Week in Review: What’s been happening?

Hi, friends! We hope you had a relaxing Spring Break and have been adjusting to the new schedule. What’s been going on in the virtual library?

7th graders in Mr. Crabb’s History class completed their March Madness projects. For March Madness, students read historical fiction books and then write essays about what they read. The essays then go head to head in brackets, competing for the #1 spot. Congratulations to Mia G. for winning top spot with her essay on The Lost Boys!

At the beginning of the week, the first ever virtual Sophomore Symposium took place with the top 10 presenting on a multitude of topics. The winners were announced on Friday and congratulations are in order to:

  • 1st Place – Elliot C., Sacramento: A Study of Racial Housing Patterns
  • 2nd Place – Sanjana A., Immunotherapy: The Ultimate Answer to Cancer
  • 3rd Place – Miles M., The History of the Japanese in the United States

and to all the presenters:

  • Arjin C., The Future: GMOs
  • Evan G., Flooding in Sacramento: A Long History
  • Nihal G., Nuclear Power: Is It Viable?
  • Tina H., Opening the World of Contemporary Art
  • Arijit T., Genetically Modified Crops: The Future of Food
  • Arikta T., California Cuisine
  • Daisy Z., Sacramento Water Resource and Quality

One of our favorite events is Music in the Library and on Friday we “hosted” 5th grade and orchestra teacher Mrs. Hoyos (on cello), her husband (on flute), and her daughter (on piano). It was a lovely treat. They played:

1- The Swan by C. Saint-Saens
2-Waltz Op. 64 C#m by F. Chopin
3-Berceuse by G. Faure
4-Alleluja by W. A. Mozart
5-Arioso by J.S. Bach
6-Budapesto by Carey Cheney
7-At Twilight by W.H. Squire
8-Sicilienne by M. Paradis.
View it here and brighten your day!

Week in Review: 100 Days Smarter

We returned from Mid-Winter break on Monday to the 100th day of school. The kindergartners paraded around campus as part of their celebration, including marching through the library.

On Tuesday the newly formed Black Student Union held its first event, a spoken word session at lunch time. Students, staff, and faculty shared poems by African American authors in honor of Black History Month.

Students from Ms. Mitchell’s Film elective came in on Wednesday to shoot a scene for their movie. One student got to “train” using books and other students got to throw books around. (No books were harmed in the making of this movie.)

It’s almost March which means it’s time for March Madness in Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History. On Friday students got to judge historical fiction books by their covers and hear the first line before picking out several they’d want to read. Soon these books will go head to head – thirty six books will enter, but only one can leave victorious!

Bonus:

We frequently have adorable dogs in the library, but what about a cute cow? Check out this beautiful painting of an adorable cow by Olivia (’19).

Week in Review: Classwork & Checkers

The 6th graders were back this week to continue their research on learning differences. To encourage their quiet research, students worked with a “crackling fire” in the background.

Also this week, Gavin brought Chinese Checkers and struck up a game with new student Jiayu.

February is Black History Month. The library is participating in a #readingblackout by only featuring African American authors on our end cap displays. Come view (and check out books from) our displays or view them on the library’s Instagram, where a new display will be featured every week.

Week in Review: Puzzles

Welcome to the second semester! I don’t know if you know this, but our kids love puzzles. They’re puzzle fanatics! And this week they finished two 1,000 piece puzzles. What day did they finish their second puzzle? On National Puzzle Day, of course! Good job, you puzzle fiends!

There was also some non-puzzle work happening in the library. Mrs. Sterling’s 6th graders were, throughout the week, working on their research for learning differences to go with their reading circles. They learned to use Encyclopedia Britannica and Gale databases. Then worked by the “fireplace” to complete their research.

Week in Review: Finals Week

Finals week is always a rather odd time in the library and this week was no exception. Sandwiched between two days off, the High Schoolers took their finals Tuesday through Thursday and the library was the place to be between tests. We had a packed house as students crammed in last minute studying, snacked on treats provided by the Parents Association, and debriefed with fellow classmates as to how they think they did.

On Tuesday Ms. Sterling’s Book Club elective came in for a mini book talk to hear about some of our new books. Then they tried out our new method for reader’s advisory: placing a gold star sticker on the spine of a great book.

On Thursday The Glass Knife held their final retreat – Ms. Melinson shared that she’s stepping down as GK advisor for new adventures (but she’s still your librarian!) She shared some of the history of The Glass Knife’s traditions then staffers got down to business to work on the book.

Friday was a teacher work day which meant an extra day off for students and some behind the scenes work for your librarians. Also on Friday, Ms. Melinson, Mr. Crabb, Doctora, Rachelle, and Mr. Wells took our international students out to Ming Dynasty in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Bonus:

Your assistant librarian’s assistant pupper giving input on today’s blog post.

Week in Review: That’s a Wrap!

It’s been quiet in the library this past week. The Sophomores finished their papers and turned them in for grading, 6th graders finished their Scientists in the Field projects, and the high schoolers are preparing for finals next week.

We had a one-day storm on Thursday which made the perfect day for tea.

On Friday to celebrate the end of their Scientists in the Field projects, students were visited by scientist and author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Dr. Patent has written two Scientists in the Field books and is working on her third. She’s also written several other books on various topics, especially dogs (she’s a dog person). Dr. Patent discussed her extensive experience has a scientist traveling and observing different animals and then writing about them.

Bonus:

Two puppy visitors in one day! Look at this adorable and tiny puppy!

And look at this adorable and giant puppy visitor!

Week in Review: Little Bit of Everything

Welcome back and welcome to 2020! We eased back into school life with a little bit of everything this week.

On Tuesday the 6th graders were in with Mrs. Sterling for a NoodleTools refresher. They learned how to export their bibliographies and had work time for their Scientists in the Field projects. We also had tea to warm us up during flex time on Tuesday. On Wednesday we had our first Book Club of the new decade, which you can read about here. On Friday the library hosted author/aerospace engineer/game designer Andrew Rader to talk about his new book, Beyond the Known, human explorations, and space.

Week in Review: Pre-Winter Break Festivities

The week before Winter Break was filled with festive activities and squirrely children of all ages.

Monday was the second day of Scientists in the Field research for the 6th graders. And speaking of SIF, on Tuesday Mrs. Bornmann and Ms. Melinson found out they were accepted to present about Scientists in the Field at ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), a conference focused on STEM in education.

Monday was also the Glass Knife’s annual holiday get-together, the Latke Throwdown. Students brought their favorite holiday dishes to share and Ms. Melinson read The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming.

Tuesday was music in the library. Ms. Keys and Ms. Hoyos brought their Middle and High School choir and orchestra to the library to serenade students and faculty with beautiful music during lunchtime.

On Wednesday we had our last Book Club of the year, which you can read about here. On Thursday the Sophomores turned in their first draft of their Sophomore Project papers (!!!)

Thursday was also Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation, a popular activity among students and staff alike. With roaring fire on the screen and classical music in the background, students relaxed while coloring and eating cookies.

Friday was a bit of a race as we counted down to Winter Break. As part of their community service day, a group of middle school students were in the library making Valentine’s Day cards for veterans, new service members, and first responders, as well as gift bags for Dyer Kelly School.

Alums returned on Friday for the annual alumni panel, but before that, they had lunch in the library and mingled with students and faculty.

Have a great break, everybody! If you need an ebook, or two or three, here’s a link, or connect through Cavnet where you can find the password if you forget it.

Week in Review: SIF & Sip

We had a low-key week in the library as we countdown to winter break (one more week!)

The Chinese Club met on Wednesday and were in for a quite a treat. Jason’s mom brought a variety of Chinese teas and treats for students to try. She explained the tea pigs (or tea pets) were there to pour any excess tea over into the tea tray. They are made of the same clay as some of the teapots. Over time the tea builds up on the pigs, coloring them different shades. She also talked about some of the traditions of tea.

On Thursday Ms. Mitchell’s Movie Making elective filmed a few scenes in the library, which included dancing on the tables.

Friday saw the first day of SIF-related research in the library. Mrs. Bornmann’s 6th graders got a research overview, an introduction to databases, and learned about searching with keywords.

Week in Review: SIF Kick-Off!

We returned from Thanksgiving break to find December and fall had finally arrived: temperatures below 70 degrees, rainy days, and this gorgeous tree in front of the library:

This week the 6th graders began their joint English and Science project, Scientists in the Field (or, SIF). On Tuesday students browsed the different SIF books bookstore-style where they were arranged in groups by theme. Check out some of the subjects below:

Students then ranked their top choices from each category. On Wednesday the 6th graders had a Google Hangout visit with one of the Scientists in the Field authors and scientist, Dr. Caitlin O’Connell. Dr. O’Connell is an elephant scientist and author of The Elephant Scientist. She spoke to students about her work and then took questions. After the visit, the kids were given their SIF books.

On Friday, the National Art Honor Society hosted a student art show inside of the library. View their work below:

Bonus:

Tuesday was our biggest and fluffiest library dog’s birthday – Quaffle! Quaffle turned 3 years old and celebrated by bringing Scooby Snacks to share with everyone.