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!

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: Thanksgiving Edition

On Monday we had a Leadership Lunch featuring Amalie talking about her experience over the summer as part of Team USA’s swim team. In her presentation, Amalie highlighted her team and the importance of supporting each other. On Tuesday our favorite Saint Bernard, Quaffle, bestowed us with her happy, fluffy presence. On Wednesday Dr. Fisher was in with his 10th graders to cover proper interviewing techniques so the kiddos are prepared to conduct interviews for their Sophomore Projects. The week ended on a thankful note as the high schoolers and their advisors feasted on turkey sandwiches, sparkling cider, and apple pie in the high school quad.

November Book Club

This month’s Book club featured a full house and Ms. Melinson’s book hoard – and, of course, our usual brownies and hot apple cider.

Ms. Melinson shared a bunch of new books: Dear Fahrenheit 451 (hilarious letters to books/libraries), I’ll Give You the Sun (not new, but needs more love), The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic sequel), Thick as ThievesDear MartinThe Epic Crush of Genie LoBook of LiesYou Bring the Distant NearTool of War, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Heloise read The Serpent of Essex, a book she picked up because of its beautiful cover. Ms. B read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which was not about the philosophers, but rather characters with the same names. Ms. B loved it for its beautiful, spare prose. She also read Havana Bay and described it as well written and understanding of Cuban culture.

Jewel said she was looking forward to read The Adoration of Jenna Fox over the Thanksgiving break. Alyssa read Dreamfall (the book Ms. Melinson mentioned at the last Book Club that she said she’d never read because it’s too scary) and really enjoyed it. Ms. B brought up that it can be hard to decide what to read, but the more you read, the wider your interests become. She also gave some sage advice: never read at a stop sign. It’s bad for your insurance rates.

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

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: Food Version

The middle schoolers were away on their field trips this week and the library was noticeably quiet in their absence. On Monday we had Misty Greene, pastry chef extraordinaire at Hawks in Granite Bay and Hawks Provision and Public House, visit us for World Food Day. Chef Misty talked about her passion for more good food literacy and her volunteer work with the Food Literacy Center, whose mission is to get kids to get kids to vegetables. If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities at the Food Literacy Center, let us know and we’ll get you connected. Misty also talked about how to break into the restaurant industry – by starting at the bottom and working your way up. Tuesday was the birthday of yours truly and Ms. Melinson made a yummy chocolate bundt cake (which I’m totally snacking on right now) Wednesday was our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday and Friday, 10th graders were in the library to find books and take notes, learn about Boolean searching, and find good keywords to search the databases for their Sophomore Project topics. The Glass Knife had their second meeting on Friday and had a spirited discussion on what this year’s theme should be.