We had a bit of History takeover this week after returning from an extended Thanksgiving break. Mr. Kuipers’ 8th graders were on Tuesday and Wednesday to find books for their NHD (National History Day) projects. Then on Friday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in to learn how to interview people for their Sophomore Projects. Meanwhile, Ms. Melinson put out another puzzle, much to the excitement of the students!
As some of you may know, we’ve been having some internet connectivity issues. During one the down times, we caught students reading books! On paper! What a marvel 🙂
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!
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.
While the High School is away…the Middle Schoolers will play! This week the High Schoolers were away on their trips, which gave the 6th graders a chance to really get to the know the Matthews Library.
All this week, the 6th graders had their library orientation where they learned how to read a shelf, find some of our more unusually labeled books, arrange books according to the Dewey Decimal System, navigate databases, and evaluate websites for content, authority, bias, and design. Student then got to show off their website evaluation knowledge with a game of Friendly Feud.
Also in the library all week were Mrs. Eustace’s 8th graders. They were in to research for their Salem Witch projects, which will culminate in an Ignite Speech next week.
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.
Thanks, Anu, for picking our Grand Prize winner!
Congratulations to Jojo for winning the Grand Prize for our Summer Reading Raffle! Come by the library to claim your $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.
Congratulations are also in order to Mattias M., Annabel L., Rebecca T., Ryan X., Manny B., Chase C., and Kaityln D.! Come to the library and pick your prize!
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.
As if to make up for the quiet of AP exams that last two weeks, this week was jam packed with activities. Monday was a whirlwind day with back to back to back book talks for rising 7th and 9th graders. Monday was also the first annual Donut Day!
On Tuesday, the Glass Knife submitted this year’s book for printing. Look for distribution in the coming weeks! Back by popular request, students were working on a library-themed puzzle last week and by Thursday, it was completed.
Thursday was the 10th annual Play-A-Thon for Rulindo, with music all day long and all over campus. Behind the library in the High School quad, the Middle and High school choir performed with the 3rd and 4th graders. On the Lower School plaza, the High School Jazz Band played followed by the Mega Band (students from Lower, Middle, and High School Band, any adults who wanted to play, and even an alum or two) came together to play some toe-tapping jazz. Also happening on Thursday, the 6th graders shared their Passion Projects, where they presented their work to their peers and received feedback.
Friday saw more book talks, this time for rising 8th and 9th graders. Also on Friday, the library played host to a retirement party for retiring staff and faculty members Barbara Fackenthall, Patricia Fels, Aggie Germinder, Jane Gillette, Sandy Lyon, Donna Manning, and Julie Nelson.
It’s round two of AP testing this week as students took exams in Biology, Physics, Calculus, Computer Science, English Literature, Microeconomics, European History, and Latin. Whew, that’s a lot of tests!
There were no exams on Thursday so Mrs. Eustace and her 6th graders were in the library working on their Works Cited pages for the Passion Projects.
Before heading into their AP Latin exam on Friday, Mrs. Batarseh motivated her students with an invocation to the gods of AP tests and the Eugepae! chant.