Monday, September 29, 2014

Jordan Sonnenblick is Coming to Highland!

Award winning author, Jordan Sonnenblick, will be visiting Highland on Friday, November 14. Mr. Sonnenblick's books include Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie and Notes from the Midnight Driver., titles very popular with and familiar to students and staff at Highland.

We are thrilled that he will be coming to Highland to spend a day! The day will include large group assemblies to allow all students to have a chance to hear Mr. Sonnenblick, a former middle school teacher, speak. The day's schedule will also include a book signing. If students are interested in pre-ordering books for the visit, the form below can be used.

Stay tuned for more information about this visit including how to apply for a spot in a writing workshop led by Mr. Sonnenblick!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Guys Read Back at Highland for 2014-2015

Guys Read is a group by guys, for guys. The group meets once a month after school from 3:40 - 4:30. Rob Eckmann, librarian at Cook Memorial Library, leads this group.

Any guys who are in grades 5-8 are welcome to attend.
Next month, the Guys Read group will have a visiting author joining the conversation. Allan Woodrow will be at the meeting on October 6 and guys planning to attend are encouraged to read one of his books beforehand.

Lunch Book Clubs Kick Off

We had our first lunch bunch book club of the year today.
We started with the sixth graders who read Regarding the Fountain. We had a great group today. I always know it is a good sign if we have to raid nearby classrooms for more chairs!

Next week the 7th and 8th grade groups meet.

These Lunch Bunch book clubs generally meet once a month. We have lunch together and talk about the book we read. Any students are welcome to attend!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Science Friday

On Friday, I spent the day in Mrs. Oshinski's seventh grade science classroom. We were talking to her students about an upcoming science news article assignment. There is a pathfinder on the LC website with resources to help students find online news sources and link to Easybib to cite their chosen articles.

The other half of the class, I was thrilled to be able to share about some of my experiences in Namibia over the summer. I did a study abroad with the University of Maryland iSchool. Our first two weeks were spent exploring libraries in the country and a third week was spent on safari. I was happy to be able to share some of what I learned and experienced that had science ties with the students.

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year

And we're off! After a whirlwind week, the library is humming with activity after all the 45 LA/Lit classes at Highland were welcomed to the building.

Last spring and over the summer, the fiction section in our library was reorganized and genrefied in hopes that this would make it even easier for readers to find books that will appeal and engage to them.

The seventh and eighth grade students used the iPads during their welcome back sessions to explore the Destiny Quest app, the app for our library catalog and Aurasma, an augmented reality app, that helped them learn about the new sections in the library.

I'm looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You're Invited to a Special Movie Event

Watch Girl Rising at the Highland Learning Center

Students and Parents are invited to join with Highland teachers to view Girl Rising, a movie that explores the lives of girls around the world and the power of education. The movie will be shown in the Learning Center on Friday, April 25 after school. We'll have snacks and some discussion as we watch the film. 

Please note, this film is rated PG-13. Students who attend without an adult will be asked to have a parent signature. A permission slip and invitation to the event is available below! If you want to attend, just print this out, have a parent sign it, and be sure to bring it with you on Friday. 

This event is part of Project Pretty Powerfula grant project funded by the District 70 Partners for Excellence in Education. Over the course of the school year teachers involved in this project have worked to promote positive messages and build self-esteem among girls at Highland.

Educate Girls. 
Change the World.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Fair

It is book fair time at Highland!
The book fair kicked off on Friday April 11 and will run through Thursday April 17. Students can visit and shop at the book fair during their visits to the library during the book fair week and are welcome to stop in the Learning Center throughout.

Highland's Open House is on Wednesday evening, April 16. The book fair will be open from 7 - 8:30 that evening as well.