Wednesday, February 15, 2012

JROTC-Pinterest Board

Russell County High School competed in the Annual American Legion Oratorical local contest against Central High School on Saturday, 11 February 2012  and my Cadet Battalion Commander (C/LTC Aaron Capuchino) came in 1st place and won a $500.00 scholarship. He will compete at the next level (District) for another $500.00 scholarship on this Saturday
February) at Auburn High School.   See attached pictures!

Background:  The Oratorical contest consists of students delivering a Prepared and Assigned Topic oration within a given time-frame.  The winners proceed to the next level until they reach National level while hoping to win up to an $18,000 scholarship.  I, LTC Lee E. Washington, coached all Russell County High School students who participated in the Oratorical contest for 8 years and we won first place at the local level
6 out of 8 times.  Moreover, C/LTC Capuchino competed last year in 2011 and came in 2d Place at the local level.  NOTE:  The student who won 1st Place last year was a student who attended Central High School, Phenix City, AL and he was
my church member.    I then decided to coach him at the next levels and
won 3d Place at the state level.

LTC, U.S. ARMY (Retired)
Senior Army Instructor
(334) 855-3427

Monday, February 13, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

ASLA Twitter Chat 2/7/2012: Where R U on the Social Media Ladder?

ATTN Schools! Get Over Your Socialis Commissura Phobia & Make Social Media Work for YOU!

Auburn High School isn't suffering from Socialis Commissura Phobia! We are using social media like FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest to connect with teachers, parents, students and community members. 
Not only do we use FaceBook and Twitter to disseminate daily news and announcements; our teachers are using Twitter to send reminders to students and continue class discussions beyond the school day. We use Pinterest to provide resources for students and teachers in an easy to use visual format.

Take a look at what we have been up to!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Educational Curating with Pinterest!

Pinterest is my latest obsession!  I love that I can create visual bookmarks not only for personal interest but have adapted Pinterest to fit my professional needs as well. I also love that Pinterest allows me to easily share my great finds with all of my tweeps on Twitter!  Check out the Pinterest Boards I've made for my school: & my personal interests boards:

Quite a few articles and blog posts have been written that explore the educational aspects of Pinterest.  I have marked them on my Diigo page to make them easier to find:

Just like Twitter, Pinterest allows you to interact and get great ideas form other connected people around the country.  Below are just a few dedicated parents and educators who have done a phenomenal job creating education related Pinterest Boards:

Tina Wahlert 


Sharon Matney 


Julie O’Neill

Melissa Techman 


You have to check out this board chronicling the changes made in Melissa’s library! She has done an awesome job!

Julie D Ramsay 


Is there anything that is not fantastic about this teacher?!

Kristen Robertson

Kala Butler

Nikki McCullor

Allison Drake

Who do you know that has a fantastic Pinterest Board for Education?!  Please share!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

ASLA honors our 2011 National Board Certified Library Media Specialists

The Alabama School Library Association (ASLA) is honored to recognize the following school librarians who completed and passed the rigorous portfolio entries set by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards:

Tami Genry
Helena Intermediate School
Shelby County School

Susan Hutto
Leeds Middle School
Leeds City Schools

Kelley Peoples
Helena Intermediate School
St. Clair County

ASLA is pleased to honor these school librarians for their dedication and commitment in attaining National Board certification.

College Signing Day in the Library=GR8 Community Relations Event!

OL - Clay Machen - South Alabama
OL - Caleb Peterson  -  North Carolina
WR - Cody Core  -  Ole Miss
LB - Mitchell Roland  - Troy
FB - Drew Snyder  -  North Alabama
WR - Daijon MacKlein  -  North Alabama
OL - McKinley Weldon  -  Valdosta State 
OL - Jeffery Bass  -  Stillman
RB - Pat'rey Hardnett  -  Iowa Western
DE - Jawad Sayegh  -  Point University
DL - Brandon Brundage - West Virginia Wesleyan
RB - Marcuc Harris - Independence (KS) JC

How do you bring traffic into your school library?

Host events like College Signing Day!  This has always been a fun way to bring students, parents, and community members into your school library.  Make sure your library displays are stellar and promote the many programs your school library offers.  This is also a great time to socialize (i.e.: network) with people who normally do not visit the school library.  Talk up your newest/best library programs to help generate buzz.  

What other ideas do you have for generating traffic to your school library?

Watch Auburn High School athletes featured on WTVM News at minutes 1:25, 2:29, & 2:42