Library and Technology
All students attend a library or technology class once a week. Students attend library classes for 2 quarters and technology classes for 2 quarters.
Library Media Center
During this 45 minute period, students learn how to use the library effectively to locate information and literary resources. They also learn about various authors and types of literature, and have the opportunity to borrow books.
Each student may borrow two books a week, unless they have overdue books. All books that are checked out are due to be returned the next week during library class. Books may be renewed if they are not in demand. No additional books may be borrowed until books are returned. If a book is lost or damaged, the student who borrowed it is expected to pay the replacement cost. All library books must be returned in June. Students with outstanding books will NOT receive their final report card unless books are returned or paid for.
- Book Fairs: There are, usually, two book fairs during the school year, jointly run by the PTA and the library media specialist – a fall fundraiser and a spring half-price fair to promote summer reading. In the fall, PTA sponsors an evening book fair session. Each class attends at a scheduled time. Parents are welcome to attend. Volunteer help is needed and deeply appreciated.
- Read Aloud: Guest authors visit our school to share their work, experiences, and life as a published children’s author, PTA sponsored.
- Technology concentrates on preparing children to live in a world where they are surrounded by technology.
- Three common threads exist across the grade levels; Internet Safety, Touch Typing using Mavis Beacon, and integrated projects using Microsoft Office and other applications.
- Each grade level receives lessons in internet safety based on their age. Second graders start off learning to avoid advertisements and pop-ups and fifth graders discuss the perils of Facebook and cyber-bullying.
- We start learning our keys in the second half of second grade. Each year we use Mavis Beacon and a variety of websites to practice and improve our skills but more time is spent on typing in the lower grades than the upper. The idea is that fourth and fifth graders should be practicing and improving their skills in their everyday work.
- Technology projects are created so that they teach technology skills while enriching a curricular area. Grade levels use different programs such as Word, Power Point and Publisher and use internet search engine to gather information. Skills are built upon year after year in order to prepare the children for the rigors of Middle School.
- Mr. Rich maintains a technology website that can be access through www.skillsarefun.com. It features math skill practice, typing practice, brain exercises, math drill print outs and seasonal websites.