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.
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.
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.
Wednesday was College Announcement Day and the senior class wore shirts indicating where they’re headed next year. Congratulations, seniors!
We had a busy week of classes happening this week. All week long Ms. Eustace’s 6th grade English classes, Ms. Myer’s PE electives, and Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade history classes were in the library working on various projects.
Ms. Eustace’s 6th graders were working on their Passion Project research. Students set up their NoodleTools accounts, learned about evaluating websites, and found books and database articles based on their topics.
On Tuesday, the library was host to the LGBTQ Center for their Queer Voices presentation. This presentation and performative expressions were in conjunction with Mr. Hinojosa’s 12 grade English class reading The Laramie Project.
Ms. Myer’s PE electives have been in the library working on their Healthy for Life projects where students choose real life health issues and use reputable websites (Mayo Clinic, NIH, CDC, Johns Hopkins, MedlinePlus, etc.) to determine situations related to the health issue in which you would use self-care, call a doctor or other professional, or call 911.
On Wednesday we had our last Book Club for the seniors and our penultimate Book Club for the school year. Check out what reading advice the seniors gave here. Stay tuned for the last book club in May when Ms B and Ms Nellis will give their reading advice before they retire.
Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade history class was in most of the week working on their World Heritage site projects. On Friday Ms. Nellis’ APUSH class got to visit the C-SPAN bus on campus and learn about research resources. Neat!
In case you didn’t already know, our library is the place to be for dog visits.
April’s Book Club celebrated our senior readers. Ms. Melinson started by reading the poem “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver, giving gifts to the graduating seniors, and giving bookmarks containing lists of their recommendations from over the years to everyone. Then she opened the floor to the seniors to share some advice and recommendations.
Grace started us off by suggesting that students read the books that are assigned in class, but to supplement them with other books (some that she calls “trash” books–as opposed to high literature or classics) to add balance. She reminded us to keep reading because reading actually helps improve vocabulary. One of her favorite series of books is Flavia de Luce.
Josh shared that it’s ok to take breaks from reading to avoid feeling burnt out later. He then talked about some high fantasy books he recently started reading, The Last Wish, The Final Empire (which he recommended for Tolkien fans), and The Golden Apple of Discord. After Josh talked about his recommendations, Ms. Batarseh said if she were stranded on a desert island that she would take Josh with her because of his ability to recall details about so many books and their plots (someone else also mentioned that he knows how to build a fire, which would also be helpful). Dune will always have his heart.
Luca said that it doesn’t matter what you read as long as you’re reading. He also said that it’s ok to stop reading books that you don’t like. His favorite book is The Gunslinger. Luca’s final words of wisdom were to get a Goodreads account to keep track of what you read as well and to find new books. And to read Skulduggery Pleasant.
For all the books these guys and others have talked about over the years, check out our Goodreads page!
We had quite the week here in the library. The Sophomore Symposium was held on Monday and Tuesday where the Top 10 projects were presented:
- Elijah: Phage Therapy and the Superbug Crisis
- Allie: The Feral Cat Crisis
- Lili: The Problems with Autism Diagnosis
- Kenyatta: Rancho Seco – Did It Cause Cancer?
- Anna: LGBT Representation in Television and Film
- Sarina: Superfund Sites
- Joanne: Human Trafficking and Its Solution
- Sydney: The Importance of Community in Sacramento
- Pragathi: Cerebral Organoids
- Ming: The Evolution of Jazz
Good job to all who presented and congratulations to Elijah, Ming, and Anna for placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively,
On Thursday the Room of Requirement was set up bookstore style for Mrs. Lacomb’s 8th grade English classes. Students perused mystery books like classics and thrillers before checking them out. Thursday was also Poem in Your Pocket Day where students who read a poem from their pocket (more often in their head or on their computer than in their pocket, but that name is a bit too long) were treated to a piece of candy. Some of our students really got into the spirit with dramatic readings!
On Thursday and Friday Ms. Myers PE class was in to learn how to be healthy for life. Ms. Melinson and Ms. Myers presented on how students can search for good websites to use for personal health and how to avoid the more sketchy sites. Friday was also another Glass Knife work night as we get closer to crunch time for putting the book together.
Dogs and art! We were visited by not one, but two library doggos this week!
Also, check out the new mural by the weight room. Thanks to Bella for adding some much needed color to the gym walls!
We had an English-heavy week this week in the Matthews Library. On Tuesday Ms. Eustace’s 8th grade English class was in to learn how to export their works cited page into NoodleTools and to continue working on their WWII technology papers. On Tuesday and Wednesday Mr. Wells’ English class was in learning the details about how to create citations for their Sophomore Projects.
On Thursday the library was transformed into ‘Starbucks Mode’ for Ms. Eustace’s 6th graders as they worked on and practiced their pitches for their Passion Projects.
The Book Elective class visited on Thursday to discuss summer reading ideas with Ms. Melinson. Also on Thursday Ms. Lang’s 2nd graders visited the library in search of where to best hang poetry. Happy Poetry Month!
On Friday the 6th grade English classes were back to present their Passion Project pitches to their classmates and the community.
All week long the Glass Knife continued their board meetings and on Friday had their first work night.
If you’re in the market for a new hairstyle, check Kaelan’s below, styled by Sarina. Sarina accepts Cheese-Its as payment.
It was a week of weeklong projects. All week long the sophomores presented their Sophomore Projects to their peers and teachers. The Top Ten presenters will participate in the Sophomore Symposium in April where they’ll present to a panel of judges including teachers and former winners. Also all week the Glass Knife staff have been having their board meetings to discuss what pieces should go in this year’s book that will be produced in April and May and distributed in June. The seventh graders checked in on their March Madness book brackets each day this week. As the books progressed through the brackets, the students whose books moved forward each day received a piece of candy. In the end it came down to Ava’s review of Berlin Boxing Club and Natalie’s review of Broken Memory. Both were strong, but on Thursday we found out Natalie won the bragging rights.
On Monday Ms. Eustace’s 8th grade English class came in the library to research World War II technology in preparation for their upcoming papers and speeches on the same subjects. On Wednesday Ms. Eustace was back, this time with her 6th grade English classes. The 6th graders are beginning their Passion Projects and came to the library to brainstorm possible ideas.
Friday was the High School Passport Lunch where students buy a passport (with proceeds going to our sister schools in Rulindo) to visit different classrooms and sample a variety of dishes from around the world. In the library, Ms. Melinson’s advisory had noodle dishes and drinks from around the world.
This week started out with Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class in the library finding books and doing research for their March Madness projects. Students had to read a historical fiction book and then write a review and comparison about actual historical events. Brackets go up on Monday and the books go head to head. Check back next week for the winner!
On Tuesday Ms. Eustace’s Book Elective class was in to pick out books for their #TBR (to be read) shelfie book stacks for Instagram. Students picked out books they’d like to read and came back on Thursday to arrange their stacks and decorate them with props and filters. Check out the gallery of their behind the scenes photos below. Be sure to view their finished pictures on our Instagram!
Dr. Whited brought her Schnoodle for a visit!
This week’s main event was the annual Polyglot Cat in the Hat. Students and faculty took turns reading sections of The Cat in the Hat in 23 languages: German, Spanish, French, Latin, Russian, American Sign Language, Farsi, Hebrew, Korean, Portuguese, ACSII Code, Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, and Kinyarwanda. This Polyglot was extra special because it was Ms. Batarseh’s last time running the event as she’s retiring this year. It was also Ms. Nellis’ last time reading the very last page of the book because she’s also retiring.
On Monday Ms. Melinson met with other independent school librarians at The Marin School. Check out the pictures below of their cozy library!
We had our monthly Book Club on Wednesday and Ms. Melinson started us off by talking about her recent visit to The Marin School where she met with other independent school librarians. She said two of the most talked about books at the meeting are Michelle Obama’s biography, Becoming, and the memoir Educated. We have both books in our collection as a physical book, ebook, and audiobook for those interested! Ms. Melinson also talked about Dear Martin, which she recommends for fans of The Hate U Give and All American Boys because they have similar themes of racial profiling and social justice. In non-fiction, Ms. Melinson mentioned So You Want to Talk About Race and how it encourages uncomfortable, but necessary conversations.
Ms. Batarseh read The Night Tiger after listening to an NPR interview with the author. She described it as a vibrant, character driven mystery. Ms. Eustace read Song for a Whale, which she loved. Avi talked about an article he read about the correlation between climate change and poverty. Becca mentioned reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about relating All My Sons to present time after she had just turned in a paper on the same subject.
And speaking of timely events, Mr. Wells read We Regret to Inform You, which is about a college admissions scandal. Ms. Nellis read Less for her book club and liked it, but didn’t think it would be a popular choice for students. We had a lively discussion after Ms. Batarseh asked the room if they feel like they have to finish a book once they’ve started reading it.
To find out about all of the books we’ve discussed at Book Club, check out our Goodreads page!