This week saw the kick off our collaborative Scientists in the Field project for 6th graders. Sixth graders in Mrs. Eustace’s English class and Mrs. Bornmann’s Science class are learning about scientific field work for a subject of their choice, which will culminate in a showcase presentation. On Monday, students skyped with Dr. Desley Whisson of Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Whisson is a scientist in the field of koala habitats and behavioral research.
On Tuesday, 6th graders returned to “shop” for a Scientist in the Field book. The series of books were set up around the table bookstore-style where students could peruse books arranged by topics. On Wednesday we held our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday Mrs. Eustace returned, this time with her 8th graders, who were working on research for their Of Mice and Men presentations. We ended the week with Mr. Crabb’s class in for their Sophomore Project work day accompanied by a roaring fire.
Grace’s adorable puppy, Luigi, visited us again!
Middle Schoolers made bookmarks for 2nd graders during Middle School Community Service last day before break and Ms. Melinson delivered them on Monday.
It’s beginning to look a lot like mid-December around the library: snowflakes are in the windows, seniors are beginning to hear about early action/decision for college, and Winter Craft has returned. On Tuesday the Glass Knife held their annual bake and gift sale, which featured a variety of cookies and brownies, homemade bread, cards, and jewelry.
Thursday saw the first Winter Craft session of the season. Mr. Crabb’s advisory was in to make festive pencils out of packs of Rolos and Hershey’s kisses. Mr. Crabb’s History classes returned on Friday for their weekly Sophomore Project work day where they learned about possible volunteer opportunities relating to their topic.
Bonus: we have some major puzzle fans! Students finished another puzzle on Thursday.
We had another visit with Grace’s adorable puppy, Luigi.
Luca got accepted into NYU! Congratulations!
This week started off with Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders in the library on Monday working on their World Heritage Site projects. At lunchtime, the Glass Knife held their holiday party, better known as the Latke Throwdown. Although there were no latkes this year, there was plenty of other yummies like potstickers, Dutch apple pie, tofu & rice, Christmas cookies, and gulab jamun to eat while Ms. Melinson read the classic Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins.
On Friday Mr. Crabb’s History classes were in for their weekly Sophomore Project work day and then the Glass Knife had a submissions reading party at lunch.
We had a bit of History takeover this week after returning from an extended Thanksgiving break. Mr. Kuipers’ 8th graders were on Tuesday and Wednesday to find books for their NHD (National History Day) projects. Then on Friday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in to learn how to interview people for their Sophomore Projects. Meanwhile, Ms. Melinson put out another puzzle, much to the excitement of the students!
As some of you may know, we’ve been having some internet connectivity issues. During one the down times, we caught students reading books! On paper! What a marvel 🙂
This week was filled with costumes and 7th graders as we headed into November and finally, it seems, Fall. On Monday the Glass Knife had their Halloween bake sale at lunch to benefit their upcoming retreat. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Ms. Burns’ 7th graders were in to work on their Biome projects and find books related to their topic. On Halloween they got to watch a creepy video of the Cordyceps fungus in action–you can see the horror in some of their faces as they watch. Also on Halloween, students and teachers really brought their “A” game. Check out our Halloween slideshow for the great costumes!
On Thursday Doctora Portillo, Mrs. Vayner, and their students set up an ofrenda, an altar for Dia De Los Muertos. Also on Thursday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in to for their weekly Sophomore Project work day. Friday was Rockvemberfest where students met with their advisors about their grades, played boards games in the library (and other games around campus), and had a rockin’ talent show. Before the festivities, Ms. Melinson’s advisory had a yummy breakfast of pancakes and Peruvian fried rice.
This week was all about Fall Book Talks with the middle schoolers and work days with the high schoolers. Book Talks are where Ms. Melinson talks about 60+ books and then students pick out books that sound most interesting to them. Monday’s Book Talks began with Mrs. Eustace’s 6th and 8th graders, with the 8th graders having a mystery slant. Tuesday was a work day for Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders as they continue to work on their Ancient Egypt research project. Wednesday was a Sophomore Project work day for Mr. Wells’ 10th graders. Thursday was a Book Talk extravaganza with 7th and 8th classes in all day long. Friday was a day off for students, but an in-service day for teachers. Ms. Melinson and I went on a field trip to the Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento. Check out our pictures on Instagram!
We had a Middle Schooler-free week this week as the 6th-8th graders were away on their trips. And while the Middle Schoolers are away…the High Schoolers will continue to take over the library! Just kidding 😀 😉
On Monday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in for a Sophomore Project work day. On Tuesday we honored World Food Day by hosting Amber Stott, CEO and Chief Food Genius at The Food Literacy Center. Amber spoke to students about what food literacy is, how our food choices have an impact on things like the economy and the environment, and the work the Food Literacy Center does with local schools.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday Mr. Wells’ 10th graders were in to work on notecards and find books for their Sophomore Project and Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders were in for their Ancient Egypt research project. In between classes, Ms. Melinson was interviewed by Pre-K students about her job and role in the Country Day community. On Friday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were back to learn about databases, keywords, and how to use Wikipedia in a research project.
The week started out with Mrs. Eustace’s 8th graders presenting their Ignite speeches on Tuesday, having spent the previous week researching topics relating to the Salem Witch Trials. At lunch time, the library hosted Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation.
Wednesday was the Senior Moratorium where the Seniors spent most of their day working on their college applications and essays with college counselors Mrs. Bauman and Mr. Kuipers and listening to presentations by visiting colleges. On Thursday Mr. Wells’ 10th graders were in the library looking for local sources for their Sophomore Project topics. Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in on Friday to learn how to correctly quote sources and work on notecards for their Sophomore Project.
While the High School is away…the Middle Schoolers will play! This week the High Schoolers were away on their trips, which gave the 6th graders a chance to really get to the know the Matthews Library.
All this week, the 6th graders had their library orientation where they learned how to read a shelf, find some of our more unusually labeled books, arrange books according to the Dewey Decimal System, navigate databases, and evaluate websites for content, authority, bias, and design. Student then got to show off their website evaluation knowledge with a game of Friendly Feud.
Also in the library all week were Mrs. Eustace’s 8th graders. They were in to research for their Salem Witch projects, which will culminate in an Ignite Speech next week.
Monday started off with Ms. Eustace’s 6th graders in for some Independent Reading. Ms. Melinson showed students how to search for books using the catalog and then gave a them a tour of the fiction collection.
Our Summer Reading raffle winners were picked this week. Congratulations to Mattias M., Annabel L., Rebecca T., Ryan X., Manny B., Chase C., and Kaityln D.! Rebecca, come by the library for your prize! On Wednesday we had our first Book Club of the school year, which you can read about here.
On Friday the Sophomores took a walk around the track while discussing their potential Sophomore Project topics and big questions they’re hoping to answer. This helped determine how much information they knew about their topics and served as a good listening exercise as they had to explain their partners topics rather than their own.