The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

Friday, May 9, 2014

This Week in The Library@HHS May 5-9, 2014



Hollis & Vann:

This week Mrs. Crystal Camp read The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli to Ms. Hollis & Ms. Vann's students.  The kids thought it was hilarious how worried the alligator was about swallowing a watermelon seed.  After reading the book, Mrs. Camp took the kids outside to our Outdoor Patio Classroom to enjoy delicious, ice cold watermelon in the sunshine. 

Next week will be the last week we have a visit from Ms. Hollis & Ms. Vann's students. We will miss them so much over the summer.



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Chromebooks:

The big switch from iPads to Chrombooks started Wednesday as Chromebooks were issued to all teachers with students in the 9th grade.  Keith Fulmer, HHS IT Superhero, lead Chromebook orientation sessions during periods 1-7, answering questions and soothing fears.  




Senior iPad Returns:

This week seniors had to part with their iPads so that they can proceed to graduation.  Mrs. Ronna Michaels is the genius behind the return procedure and so far the process has run remarkably well.  Mrs. Michaels' amazing organizational skills are just one of the reasons we love her so much in The Library@HHS!


Technology Club Planning for 2014-15:

Even with the whirlwind of activity involved with wrapping up the library for the end of the year Ms. Amy Tew, English teacher and technology enthusiast, and I got together this week to brainstorm and create a syllabus for the HHS Tech Club for the 2014-15 school year.  We are already lining up great speakers and activities for next school year. 



Below is a slideshow of our week in The Library@HHS







Saturday, May 3, 2014

This Week in The Library@HHS April 28-May 2, 2014



Testing, testing, testing.

Weather, weather, weather.

This week The Library@HHS has been bogged down with the challenge of providing space and computers for testing while shuffling and making every effort possible to accommodate the needs of teachers who are being booted from their pre-planned and registered computer arrangements.

Severe weather and tornado watches added to the shuffling as school was released around noon on both Monday and Tuesday.  Fortunately everyone in my school was fine other than a few power outages.  It was great to have my online community through Twitter to keep me company as I sought refuge in my bathtub.



Even with these logistical challenges, The Library@HHS was still quite an active place.


Co Teaching with Mr. Cofield:

Monday before the weather caused an early end to our school day, English teacher, Bob Cofield and I got together to plan out the use of Doctopus with his 1st period students.  Early Tuesday morning I set up a Google Hangout On Air so that we could record our co taught lesson so that Mr. Cofield could send the video to our assistant principal, Dr. Sutherland.  Dr. Sutherland has asked all teachers to record a lesson that shows how they are integrating technology into their classroom and where that integration ranks in the SAMR Model.



Celebrations & Thank You's:

This week was also filled with celebrations and Thank You's.  

Wednesday the Junior Class Officers thanked those teachers who helped out with the prom by providing a delicious Italian luncheon. Thank you Ms. Nowlin and the JCO for a memorable prom and an equally memorable luncheon!  


Thursday The Library@HHS celebrated our graduating Senior Student Library Aides with a pizza lunch.  We also made our Seniors nice luggage tags to take with them as they leave home and enter "the real world".  


Friday Ms. Crystal Camp and I (and all the school librarians from our school district), were treated to a special luncheon sponsored by the Hoover Public Library.  The Hoover City School District libraries work closely with our friends at the public library all year long.  It is a great relationship and we love all that the public library provides for our schools and students.  The Hoover Public Library spoiled us with a great taco buffet, GiGi's cupcakes and a pack of books to take back to our schools.



SlideShow from This Week in The Library@HHS