled $4,179.15 earning $2,298.53 in resources from Scholastic! Credits earned through Scholastic support 100% of our trivia giveaways like this year’s The Giver paperback giveaway in September, October’s Spooky Books Trivia, November’s Mockingjay Promo and the upcoming Library Week celebrations in April. School supplies like pencils and fun, complimentary bookmarks offered at the circulation desk are also purchased with Scholastic credits. Many of the displays and signage that appear throughout the year are funded by Book Fair credits as well. Even the student-friendly seating areas in the media center and holiday and end-of-year gifts for media center and copy lab volunteers have been purchased with Scholastic dollars. These funds have a positive impact the Durham’s library media program so abundant thanks for your support. Remember, you can continue to shop via the Online Book Fair through Saturday, March 14th. (Orders will arrive within 5-7 business days after the end date and will be distributed to students via their homerooms.)