Summer Reading 2017

Used with permission from Scholastic

The Cobb County School District’s Library Media Education Department, in conjunction with Cobb County Public Libraries, Smyrna Public Library and Marietta City Schools, has partnered with Scholastic once again to bring you the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. During the final days of school, Durham’s Media Center staff will be sharing each student’s unique Scholastic password and will be guiding students with their initial log-ins and password resets. Be sure to take advantage of the abundance of resources below.

 

Summer is A-W-E-S-O-M-E for so many reasons but most especially because it allows families and students time to reconnect and to set out on adventures hectic school schedules can not permit. While summertime may offer a break from school, it definitely should not be a break from books. Statistics show that reading less during the summer months can have severe learning setbacks once the school year is back in full swing. Durham Middle will be honoring students by giving them freedom to choose what they read this summer. According to Scholastic 88% of students are more likely to read when they are self selecting material. Be sure to take the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by logging your reading minutes this summer as we compete with other middle schools throughout the country.

 

Here’s the nitty-gritty:

Students’ unique usernames and passwords have been distributed via homeroom. Upon first login, students should reset passwords to read2017 for the summer. 

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LOG MINUTES HERE at Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. How to log in: Scholastic Log in Help

HOW TO LOGIN FOR THE FIRST TIME:

CLICK HERE for the COBB SUMMER READING program details including reading resources and access to FREE digital books.

Here are even more reading goodies:

Scholastic’s Open a World of Possible highlights the value of reading and includes stories of how people’s lives have been shaped by reading.

 

Brightly’s The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds — 2017 Edition

 

Want to keep track of your reading minutes while on the go? Use this printable Reading Log. Be sure to record your minutes via the Scholastic website later so they are counted in the cross country challenge.

 

 

Buy One Get One Book Fair Coming Soon!

What: Scholastic Buy One Get One Book Fair

When: Tuesday, May 9th – Thursday, May 11th

Where: Durham Media Center

Why: To stock up on books for summer reading!

Book Fair Flyer

Book Fair Letter

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Wondering how to honor your favorite teachers at the end of the school year? How about gifting them with a Buy One Get One Book Fair Gift Certificate? Download the BOGO Gift Certificate here and follow the directions. Mrs. Baker will help them from there.

Breakout EDU Mania at Durham

Since the fall of the 2016 school year, the Durham Media Center has been abuzz with Breakouts! Collaboration requests have come from far and wide. All grade levels and a variety of content areas including social studies, science, Spanish, reading and language arts have experienced Breakout EDU through collaborative efforts with the media center. One of the greatest challenges of being an educator is getting students to “buy into” the learning. So often it’s the teachers, rather than the students, who are excited about the topics or subjects of study. That’s not the case with Breakout EDU. This learning concept “tricks” kids into learning. Without even realizing it, students are evaluating puzzles and riddles through thinking critically, calling upon prior knowledge, looking through a variety of different lenses, working with peers, and guiding their learning in a setting where the teacher serves on the periphery rather than as the lead. Students must also persevere through frustration and change what they are doing until they figure out the “problem.” Breakout EDU has been an amazing experience at Durham this school year. Here’s a culmination of the awesomely innovative learning experiences Durham Middle students and staff have had through Breakout EDU.

Students across grade levels and subject areas learned through Breakout EDU.

Students reflect upon their Breakout learning experience.