Here we are at the end of another school year. Students wrapped up their finals on Monday then had Tuesday off. They were back for a minimum day on Wednesday to sell back their textbooks and clean out their lockers. Our favorite library dog-in-training, Quaffle, stopped by to wish us a happy summer vacation. Later on Wednesday, after the AP Art presentations, copies of this year’s The Glass Knife were handed out. We think it came out great!
We hope you have a wonderful summer and read some good books!
While the school year is winding down, the library is still hoping with activity. On Tuesday we wrapped up our Summer Reading book talks with the incoming 6th graders. You can find out Summer Reading information here. On Wednesday we had back-to-back Book Clubs. First up was Ms. Nellis’ AP U.S. History class. Students read a historical fiction novel and then related what they learned in class to the historical aspects of the novel. And much like our usual Book Club, snacks were involved! At lunchtime we had our regular monthly Book Club where students and faculty discussed what they planned to read over the summer, which you can read about here.
Thursday and Friday saw final exams for the high schoolers. When they weren’t testing in the gym, they were in the library debriefing with their classmates or outside of the library munching on snacks provided by the Parent’s Association. To wrap up the week, the seniors returned on Friday to take care of some senior business and attend seminars.
It’s round two of AP testing this week as students took exams in Biology, Physics, Calculus, Computer Science, English Literature, Microeconomics, European History, and Latin. Whew, that’s a lot of tests!
There were no exams on Thursday so Mrs. Eustace and her 6th graders were in the library working on their Works Cited pages for the Passion Projects.
Before heading into their AP Latin exam on Friday, Mrs. Batarseh motivated her students with an invocation to the gods of AP tests and the Eugepae! chant.
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!
It’s been go, go, go in the library this week! Starting with Monday when Ms. Nellis brought in her 9th graders to work on their World Heritage Site projects. Then the library played host to a presentation on Queer Voices for Mr. Hinojosa’s 12th graders as part of their Laramie Project unit. Speakers from the Sacramento LGBT Community Center spoke about their experiences and services they provide at the Community Center. Later in the day, a group of high schoolers helped out kindergartners in the Winters Library with Poem in Your Pocket activities: cutest day of the year.
On Tuesday Ms. Nellis’ class was back for more World Heritage fun. Tuesday was also Mrs. Eustace’s birthday, and she was very excited to have ice cream cake. Wednesday was the all-school Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students with poems in their pockets (or on their phones, computers, or brains) shared poems in exchange for a piece of candy. After lunch we were visited by the Four Horsemen of the Poem-acalypse to share their poems and after school some middle schoolers came running in to read their poems before it was too late.
At Thursday’s “C” day meeting, a panel of seniors talked to the juniors about the college application process and their college choices. And Friday was another work night for The Glass Knife staff as they worked hard on completing this year’s book.
This week started out with the Sophomore Symposium presentations. On Monday David presented on the UC Davis MIND Institute, Spencer on Prohibition, Jackson M. on Climate Change, Anu on the Evolution of News and the Sacramento Bee, and Becca on Sacramento and Flooding. On Tuesday Larkin presented on Sacramento’s Reliance on the Busy Bee, Jackson C. on the Golden 1 Center, Heloise on the Delano Grape Strike, Darius on Tech Companies and Sacramento, and Alyssa on Street Art. Congratulations to the Top 10 and to the Top 3, Larkin, Jackson M., and Spencer!
On Thursday Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders were in to find research books relating to their March Madness fiction books. Topics included refugees, war, women’s rights, and more. Thursday was also pitch day for the 6th grade Passion Projects. Students presented to their classmates and the Country Day community and received feedback on their project ideas. The pitches included a business plan for a breakfast stand, a presentation on the Ancient Beringians, the chemistry of baking, cooking around the world, and a Harlem Globetrotters board game. On Friday the Glass Knife had their first of many work nights to come.
It’s been a quiet week in the Matthews Library. On Monday and Tuesday the 10th graders were in to learn about parenthetical references and MLA formatting for their Sophomore Project papers. The Glass Knife had another week of board meetings to determine what will go in this year’s book. On Thursday they looked at submitted art pieces, but no peeking! On Friday, the 6th graders submitted their Passion Project proposals. Ideas include a mixtape based on the history of Broadway, a dating app for sharks, a popsicle stick building based on Disney animation, and a website based on the evolution of cats. Look for more updates as these projects progress.
Legit bubblewrap is becoming harder to find in packaging (with air pockets being the common replacement) so when Ms. Melinson received some in a package, she offered it to students as a quick stress reliever.
It was another wet week here at the Matthews Library, but the sun managed to come out Friday just in time for Spring Fest.
Monday featured Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders in for the beginning of March Madness. Ms. Melinson read the first line of a variety of books with over-arching themes like refugees, colonization, revolution, and Japan, and then students picked books based on their covers.
Tuesday was a holiday we can all get behind: Tea for Two Tuesday. The library office was set up with an assortment of teas and cookies for students to enjoy.
All week long, the Glass Knife have been having super secret board meetings to discuss what will make it into this year’s book.
Friday was Spring Fest and the Passport Lunch. Each advisory brought a different food and students went from classroom to classroom sampling all the different foods with the proceeds going to Breakthrough. In the library, an array of tea, from Boba, to Chai, to Russian, to Chinese black tea, was set up along with cookies, lemon bars, lamingtons, Russian apricot rolls, Russian walnuts, and other yummy treats.
It’s been a wet and wintry week here at the Matthews Library. Monday started out with a Glass Knife meeting as staffers get ready for board meetings next week. On Tuesday Mrs. Lyon’s Book Elective was in to learn about the review contest and find out some of the special perks of being in Book Elective.
On Wednesday, students and faculty participated in the National Walkout by sitting silently for 17 minutes and reading off the names and ages of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. We had our lunchtime Book Club on Wednesday, which you can read about here. Wednesday was also Pi Day and the library served as a holding place for some pretty sweet pies for the Pi day pie making contest.
Thursday was the perfect day for tea after lunch because of the inclement weather. Thursday was also the perfect day to send off the Mock Trial team to state! Students and teachers gathered to cheer on the Mock Trial team as they head to Orange County to compete in the State Mock Trial competition for the first time in Country Day history. Go Cavs!
The library was quiet on Friday, but the Middle School was the happening place with their first World’s Fair Day.
We’re back in the thick of things after a (hopefully) well rested (and well read) February Break. On Monday Sophomores had their second moratorium where they focused on presentations. Former Sophomore Project winners shared their presentations and the gave tips on how to give a top notch presentation.
Tuesday saw the return of TED Talk Tuesday. We showed Sarah Kay’s “If I Should Have a Daughter” and Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day…For the Bullied and the Beautiful.” Tuesday also happened to be the 100th Day of School, and the library was one of the many stops on the Kindergarteners’ celebratory parade throughout campus.
Friday was Read Across America Day, a day devoted to reading. The library was transformed into a cozy reading lounge filled with pillows, bean bags, and the reading fort. At 2:30, the Cat in the Hat let us know it was time for the All School Read and for 15 minutes, the whole school read. Check out our shelfie post later this week featuring students, faculty, and parents reading.