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Teacher: Mrs. Kristen Frost (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Junior High Research Project Links
Now that mid-term exams and Catholic Schools Week are both over, we are on to the big research project for the year in our Junior High. Students have received their assignments (historical figures) and are beginning the process of searching for resources and creating bibliographies. Linked below are some sites that will be helpful in locating materials on your famous figure. As always, if you have questions or need help, please do not hesitate to ask! Good luck and happy searching.
Enfield Public Library Catalog (to search the collection for books or other print materials): http://lci-mt.iii.com/iii/encore/;jsessionid=249CFAF1290A664B91D4CFB1CD160B83?lang=eng
Research It Database (must have CT library card number to access--click on Middle School link in left side menu): https://researchitct.org/
Biography Databases from Enfield Public Library (must have EPL card to access): https://www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org/databases/#history&bio
Biography.com Website: https://www.biography.com/
Mrs. Frost will also be available at the Enfield Public Library on Febrary 24th and March 3rd from 11am - 5pm if you need further assistance.
Exciting news in the St. Bernard School Library this month! Our library collection management system, Resource Mate, has been upgraded to include a web-based library catalog! What does this mean for our students? Now students can use the library catalog from any Internet accessible device! You can search the SBS library collection to see what we have any time! Here is the link to the online catalog and a sneak peek of what it looks like:
A permanent link to the library catalog will also remain at the top of the library's webpage (this page), and Mrs. Lavoie plans to add it to her list of links on the Media Center's page, too. Our new catalog allows searching by keyword, title, author and subject, as well as some advanced searching capabilities. The home page also features a scrolling look at our latest acquisitions and most popularly checked out materials. Coming soon, students will also have the ability to place holds on items, renew materials online and more!
Students will see this new technology in their classes this month and will begin experimenting with it to find items in the library. We are thrilled to have this updated technology in our school library!
September and October in the Library
It has been a busy start to the year in the library. Our K-2 classes have learned all about book care and how important it is to treat our library books gently so that everyone in our school can enjoy them. Feel free to stop by the library during parent conferences and take a look at the book care posters the first and second grade students created. They did a fantastic job!
Grade three has been working on learning the basics of the dictionary with a little help from our friend the Shelf Elf. We are moving in to the elements of a biography to support their Biography Book Report in their class. Grade four has learned about the pitfalls of plagiarism and how to avoid them by citing their resources when researching. We are currently enjoying the benefits of using the Thesaurus to spice up our language.
The students in fifth grade have been diligently learning great tips and tricks of how to be terrifically organized students, courtesy of the Study Smarts program. They are learning memory techniques, studying methods, note taking guidelines and organization strategies. They are soaking it all in and are applying the ideas to their classroom learning.
Grade six started off with a research project focusing on World Explorers, with a focus on non-fiction resources. They are "discovering" that some sources are more reliable than others. They are also practicing note taking and citing resources with this project. Wait until you hear what they've learned!
Grades seven and eight are engaging in a module on the reliability of information in our world, with particular focus on the media, social media and Internet news. How do we sort the real from the fake, the reliable from the non-reliable when information is coming at us so quickly in this electronic era? They will work toward being informed citizens and educated consumers of today's information.
Also, this week is the Scholastic Book Fair at St. Bernard School. Please consider stopping by the book fair to choose books with your child. It is so important to fill your child's environment with rich reading material. The book fair will be open on Thursday and Friday and also during our Trunk or Treat event. What a TREAT to get a new book! Thanks for reading! --Mrs. Frost