Another school year is underway! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation, family time, and of course lots of good books!
Attention Summer Reading Participants!! If you participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading challenge, just a reminder that the program continues through September 8. Join with students across the country to attempt to break a world’s record for most summer reading minutes! Be sure to log those 20 minutes a day that you should be doing anyway!! Need help logging in? Contact Mrs. Messinger or Mrs. Burgett in the Media Center.
Students in grades 1 – 5 began Media Center orientation and checkout on Monday, August 7th. Kindergarten students will come to the Media Center in August for lessons involving media center procedures and book care, and then check out their first books following the Labor Day weekend.
Kid Friendly Digital Information Resources
Today’s students are more apt than ever to use online sources to seek information. With this growing trend, we also want to be sure our children are not exposed to material that isn’t age appropriate for them. Cobb County policy states that elementary students must use kid-friendly search engines when looking for websites.
We have several resources that are the perfect solution! These are available at home and at school, and can be used for school topics or topics of personal interest!
For website searches, use our library catalog, Destiny! On the navigation bar on the left (under the ‘Catalog’ tab), choose ‘WebPath Express’. No matter what the subject, website results are pulled from filtered websites—only those that are meant for students, and in addition are leveled by grade—so that students can choose a site that is on their reading level.
Cobb Digital Library is a compilation of databases and electronic books, purchased by Cobb County for student use. Please note that Britannica Image Quest is an excellent source for safe searches if your child needs pictures for a project—or just for fun! In addition, there are over 113 electronic books available to students!
All classes will have lessons on how to use these resources. You may want to investigate these with your children and encourage their use at home. Students will log into Cobb Digital Library with their student number and the password ‘read’. The generic log-in is available from the media center.