Week in Review: Walkies

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.

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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.

Week in Review: Dystopian edition

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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.

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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.

Week in Review: Welcome back edition

Welcome back, students! Can you believe summer break is over already?

We hit the ground running on Monday with orientations for both students and parents. Ninth graders learned some of the rules of Country Day from Student Council in a funny and informative video. While new Middle School parents were learning about what to expect, Ms. Melinson was helping 6th graders set up their email accounts.

On Tuesday the Student Council met in the Quiet Room. On Wednesday the 9th graders received their laptops at lunchtime. Afterward Mr. Billing’s 7th grade Latin class was in the library researching the Roman names they’ve chosen to call themselves in class. On Friday Mr. Crabb’s 10th grade History class was in the library to brainstorm Sophomore Project topics and fill out library card applications. Both Mr. Crabb and Ms. Melinson emphasized the importance of picking a topic students found personally interesting as it makes researching and writing easier.

Week in Review

It’s been a rather quiet week here in the Matthews Library as we head into that time of the year: grading the Sophomore Project citations!

On Tuesday and Wednesday the library was jam packed with students registering for AP exams, which start next week. Tuesday was also College Announcement Day where the Seniors wore their college gear and announced where they’re going next year.

Thursday was a good day for bubbles. Bubbles are lent to students as a way to de-stress from their exams. Friday featured Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders in to work on their European Colonial America research project.

Ms. Melinson has been away this week celebrating her daughter’s wedding festivities. Filling in for Ms. Melinson has been yours truly, assisted by Clippy. He helps out with tech issues, but he’s also pretty territorial when it comes to office furniture. He’s got some interesting redecorating ideas and strong feelings about plants.

Clippy has been a bit wound up since his tenure at Microsoft unraveled. Hopefully Ms. Melinson will return before he gets too bent out of shape!

Week in Review: Sophomore Symposium edition

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This week started out with the Sophomore Symposium presentations. On Monday David presented on the UC Davis MIND Institute, Spencer on Prohibition, Jackson M. on Climate Change, Anu on the Evolution of News and the Sacramento Bee, and Becca on Sacramento and Flooding. On Tuesday Larkin presented on Sacramento’s Reliance on the Busy Bee, Jackson C. on the Golden 1 Center, Heloise on the Delano Grape Strike, Darius on Tech Companies and Sacramento, and Alyssa on Street Art. Congratulations to the Top 10 and to the Top 3, Larkin, Jackson M., and Spencer!

On Thursday Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders were in to find research books relating to their March Madness fiction books. Topics included refugees, war, women’s rights, and more. Thursday was also pitch day for the 6th grade Passion Projects. Students presented to their classmates and the Country Day community and received feedback on their project ideas. The pitches included a business plan for a breakfast stand, a presentation on the Ancient Beringians, the chemistry of baking, cooking around the world, and a Harlem Globetrotters board game. On Friday the Glass Knife had their first of many work nights to come.

 

 

Week in Review: Shelfie edition

We started off this week with one of our popular (and relaxing) activities – Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation. Students spent lunch coloring in a variety of coloring books from Lisa Frank to Amazing Cities to Sherlock Holmes while enjoying cookies and talking with their friends.

On Wednesday we had our monthly Leadership Lunch, with Esme and Yanele presenting. They spoke about Breakthrough, giving background for those unfamiliar with the program, explaining its importance, and how it’s a rewarding experience for those who volunteer.

On Friday the Candy Fairy delivered candy to the classes who sent in selfies during the All School Read last week. Check out our selfie gallery below!

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Week in Review: Read Across America edition

We’re back in the thick of things after a (hopefully) well rested (and well read) February Break. On Monday Sophomores had their second moratorium where they focused on presentations. Former Sophomore Project winners shared their presentations and the gave tips on how to give a top notch presentation.

Tuesday saw the return of TED Talk Tuesday. We showed Sarah Kay’s “If I Should Have a Daughter” and Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day…For the Bullied and the Beautiful.” Tuesday also happened to be the 100th Day of School, and the library was one of the many stops on the Kindergarteners’ celebratory parade throughout campus.

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Friday was Read Across America Day, a day devoted to reading. The library was transformed into a cozy reading lounge filled with pillows, bean bags, and the reading fort. At 2:30, the Cat in the Hat let us know it was time for the All School Read and for 15 minutes, the whole school read. Check out our shelfie post later this week featuring students, faculty, and parents reading.

Week in Review: Sophomore Moratorium Edition

This week, Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade History classes visited almost every day to work on their Pre-Columbian Americas research projects. On Monday Ms. Melinson shared with them how to start an outline for the presentation component of their project and the rest of the week was spent looking at sources and researching indigenous cultures.

Monday was also National Puzzle Day which meant is was time for Ms. Melinson to bust out the puzzle! This year’s puzzle features an elaborate library that even includes a puzzle in the corner.

Wednesday featured a guest speaker, New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse. Ms. Crouse spoke to the members of the Octagon staff about her new book, Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence, as well as how she got started in sports journalism and some notable stories from her career.

Thursday the Glass Knife held a meeting where they planned for the upcoming Valentine’s Day bake sale – look forward to that happening on Monday, February 12th!

Friday was the all-day Sophomore Moratorium. Students spent the day working on their projects and getting help from teachers while also listening to presentations on outlines, rubrics, and how to make a presentation.

January Book Club

We had our first Book Club of 2018 on Wednesday and as is tradition, Ms. Melinson shared the cookbooks she’s been reading. First up was Pizza Camp, which would be the best camp ever. She discussed The Vegetarian Flavor Bible, a companion book to The Flavor Bible, which lets you know what flavors go well together. Ms. Melinson also talked about Bon Appetit and Saver, food magazines the library subscribes to.

Heloise read Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process. She said it’s a cool book with helpful diagrams on how to write. Luca shared that it’s easier to to buy books than it is to read them, which is a problem we know all too well. One of the books he’s reading is John Green’s newest, Turtles All the Way Down. He said it’s not the classic John Green story, but it’s still quirky while dealing with real issues. Luca also mentioned he’s reading Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci, which he described as the Hamilton of Leonardo da Vinci.

Going along with Ms. Melinson’s theme, Lindsay read The Dessert Bible and The Cook’s Bible, which she said is similar to Flavor Bible. Mrs. Eustace has been listening to audiobooks lately, including A Man Named OveMe Before You, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Mrs. Eustace noted that she liked Lin-Manuel Miranda’s narration of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe moreso than the story itself. The library will soon be getting audiobooks through our shared Overdrive collection, so keep an eye out for that!

Emma read An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors over break, but didn’t like it. She picked it because she thought it was about a planet with floating islands, but it focused too much on politics. However she just started reading The Cruel Prince and likes it much better. Mr. Wells read An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic on recommendation of Ms. Bauman. He described it as part memoir and part literary analysis.

Melissa discussed the books she read over break from least favorite (Future Home of the Living God) to most favorite book ever (The Immortalists). Layla said that she hasn’t been able to find a good book and has been disappointed with her recent selections. She did share an amusing tale of a pie gone wrong. She tried to make a 3-in-1 pie with pecan, pumpkin, and apple layers, but it turned into a bit of a jumbled mess in the oven.

Hana read The Screwtape Letters, which she described as interesting, but kind of a hard read. Joanne read Me Before You, which she loved, but didn’t like the sequel, Me After You, saying it was bad compared to the first book.

To find out about all the books we talked about, check out our Goodreads page!