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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Bonus:

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!

Week in Review: 6th grade orientation

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While the high schoolers were away on their trips, the 6th graders took over the library! This week the 6th graders got a crash course in how to use the library and its resources. Students spent the week evaluating websites, learning the lay of the land via a book hunt, and brushing up on their Dewey Decimal Classification sorting skills. Students also got to participate in a game of “Friendly Feud” where they answered questions based on the websites they evaluated in order to earn points and prizes.

 

Week in Review: Labor Day Edition

While we technically had a shortened week thanks to Labor Day, the library felt as busy as ever this week.

We had our first Leadership Lunch on Wednesday featuring Gabi and Esme speaking about their enriching summer experience at the Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project. Their experience inspired them to promote the idea of bringing a Chican@/Ethnic Studies class to Country Day. They also talked about what DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is and the impact it will have when it’s repealed.

Also on Wednesday we witnessed a silent protest take place outside the library on the gym wall. This was in response to the mural on the gym walls being painted over, which you can read about here.

On Friday Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders were in to learn how to narrow down their topics for the Sophomore Project and turn their subject into a research question. Friday was also the first meeting of the year for The Glass Knife, the High School’s literary magazine. New and returning students were encouraged to “sign over [their] souls to the Glass Knife” by Heloise while discussing jobs and potential theme ideas for this year’s book.

Here are five out of eight of our Summer Reading raffle winners! Good job and congratulations to Mia, Hailey, Kaitlyn, Nick, and Chance! Check out their Summer Reading activities here. Simone, Annabel, and Aidan – don’t forget to come to the library and claim your prize!

Book Elective Book Reviews

For this trimester, Ms. LaMay’s Book Elective class had the opportunity to review their books for a prize. The kids read some great books and submitted informative, interesting, and entertaining reviews. Congratulations to Connor for his review of Matilda and Vivian for her review of Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina! Check out all of the reviews below!

Connor recorded his review of Matilda by Roald Dahl, which you can listen to below.

Vivian reviewed Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland and rated it 5 stars. She wrote:

“This book is so inspiring. That’s why I love it. It shows that just about anyone can do anything. It is about Misty Copeland who is the first black ballerina at ABT. How she came from nothing to one of the world’s best ballerina’s. This is a good read for everyone from kids to adults most people will like it. The book is very well written Misty is obviously a very talented ballerina but she is also a good writer. In the middle of the book it has pictures of her as a dancer which is good because it gives a nice visual of what life was for her. This is overall a great book.”

Jake reviewed The Icebound Land by John Flanagan and rated it 5 stars. He wrote:

The Icebound Land is the third book in the Rangers Apprentice series and is the most tragic of the books in the series. It is a very close tie to Halts Peril which is book nine. This is a heartbreaking tale about how Will who is the main character has been taken by savages that live in the north with a young girl. Meanwhile, his friend Horace and his mentor, Halt have gone off to rescue him traveling around the continent in order to find him. This book is part of a larger series called Rangers Apprentice which is about Will who is an orphan being taken into secret training for his kingdom as a ranger which is an elite group of combat scouts. His adventures take him all around the world fighting to protect his friends and his kingdom. His two best friends Horace and Alice also join him occasionally and help him fight these evil plans. The Icebound Lands is a good book and I enjoyed it very much.”

Hannah reviewed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and rated it 5 stars. She wrote:

“The Hunger Games takes you into the life of a scared but brave girl named Katniss Everdeen. District 12 was one of the twelve districts that made up the country of Panem. Every year, children’s names, ages 12 through 18, are put into a bowl and drawn out during a ceremony known. This is a dreaded time and no one wants to be a part of it because it is almost like a death sentence. When a name is called, you are then taken and thrown into what is known as “The Hunger Games.” This book was really good because it kept me on my toes the whole time. I would rate it a solid 10. The unexpected seemed to happen a lot and things popped up all the time out of nowhere. The book also kept a good pace and you could picture what was going on in your head while the story kept moving. I would definitely recommend reading this book!”

Will reviewed A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and rated it 5 stars. He wrote:

“The book is about a boy named Salva who was in school when war broke out in his village in Southern Sudan. Salva has run as far away into the bush as he can. As he runs from his village, he can’t help but think about his family. Through the book Salva meets a friend and finds his uncle. I think the biggest problem they had was having water. In the middle of the book it explains how people were dying from dehydration. I think the book was great because of all the details the author put into the. The only thing I would say I didn’t like was how repetitive it was talking about walking. Otherwise I feel like this is a great book to read in your spare time because of how short it is and how the rest of the book lures you in to reading more. Overall, I thing this is a great book”

Hayden reviewed Brisingr by Christopher Paolini and rated it 4 stars. He wrote:

“The book Brisingr is the third book of the Inheritance Cycle. It unlike the other two is very action filled and doesn’t contain a lot of “filler”. Filler is where in order to progress the story it tells a tale of something mostly unrelated. The main setting of the book is during one of the great wars in which the main characters are trying to overthrow the tyrannical overlord. I like the book so much because all of the characters certain power gaps and weaknesses are fixed during this book really setting the stage for the story to transition into the next book. In other words the book Brisingr is a well rounded book that is used as perfect stepping stone to Inheritance, the final book of the series.”

We also had two video submissions. For their review, Kellen and Malek filmed a scene from the Percy Jackson series.

For Colin and Cooper’s review, they filmed a scene from the Eragon series.

Thank you to all of our participants!

Week in Review: Penultimate Edition

Well, here we are! The second to last week of school and a shortened week at that. Things are wrapping up as students prepare for their finals and the library rounds up delinquent books. Here’s what happened this week:

 

On Wednesday, the library was host to a retirement party celebrating Dr. Baird, Dr. Bell, Lonna, Ms. Kassel, Ms. Kelly, Ms. Kren, and Mr. Neukom. Their combined experience totals 172 years!

On Thursday and Friday, Ms. Melinson finished up her summer book talks with the soon to be 6th graders.

And speaking of 6th graders, your assistant was able to view some of the current 6th graders presenting their passion projects on Friday. Students spent weeks researching and putting together their projects, which included creating a recipe book, making slime and a slime recipe book, and learning to bake and cook. Students discussed their successes and failures then participated in a Q & A with their classmates about their experience.

Week in Review: Cupcakes are fun!

The countdown is on as we head into the last week of school!

On Monday, Sean, who is a cook at Hawk’s Restaurant, visited with 6th graders who are doing cooking for their passion projects. He showed them how to ice cupcakes and answered cooking questions.

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On Tuesday and Thursday, Ms. Melinson began summer reading book talks for the incoming 7th and 8th graders. Students are given a list of books to choose from and a corresponding activity sheet. Summer Reading will be available online soon.

On Wednesday we had our last book club of the year, which you can read about here.

On Friday the library was host to the Career Day Panel, which concluded the Senior Seminars. The panel consisted of parents and alum who offered insight into their careers.

Friday also featured a Glass Knife informational meeting for 8th graders who are interested in joining next year.