Week in Review: Olympics edition

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The 6th graders have been working on Olympic-themed projects over the past few weeks and as a result the library was transformed into a mini Olympic stadium on Monday as they competed in Minute-To-Win-It games. The games included “Cups & Cards”, “Play it by Ear with Soda Cans”, “Find the Penny in the Tights”, and “Nuts ‘n’ Bolts”. The 6th graders celebrated their hard work at lunch with cake and live streaming the Olympics.

On Tuesday Mr. Crabb’s advisory came in to look at books about food for the upcoming World Fair Day. Thursday and Friday featured ice cream socials for Lauren and Layla, winners of the Teen Read Week raffle.

Most excitedly, the puzzle was finished on Friday. Here’s Rita putting in the last piece.

Bonus:

Wednesday was Valentine’s Day, and we were delighted with a singing valentine performed by the kindergarteners.

Week in Review: Polyglot edition

This week started off with our annual Polyglot Cat in the Hat reading. Students (including 2nd graders this year) and faculty read the classic Dr. Seuss tale, The Cat in the Hat, in over 40 languages, including Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Sanskrit, and Ascii code.

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On Wednesday we had our annual leadership lunch. This month featured Sandor talking about the three months he spent in Spain playing soccer. In addition to playing soccer, Sandor also spoke about being immersed in Spanish culture and witnessing history first hand in the Catalan riots for independence.

On Friday we hosted a farewell party for Sailendra, maintenance man extraordinaire. Sal is leaving us after 17 and a half years to start his own business and we wish him all the best.

Bonus:

This week was spirit week and our resident life skills counselor, Pat, got in on the fun!

Week in Review: Sophomore Moratorium Edition

This week, Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade History classes visited almost every day to work on their Pre-Columbian Americas research projects. On Monday Ms. Melinson shared with them how to start an outline for the presentation component of their project and the rest of the week was spent looking at sources and researching indigenous cultures.

Monday was also National Puzzle Day which meant is was time for Ms. Melinson to bust out the puzzle! This year’s puzzle features an elaborate library that even includes a puzzle in the corner.

Wednesday featured a guest speaker, New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse. Ms. Crouse spoke to the members of the Octagon staff about her new book, Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence, as well as how she got started in sports journalism and some notable stories from her career.

Thursday the Glass Knife held a meeting where they planned for the upcoming Valentine’s Day bake sale – look forward to that happening on Monday, February 12th!

Friday was the all-day Sophomore Moratorium. Students spent the day working on their projects and getting help from teachers while also listening to presentations on outlines, rubrics, and how to make a presentation.

Week in Review

This week started out with a Glass Knife lunch-time literary contest. The staff were given a list of prompts related to this year’s theme (of which we were sworn to secrecy and cannot reveal) and directed to write in 10 minute intervals. Congratulations to Gabi, Joe M., Zihao!

On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read all about here. Thursday featured tea in the library to warm us up. Thursday also found Ms. Melinson visiting Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders to discuss their Pre-Columbian Americas research projects. Ms. Melinson shared the research guide she made for them and then talked about how to find sources.

January Book Club

We had our first Book Club of 2018 on Wednesday and as is tradition, Ms. Melinson shared the cookbooks she’s been reading. First up was Pizza Camp, which would be the best camp ever. She discussed The Vegetarian Flavor Bible, a companion book to The Flavor Bible, which lets you know what flavors go well together. Ms. Melinson also talked about Bon Appetit and Saver, food magazines the library subscribes to.

Heloise read Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process. She said it’s a cool book with helpful diagrams on how to write. Luca shared that it’s easier to to buy books than it is to read them, which is a problem we know all too well. One of the books he’s reading is John Green’s newest, Turtles All the Way Down. He said it’s not the classic John Green story, but it’s still quirky while dealing with real issues. Luca also mentioned he’s reading Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci, which he described as the Hamilton of Leonardo da Vinci.

Going along with Ms. Melinson’s theme, Lindsay read The Dessert Bible and The Cook’s Bible, which she said is similar to Flavor Bible. Mrs. Eustace has been listening to audiobooks lately, including A Man Named OveMe Before You, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Mrs. Eustace noted that she liked Lin-Manuel Miranda’s narration of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe moreso than the story itself. The library will soon be getting audiobooks through our shared Overdrive collection, so keep an eye out for that!

Emma read An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors over break, but didn’t like it. She picked it because she thought it was about a planet with floating islands, but it focused too much on politics. However she just started reading The Cruel Prince and likes it much better. Mr. Wells read An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic on recommendation of Ms. Bauman. He described it as part memoir and part literary analysis.

Melissa discussed the books she read over break from least favorite (Future Home of the Living God) to most favorite book ever (The Immortalists). Layla said that she hasn’t been able to find a good book and has been disappointed with her recent selections. She did share an amusing tale of a pie gone wrong. She tried to make a 3-in-1 pie with pecan, pumpkin, and apple layers, but it turned into a bit of a jumbled mess in the oven.

Hana read The Screwtape Letters, which she described as interesting, but kind of a hard read. Joanne read Me Before You, which she loved, but didn’t like the sequel, Me After You, saying it was bad compared to the first book.

To find out about all the books we talked about, check out our Goodreads page!

Week in Review: Finals edition

This week was bookended by three-day weekends and filled with final exams. In between finals, the library looked like this:

A mass of people, noise, and excitement of students blowing off steam and comparing answers, and the aisles redecorated with study materials. We applaud your effort, Timeline-Making Student!

Not pictured is the library during finals: quiet, with not a student in sight, their belongings strewn about as if they were raptured away to their exams.

Later on Thursday, The Glass Knife literary magazine held their annual retreat where they dined on Chinese food before getting down to business. Students brainstormed ideas for the book and each department gave presentations on the function of their department.

Week in Review: Middle School Takeover Edition

This week the library was overtaken by middle schoolers and their various activities. On Monday Mrs. Eustace’s 6th graders were in for the Olympics Book Extravaganza. Students chose olympic-themed books and started reading – unless they had a foul and ended up in the penalty box!

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On Tuesday we had tea during elective to help keep us warm. On Tuesday and Thursday Ms. Monahan spoke to the 8th graders about their digital portfolios and how to set up a Google site for it. Mr. Grunst’s 8th graders were in the library on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to find books and research for their severe weather projects.

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On Friday we were host to Professor Jan Goggans from UC Merced. Professor Goggans spoke to the 8th graders about Dorothea Lange and John Steinbeck and the relationship between their work and its representation of the Great Depression.

Week in Review: Welcome Back!

Welcome back and happy new year! We eased into 2018 with a quiet week in the library.

In preparation for the 6th graders Olympic Book Talks, Ms. Melinson and Mrs. Eustace took a field trip to Barnes & Noble to get some last minute selections.

On Friday the library played host to the alumni mixer. Students and faculty schmoozed with the Class of 2017 before heading off to the alumni panel to discuss their first semesters at college.

Week in Review: Holiday edition

We’ve had a busy holiday-filled week leading up to Winter Break. On Monday Dr. Whited’s  Biology class were back to continue working on their GMO projects. At lunchtime, the Glass Knife held their annual Latke Throw-down, which featured yummy foods, good friends, and Ms. Melinson reading The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming.

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Tuesday featured music in the library as Ms. Keys’ orchestra and choir serenaded us with holiday classics to get us in the holly jolly spirit. On Tuesday and Wednesday we had Mrs. Pelle’s and Mrs. Scruggs’ advisories in for Wintercraft. We also had our monthly Book Club on Wednesday, which you can read about here.  On Thursday Mrs. LaComb’s advisory came in for Wintercraft…which turned out to be a cover for a surprise going away party! (though, some crafting still happened) One of our students, Loryn, is leaving us and her friends wanted to send her off in style.

Friday was a madhouse, but for a good cause. The library was host to one of the Middle School Community Service options. Students made cards and wrote letters (and drew pictures – check out the one below from Brynne) to military service people, veterans, and first responders, and made gift tags, magnets, and bookmarks for Dyer-Kelly. At lunch, Ms. Bauman held a mini alumni panel for juniors and seniors to ask questions about their college experience so far.

Bonus:

The week wouldn’t be complete without a visit from our favorite elf/library dog, Quaffle!

December Book Club

We had our last Book Club of 2017 on Wednesday with students and faculty talking about what they’ve been reading and what they’re looking forward to reading over Winter Break. Ms. Melinson discussed one of our new books, Sparrow, which she said was a good read with a pretty cover. She also asked if anyone had read the new John Green book Turtles All the Way Down because she had started it, but found the main character annoying.

Alyssa talked about finishing Dreamfall, which she really liked but was bummed to find out that the sequel doesn’t come out until next summer. Alyssa also talked about another creepy book she just started called Shutter. Heloise read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. She described it as more of a ‘mental’ book than an action book. She also read her first Murakami, Men Without Women, a book she described as “amazing”.

Savannah started reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City for her Sophomore Project, but ended up finishing the book because it was so good, though understandably sad. Larkin read Saving Hamlet on Becca’s recommendation and really liked it because it had a realistic high school setting – minus the time travel! Larkin also read City of Bones and found it disappointing. Emily said the first book is slow, but the series picks up with the second book.

Ms. Batarseh read Spade and Archer, which she described as “gritty” and a delight to read. She was not, however, impressed with Susan Sontag’s In America. Ms. Fel’s said she was reading a book about Algerian refugees. She couldn’t remember the title, but said it was a good read. Ms. Fels said she couldn’t recommend another book she’d read, Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton, because it was awful and gave her nothing to think about.Jewel finished off Book Club by talking about a book she said had been looking at her in the library for a few days – The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, which was she found interesting.

To learn more about the books we talked about, visit our Goodreads page!