Week in Review: Sophomore Project Extravaganza

The Sophomores took over the library this week as they worked on various aspects of their Projects. At the beginning of the week, they learned about focusing their topics, paraphrasing, and using NoodleTools by completing their Zombie Issues assignments. Students worked in pairs to learn about frequent mistakes made in NoodleTools by evaluating sources and notecards about zombies. They also learned about formulating “The Question,” essential to their research.

On Thursday librarians from the Sacramento Public Library visited to talk about the Sacramento Room at the Central Library, the local Arden-Dimick Library, and to deliver their library cards. Sophomores also learned about the resources available online and in the library. On Friday the Sophomores journeyed to the Sacramento Room where they got a tour and an up-close look at some of the Room’s more interesting pieces. Archivist James Scott showed students a copy of History of the World from 1490. He also showed students William T. Vollmann’s Thirteen Stories, which happens to have a poisonous cover and cow’s teeth lining the case. Neat!

In other news, the Chinese Club met on Wednesday to learn about and share different types of mooncakes to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, a harvest festival celebrated by our Chinese and Vietnamese students.

Later one of our doggie patrons, Buster stopped by for a visit.

Week in Review: Raffle Winners & Sophomore Project Kick-off

The week started off with Labor Day, meaning we had another 4-day week to help ease back into to the new school year. On Tuesday Agamemnon drew winners for the Summer Reading Raffle. Congrats again to Jaq, Max W., Angela, Jackson W., and Mia G.!

On Friday, the Sophomore Project officially began with students brainstorming possible topics and signing up for public library cards. The Glass Knife also met on Friday for the first meeting of the new school year. Students learned about what jobs are available for the publication.

Bonus:

Savannah brought her dog for a visit!

Week in Review: Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a lovely summer filled with good books.

We started the week off and running with multiple orientations taking place in the library on Monday. Up first was the orientation for new Middle School parents. Afterward, the library was host to new High School students receiving their school-issued laptops for the first time. Lastly was the orientation for new High School parents. Welcome to all of our new Middle and High School friends!

Tuesday marked the first day of school and the library was busy with students hanging out before their first class of the day. Our first class of the new school year was Ms. Sterling’s Book Club elective. They stopped by the library for a tour and to check out some books.

On Wednesday, our favorite library dog, Quaffle, came by for a visit and to (lovingly) slobber all over Ms. Melinson. The Book Club elective was back on Thursday, this time to learn about Destiny Quest (the library catalog’s version of GoodReads) and, of course, to check out more books.

Week in Review: End Days

The end is here…the end of the school year, that is!

But first, last week! On Tuesday Ms. Nellis’ APUSH class had their very own book club where they talked about historical fiction books they read. You can find the full list of books here. On Wednesday Ms. Melinson gave back to back to back book talks to 7th and 8th graders about their summer reading. Also on Wednesday, the Chinese Club cooked up some yummy dishes outside of the library.

Monday was the last day of school for Middle Schoolers and the last of the finals for High Schoolers. The library was visited by not one, but two of our doggy friends! The garage band rocked out in the high school quad on Monday during lunch and yearbook distribution.

Week in Review: Summer Reading

You can tell the end of school is near because we started our Summer Reading book talks this week. On Monday and Friday, rising 6th and 7th graders were in the library to listen to Ms. Melinson talk about tons of books for them to read over the summer to satisfy their required reading. Also in on Monday were the rising 9th graders to hear about reading for pleasure and keeping their brains active over summer.

On Wednesday we held our last Book Club of the school year. It was also the last Book Club for Ms. Nellis and Ms. Batarseh, as they’re both retiring, and they talked about some of their favorite books. Read about them here.

Thursday was the 11th Annual Rulindo Play-a-thon. We visited during the MegaBand and saw Elijah take an awesome solo during “Cold Duck Time”. Ms. Melinson’s advisory had an extra special snack on Thursday featuring potstickers and a variety of noodles.

On Friday the library was host for a retirement party celebrating Ms. Batarseh, Dr. Covey, Ms. Nellis, and Mrs. Wessels. Happy retirement!

Bonus:

Ms. Melinson submitted a question about health apps and privacy to a national healthcare round table discussion through KCRA 3. Check out the answer here!

Week in Review: AP exams edition

 

The library has been mostly closed these past two weeks for AP exams, but we managed to sneak in some regularly scheduled library time. Wednesday was the last school day for the senior class and due to the unusual weather, Ms. Melinson was able to offer some seniors tea for the last time as students. On Thursday Ms. Eustace’s English classes were in the library continuing their Passion Project research.

 

Over in Ms. Lacomb’s 8th grade English class, students were able to design their own lesson this week and some students came up with the idea of a meditation tent. Neat! It reminds us of the reading tent in the library during Read Across America.

 

Week in Review: Projects, Projects, Projects

This week started off with Ms. Myers P.E. classes in the library to finish up their Healthy for Life projects. Each student picked a topic, such as depression, stroke, anxiety, heart attack, and talked about what those issues entail and when it’s necessary to call 911. Students presented their final projects on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Ms. Eustace’s 6th grade English classes were back on Tuesday to continue researching for their passion projects. Sophomores received some last minute help before they turned in their Sophomore Project papers on Wednesday. Thursday was Holocaust Remembrance Day and students wore black and stood for a moment of silence. In the library, students set up a display of books about the Holocaust.

Bonus:

Wednesday was College Announcement Day and the senior class wore shirts indicating where they’re headed next year. Congratulations, seniors!

 

April Book Club

April’s Book Club celebrated our senior readers. Ms. Melinson started by reading the poem “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver, giving gifts to the graduating seniors, and giving bookmarks containing lists of their recommendations from over the years to everyone. Then she opened the floor to the seniors to share some advice and recommendations.

Grace started us off by suggesting that students read the books that are assigned in class, but to supplement them with other books (some that she calls “trash” books–as opposed to high literature or classics) to add balance. She reminded us to keep reading because reading actually helps improve vocabulary. One of her favorite series of books is Flavia de Luce.

Josh shared that it’s ok to take breaks from reading to avoid feeling burnt out later. He then talked about some high fantasy books he recently started reading, The Last Wish, The Final Empire (which he recommended for Tolkien fans), and The Golden Apple of Discord. After Josh talked about his recommendations, Ms. Batarseh said if she were stranded on a desert island that she would take Josh with her because of his ability to recall details about so many books and their plots (someone else also mentioned that he knows how to build a fire, which would also be helpful). Dune will always have his heart.

Luca said that it doesn’t matter what you read as long as you’re reading. He also said that it’s ok to stop reading books that you don’t like. His favorite book is The Gunslinger. Luca’s final words of wisdom were to get a Goodreads account to keep track of what you read as well and to find new books. And to read Skulduggery Pleasant.

For all the books these guys and others have talked about over the years, check out our Goodreads page!

Week in Review: Passion Project Pitches

We had an English-heavy week this week in the Matthews Library. On Tuesday Ms. Eustace’s 8th grade English class was in to learn how to export their works cited page into NoodleTools and to continue working on their WWII technology papers. On Tuesday and Wednesday Mr. Wells’ English class was in learning the details about how to create citations for their Sophomore Projects.

On Thursday the library was transformed into ‘Starbucks Mode’ for Ms. Eustace’s 6th graders as they worked on and practiced their pitches for their Passion Projects.

The Book Elective class visited on Thursday to discuss summer reading ideas with Ms. Melinson. Also on Thursday Ms. Lang’s 2nd graders visited the library in search of where to best hang poetry. Happy Poetry Month!

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On Friday the 6th grade English classes were back to present their Passion Project pitches to their classmates and the community.

All week long the Glass Knife continued their board meetings and on Friday had their first work night.

Bonus:

If you’re in the market for a new hairstyle, check Kaelan’s below, styled by Sarina. Sarina accepts Cheese-Its as payment.

Week in Review: We All Had a Passport Lunch

 

It was a week of weeklong projects. All week long the sophomores presented their Sophomore Projects to their peers and teachers. The Top Ten presenters will participate in the Sophomore Symposium in April where they’ll present to a panel of judges including teachers and former winners. Also all week the Glass Knife staff have been having their board meetings to discuss what pieces should go in this year’s book that will be produced in April and May and distributed in June. The seventh graders checked in on their March Madness book brackets each day this week. As the books progressed through the brackets, the students whose books moved forward each day received a piece of candy. In the end it came down to Ava’s review of Berlin Boxing Club and Natalie’s review of Broken Memory. Both were strong, but on Thursday we found out Natalie won the bragging rights.

On Monday Ms. Eustace’s 8th grade English class came in the library to research World War II technology in preparation for their upcoming papers and speeches on the same subjects. On Wednesday Ms. Eustace was back, this time with her 6th grade English classes. The 6th graders are beginning their Passion Projects and came to the library to brainstorm possible ideas.

Friday was the High School Passport Lunch where students buy a passport (with proceeds going to our sister schools in Rulindo) to visit different classrooms and sample a variety of dishes from around the world. In the library, Ms. Melinson’s advisory had noodle dishes and drinks from around the world.