Week in Review

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.

Week in Review: Olympics edition

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The 6th graders have been working on Olympic-themed projects over the past few weeks and as a result the library was transformed into a mini Olympic stadium on Monday as they competed in Minute-To-Win-It games. The games included “Cups & Cards”, “Play it by Ear with Soda Cans”, “Find the Penny in the Tights”, and “Nuts ‘n’ Bolts”. The 6th graders celebrated their hard work at lunch with cake and live streaming the Olympics.

On Tuesday Mr. Crabb’s advisory came in to look at books about food for the upcoming World Fair Day. Thursday and Friday featured ice cream socials for Lauren and Layla, winners of the Teen Read Week raffle.

Most excitedly, the puzzle was finished on Friday. Here’s Rita putting in the last piece.


Wednesday was Valentine’s Day, and we were delighted with a singing valentine performed by the kindergarteners.

Week in Review: Middle School Takeover Edition

This week the library was overtaken by middle schoolers and their various activities. On Monday Mrs. Eustace’s 6th graders were in for the Olympics Book Extravaganza. Students chose olympic-themed books and started reading – unless they had a foul and ended up in the penalty box!

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On Tuesday we had tea during elective to help keep us warm. On Tuesday and Thursday Ms. Monahan spoke to the 8th graders about their digital portfolios and how to set up a Google site for it. Mr. Grunst’s 8th graders were in the library on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to find books and research for their severe weather projects.

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On Friday we were host to Professor Jan Goggans from UC Merced. Professor Goggans spoke to the 8th graders about Dorothea Lange and John Steinbeck and the relationship between their work and its representation of the Great Depression.

Week in Review: Welcome Back!

Welcome back and happy new year! We eased into 2018 with a quiet week in the library.

In preparation for the 6th graders Olympic Book Talks, Ms. Melinson and Mrs. Eustace took a field trip to Barnes & Noble to get some last minute selections.

On Friday the library played host to the alumni mixer. Students and faculty schmoozed with the Class of 2017 before heading off to the alumni panel to discuss their first semesters at college.

Week in Review: Holiday edition

We’ve had a busy holiday-filled week leading up to Winter Break. On Monday Dr. Whited’s  Biology class were back to continue working on their GMO projects. At lunchtime, the Glass Knife held their annual Latke Throw-down, which featured yummy foods, good friends, and Ms. Melinson reading The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming.

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Tuesday featured music in the library as Ms. Keys’ orchestra and choir serenaded us with holiday classics to get us in the holly jolly spirit. On Tuesday and Wednesday we had Mrs. Pelle’s and Mrs. Scruggs’ advisories in for Wintercraft. We also had our monthly Book Club on Wednesday, which you can read about here.  On Thursday Mrs. LaComb’s advisory came in for Wintercraft…which turned out to be a cover for a surprise going away party! (though, some crafting still happened) One of our students, Loryn, is leaving us and her friends wanted to send her off in style.

Friday was a madhouse, but for a good cause. The library was host to one of the Middle School Community Service options. Students made cards and wrote letters (and drew pictures – check out the one below from Brynne) to military service people, veterans, and first responders, and made gift tags, magnets, and bookmarks for Dyer-Kelly. At lunch, Ms. Bauman held a mini alumni panel for juniors and seniors to ask questions about their college experience so far.


The week wouldn’t be complete without a visit from our favorite elf/library dog, Quaffle!

Week in Review: Wintercraft edition

This week the library saw a mix of work and play as we rolled out Wintercraft for middle school advisories and played host to various classes working on projects. On Monday we had our monthly leadership lunch, which featured Emily talking about her experience of becoming an Emergency Medical Responder and performing a trauma exam demonstration.

Tuesday featured The Glass Knife holiday and gift bake sale, which helps fund The Glass Knife retreat in January. Tuesday also saw a double dose of Mr. Crabb, with his History classes in to continue working on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects and then his advisory for Wintercraft where they made magnetic bookmarks.

Wednesday and Thursday saw two more advisories in for Wintercraft, Mrs. Eustace’s and Mrs. Monahan’s. We also had Dr. Fisher’s History class in to work on their notecards and prepare for their interviews by contacting possible interviewees for their Sophomore Project.

Rounding out the week was Dr. Whited’s Biology class to work on their genetically modified foods projects and Mr. Hagmann’s English class to work on an extra credit assignment.


Week in Review: Speakeasy edition


Happy December! We’re zipping right through this year! The week began with a Glass Knife meeting with staff planning for the Speakeasy and the upcoming gift and bake sale (at morning break and lunch time on Tuesday, December 5th). Midweek saw Mr. Crabb’s history classes in the library working on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects. The week closed with our annual lunchtime Speakeasy, which featured students and faculty sharing poems – including some originals. This year’s event also included a musical performance by Chardonnay and Lily, who played the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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We’ve been hard at work prepping for Wintercraft and Middle School community service – watch for your advisory’s turn in the coming weeks!

Week in Review

This week started off with a Glass Knife meeting at lunch with GK staff members discussing details and submissions for this year’s book. Later in the day we had both English 10 classes in to learn the finer points of evaluating websites. On Tuesday Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders were in the library working on their World Heritage site projects. On Thursday Mr. Hagmann’s Book Elective class was in looking up poetry for a sweet surprise we can’t mention just yet. Thursday also featured our monthly Book Club where students and faculty discuss what they’ve been reading – or in this case, what they’re planning on reading over the long weekend. To cap off the week, there was a meeting of the Faculty Food Club featuring yummy appetizers.

Week in Review: Classes Galore

It’s been quite busy this week, with Monday being possibly the busiest day ever. Monday featured back to back to back classes, 10th grade English and 7th grade Science, with the kiddos working on their Sophomore Projects and Biomes website design, respectively.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders in the library to work on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects. Tuesday was also Halloween and we saw some great costumes in the library including Ms. Burns as Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus”, Ms. Mitchell as Mother Nature, and Emily as a dark fairy.

On Thursday we had, you guessed it, more classes! This time it was Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders working hard on their notecards for their Sophomore Project.

Rounding out the week on Friday was Novemberfest! Ms. Melinson’s advisory cooked a hearty breakfast and built a chocolate cookie haunted house. Later in the day as part of Novemberfest festivities, the library was host to lots of different board games.

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Week in Review: Book Talks

Mr. Kuiper’s 8th graders were in the library on Monday and Tuesday to find books and research topics for their National History Day projects, which range from suffragettes to Watergate to stem cells. On Monday and Wednesday Mr. Hagmann’s Film elective class was in the library to work on their projects about various film topics like Jim Carrey, Robert Downey Jr., and the use of color in Marvel movies. Wednesday and Thursday saw a flurry of books and Post-its as Ms. Melinson book talked a variety of titles for 6th and 7th graders, including some especially spooky books for Halloween. The kiddos chose some great books and just in time for the three day weekend. Happy reading!