The end is here…the end of the school year, that is!
But first, last week! On Tuesday Ms. Nellis’ APUSH class had their very own book club where they talked about historical fiction books they read. You can find the full list of books here. On Wednesday Ms. Melinson gave back to back to back book talks to 7th and 8th graders about their summer reading. Also on Wednesday, the Chinese Club cooked up some yummy dishes outside of the library.
Monday was the last day of school for Middle Schoolers and the last of the finals for High Schoolers. The library was visited by not one, but two of our doggy friends! The garage band rocked out in the high school quad on Monday during lunch and yearbook distribution.
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
The library has been mostly closed these past two weeks for AP exams, but we managed to sneak in some regularly scheduled library time. Wednesday was the last school day for the senior class and due to the unusual weather, Ms. Melinson was able to offer some seniors tea for the last time as students. On Thursday Ms. Eustace’s English classes were in the library continuing their Passion Project research.
Over in Ms. Lacomb’s 8th grade English class, students were able to design their own lesson this week and some students came up with the idea of a meditation tent. Neat! It reminds us of the reading tent in the library during Read Across America.
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!
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 had quite the week here in the library. The Sophomore Symposium was held on Monday and Tuesday where the Top 10 projects were presented:
- Elijah: Phage Therapy and the Superbug Crisis
- Allie: The Feral Cat Crisis
- Lili: The Problems with Autism Diagnosis
- Kenyatta: Rancho Seco – Did It Cause Cancer?
- Anna: LGBT Representation in Television and Film
- Sarina: Superfund Sites
- Joanne: Human Trafficking and Its Solution
- Sydney: The Importance of Community in Sacramento
- Pragathi: Cerebral Organoids
- Ming: The Evolution of Jazz
Good job to all who presented and congratulations to Elijah, Ming, and Anna for placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively,
On Thursday the Room of Requirement was set up bookstore style for Mrs. Lacomb’s 8th grade English classes. Students perused mystery books like classics and thrillers before checking them out. Thursday was also Poem in Your Pocket Day where students who read a poem from their pocket (more often in their head or on their computer than in their pocket, but that name is a bit too long) were treated to a piece of candy. Some of our students really got into the spirit with dramatic readings!
On Thursday and Friday Ms. Myers PE class was in to learn how to be healthy for life. Ms. Melinson and Ms. Myers presented on how students can search for good websites to use for personal health and how to avoid the more sketchy sites. Friday was also another Glass Knife work night as we get closer to crunch time for putting the book together.
Dogs and art! We were visited by not one, but two library doggos this week!
Also, check out the new mural by the weight room. Thanks to Bella for adding some much needed color to the gym walls!
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.
It was a week of weeklong projects. All week long the sophomores presented their Sophomore Projects to their peers and teachers. The Top Ten presenters will participate in the Sophomore Symposium in April where they’ll present to a panel of judges including teachers and former winners. Also all week the Glass Knife staff have been having their board meetings to discuss what pieces should go in this year’s book that will be produced in April and May and distributed in June. The seventh graders checked in on their March Madness book brackets each day this week. As the books progressed through the brackets, the students whose books moved forward each day received a piece of candy. In the end it came down to Ava’s review of Berlin Boxing Club and Natalie’s review of Broken Memory. Both were strong, but on Thursday we found out Natalie won the bragging rights.
On Monday Ms. Eustace’s 8th grade English class came in the library to research World War II technology in preparation for their upcoming papers and speeches on the same subjects. On Wednesday Ms. Eustace was back, this time with her 6th grade English classes. The 6th graders are beginning their Passion Projects and came to the library to brainstorm possible ideas.
Friday was the High School Passport Lunch where students buy a passport (with proceeds going to our sister schools in Rulindo) to visit different classrooms and sample a variety of dishes from around the world. In the library, Ms. Melinson’s advisory had noodle dishes and drinks from around the world.
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
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.
Mrs. Eustace brought her pup Mali for a visit!