Week in Review: Sophomore Project Extravaganza

The Sophomores took over the library this week as they worked on various aspects of their Projects. At the beginning of the week, they learned about focusing their topics, paraphrasing, and using NoodleTools by completing their Zombie Issues assignments. Students worked in pairs to learn about frequent mistakes made in NoodleTools by evaluating sources and notecards about zombies. They also learned about formulating “The Question,” essential to their research.

On Thursday librarians from the Sacramento Public Library visited to talk about the Sacramento Room at the Central Library, the local Arden-Dimick Library, and to deliver their library cards. Sophomores also learned about the resources available online and in the library. On Friday the Sophomores journeyed to the Sacramento Room where they got a tour and an up-close look at some of the Room’s more interesting pieces. Archivist James Scott showed students a copy of History of the World from 1490. He also showed students William T. Vollmann’s Thirteen Stories, which happens to have a poisonous cover and cow’s teeth lining the case. Neat!

In other news, the Chinese Club met on Wednesday to learn about and share different types of mooncakes to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, a harvest festival celebrated by our Chinese and Vietnamese students.

Later one of our doggie patrons, Buster stopped by for a visit.

Week in Review: Raffle Winners & Sophomore Project Kick-off

The week started off with Labor Day, meaning we had another 4-day week to help ease back into to the new school year. On Tuesday Agamemnon drew winners for the Summer Reading Raffle. Congrats again to Jaq, Max W., Angela, Jackson W., and Mia G.!

On Friday, the Sophomore Project officially began with students brainstorming possible topics and signing up for public library cards. The Glass Knife also met on Friday for the first meeting of the new school year. Students learned about what jobs are available for the publication.

Bonus:

Savannah brought her dog for a visit!

Week in Review: Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a lovely summer filled with good books.

We started the week off and running with multiple orientations taking place in the library on Monday. Up first was the orientation for new Middle School parents. Afterward, the library was host to new High School students receiving their school-issued laptops for the first time. Lastly was the orientation for new High School parents. Welcome to all of our new Middle and High School friends!

Tuesday marked the first day of school and the library was busy with students hanging out before their first class of the day. Our first class of the new school year was Ms. Sterling’s Book Club elective. They stopped by the library for a tour and to check out some books.

On Wednesday, our favorite library dog, Quaffle, came by for a visit and to (lovingly) slobber all over Ms. Melinson. The Book Club elective was back on Thursday, this time to learn about Destiny Quest (the library catalog’s version of GoodReads) and, of course, to check out more books.

Week in Review: End Days

The end is here…the end of the school year, that is!

But first, last week! On Tuesday Ms. Nellis’ APUSH class had their very own book club where they talked about historical fiction books they read. You can find the full list of books here. On Wednesday Ms. Melinson gave back to back to back book talks to 7th and 8th graders about their summer reading. Also on Wednesday, the Chinese Club cooked up some yummy dishes outside of the library.

Monday was the last day of school for Middle Schoolers and the last of the finals for High Schoolers. The library was visited by not one, but two of our doggy friends! The garage band rocked out in the high school quad on Monday during lunch and yearbook distribution.

APUSH Book Club

For one of their final projects of the year (and the final collaboration of Ms. Nellis and Ms. Melinson), Ms. Nellis’ AP U.S. History class read historical novels and then discussed them with their class. Like our monthly Book Club meetings, brownies were on hand. The following is the list of books students read:

  1. When the Emperor was Divine/Otsuka
  2. Miracle at St. Anna/McBride
  3. The Lazarus Project/Hemon
  4. Orphan Train/Klein
  5. Little Women/Alcott
  6. House on Mango Street/Cisneros
  7. Farewell to Manzanar/Houston (non-fiction)
  8. Songs of Willow Frost/Ford
  9. There Eyes Were Watching God/Hurston
  10. Angle of Repose/Stegner
  11. Dances With Wolves/Blake
  12. Kindred/Butler
  13. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/Twain
  14. Carter Beats the Devil/Gould
  15. As I Lay Dying/Faulkner
  16. The Revenant/Punke
  17. East of Eden/Steinbeck
  18. Ragged Dick/Alger
  19. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn/Smith
  20. Maggie, a Girl of the Streets/Crane
  21. Daughter of Fortune/Allende
  22. Cannery Row/Steinbeck

May Book Club

We had our last Book Club of the school year on Wednesday. This Book Club was very special since Ms. Nellis and Ms. Batarseh are both retiring. They both happen to be avid readers and have been coming to Book Club since its inception. So it was only fitting that they take over the final Book Club to talk about some of their favorite books.

Ms. Nellis started us off by sharing her Top 10 books in chronological order:

  1. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  3. Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  6. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  7. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  8. Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
  9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  10. The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Ms. Nellis also talked about the perks of being in a book club and reading books you wouldn’t normally read. She also mentioned how she doesn’t read as much during the school year, but plans to read more in retirement.

As most of us know, Ms. Batarseh is a prolific reader so to share her favorite books, she had to narrow it down by topic. The following are Ms. Batarseh’s favorite works about trees:

  1. The Random House Book of Poetry – “Who Has Seen the Wind?” by Christina Rossetti
  2. New and Collected Poems – “A Black Birch in Winter”
  3. The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
  4. Lives of the Trees by Diana Wells
  5. The California Field Atlas by Obi Kaufman
  6. Aeneid by Virgil

Ms. Batarseh and Ms. Nellis were also awarded Matthews Library cards for life, and we hope they return often to use them!

 

Week in Review: Summer Reading

You can tell the end of school is near because we started our Summer Reading book talks this week. On Monday and Friday, rising 6th and 7th graders were in the library to listen to Ms. Melinson talk about tons of books for them to read over the summer to satisfy their required reading. Also in on Monday were the rising 9th graders to hear about reading for pleasure and keeping their brains active over summer.

On Wednesday we held our last Book Club of the school year. It was also the last Book Club for Ms. Nellis and Ms. Batarseh, as they’re both retiring, and they talked about some of their favorite books. Read about them here.

Thursday was the 11th Annual Rulindo Play-a-thon. We visited during the MegaBand and saw Elijah take an awesome solo during “Cold Duck Time”. Ms. Melinson’s advisory had an extra special snack on Thursday featuring potstickers and a variety of noodles.

On Friday the library was host for a retirement party celebrating Ms. Batarseh, Dr. Covey, Ms. Nellis, and Mrs. Wessels. Happy retirement!

Bonus:

Ms. Melinson submitted a question about health apps and privacy to a national healthcare round table discussion through KCRA 3. Check out the answer here!

Week in Review: AP exams edition

 

The library has been mostly closed these past two weeks for AP exams, but we managed to sneak in some regularly scheduled library time. Wednesday was the last school day for the senior class and due to the unusual weather, Ms. Melinson was able to offer some seniors tea for the last time as students. On Thursday Ms. Eustace’s English classes were in the library continuing their Passion Project research.

 

Over in Ms. Lacomb’s 8th grade English class, students were able to design their own lesson this week and some students came up with the idea of a meditation tent. Neat! It reminds us of the reading tent in the library during Read Across America.

 

Week in Review: Projects, Projects, Projects

This week started off with Ms. Myers P.E. classes in the library to finish up their Healthy for Life projects. Each student picked a topic, such as depression, stroke, anxiety, heart attack, and talked about what those issues entail and when it’s necessary to call 911. Students presented their final projects on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Ms. Eustace’s 6th grade English classes were back on Tuesday to continue researching for their passion projects. Sophomores received some last minute help before they turned in their Sophomore Project papers on Wednesday. Thursday was Holocaust Remembrance Day and students wore black and stood for a moment of silence. In the library, students set up a display of books about the Holocaust.

Bonus:

Wednesday was College Announcement Day and the senior class wore shirts indicating where they’re headed next year. Congratulations, seniors!