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.
This week is Banned Books Week and the library displayed some frequently banned and challenged books and the reasons for the challenges. Here’s Charlie and Elijah browsing the display.
Their favorite reason for a book being banned is “It is a real downer” for The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
On Monday, Ms. Thomas’ AP Computer Science Principles class visited to learn about where to search for tech innovations, what white papers are, and how to write concisely, which is not an easy task! Tuesday was a busy day with Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders visiting to learn about databases as well as Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation at lunch time. Wednesday and Thursday saw Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders in to begin researching for their Ancient Civilizations projects. They even got to go on a field trip – to the 930s (the corner where the ancient history books are–we didn’t actually time travel to the year 930 although that would have been pretty cool!) On Friday we had a visit from our local public librarian, Kim, to deliver library cards to the 10th graders and talk about resources at the public library to help the Sophomores with their projects.
It’s beginning to look like fall in the library office!
This week the Matthews Library saw a wedding shower! Ms. Melinson and her little helper, Mary, planned a wedding shower for yours truly, who got married over the summer. It was a wonderfully whimsical soirée featuring delightful company and yummy food, such as Bookworms, Aladdin’s Magical Pasta, and googly-eyed cheese puffs.
On Friday Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders were in to narrow down their Sophomore Project subjects. Inspired by Ms. Melinson’s walks with Doctora Portillo, students were split into pairs and walked around the back field discussing their topics.
Our honorary library dog, Quaffle (Becca’s lovable Saint Bernard), stopped by for a visit!
On Monday Mrs. Eustace’s enthusiastic 6th graders were in the library to learn how to find books using the catalog. On Wednesday we had our first Book Club of the new school year, which you can read about here. Be sure to check out our Goodreads page for all the books we talked about. Friday was the annual Ancil Hoffman picnic where the black team won, which we hear is a usual occurrence at these shindigs. Congrats to the black team and a valiant effort by the red team!
The red team’s resident dinosaur dropped by on Friday for a book before heading off to the picnic. Just another day at the library!
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!
Welcome back! While students were (hopefully) enjoying their last few remaining days of summer vacation, staff and faculty were hard at work prepping for another great school year.
On Monday, staff and faculty had an all-day CPR lesson where they reviewed their CPR and first aid skills.
Also on Monday we had an orientation and meet and greet for new faculty, where they got to tour the nooks and crannies of the school and meet with their mentors. Welcome newbies!
On Wednesday, the high school faculty met in the library to plot and plan for the upcoming year.
On Thursday and Friday, seniors met with the college counselors in the library to begin working on their college applications.
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.
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.
The library was back in action this week after being closed for most of the last two weeks for AP testing–just in time for Senior Seminars!
The Senior Seminars began this week and the library was host to some of these interesting and informative presentations: Financial Literacy with Mr. Talamantes, What to Take to College with Mrs. Talamantes, Forensic Case Studies with Ms. Dozier and Mr. Himes, College Research with Ms. Melinson, and Famous Supreme Court Cases with Mr. Strumpfer.
On Tuesday we had music in the library with the Middle School Jazz Band, High School Jazz Band, and High School Concert Band as they prepare for the Forum Music Festival competition.
On Thursday Ms. Nellis’ AP US History class was in to get research materials for their end of the year project. Students chose topics they previously learned about in class that interested them and could be expanded into a presentation that Ms. Nellis might use in her AP US History class next year. Topics include the U.S. reconstructing Japan after World War II, eugenics and DNA affecting the Civil Rights Movement, and how television affected US viewership of the Vietnam War.
On Friday we had a special lunch, the First Annual Raffle Lunch with Dr. Bell, where we celebrated Dr. Bell’s impending retirement. A group of former students and colleagues along with current students and colleagues gathered to celebrate Dr. Bell who has been “Bringing Back Smart” to Country Day for many years!
It’s been another quiet week in the library as students finish up their AP exams. On Friday, Mr. Neukom and his students dressed in their finest finery (including Swiss flag pins: in honor of Mr. Neukom wearing them each year, his students decided they’d wear them, too, this year) before embarking on their final AP test, European History. Mr. Neukom also led an inspiring cheer (his final cheer, as he’s retiring at the end of this year) as one last bit of motivation.
Wednesday was the last day of classes for seniors and at lunch time, they announced the colleges they’ll be attending. Afterwards, we all watched and cheered at Alexa’s signing to play volleyball at Wellesley. Later, students and faculty took pictures wearing their college gear.
Alan brought his German Shepherd puppy back for another visit featuring lots of belly rubs!
It’s been unusually quiet this week as AP testing has taken over the library.
However, the quiet was more than made up for on Thursday when we had a full day of classes in for research. Starting in the morning were Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders researching European Colonialism in America.
For the rest of the day, we had Ms. Little’s 6th graders in working on their Passion Projects.
The library will have limited hours next week as well as students continue taking AP tests, but we’ll be back in full force the following week with Senior Seminars!