Welcome Back to School!

The summer is over and school is back in session. I hope you read lots of books this summer and are ready for a fabulous year. I have new books on order and there are tons of great books on the shelf. And don’t forget to check out our nonfiction section. We have some new titles that are sure to peak your interest. Here’s to a great year of reading at HMS! Read Patriots! READ!

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End of the Year–Return those books!

It is that time again!  I can’t believe this school year is at an end.  And that means summer is just around the corner and it is time to return your books.  All books are due on May 17th by 3pm.  Please make every effort to return your books tomorrow.

Remember:  You must pay for all lost or damaged books before the last day of school.  If you have misplaced a book, look for it!  It is your responsibility to return your books so that other students can enjoy them in the future.

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Testing–Tips for Success

This week we are participating in ARMT testing. This may feel strange because we only have a couple of weeks of school left and you may be coming down with spring fever. But remember, testing is important and you want to do your best. So make sure you follow a few simple rules so you can perform to the best of your ability. Good Luck!

http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/school/testing_tips.html

 

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Have You Ever Considered Writing Book Reviews?

Do you love to read and write?   If so, have you thought of applying to the website Teenreads’ Teen Board? The Teen Board might be just for you. Now through May 24th you can apply to be one of their teen book reviewers. Check out the link to the right and see if this is something you’d like to do!

http://www.teenreads.com

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New Look for Our Blog!

I hope you’ve noticed we’ve updated our blog so that it has a new look. Now you can find helpful links including the AVL and Destiny as well as others. Take a look!

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Long Overdue Blog Post

Goodness! I looked at my blog and realized I haven’t posted since November. Shame on me! We have had wonderful activities going on in our library and I have been remiss in not sharing them. We had author Watt Key come in February and he was wonderful. HMS students were absolutely enthralled with his account of his survival in the woods for two weeks. Some of his stories were disgusting but boy we sure enjoyed hearing them.
Now we are nearing the end of the year but that doesn’t mean our students will stop reading. Come by the library today and check out our new books. A big shout out goes to the HMS PTO for giving the library a grant to purchase materials! Our library wouldn’t be able to function without you! Thank you HMS PTO!

Stop by the library today!

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Mock Elections in Ms. Thrash’s Class

 

 

Ms. Thrash’s classes joined in on the fun by participating in their own mock elections.  Today was campaign day and the kids had a great time creating campaign “swag” including buttons, bumper stickers, t-shirts and signs.  The students also came up with campaign slogans and wrote their own tweet.  We had a great time learning about the electoral process.

 

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Mock Elections

 

 

 

 

 

This week the Tanner/Brown team has participated in a mock election project.  On the first day of the project, the classes were split into two parties:  The Purple Party and the The Orange Party.  The members of each party had to select a platform as well as values.  They then created a campaign poster to run in their party’s primary.    Students then voted in a primary election to select their presidential nominees.  The second day, the nominees for president each selected a vice presidential running mate.  Then the parties regrouped and began creating campaign materials.  Students created t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers and posters.  The third day, students had to research their candidate’s platform and values before voting.  Then the students elected a president and vice president.  Some students even voted across party lines.  Overall, the mock election was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

 

 

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New Books!

Stop by the library and check out some of our new titles!

 

 

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Overdrive is Here!

I am pleased and thrilled to announce that Homewood City Schools has added Overdrive.  You may be wondering what this is–well Overdrive is a service that allows you to check out e-books from your school library and download them on your e-reader.  How exciting is that?  I will be offering training sessions soon.

 

 

 

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