bulletinboard4Student orientation to the media center went well this year. I enjoyed visiting with all the 7th and 8th graders and getting to know our 6th graders. It’s going to be a great year! Click the image to view the 2014 Media Center Orientation video.



I recently published the WJMS Media Center newsletter. This resource has information for teachers regarding our services and how we can help in the instructional process.

In this edition:

  • Google Tips
  • New DVDs
  • Valuable websites
  • Passwords for our instructional programs
  • Content literacy information
  • Available classroom novels
  • Book Club information

WJMS Media Center Newsletter

Does history have a ghost of a chance?

Eddie, Adam, David. Three boys, three generations, one gift: the ability to travel through time. Through a portal of dreams, they can appear as ghosts, wherever and whenever they want.

The first boy, Eddie, is the genius who has sworn to protect the past and carry on the dreamwalker’s code.

The second, Adam, is a haunter — a dream-terrorist, dead-set on changing history for his own nefarious ends.

The third, David, is the neophyte who must fight for the future by keeping the other two apart! Can he surf the time warps, back and forth between 1940s London and today, to save the present from oblivion?

Excellent Book


ppLogoIt has been a busy week at WJMS! I finished training our new students to use their Google accounts, Book Club had it’s first meeting, and I had an evening class for parents to learn about Parent Portal. We had approximately 30 families to sign up but I only had about half that number to attend due to the weather. I can understand parents who may not want to venture out when we are under a thunderstorm warning….with their kids! I appreciate those who braved the nasty weather to get their Parent Portal accounts set up and to see what the program is all about. They were a great group and they had some good questions to ask. In addition to showing them how they can check on their child’s grades in Parent Portal and contact their child’s teacher, I also showed the group how to access Renaissance Home Connect. This program will help them to keep track of their child’s reading and testing within Accelerated Reader. I also encouraged them to visit their child’s school website to view teacher websites and to check for upcoming news. I hope the evening was beneficial for all parents who attended.

back to the booksIt’s that time of year again! We start early in Statesboro with July 25th as the first day for teachers and August 1st as the first day of school for students. To welcome everyone back to school, our new bulletin board for the outside of the library says, “Back to the Books”. I hope everyone has a great year!

2014Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference in the life of a child. This past week, we placed the word cloud banner with names of all the 8th graders on the wall outside the media center. Each year I see groups of students gathered around determined to find their name. I hear our students in 6th and 7th grade talking about how much they will miss them. Teachers give hugs to students who will be leaving us. But a visit from one of our football players helped me realize just how important our yearly endeavour is to these kids. He made a point to stop in the media center to tell us couldn’t find his name on this wall! The student didn’t act like he was upset; but for a big, tough, football player to make a special stop in the library to tell us, it WAS a big deal. Thank goodness we were able to find his name on the wall when we went to look. If we hadn’t been able to find it, a new banner would definitely have been made. Congratulations to the WJMS class of 2014! You will be missed.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? 
But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?  

 The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it.  But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies – trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose:  love without truth or life without trust.

Excellent Book


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