Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for October 17, 2017

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Our display highlights several books on bullying along with some facts/statistics. 

We have also created a Bullying Resource List on Destiny (our online catalog) which lists the books and videos in our collection that deal with bullies or bullying.

Did you know that more than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied? (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016). 

Visit the following websites for information, resources and statistics on bullying:

New Classroom Video on Demand (CVOD)Titles

Infobase has added 182 videos to the CVOD collection! Here are some highlights. If you'd like to see the whole list CLICK HERE. And don't forget that the username and password to all of our databases including this one is bluehawks.

Here are some highlights......

Black is the Color
Faced with racist caricatures, African-American painters decided to present a different image of their community than the one imposed by the degrading stereotypes of a brutally racist society. Ignored and marginalized, they had to wait a century before they finally won recognition. This film tells the story of how African-American artists took back their image, from the abolition of slavery to the present day

The Man Who Shot Vietnam
In 1966, the photographer Philip Jones Griffiths first visited Vietnam. It was an experience that would profoundly shape his career and legacy, as well as the world’s understanding of the humanitarian cost of war. Griffiths captured incredible images of the victims of war and his 1971 photo journal, Vietnam Inc, transformed forever our understanding of this terrible conflict. This beautifully shot documentary gives fascinating insight into the life and legacy of a man who was a true humanitarian and whose pictures are classics of photojournalism, as powerful today as the day they were taken.A BBC Production.

"The goal of the series "Being Muslim in America" is to provide U.S. students with dynamic slices of real human experience, particularly with persons coming from cultural and religious backgrounds that differ from the dominant culture, such as Muslim Americans. The series goal is for students to understand and appreciate cultural and religious diversity, as well as to understand how Muslim Americans make sense of what it means to straddle a number of cultural boundaries, integrate with the broader U.S. society, and form a uniquely American Islam. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online."

Years of Living Dangerously, Season 2- National Geographic
The Emmy-winning climate change series returns for a second season to tell the biggest story of our time. Featuring some of Hollywood’s most influential stars, Years of Living Dangerously, Season 2 reveals emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from across the planet.
  • Collapse of the Oceans  Joshua Jackson investigates the devastating impacts of ocean warming on coral reefs and looks at the predicted impact on ocean ecosystems, and on our own food supply, of ocean acidification.
  • Fueling the Fire - Arnold Schwarzenegger looks at the military’s relationship with a changing climate and Gisele Bndchen is in Brazil to explore deforestation.
  • The Uprooted - Tom Friedman investigates the increasing population of climate refugees and Don Cheadle is in California, where drought is having devastating effects.
  • Gathering Storm - Jack Black and Ian Somerhalder investigate the potential repercussions of rising sea levels.

Continent 7: Antarctica Series - National Geographic
"In this fascinating six-part series, our intrepid camera teams gained unprecedented access to New Zealand’s Scott Base and trekked alongside the brave men and women who keep this isolated world running - everybody from chefs serving hot meals to cold crews, to helicopter pilots flying teams across giant glaciers and ice shelves to wildlife colonies. We also follow a number of important science projects, including investigating how climate change in Antarctica could impact the rest of the world, particularly sea-level rises, and a first-of-itskind, in-depth MRI scan of Antarctica’s active volcano, Mount Erebus, to better understand volcanic behaviour around the world. Finally, the series follows the US Coast Guard’s icebreaker, the Polar Star, as it journeys from Tasmania through turbulent seas to reach the sea ice - and break through it. Crews have to break ice for 14 hours a day to clear a shipping lane for vital resupply to this remote continent.

The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Series - National Geographic
"Explores how religion has shaped the history of the world - and how it continues to mould the lives of every single one of us today, no matter what our faith - or lack of faith - may be. Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman travels to some of the holiest sites in the world - from the Pyramids of Giza and Buddha's Bodhi Tree to Mayan ruins and Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock. He meets people of all faiths and speaks to religious leaders, scientists, historians and archaeologists in an effort to understand how religion evolved and adapted as our society changed and, in turn, how religion transformed the evolution of society. Morgan attempts to shed light on questions that have puzzled, terrified and inspired us from the beginning, including the creation of the universe and the belief that the world will end in apocalypse."

Breakthrough Series - National Geographic
Breakthrough provides a thought-provoking and imaginative perspective on scientific discovery as it unfolds. Each episode follows scientific explorers working on cutting edge projects with breakthrough potential: trans-formative tools that solve pressing problems (for example, developing an Ebola vaccine, finding a way to stop brain seizures, or bringing a new method of collecting water to an African village devastated by drought). The core belief of the series, reflected in every story, is that unleashing the creative potential of talented people can result in revolutionary change.  Ron Howard, Brett Ratner, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Angela Bassett and Peter Berg are the directors for this first season. While the breakthrough itself provides the heartbeat for the hour, the vision of the explorers in front of the camera and the directors behind it merge to create a unique lens through which the breakthrough is experienced.

"This is the story of Anarchism. By going back over the key events of the last two centuries of social history, the series reveals, for the first time, the origins and destiny of a political trend that has been fighting all masters and all gods for over 150 years. Who exactly are they? Where do those who have always called themselves anarchists come from and what is their line of thought? Why do we consider their thinking to be confused and their history such a cause for concern? Featuring previously unseen and forgotten archive footage, in addition to outstanding documentation and accounts by world experts, this documentary series recounts the history of a movement that from Paris to New York, and from Tokyo to Buenos Aires, has constantly imbued the world with its freedom and revolt."

Inside China
This series explores China's history and transformation into a superpower, looking at its people, politics, social issues and divides, and environmental problems.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for October 10, 2017

Podcast - RadioLab's More Perfect 

I was going to send a note just to the social studies department about the More Perfect podcast, but the last couple of episodes have been so interesting and so relevant that I thought many of you would enjoy listening. The More Perfect podcasts talk about Supreme Court decisions and how American citizens are affected by those decisions. The episodes combine bits of history, interviews, audio clips and other media to tell a story that is fascinating to listen to.

The last one I listened to was about Korematsu v. United States,  a decision which upheld Roosevelt’s internment of American citizens during World War II based solely on their Japanese heritage, for the sake of national security. It starts off with an interview with Korematsu's daughter as she describes how she first heard about her father's case when a high school classmate was doing an oral report on the topic. Very engaging podcast for those of you who have the interest and the time. 

Student vs. Staff Reading Challenge

The challenge is ramping up. Check out the additions! Students are starting to spread the word.

Staff Leaves

Student Leaves

A reminder of the challenge:

Student Challenge
The challenge to the students is for the entire student body to read a total of 4250 books (that's approximately 2.5 books per student) by June 1, 2018.

Staff Challenge
The challenge to the staff is for the entire staff (including faculty, administration, office staff, IT department, maintenance, nurses, food services, paras and subs) to read a total of 550 books (again, approximately 2.5 books per staff member) by June 1, 2018.

Don't forget  - any books that you or the students have finished since the beginning of school count. If you've read books and need a leaf or two, let us know and we'll drop some in your mailbox.

Makerspace and 3D Printer
This week, Kim finished printing some doorstops for the auditorium on the 3D printer.
We also had students from literacy lab in to design and cut bookmarks on the Cricut machine. And a few students crafted some original decal designs. We hope that this introduction to the machine will prompt them to use the Makerspace when they have to do school projects.

We hope to start a Maker Club to give students opportunities to come in and spend a chunk of time learning how to use the equipment. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for October 3, 2017

Student vs. Staff Reading Challenge!! Are you in?

Have you read any books lately? Do you think we can beat the students in a reading challenge?

The poster/flyer with the info is below, but basically here's the deal -

Student Challenge
The challenge to the students is for the entire student body to read a total of 4250 books (that's approximately 2.5 books per student) by June 1, 2018.

Staff Challenge
The challenge to the staff is for the entire staff (including faculty, administration, office staff, IT department, maintenance, nurses, food services, paras and subs) to read a total of 550 books (again, approximately 2.5 books per staff member) by June 1, 2018.

In order to sweeten the deal for the students and to get them motivated, there will be a monthly drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to Front Row Pizza. Each time a student finishes a book he/she should print the title, author, and rating for the book on the front of the Leaf Form and his/her name on the back. All Leaf Forms will be collected in the orange box in the library and on a regular basis, we will pull the forms, enter the students' names on a spreadsheet (so we can randomly draw a winner) and hang all appropriate leaves on the branches around the library.

Staff will just need to fill out the Leaves and we'll hang them on the staff branches. Sorry, no prizes for staff!

Start Date 
Any books that were finished after the first day of school onward count. So if you have students who have read several books, let them know that they can fill out leaves for all of those books! More leaves - more chances to win!

Below is an example of some completed Leaves and the beginnings of the staff branches.

Student Branches Waiting for Leaves!

Need Leaves?
We (by we I mean Kim!) are cutting the leaves as fast as we can. Students can come to the library to pick up leaves, but if you know that you need some for your students let us know and we'll drop some in your mailbox. (BTW - the students' leaves are color coded - Yellow for Fiction, Green for Sports, Blue for Sci-fi Fantasy and Orange for Non-Fiction.)


I'm not sure how all this is going to work out. I hope well!

Will we have enough room for 5000 or so leaves? I don't know!

Will the branches stay put and not fall off the wall? I don't know!

We may have to revamp if things don't work out, but in any case, we'll keep everyone updated with the tallies as we go along.

This is the flyer I've posted and am sending to students.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for September 26, 2017

Banned Books Week

Each year we put up a display to highlight Banned Books week in order to prompt student discussions on intellectual freedom, freedom to read and censorship. And each year, we have students who are initially stunned because they think that our school has actually banned the books that are on the display table. It's a great starting point for a discussion and there are always those students who decide to take out one of the books on the display solely because it has the status of being a banned or challenged book. This year was no different and Laura's display caught their attention.

The American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom tracks reports of banned or challenged books. Take a look at the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016.

Does the High School Library own any of these Top Ten? You bet we do. We own six of them. 
Do you recognize any of the titles? Click here to read more about them.

Did you know?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for September 19, 2017

Makerspace News

Remember last spring we were using the 3D printer to print some pieces for a student so she could build a robotic arm? Well she brought it in a few days ago and it's amazing!!! Hopefully when it's all put together we'll be able to see a video of it working.

It's been a hectic start to the year, so the 3D printing has been slow, but we're having a meeting next Tuesday after school for any students who want to come find out more about our Makerspace.
If you know of any students who are interested, please let them know. We could use all the help we can get to get the word out and to continue to grow the EHS Makerspace.

For more information on what we have in our makerspace visit the makerspace libguide at http://ehs.sau16.libguides.com/ehslibrarymakerspace.

FRESHMAN LIBRARY ORIENTATION and the C.R.A.A.P. Test and Primary Sources

We have had several Freshmen World History Classes visit the library over the last couple of weeks to take part in Library Orientation which also includes a web evaluation session and an annotated bibliography lesson. One of the tools we use for the kids to help them evaluate websites is the C.R.A.A.P. test. There are several versions out there, but I like this one from Juanita College because it's a worksheet which asks the students to rate the website by assigning a score of 1-10 to five categories Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. It really forces them to find out about the website and to determine whether or not they should use it as a resource.

Primary Sources Libguide

Looking for a quick cheat sheet (and a short quiz) for your kids for Primary vs. Secondary Sources?
Visit http://ehs.sau16.libguides.com/primarysources. 

This Freshman Class has a lot of energy and they are very engaged. I think it's going to be a good year!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for September 12, 2017

Google Doc Template for MLA Formatted Report

Check out the new Google Doc template for an MLA formatted report. I know many of you (myself included) didn't particularly care for the Easy Bib add on, but this is different. I think it's great unless you feel strongly that students should have to memorize how to properly format an MLA report.

Classroom Video on Demand

75 new titles have been added to the Classroom Video on Demand Collection. If you're not familiar with this great resource, check out the October 16, 2016 Tuesday Tidbits blog post to learn more.

Below are just a few highlights from the new list. Also included in the list of new videos added is a series called Troubled Teens Talk Addiction (sex addiction, video game addiction, gambling addiction, alcohol addiction, social media addiction) and Your Bleeped Up Brain, A 2013 A&E series with four episodes, Fact vs. Fiction, Superstition, Memory and Deception and lots more.

Caveman to Kings - Greeks

Description from Publisher: Uncover the origin story of Western civilization as the early Greeks rise from nothing and change everything, laying the groundwork for a revolution in human thought.

Description from Publisher: Artificial sweeteners offer us a delicious choice: the sweetness we love without the calories or the consequences. Do even the quickest online search and you’re hit with masses of conflicting information. Proponents say they are safe, they can help you lose weight and prevent diseases like diabetes. Critics say that they may cause a variety of health problems. GP and guest reporter, Dr Zeeshan Arain unpacks the science on artificial sweeteners and how they may impact or benefit our health. Fossil hunters want to know what life was like when dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago. We join an Aussie palaeontologist on a US expedition searching for dinosaur fossils in Antarctica, the most challenging place to explore the end of their ancient world.

Description from Publisher: Why do we accept huge levels of inequality and social injustice? This is one of the central questions that The Price of Fairness sets out to answer, beginning with a surprising set of social experiments in Norway, which suggest that our willingness to support systems of inequality is far greater than we are often prepared to admit. In Atlanta, we take a different look at fairness, from the perspective of a group of capuchin monkeys. Behavioral scientist Sarah Bronson’s work with the monkeys questions the idea that we have an evolutionary tendency towards selfish behavior. Could it be that the outrage we feel toward systems of inequality have roots in our human need for cooperation? We visit Costa Rica and Iceland to see how whole economies have been engineered to function with greater ‘fairness’, and the U.S. where systematic racial injustices have tested many of their citizens hopes for a fairer justice system. From the caste-biased villages of India to the race-sensitive streets of Ferguson, Missouri, this documentary explores our understanding of fairness and what it takes to change an unfair system. Touching on issues of economic, political, racial and gender inequality, this film offers a thought-provoking and timely look at what fairness really means to us

Description from Publisher: Final Days of Anne Frank is the story of Anne Frank and the seven people arrested with her during the Holocaust. This is a hard-edged and compelling take on the well-known story of the German Jewish schoolgirl whose diary about hiding from Nazis in a secret annex for two years during World War II, became one of the world’s most widely read books. Historical footage and details about the Nazi death industry, the individuals who commanded it and suffered, and commentary and historical insights from respected writers, professors, and scholars brings the tragic story of Anne Frank to a larger context of history, philosophy, ethics, moral behavior, and the legacy of her life.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for September 5, 2017

Welcome to the Library 2017

Below is a link to a Google doc with basic information about the Library and the services we offer. This is basically the same welcome letter that I sent out last year with some minor updates but we have a fair number of new staff members so I thought I'd send it out again. 

New Books and Lots of Checkouts

Last week was a busy week! We had several English classes come down to choose books for independent reading. So far we've checked out over 300 books!

We had some great conversations with students about their genre and title preferences, books that they've read, and books that they're looking forward to reading.  Several students offered recommendations for titles, which I added to my list of books to order. I placed an order this weekend for another 65 titles and expect to receive those in a week or so. Exciting times!

We did start off the year with some new fiction and non-fiction titles. A few titles are highlighted below. Click Here to view the whole list.

Memoirs and Biographies 

Sports and Games

Non-Fiction - Science, History, Crafts & Writing

And lots of fiction: