Monday, January 31, 2011

Battle of the Books

Highland will field a team in the 6th Annual Lake County Battle of the Books on March 8, 2011. The event, which will take place at Deerpath Middle School, will challenge students to test their knowledge about the books on the 2011 Caudill Readers' Choice Award list. It's a game show like activity where students buzz in with the title of one of the twenty books on the reading list after questions are asked. Several area middle schools will be participating in the Battle of the Books.

Students interested in the Highland team are invited to come to our first meeting/practice on Tuesday, 2/8, after school in the Learning Center.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Write in the Middle - Call for Writing and Artwork

#76 - The Harvest Writerphoto © 2010 John O'Nolan | more info (via: Wylio)
Write in the Middle, Highland's literary magazine, is looking for submissions for the third volume of the publication. Highland students and staff members are invited to submit poetry, short stories, essays, and artwork for consideration.

Work should be submitted electronically to Dr. Wyatt at by February 4, 2011.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Highland Learning Center Starts to Check Out iPods and Audiobooks

The Highland and Adler Learning Centers are introducing a pilot program called Literacy on the Go this year thanks to a grant from the Partners for Educational Excellence.

Students can check out iPod Shuffles loaded with an audiobook in order to listen to a book. We are taking requests about which books to purchase. So far we have three eAudiobook titles available. We can also load any CD that the library owns on to an iPod to be checked out.

Stop by today to check out an audiobook and try this new service!

Highland Kicks Off Virtual Author Visits

This year, through a generous Partners for Educational Excellence grant, Highland is going to be doing a series of virtual author visits to connect students and writers.

The first visit was a big success. Mrs. Fox's classes got to meet with Joseph Bruchac. The students read his book, Skeleton Man, as a class novel earlier this year. Our first attempt using Skype to connect with an author went relatively smoothly.

The visit got a really nice write-up in the Libertyville Patch. Check out the article to see what Highland students had to say about the visit.

Works Cited
Skeleton Man Cover. LibraryThing. Web. 12 Jan. 2011. .