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.
Ms. Eustace’s Dystopian Studies elective was in the library on Wednesday for mini book talks on lesser known dystopian works before checking out books. After getting their books, they spent the rest of the period reading.
Also on Wednesday, Julie Checkoway (author and SCDS parent) spoke to the Sophomores about her thoughts on how to begin researching for their Sophomore Projects. Julie emphasized organizing their notes, backing up work regularly and in different places, and not being afraid to fail at first and put yourself out there.
On Friday Mr. Crabb’s History classes were in to learn how to focus their Sophomore Project topics and posing a research question. Friday was also the first Glass Knife meeting where students determined what jobs they would have for this year’s book.
It’s been a rather quiet week here in the Matthews Library as we head into that time of the year: grading the Sophomore Project citations!
On Tuesday and Wednesday the library was jam packed with students registering for AP exams, which start next week. Tuesday was also College Announcement Day where the Seniors wore their college gear and announced where they’re going next year.
Thursday was a good day for bubbles. Bubbles are lent to students as a way to de-stress from their exams. Friday featured Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders in to work on their European Colonial America research project.
Ms. Melinson has been away this week celebrating her daughter’s wedding festivities. Filling in for Ms. Melinson has been yours truly, assisted by Clippy. He helps out with tech issues, but he’s also pretty territorial when it comes to office furniture. He’s got some interesting redecorating ideas and strong feelings about plants.
Clippy has been a bit wound up since his tenure at Microsoft unraveled. Hopefully Ms. Melinson will return before he gets too bent out of shape!
This week, Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade History classes visited almost every day to work on their Pre-Columbian Americas research projects. On Monday Ms. Melinson shared with them how to start an outline for the presentation component of their project and the rest of the week was spent looking at sources and researching indigenous cultures.
Monday was also National Puzzle Day which meant is was time for Ms. Melinson to bust out the puzzle! This year’s puzzle features an elaborate library that even includes a puzzle in the corner.
Wednesday featured a guest speaker, New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse. Ms. Crouse spoke to the members of the Octagon staff about her new book, Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence, as well as how she got started in sports journalism and some notable stories from her career.
Thursday the Glass Knife held a meeting where they planned for the upcoming Valentine’s Day bake sale – look forward to that happening on Monday, February 12th!
Friday was the all-day Sophomore Moratorium. Students spent the day working on their projects and getting help from teachers while also listening to presentations on outlines, rubrics, and how to make a presentation.
This week started out with a Glass Knife lunch-time literary contest. The staff were given a list of prompts related to this year’s theme (of which we were sworn to secrecy and cannot reveal) and directed to write in 10 minute intervals. Congratulations to Gabi, Joe M., Zihao!
On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read all about here. Thursday featured tea in the library to warm us up. Thursday also found Ms. Melinson visiting Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders to discuss their Pre-Columbian Americas research projects. Ms. Melinson shared the research guide she made for them and then talked about how to find sources.