We returned from Mid-Winter break on Monday to the 100th day of school. The kindergartners paraded around campus as part of their celebration, including marching through the library.
On Tuesday the newly formed Black Student Union held its first event, a spoken word session at lunch time. Students, staff, and faculty shared poems by African American authors in honor of Black History Month.
Students from Ms. Mitchell’s Film elective came in on Wednesday to shoot a scene for their movie. One student got to “train” using books and other students got to throw books around. (No books were harmed in the making of this movie.)
It’s almost March which means it’s time for March Madness in Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History. On Friday students got to judge historical fiction books by their covers and hear the first line before picking out several they’d want to read. Soon these books will go head to head – thirty six books will enter, but only one can leave victorious!
We frequently have adorable dogs in the library, but what about a cute cow? Check out this beautiful painting of an adorable cow by Olivia (’19).
This was an event-heavy week in the library. On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which featured several announcements – read about it here. Also on Wednesday, the Chinese Club and Food Club shared activities and snack in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
On Thursday the Glass Knife held their second (and last) speakeasy of the year. Students and faculty (and guest, former English teacher Dr. Bell) read poems, song lyrics, and short stories in English, Spanish, and French.
During the speakeasy, the GSA sold handmade Valentine’s Day cards with the proceeds benefitting LGBTQ+ charities. Also on Thursday the library was serenaded with its now annual singing Valentine from Ms. Bennett and the second graders.
We had a low-key week in the library as we countdown to winter break (one more week!)
The Chinese Club met on Wednesday and were in for a quite a treat. Jason’s mom brought a variety of Chinese teas and treats for students to try. She explained the tea pigs (or tea pets) were there to pour any excess tea over into the tea tray. They are made of the same clay as some of the teapots. Over time the tea builds up on the pigs, coloring them different shades. She also talked about some of the traditions of tea.
On Thursday Ms. Mitchell’s Movie Making elective filmed a few scenes in the library, which included dancing on the tables.
Friday saw the first day of SIF-related research in the library. Mrs. Bornmann’s 6th graders got a research overview, an introduction to databases, and learned about searching with keywords.
We returned from Thanksgiving break to find December and fall had finally arrived: temperatures below 70 degrees, rainy days, and this gorgeous tree in front of the library:
This week the 6th graders began their joint English and Science project, Scientists in the Field (or, SIF). On Tuesday students browsed the different SIF books bookstore-style where they were arranged in groups by theme. Check out some of the subjects below:
Students then ranked their top choices from each category. On Wednesday the 6th graders had a Google Hangout visit with one of the Scientists in the Field authors and scientist, Dr. Caitlin O’Connell. Dr. O’Connell is an elephant scientist and author of The Elephant Scientist. She spoke to students about her work and then took questions. After the visit, the kids were given their SIF books.
On Friday, the National Art Honor Society hosted a student art show inside of the library. View their work below:
Tuesday was our biggest and fluffiest library dog’s birthday – Quaffle! Quaffle turned 3 years old and celebrated by bringing Scooby Snacks to share with everyone.
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.
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 were packed with activities this week as we tried to squeeze in as much as we could before Mid-Winter Break. Monday started with Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class as they continued to work on their Collective Learning projects. On Tuesday Mrs. Eustace’s 8th grade English class was in to begin research for their Ignite speeches. During break and lunch, the Glass Knife put on their Love/Hate Valentine’s Day Bake Sale.
All this week 6th graders have been presenting their Scientists in the Field projects. They gave speeches as their scientists while discussing their topics then presented their scientist showcases in the form of board games, documentaries, virtual reality experiences, and backpacks of field tools. Check out the gallery below to view their work!
On Thursday March Madness began for Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders. Students got to judge a book by its cover and listen to the first line of each novel before picking historical fiction books to read. Their books will go head to head in brackets until the best book wins. Stay tuned for results!
Thursday was also Valentine’s Day, which turned out to be a pretty festive day around the Matthews Library. Ms. Melinson’s desk was was accordingly decorated by some pranksters. The LGBTQ Club sold handmade cards much to the delight of Middle and High Schoolers alike. The library’s Blind Date with a Book display went up. The 1st grade class presented an adorable singing telegram to Ms. Melinson. Check out the video on our Facebook page!
On Friday the Glass Knife held their last Speakeasy of the year where students and faculty read poems and other writing, some original and some they just enjoyed. We were also surprised by some brief, but intense hail on Friday.
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.
What a week it’s been! The library has been jam-packed with events this week from Harry Potter to presentations to passion projects.
On Monday and Tuesday, the library was host to the Sophomore Project Presentations where the Top 10 finalists presented their year-long research on languages or religions.
Wednesday was our special Harry Potter themed Book Club (read about it here) followed by Poem in Your Pocket Day for the kindergarteners. High school students visited the Lower School library and helped the youngsters act out poems or draw related pictures.
Continuing with the Harry Potter library takeover, the Harry Potter Club had their last meeting of the year on Thursday. The meeting featured a special guest, Quaffle, library dog-in-training.
Thursday was also the first day Ms. Little’s 6th graders were in the library to learn how to research for their upcoming passion projects.
And finally, on Friday the hardcore members of the Political Puzzles club met to discuss current political issues.
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!