Rhoads Elementary students can be found exploring, creating, imagining, reading, and working together in the Rhoads Library at library makerspaces & centers. It is a joy to see our learners and thinkers at work in unique and exciting ways each and every day!
Third, fourth and fifth graders met to discuss the book Wishtree by Katherine Applegate over juice and donuts. Everyone LOVED this book and had a wonderful discussion about sticking up for others and embracing people's differences. Students had fun creating their very own Wishtree.
Book club students creating their wishtree.
Davidson's Book Club
Fielder Elementary will be hosting author Saadia Faruqi on October 24th for grades PreK through second grade. To build excitement about this author's visit, the librarian Kathy Counterman, created Makerspace stations that tie to the author's books about Yasmin. Students loved learning about the author and her books through these activities!
Yasmin Building Station
Yasmin Fashionista Table
Yasmin Superhero Table
Yasmin Artist Table
Thanks to the Davidson PTA, the library is now stocked with a brand new book vending machine. Students can use tokens earned through showing kindness, responsibility, respect and other positive characteristics to purchase books from the machine. The book machine is stocked with top-requested books and is a gift that enhances their students' love for reading.
Kindergarten and first-grade students had a blast at the Hutsell library on Friday! Students used both their creativity and critical thinking skills to complete Makerspace activities. Ms. Mion, the librarian, and Mr. Miller, the science lab facilitator, collaborated to create stations that truly inspired a love for learning.
Animal Creating Station
Keva Building Station
There has been a lot of activity happening in the MPJH library to keep students engaged! Students were introduced to some new "brain break" stations around the library that included a Buddha Board, KEVA planks, a giant Jenga and a Lite Brite cube.
Other events included Life Skills students celebrating International Dot Day by singing "The Dot" with Emily Arrow. The students then designed their own dot and used the Quiver app to view them in 3D format!
During the month of September, Wednesday Wonderings started during all lunches. The first topic was "Ever wonder how to solve a 4X4 Rubik's Cube?". Students worked on a set of 4X4 Rubik's Cubes borrowed from You Can Solve the Cube website.
Also, Newcomers were introduced to Capstone Interactive ebooks.
September has definitely been a busy month for the MPJH Library!
Adams Junior High opened its doors for the very first time this August. Vanessa Masson, the librarian, has worked hard all summer getting ready for the students at AJH. The students are so excited to not only visit this beautiful space, but to check out the brand new books as well!
Ms. Olson (Library Aide) & Ms. Masson (Library Media Specialist)
Library view from the LGI
Fielder's new library is definitely the heart of the school. Mrs. Counterman has been working hard to get the library ready for student check out and library lessons. After ten months of renovations, students are excited to check out books. This newly designed library is not only beautiful, but has plenty of natural light to brighten the day!
Fielder's new look!
Fielder students reading in their new library.
Thousands of brand new, colorful titles lined the shelves just waiting to be checked out. And finally, Mrs. Melissa Nored, Library Media Specialist at Olga Leonard Elementary, invited students into their fantastic new library! Leonard Elementary fifth-graders were pumped to be the lucky first visitors to the library. Anticipation had been building, and the students excitedly rushed to the shelves to check out all the selections -- fiction chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction resources, as well as picture books. There are lots to choose from, and Mrs. Nored looks forward to continue growing the collection with input from her students and teachers over the next year. The attractive new space offers a generous classroom area as well as a variety of comfortable seating and tables for students to work on research or sit quietly to read. Mrs. Nored believes the charm of the library - with its color, fun design and light from the large windows - will help make the Leonard Library the heart of the school -- where all are welcome to explore and find connection, encouragement, and inspiration.
Mrs. Nored - Librarian
Ms. Nored instructing fifth-grade students in the library.
Katy Book Wars Winners
Congratulations to Beck Junior High Team, Golden Caterpillars, for winning 1st Place in the Katy Book Wars! This group of 6th graders worked really hard and answered 29 out of
30 questions correctly!
Seven Lakes Junior High Team, Book Beasts, came in 2nd Place with 28 out of 30 correct!
The first Katy Book Wars was such a success that the librarians are already planning
next year’s competition! Thank you to all the parents and school staff that
attended. We had over 100 spectators! Congratulations to both teams!