This week the library saw a mix of work and play as we rolled out Wintercraft for middle school advisories and played host to various classes working on projects. On Monday we had our monthly leadership lunch, which featured Emily talking about her experience of becoming an Emergency Medical Responder and performing a trauma exam demonstration.
Tuesday featured The Glass Knife holiday and gift bake sale, which helps fund The Glass Knife retreat in January. Tuesday also saw a double dose of Mr. Crabb, with his History classes in to continue working on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects and then his advisory for Wintercraft where they made magnetic bookmarks.
Wednesday and Thursday saw two more advisories in for Wintercraft, Mrs. Eustace’s and Mrs. Monahan’s. We also had Dr. Fisher’s History class in to work on their notecards and prepare for their interviews by contacting possible interviewees for their Sophomore Project.
Rounding out the week was Dr. Whited’s Biology class to work on their genetically modified foods projects and Mr. Hagmann’s English class to work on an extra credit assignment.
Happy December! We’re zipping right through this year! The week began with a Glass Knife meeting with staff planning for the Speakeasy and the upcoming gift and bake sale (at morning break and lunch time on Tuesday, December 5th). Midweek saw Mr. Crabb’s history classes in the library working on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects. The week closed with our annual lunchtime Speakeasy, which featured students and faculty sharing poems – including some originals. This year’s event also included a musical performance by Chardonnay and Lily, who played the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
We’ve been hard at work prepping for Wintercraft and Middle School community service – watch for your advisory’s turn in the coming weeks!
On Monday we had a Leadership Lunch featuring Amalie talking about her experience over the summer as part of Team USA’s swim team. In her presentation, Amalie highlighted her team and the importance of supporting each other. On Tuesday our favorite Saint Bernard, Quaffle, bestowed us with her happy, fluffy presence. On Wednesday Dr. Fisher was in with his 10th graders to cover proper interviewing techniques so the kiddos are prepared to conduct interviews for their Sophomore Projects. The week ended on a thankful note as the high schoolers and their advisors feasted on turkey sandwiches, sparkling cider, and apple pie in the high school quad.
This week started off with a Glass Knife meeting at lunch with GK staff members discussing details and submissions for this year’s book. Later in the day we had both English 10 classes in to learn the finer points of evaluating websites. On Tuesday Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders were in the library working on their World Heritage site projects. On Thursday Mr. Hagmann’s Book Elective class was in looking up poetry for a sweet surprise we can’t mention just yet. Thursday also featured our monthly Book Club where students and faculty discuss what they’ve been reading – or in this case, what they’re planning on reading over the long weekend. To cap off the week, there was a meeting of the Faculty Food Club featuring yummy appetizers.
It’s been unusually quiet this week as AP testing has taken over the library.
However, the quiet was more than made up for on Thursday when we had a full day of classes in for research. Starting in the morning were Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders researching European Colonialism in America.
For the rest of the day, we had Ms. Little’s 6th graders in working on their Passion Projects.
The library will have limited hours next week as well as students continue taking AP tests, but we’ll be back in full force the following week with Senior Seminars!
We’ve been moving right along this week as we head into the last month or so of school!
On Monday Brandy presented during our Leadership Lunch series. She talked about why she loves her church and the many roles she plays in it.
The 6th graders returned at the beginning of the week to continue their research for their passion projects. Check out some of the topics they’re researching!
On Tuesday we had a Speakeasy en Espanol, with students from Doctora Portillo’s class reading poems in Spanish.
Also visiting this week were Ms. Lyon’s and Mr. Kuipers’ 7th graders, who began looking at sources for their China and Japan cultural projects.
And to cap off National Poetry Month, Thursday was Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students with poems in their pockets (or their head or their phone) were rewarded with a piece of candy.
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a relaxing and book-filled break.
The Glass Knife had another round of board meetings this week as they continue to work hard on this years’ book. They also had their first work night on Friday.
On Thursday Ms. Melinson taught the 10th graders about citations for their Sophomore Projects – with the help of some chocolate.
We’ve been spending this week prepping for the many upcoming events over the next few weeks. Here’s a preview of what’s to come!
They say April showers bring May flowers, but this March might just give April a run for its money. It’s been one cold and wet week as we countdown to Spring Break!
The Glass Knife has being having board meetings all week to discuss submissions and other super secret Glass Knife business as they prepare this year’s book.
On Tuesday Ms. Melinson and Melissa met with local librarians to talk about what’s going in the library world and find out what challenges and successes they’re dealing with.
We also enjoyed Tea for Two on Tuesday as a nice pick-me-up from the cold weather.
Dr. Baird’s WWII students have been reading historical fiction set during World War II and blogging about their novels over the past few weeks. They will also write a brief review for the library catalog as well as a longer review for the class that includes an analysis of how the history in the book compares to the history that they’ve learned in class this year. On Wednesday, we had a lively special ediition of Book Club (complete with library brownies) to discuss the books with the class and Dr. Baird and Ms. Melinson. Most of the kids really liked their books a lot and made some really good points about their reading. Many of them also saw the movies, which often differed in significant ways from the books so that gave us plenty to discuss. Here are the books that they read:
Anny – Salt to the Sea by Rita Sepetys
Fred – Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Christian – Invasion by Walter Dean Myers
Jesus – Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle
Mac – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Quin – A Walk in the Sun by Harry Brown
Nicole – City of Thieves by David Benioff
Esme – Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
Thursday was National Puppy Day and Alan brought his adorable German Shepard puppy for a visit and many ear scritches.
It’s been non-stop this week at the Matthews Library! All this week Ms. LaComb’s 7th graders have been coming in to research Feudal Japan for their projects.
On Monday we began March Madness with Mr. Kuiper’s and Ms. Lyon’s history classes. Students chose books based on their covers and first lines. Check back in April to see how the books fare!
On Tuesday the Candy Fairy gave candy to the classes who sent in selfies during the All School Read on Read Across America day.
Tuesday was also the second meeting of the Harry Potter Club where students discussed taking over next month’s Book Club and making it Harry Potter themed.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read all about here!
Friday was the Renaissance Faire where students proceeded through the campus, then to the lower school for the Maypole Dance, and feasted with Lords and Ladies in the middle school quad. From there, life in the Renaissance is represented through various guilds. Check out the botanical books from the Apothecary that students worked on in the library!
It’s been a wet and windy week, which made it a great time for Mr. Grunst’s 8th graders to learn about inclement weather! They’ve been coming in all week to research for their severe weather projects.
Tuesday we had Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation in the library. (The Oreos were a big hit!)
On Thursday and Friday, the MOGAI club was selling adorable handmade Valentine’s Day cards outside of the library. Don’t worry, if you still need a card, they’ll be back on Tuesday!
To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, check out what’s happening next week: blind date with a book!
Here’s Mr. Neukom returning the book Romanticism for the last time.