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 our first Book Club of Fall on Wednesday, which featured the return of warm apple cider (and brownies, of course).
Ms. Melinson started us off by sharing that she re-read The Little Prince and how she enjoys going back and re-reading books from her childhood. Then she shared some new additions to the library: Resurrection (the tenth book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series), Fugitive Six (the second book in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series), Crazy Rich Asians, and A Reaper at the Gates (the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series). Ms. Melinson said she was still reading Factfulness and had started Little Paris Bookshop, which she was finding to be a little bit like chick-lit.
Ms. Batarseh talked about how she once met the former California State Librarian, Kevin Starr, and found him to be “enchanting”. She was reading one of his books, Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge and said she couldn’t put it down.
Chardonnay read the graphic novel Maus and really enjoyed it. Grace was reading The Shadow of the Wind (in Spanish!), which turned out to be an audience favorite. Luca re-read the Bone series of graphic novels, a favorite of his when he was younger, and said it still holds up. He also re-read Two Gentlemen of Verona, his favorite Shakespeare play.
Sarina read Monday’s Not Coming and said the back and forth narration was a little confusing, but made her want to go back and re-read it. Mr. Wells read Walking to Listen and “finally” read Between the World and Me, which he described as profound. Doctora Portillo read The Body is Not an Apology and found it uplifting and thought-provoking, but also a little repetitive and maybe preachy.
To learn about all of the books we talked about, visit our Goodreads page!
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.
It’s spirit week at Country Day and our students dressed to impress!
Tuesday was Twins day and Mrs. Eustace and Mrs. Strong joined in on the fun. Wednesday was Disney-themed and Brandy dressed up as Snow White while Shelly played as the Evil Queen with the poisonous apple. Don’t eat the apple, Brandy! On Thursday advisories dressed up as TV characters. Ms. Melinson’s advisory dressed up as The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
On Friday two local librarians visited the Sophomores. Kim, from the Arden-Dimick branch, gave the kids their library cards and talked about what research resources the library has. James, from the Sacramento Room, also visited and spoke on the historical resources the Sacramento Room has to offer. He also brought a signed copy of the Ladybird script. How cool!
Ms. Melinson visited the arts event, Tearing Walls Apart, featuring the work of some of our students – Bella, Jason, and Sophie. Check out their work below!
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.
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.