Sometimes 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.
When students check out a book this month, they may find an egg hidden in the library. When they open the egg, a slip of paper inside tells them to see media center staff for a treat. We have already gotten many of our overdue books returned as a result of our Easter promotion. Happy hunting!
Our Game Day celebration at the end of each nine weeks honors those students who have achieved their reading goal for the term. I had a great time with our participating students, but I also enjoyed the planning stage. Activities included indoor foot volleyball, scotch tape portraits, and library mini-golf. Check out some of our highlights below.
April is National School Library Month and all month long we will have promotions to celebrate. With the movie release of Divergent based on the YA book by Veronica Roth, it seemed to be the perfect way to kick off the month’s activities. We started activities with a Divergent bulletin board which has a quiz for students to determine their faction. Once they know their faction, students may bring a dark colored t-shirt so that we may add their faction. We will also hold some contests during the month to give away a copy of Divergent as well as a faction t-shirt. More details to follow….