Week in Review: Orientations, Projects, and Other Assorted Fun

The sixth graders finished their library orientation last week. To demonstrate what they learned about evaluating sources, they finished up with a game of Friendly Feud to test their knowledge. Good thing Steve Harvey was on hand to host!

To practice their new skills, they spent the rest of the week learning more about algae and soil to get some background information for their trip to Clay Banks.

This week, the tenth graders joined us daily for lessons relating to their Sophomore Projects, including how to paraphrase, determine their research question, and use NoodleTools. Students were also visited by archivist James Scott of the Sacramento Room at the Sacramento Public Library. He talked about the research tools available at the public library, like databases and ebooks, as well as the wealth of local information in the Sacramento Room. Students will learn more about the Sacramento Room when they visit in person next week.

Students have been enjoying the new whiteboard in the Quiet Room. This week they used it to play Boggle!

In bookish news, the Middle School Book Elective met in the library to read and discuss their books. We also drew winners for the Summer Reading Raffle. Congratulations to Zachary, Phoebe, and everyone else who participated!

We also acknowledged Banned Books Week with a counter display showing where and why books are most often challenged.

Finally, Ms. Melinson’s advisory proved that they have the best snacks. Advisee Ava D. made cannolis to share with the group.

Week in Review: We’re Back!

The new school year began last week and the library was off to a running start with the 10th grade visiting to learn about their big assignment, the Sophomore Project. We were also visited by the Middle School Book Elective, who came in to browse the shelves for a new favorite.

The High School Book Club met for its first meeting of the year—and the first to take place at its previously usual time at lunch. Students and faculty shared what they read over the summer, and Ms. Melinson shared some new-to-the-library books. Read more about book club here.

This week, the library held its 6th grade orientation. Sixth graders were introduced to their new library and went on a silent conga through the stacks to learn how the books are organized. Then they rotated through stations where they learned about the library’s databases, watched videos on evaluating websites (which will come in handy next week when they further explore the topic), practiced sorting call numbers, and then used those skills for a library scavenger hunt.

Bonus:

It’s always a good day when we get dog visitors, and today we said hello to Ms. Adams’s dog, Ruby, and Mr. French’s dog, Fritz!

Week in Review: DRAMA

The library was bustling with activity this week, mainly human sexuality for the sixth through eighth-grade students. But when not in use by middle schoolers, the library hosted the High School drama class for a look at their play, Anxiety is Orange. Students performed several scenes from this thoughtfully funny play. Also happening this week was the final Leadership Lunch of the school year. Ryan interviewed Samhita and Saheb about their experiences on the Quiz Bowl and Science Bowl teams. We look forward to seeing them both in the future on Jeopardy!

Week in Review + May Book Club

The sixth graders were in the library on Monday with Ms. McGinnes to begin research for their passion projects. Student topics include various sports, animation, organic food, Lego, and music.

It’s hard to believe, but we held the final high school book club of the year on Tuesday. To start us off, Ms. Melinson shared a number of books she got on Independent Bookstore Day, including the Joan Didion classics Let Me Tell You What I Mean and The Year of Magical Thinking, Call Us What We Carry, and All About Love. She also shared some cool-looking books like The Coasts of California, a beautifully illustrated field guide, an oddly sized edition of 1984, the graphic novel adaptation of 1984, and the Maya Angelou poem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me with illustrations by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Avery shared she’s only reading a school book right now, The Tempest. Jordyn talked about returning several books, including Scythe, which reminded Ms. Melinson to share that a prequel to Scythe will be released this year. Mrs. Strong read The Personal Librarian and liked it well enough. Samhita is re-reading House of Leaves, although it’s much less weird the second time around. Dra. Portillo read Circe and said it’s really good and makes you wonder about gender roles in that time period.

Week in Review: Sophomore Symposium

The library hosted the Sophomore Symposium this week where the Top 10 finalists shared their presentations on a variety of topics:

Kaitlyn D. – The Benefits of the Mental Health Court

Aarushi R – Multi-Cancer Detection Blood Test Galleri

William H. – Artificial Intelligence and Its Uses in Healthcare,

Luke S. – The Effects of Climate Change on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Gulzar S. – Farm to Fork

E R. – Mental Health in Transgender Youth

Mia C. – To Bee or Not to Bee

Grace Z. – Chinese-American Conservatives

Imani C. The Math and Science behind 2D Character Animation

Katie E. – Changes in the Vietnamese Language Over Time

Congratulations to the winners Mia, Grace, Imani, and everyone who presented!

Later this week, Ms. Melinson worked with Mr. Hobbs’ eighth-grade history class to learn about misinformation. Students learned about lateral reading vs. horizontal reading and the important of checking where their information comes from as well as fake news and deep fakes.

Bonus Cat:

Last week, Sage brought her magnificently fuzzy cat to the library for another visit. Just look at that majestic floof!

Week in Review: EVENTS!

The library was hopping this week with classes and events. It almost felt like a return to the before times!

On Monday, the library hosted an Enlightenment Salon with Ms. Kahn’s seventh-grade history class. Students became a variety of Enlightenment figures, including Voltaire, Diderot, Wollstonecraft, and Benjamin Franklin, as well as some lesser-known people from that time, like Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Toussaint Louveture, and Phillis Wheatley. Students discussed such enlightened topics as should their characters support monarchy or democracy? What is the role of women in society? And what does it truly mean to be an enlightened society?

We also had the March edition of book club on Wednesday. Ms. Melinson presented a number of new books that recently joined the library’s collection. Her focus was on beautiful book covers like Drawn Across Borders, Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Butler, and Watch Over Me. Ms. Melinson also talked about new releases from popular authors like Rhythm of War, Cloud Cuckoo Land, The Lincoln Highway, and Again Again.

We ended the week with a lovely springtime concert courtesy of the Middle School Orchestra. Click here to watch a clip on our Instagram page!

Bonus:

Check out these great shelfies from Read Across Country Day!

Week in Review: The One with the Fireplace

This week saw the return of the library’s virtual fireplace. While eighth-grade students worked on citations for their National History Day projects, a warm (looking) fire roared on the screen to add a sense of coziness to their class time. The fire returned later in the week when tenth grade students were in the library working on their Sophomore Projects.

Leadership Lunches returned in person in the library! Craig and Ryan interviewed Samhita and Simone on their different experiences working with Breakthrough Sacramento over the summer as a volunteer and teacher, respectively.

The library also hosted its Book Club this week. Students shared what they’ve been reading and hope to read over break, while Ms. Melinson talked about several new books in the library. View our Instagram for some of the top books of the year!

On Friday, Ms. McGinnes and Mrs. Frandrup announced the results of the Scientists in the Field showcase. Congratulations to all of our scientists for their excellent work!

Week in Review: Scientists in the Field Showcase

On Wednesday, the sixth graders wrapped up their interdisciplinary research Scientists in the Field project with a terrific showcase of their work! Students presented to an audience of their parents, teachers, and peers and shared what they learned about their scientists’ specialty. Students also created audio/visual projects like virtual reality experiences, virtual backpacks, and documentaries. Audience members were given three (fake) $500 checks to donate to groups they thought deserved funding.

Week in Review: NHD Takeover

Happy December! The library has been in full National History Day research mode this week with both seventh and eighth-grade students in to work on their projects. Students spent the week learning how to navigate databases and look for information on their topics in library books. This year’s NHD theme is Debate & Diplomacy and some of their topics include gentrification, the Bubonic Plague, and disability rights. Thursday and Friday were spent as a “help day” for seventh-grade. Students were able to work on their projects and get assistance from Mrs. Kahn or Ms. Melinson.

Also happening in the library this week was the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Usually held in person, this conference went virtual due to COVID. Six high school students were able to attend this important conference virtually. The library’s quiet room turned into a communal conference space. To make the event feel more special, students received SDLC swag bags and lunch.

Week in Review: the One with the Research, pt. 2

Students in sixth, seventh, and 10th grades were in the library this week working on research for their various projects.

Sixth-grade students learned about curating their resources for their Scientists in the Field project. Seventh graders evaluated the authority of websites that might be useful for their National History Day projects. Tenth-grade students took a deep dive into databases and how to find relevant information for their Sophomore Projects.

The outside of the library got a little more informative this week when senior Masai decorated the window display with images and information honoring Native American Heritage Month.

Ms. Melinson helped host the first meeting of the Grands & Friends book club. Check out the selection of books she shared with the group.