With the Middle Schoolers away on their trips this week, the High Schoolers are back and ready to take back the comfy chairs. This week the Sophomores were in all week in both English and History working on different aspects of their Sophomore Projects with Ms. Nellis (who was filling in for Mr. Crabb who was on the 7th grade trip), Mr. Wells, and Ms. Melinson as well as some guests.
On Monday, students learned about what local sources the library has access to and how to take notes on them. On Tuesday Rob Turner and Elyssa Lee, founding editors and owners of SacTown Magazine, visited with the 10th graders and spoke to them about interviewing subjects for their papers. Elyssa and Rob gave great advice on who might be good to interview and told some good stories about some of their own interviews including ones with Sam Elliott, Charles Schwab, and our own Colin Hanks.
On Wednesday students explored the library’s databases using keyword searches. Thursday was spent evaluating websites and looking at ways to access books in our own and the public library as well as through Google Books and Amazon. Friday’s focus was on conducting research interviews, including reviewing advice from Elyssa Lee and Rob Turner and practicing a proper handshake with Ms. Melinson.
It’s that time of the year when the high schoolers are on their trips and the library is quiet…except for when the 6th graders are in! Which happened to be every day this week since it was their library orientation.
Students spent the week learning how to search the library catalog for books and then finding those books on the shelf via scavenger hunt. They navigated the library’s databases and learned how to do basic searches. Students got to play ‘librarian’ and practice putting call numbers in order.
They also learned how to evaluate websites and drive their knowledge home by playing Friendly Feud, with a mustachioed Ms. Melinson hosting. Students went on a Wonder
-themed webquest to learn more about Treacher Collins Syndrome, which they first learned about in English class while reading Wonder
We had a fun mix of academics and shenanigans this week. On Monday the Sophomores had a one-two punch of Sophomore Project work. First, in English class, they worked on some preliminary research for their Sophomore Projects. Then in History class, students walked around the track with partners and discussed what their projects are about. Then, in the garden (when it wasn’t rainy), students shared what their partner’s project was about.
On Wednesday we had our first Book Club of the school year. Thursday was picture day for the Middle & High School, and because the pictures are taken in the library, we got to see some of the wacky and lovely ways the Seniors dressed up for their photo-ops, including Jackson M.’s behind-the-scenes “Bachelor” photo shoot.
Friday was the High School’s annual Ancil Hoffman flag football game. The quads were awash in red and black spirit and decorations.
Also happening on Friday was the Climate Strike, which the Middle School science department participated in by creating a large chalk mural. The theme was “What do you want your Earth to look like in 50 years?” and students from 6-8th grade science classes drew various scenarios they thought might happen, both good and bad. Check out the slideshow below to view their work!
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.
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:
- When the Emperor was Divine/Otsuka
- Miracle at St. Anna/McBride
- The Lazarus Project/Hemon
- Orphan Train/Klein
- Little Women/Alcott
- House on Mango Street/Cisneros
- Farewell to Manzanar/Houston (non-fiction)
- Songs of Willow Frost/Ford
- There Eyes Were Watching God/Hurston
- Angle of Repose/Stegner
- Dances With Wolves/Blake
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/Twain
- Carter Beats the Devil/Gould
- As I Lay Dying/Faulkner
- The Revenant/Punke
- East of Eden/Steinbeck
- Ragged Dick/Alger
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn/Smith
- Maggie, a Girl of the Streets/Crane
- Daughter of Fortune/Allende
- Cannery Row/Steinbeck
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 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.
After a crazy busy February, March is giving us a bit of a breather while we prep for upcoming events.
On Wednesday Ms. Monahan brought her photography elective into the library to take pictures, find photography related books, and discuss the challenges of taking pictures in the library.
Mr. Crabb’s 10th grade history class came in to use the library space to work on their WWII Documentaries because the 7th graders were setting up their Collective Learning projects in the classroom.
Bonus: Our 4th grade buddy stopped by on Friday with his penguin friend, Chill Bill (doesn’t his bill look chill?) The fourth graders went to Sutter’s Fort this week so today is a chill day for them. We like chill days!
This week was so jam-packed with activities and events, we can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week both Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class and Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade History class spent some quality time in the library researching projects. The 7th graders continued to work on their collective learning projects based on various topics such as animals, plants, and technology while the 9th graders worked on their Indigenous Peoples project. On Tuesday author and alum Victoria Loustalot visited for a lunch time chat where she talked with students about the writing and publishing process, experimenting with genres and writing exercises to get writing.
On Wednesday Mrs. Bornmann’s and Mrs. Eustace’s classes were in the library to work on their Scientists in the Field research. During lunch time we held our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday Ms. Melinson’s advisory and the Chinese Club celebrated Chinese New Year with chow mein, dumplings, and Chinese sausage with rice. Friday was the Sophomore Moratorium, the day where the 10th graders take over the library and work on their Sophomore Projects.
Mrs. Eustace brought her pup Mali for a visit!
This week was all about classwork and library research. Mrs. Bornmann and Mrs. Eustace’s 6th grade students were in the library on Wednesday and Friday to research their Scientists in the Field topics using databases. Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders were on Wednesday to begin working on their Indigenous Peoples project. Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class was in on Thursday to work on research for a variety of topics, such as animals, food, weapons, and trade routes, and how it relates to collective learning that happened between the Fall of Rome and about 1750. Friday was World Read Aloud Day and to celebrate, Doctora Portillo’s High School Spanish class read old and new favorite picture books to Ms. Lang’s 2nd graders who also read to the high schoolers.