Friday, December 19, 2014

December 2014

We had 15 teaching days in the month of December.
We worked with 5 different teachers this month and had 36 classes in the library this month.

Mrs. Berry's English classes came in and worked on writing a persuasive research paper and used EasyBib and research techniques we taught them.

Mr. Knapp's  History classes came in and worked on a "Distribution of Wealth" Project where they researched in databases and websites we provided to them and also cited their sources in EasyBib,

Mr. Knapp's class working in Media 2 classroom

Mrs. Roger's Economic classes came in and worked on researching an "Entrepreneur" and will give speeches at the end of the month, as that Entrepreneur telling about their successes and failures.

Student presenting his project and speech
Mrs. Gibson's English classes came in and did a scavenger's hunt using our books and website links to answer questions that related to a novel study of "Fahrenheit 451", which they are currently reading in class.

Deep Run Challenge Club held an Open Mic Night as a fund raiser and had students perform and provided snacks after school in the library. Mrs. Smart and Mrs. Lopez sponsored the event.

Mrs. Latcovish's  Psychology classes finished up their projects "States of Consciousness" this month, sometimes working in the library or in their classroom.

Mrs. Smart assisting students in Mrs. Latcovish's class.

Page Turners Christmas Party fun with games and book exchange


Faculty drop by the library and enjoy cider, cookies and checkout a book before the holidays.

Meetings and other events:

December 3- Faculty Meeting 8:35, Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Smart
December 4- One Lunch Meeting 8:00 Mrs. Smart
December 11- Mentoring Committee Meeting - 3:30-5:00 Mrs. Lopez
December 16- Challenge Day (all day) Mrs. Lopez, Mrs. Leonard - Mrs. Smart helped with 
December 17- Page Turners Christmas Party after School 4:00-5:15-Mrs. Lopez, Mrs. Smart
December 18- Faculty Meeting 8:00 - Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Smart. The PTA served us a wonderful breakfast and the library staff all won prizes.

Mrs. Lopez's prize from the breakfast
Our book tree

Have a wonderful holiday break!

Thinking ahead for January:

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!


Friday, November 21, 2014

November 2014


We had 16 teaching days for the month of November and 1 teacher work day and 3 days holiday for Thanksgiving holiday.

Students celebrating Halloween in the library.

The Administrative team treats us well on Halloween too.

We had 44 classes we worked with this month.

Mrs. Herman's classes finished up their projects and ended with giving their individual speeches in the library.

On our teacher workday, we finished up working on our Standard 7 student growth portfolios and planning lessons for the rest of the month. We complete 2 rubrics for 10 students covering 4 standards and 2 indicators for each standard.

What do we teach?

We taught Mrs. Alcazar's classes how to do the 11th grade research paper.

Using Easybib for citations, annotations and note-cards
Mrs. Alcazar helping students
Mrs. Lopez working with students
We taught Mrs. Anderson's class how to do a good presentation. The students watched a video of a bad and then good presentation and then saw a teacher created power point on what makes a good presentation.

We taught Mrs. Latcovich's classes how to create a Google site project on the States of Consciousness with peer evaluations.

Mrs. Smart and Mrs. Latcovich working with students
We taught Mr. Knapp's classes how to do a Economist project using books and the databases in OneSearch. 
Mr. Knapp's class working
Mrs. Smart and Mrs. Berry planning together
We met with Mrs. Gordon on her planning period and showed her how to do research using the OneSearch databases and set up an EasyBib account for doing her citations, annotations, note-cards and outline for a class she is taking, in which she needs to write a research paper. 

Mrs. Gordon and Mrs. Lopez working together
Teachers work in the library on their planning periods:

Mr. Helwig and Ms. Lawerence
We taught Mrs. Stockdale's classes how to do a Scientific Revolution project.

We had Mrs. Gibson's and Mrs. Khimani's classes come in for a speed dating library activity, where they rotated and evaluated books in different genre's. Books we pulled for this activity.

Mrs. Fuller and Mrs. Smart planning together
Page Turners book discussion and activity fun this month:

Speed Book Dating in the library. Get to know new genres and check out a book at the end.

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) during Monday Nov. 24th advisory. Once a month we will have DEAR during advisory. Make sure you and your students have something to read. This is sponsored by DRHS Library.

College signing day in the library:

So proud of our Wildcat Athletes

Book displays in the libary:

Teachers work individually with students in the Library:

Out with the Old and In with the New: So far we have weeded 469 books from our collection and are buying new print books, e-books and audio books. If you have a suggestion of something you would like to see on our shelves, let us know.

Meetings this month:

Nov. 4 - PLC meetings at 8:15 -Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Smart
Nov. 7 - Challenge Day Meeting - Mrs. Smart
Nov. 13-Leadership Meeting (cancelled) Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Smart
Nov. 13 - Mentoring Meeting 3:30-5:00 - Mrs. Lopez
Nov. 18- National Board Meeting 4:30 -7:30  Mrs. Smart
Nov. 20 - Leadership Meeting rescheduled 8:00, Mrs. Smart and Mrs. Lopez (did not attend)
Nov. 20-Social gathering with other librarians in the county after school. 
Nov. 21- Deep Run Challenge Meeting 8:00-Mrs. Smart


Thursday, October 30, 2014


We had 21 teaching days in October and 1 staff development day and 1 whole school testing/activity day.
We worked with 67 classes this month in the library. Many classes were taught simultaneously using the Media 2 classroom.

What did we teach? 

We taught Mrs. Dickey's classes about research and citing sources for their "Hero" projects.

We taught Mr. Bucska's classes about research and citing sources for their research projects.
We taught Mrs. Corbett's classes orientation to the library, using EasyBib, finding sources using our catalog, and finding information on databases and websites.

Online Catalog to search for books

We taught Mrs. Herman's classes about research and citing sources for their class projects on fashion, sports, and entrepreneurs. We had books on a cart for these classes.

Mrs. Herman's class working on sport projects

We taught Mr. Hudson and Mrs. Stockdale's classes to create a mixbook and bookemon project to highlight learning of History SOL's. We had books on a cart for these classes.

Mrs. Smart and Mr. Hudson assisting students

We taught Mrs. Anderson's, Mrs. Fuller's, and Mrs. Oliver's classes how to set up projects, cite sources, do annotations, note cards, and  outlines using EasyBib and database research for their English research papers.

Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Oliver assisting students
Mrs. Fuller's classroom in Media 2 with student teacher and collaborative teacher.

students working on annotations

We taught Ms. Tolley's classes how to use Easybib to cite sources and research with databases for a Engineering Research project and paper. We also pulled books and had them available on a cart for this class.

Student's tutoring other student's in the library during extended study:

Tutoring fellow students

Snack and tutoring

Lunch in the Library:
Lunch from home in the library

Spirit Week - Jungle Day Oct. 14
Mrs. Smart & Mrs. Lopez
Page Turners Meeting:

Discussing The Maze Running with a snack and an activity
Some of the books we pulled for classes this month.

Have to put them back on the shelves now. Then pull other books for our next classes. We love to share books with our students and staff.

Meetings  and other duties this month:

Oct. 2- Challenge Club meeting today in the library during extended study- Mrs. Smart
Oct. 6 - Page Turners Club meeting after school 4:00-5:15 - Mrs. Smart & Mrs. Lopez
Oct. 7- Staff Development- PLC meeting before school 8:15 - Mrs. Smart & Mrs. Lopez
Oct. 7 - Page Turner Club make up meeting during extended study- Mrs. Smart & Mrs. Lopez
Oct. 9 - Mentoring Meeting - Byrd MS after school 3:30-5:00 - Mrs. Lopez
Oct. 13 - Staff Development 8:00-4:00 at Godwin High School with other librarians in the county.
Oct. 18 - Chaperon for the homecoming dance 7:45-11:15pm - Mrs. Lopez
Oct. 21- Faculty Meeting before School 8:00 - Mrs. Smart & Mrs. Lopez
Oct. 28- Staff Development- PLC meeting before school 8:15, Mrs. Smart and Mrs. Lopez