Dr. King: A True Servant Leader

As an educator I was touched by this timeless Huffington Post article from Mr. James Perry, once mayoral candidate and the the Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center:

“Among the most important lessons I’ve learned from Dr. King is the example of servant leadership. A servant leader is one who offers an inclusive vision; listens carefully to others; persuades through reason; and heals divisions while building community.

It is easy to spot servant leaders. In a room where others are jockeying for attention, they are the ones listening to someone others might consider unimportant. When faced with a problem, they look for solutions that benefit everyone. When something goes wrong, they take the blame. When things go well, they share the credit. They tell everyone the same story, even when it is inconvenient or difficult. They know that they don’t have all the answers, so they seek advice from others. They work hard and inspire others to do the same.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is an example of a servant leader. His life shows the extraordinary power of servant leadership to radically transform a nation.

Our communities and our country need servant leadership more than ever. Deepening economic woes threaten the American dream for far too many working
people. Racial divisions are embarrassingly persistent in too many aspects of our economic and social lives. Political despair is battering the uniquely American optimism that has made us a great nation.

There are precious few servant leaders in our current political environment. Many elected officials are more interested in personal power, individual legacy, and financial gain than in the sacrifice and commitment that servant leadership requires.”

@JamesHPerry

Powerful words.


As educators, we have the honor to teach the next generation of servant leaders. It is our job, duty, and privilege to instill in them the passion to effect change and the empathy to think outside themselves. To inspire them to think not of “me” but of “we.” We also must model these values and these practices for our students.

All educators, indeed, all school staff, must work together to model and teach teens that taking responsibility for our lives gives us total power in creating the kind of life we want for ourselves. Taking personal responsibility and thinking of the community. Over the years I’ve seen our students rally to raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina victims, Haiti relief, and yearly for our Howard County Grassroots Crisis campaign – helping the underprivileged and at risk in our community. I am proud of our kiddos, we’ve done well…but we can always do better!

Which brings me back full circle as to why I posted the words from page 333 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret on our library wall this year:

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our
abilities” ~ Albus Dumbledore

More inspiring words on responsibility:

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.”

Albert Einstein

“It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it.”

Sophocles

“A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make.”

Denis Waitley

from 7 Timeless Thoughts on Taking Responsibility for Your Life

Our fight for social justice, equality, fairness, and kindness to all people, goes on – inspired by his legacy. Let’s be inspired by the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr not just on his birthday – but every day – throughout the year!  

Here’s the video we played on #MHTVNews this morning. It came from, of all places, WWE.


And here’s a wonderful article by GlobalMindedEd:

If MLK Were Alive Today, What Would He Ask of Us?

Kelvin Garvanne, an Emmy Award Winning Television Host and Writer and Technical Writer for U.S. Military Training Exercises

Dr. Martin Luther King would ask us to commit ourselves to fighting to uphold the innate worthiness of each human being in America and on Earth.
Years battling for equality have not achieved the goal of social justice. Therefore, Dr. King would demand we look at each other and recognize our humanity inherently makes us worthy of enjoying basic human conditions that sustain our lives. Dr. King would say the struggle to recognize worthiness is more relevant than legal battles to legislate equality.
Martin Luther King Jr. would look America squarely in its collective face and ask why we have not solved the problems of racism, militarism, and capitalism.
Martin Luther King Jr. would ask why we have not agreed that every human being is worthy of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Dr. King would admit the attempt to legislate equality was ill fated and doomed to fail because the myth of America had overtaken its reality. Dr. King would urge Americans to recognize each of us is worthy of inalienable rights and that should be the focus of our battle for social justice.
Dr. King would ask elected officials where is there moral courage. Why is their commitment restricted to their constituents and not every human being who is, or aspires to be, an American?
Finally, Martin Luther King, Jr. would ask us what have we learned and why does it appear we have forgotten history’s lessons; or have conceded defeat in the struggle to uphold America’s founding principles.”

(This was originally posted on the MHMS Media Blog: Martin Luther King, Jr: A True Servant Leader Jan 18, 2010 and I have pretty much posted a variation of this every other if not every year. I think we need it most right now.)

MHTV Music Request Line

Hey there!

To quote the musical philosophers the Spice Girls:

So tell me what ya want. What ya really, REALLY want!

Do you have a song that you’re dying to hear on our #MHTVNews show? If so, let us know and we will try our very best to add it to our playlist!

But we can’t just play any song – so, here’s the nitty gritty boring and obligatory directions:

Before you submit this request, please check the lyrics. Clean lyrics of explicit songs will not be played. Songs that are overtly sexual, disrespectful to women, men, or any group will not be played. Songs that glorify or promote violence or guns will not be played. Songs that refer to drugs, alcohol, or any illegal substances will not be played. Songs that talk about suicide or really depressing stuff will not be played. There’s enough bad and sad things out there in the world, so here at Murray Hill Middle School, we prefer to play, embrace, and promote upbeat and positive things and songs. Yes, that means stuff like unicorns, glitter, rainbows, care bears, little ponies, sports, dancing, swishy fun, puppies, kittens, and K-Pop. Still not sure? Would you sing this song out loud in the car with your Grandma? Thanks for understanding!

Please fill out as much of this information on this form or below as you can below and we will do our best.

Got any questions? Contact Ms. Jones (via the Library Media Center, Lunch Duty, Email, Instagram, Twitter, Semaphore, Canvas, or GSuite) and I will consult with our MHTV Music Director, Eliza. Thank you!

Graphic above thanks to GIPHY

IG Holiday Highlights & More!

Here are some of our recent IG Highlights from the Holidays, Winter Smash, #MHTVNews, #makermondaycrafternoon, and our MHMS Memory Book Cover artist winner!

Now, most of our kids love, I mean LOVE getting their pics taken for our Instagram. But some are a little shy – this is an example! But I showed these pics to her Mom, and she LOVED them and gave me permission to post! Hee hee hee. Don’t worry, my sporty friend here is really super outgoing!

Moms gave me permission to post this! The total cuteness of these two pictures is undeniable!

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Had a great time with a Speed Dating with Books activity with my 6th graders!

We had a super fun time running the Winter Smash Photo Booth! A few celebrities joined us!

Super #WinterSmash #PhotoBooth Fun! With @kimkardashian & Yeezy!

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Kids also had a fun time dressing up in our PhotoBooth costumes!

More fabulous #WinterSmash pictures from our #photobooth

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Ms. Gould and I were really proud of our set up with a roaring fire (YouTube Video), a “Mr. Microphone, and lots of cool tunes playing on our retro iPod!

I visited my sweet Librarian friend, and former student teacher, Ms. Danielle Du Puis at Hammond High School to support and join in with her amazing #Makerspace program she calls: #mondaycrafternoon

With Ms. Du Puis of @hahsmedia getting ready for #makermondaycrafternoon ! So excited!

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I met a couple of her awesome @hahsmedia kids there, like Zion on the right! He’s also part of the  @bestbuddieshahs !! group participating in #makermondaycrafternoon #celebratehcpss

#MHTVNews Kids!

Our #MHTVNews Crew being a little silly & we LOVE that!

We’re so proud of our MHMS 2018-1019 Memory Book Cover Artist Winner, Miss E!

And finally, the BEST part of the holiday or any season is getting notes & cards from kids. THESE are the BEST presents of all!

This. Is. Everything. #librarylife #futurereadylibs #istelibs #tlchat

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Why is having a professional School or School Library Instagram important? Read here!

12 Insta Easy Instagram Library & Literacy Promotion Ideas

Say Yes! To a School Instagram! – The Daring Librarian

15 Librarians To Follow On Instagram +5 More!

 

Winter Bazaar Help & Donations Needed

Winter Bazaar Help Needed:

The Winter Bazaar is a small holiday shop where students can use their Gotchas to “buy” gifts for their friends and family.  The Winter Bazaar occurs during lunch shifts.  We are in need of volunteers to help supervise and “sell” the items during lunch shifts.  The items will be priced and displayed on tables for students to browse and “purchase”. Your primary responsibility will be to take Gotchas as students purchase items, encourage them to shop quickly so others can visit the Winter Bazaar, and monitor all of the items for sale.  It really is a fun experience to watch students shop for their loved ones!  (Students are also limited to five items each day.) Use the link below to sign up for a day and time to help supervise.  Thank you!  Please contact Ms. Behrens (laura_behrens@hcpss.org) with any questions.

Sign Up Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094CACA728A4F94-winte

 

Winter Bazaar Donations Needed:  The Winter Bazaar is in need of your donated items!  The Winter Bazaar is a small store filled with items that students can purchase using their Gotcha’s.  Donated items include, but are not limited to, books, candles, jewelry, games, household items, decorative items, baby items, toys, movies, CDs, etc.  Items can be new or gently used.  The success of the event is dependent on donations; anything you can donate would be appreciated!  Students really enjoy being able to “purchase” these items for their friends and family.  All donations can be dropped off in the front office, or Ms. Hodder’s classroom (room 106).  We will begin collecting items on November 1st.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Behrens (laura_behrens@hcpss.org).  Thanks for your support!

PTA Book Fair in Media

“Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!” Scholastic Promo Material

Of course checking out books from our Library supports this in every way! But having a personal Library at home is also a wonderful thing! It brings to mind, snow days, holidays, & curling up with a good book! (See my personal reminiscence below)

 

Mark your calendar to join us for a celebration of reading and raising funds to help our school!  The PTA Book Fair hours are as follows:

  • Friday, 11/16: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm (lunch)
  • Monday & Tuesday, 11/19-11/20:   9:30am-11:30am (lunch) and 1pm-8pm (conferences)

Check out our Book Fair Videos!

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Mr. C & his daughter Miss S.

 

 

All Book Fair parent volunteers will receive a free Murray Hill Middle School long sleeve t-shirt!  Many volunteer time slots are open during conference times.  Please consider signing up below for slots before, between, and/or after your parent teacher conferences.   

Follow this link to sign up!

Volunteer Sign-Up Genius

Buy Online & Help Murray Hill!

View & Download the MHMS PTA Bookfair PDF Flier!

Bookfair Highlights Video


 “I’ve been inspired by the amazing Jennifer LaGarde who has written such brilliant post about the important people and pivotal moments in your past that made you a lifelong reader.  Jennifer’s post is evocative, thought-provoking, and inspiring! It was so good I wrote a flippin novel of a comment that will make up much of this posting!

Her well written words caused me to smile and fondly recall those individuals, pivot points, and circumstances that made me into a reader. And it wasn’t a book report, diorama, or a standardized text passage that did it. Shocker.

During the blizzard of 1979 we were stuck home for a week and I ran out of books. (Gasp!) The picture above shows me curled up sitting on the heating vent in the living room (note the ORANGE shag carpet!) with Grandma’s afghan reading The Laird of Tariff Hall, a well-worn and taped-together Gothic paperback.

After that, I guess I was whining about nothing to read so my Mom gave me her Gone With the Wind paperback – that shut me up! I don’t know if it was totally appropriate for a 14 year old to read that – but it kept me quiet for many many days!

I also had a collection of Nancy Drew books, boy I loved those! Being a daughter of an English Teacher and Reading Specialist meant that at a very early age, I had books around the house and my own little library in my room. The Scholastic Book Fair coming to our school an help some of our kids build their own personal libraries!

Read the rest:

Reading: A Passionate Love Affair

10 Things to Think About Before You Post

This is a much needed update to a 2014 post. Over the years we’ve had a great educational partnership with our NYC friends at Flocabulary. I’m even an MC Educator or Flocabulary #HipHopEd Ambassador.

We’ve been using their Week in Rap news feature in our school since they landed on the hip hop education or #HipHopEd scene in 2008! Murray Hill even earned a video shout out in 2013! W00t! (We were SO proud!)

10 Things to Think About Before You Post video stands up to the test of time.

It’s just practical advice and one we like to play on our #MHTVNews at least once a year!

So, when I heard that they were teaming up with the awesome Common Sense Media people, to put out a music video about Digital Citizenship, – I was SO there!

Common Sense Media has added some handy extras! You can view the Video Discussion Guide and Download the Lyrics Poster, Top 10 List Poster, and Fill in Your Own Top 10 Poster.

I’ve been on Twitter since 2009 (professionally – not personally)  and Instagram since 2015, and I have an AMAZING & generous personal learning network of students, teachers, & followers – so being careful, upbeat, positive and mindful of what I post is important to me, too!

I don’t use Facebook – we just never got along and I never warmed up to Snapchat. But it’s not about what kind of social media or App you use but HOW you use it!

I think you’ll like the video – let me know in the comments!

 


We all want our kiddos to make good choices online! We share this video on our daily #MHTV News show every year & we just wanted to share it with you!

Cheers!

~Gwyneth Jones – Your Daring Librarian!

UPDATE:

And for Teachers & Librarians…here’s this thought!

And a blog post for you on this topic.

Flocabulary: Hip-Hop Learning That is Out of this World!

6 Ways to Avoid Those Social Media Landmines

Our School Library is a Safe Space

 

This is not something new. Our school library has always been a safe space for kiddos of all kinds. Our wonderful school community is a rich tapestry of many woven threads, rich colors, diverse backgrounds, orientations, expressions, many abilities and kids from many lands speaking many languages.

Laurel, Maryland is right smack dab between Washington DC and Baltimore – it’s like our school has always been a mini United Nations. I love that about us!  And our School Library has always enjoyed being a draw and a safe landing spot for kids who are quirky, nerdy, bookish, techie, geeky, queer, gay, trans, wordy, dramatic, creative, alternative, and cool. I was a habitué of and a help in my Middle School Library and always an Ally to my LGBTQ friends – even though we didn’t have that acronym in the 80’s!

That’s why I thought it was important and reassuring to have a sign that proclaimed that we are a Safe Space or a Safe Zone right on our front doors and right by our check out desk!

What is a Safe Space? According to the Safe Space Network, “A Safe Space is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age or physical or mental ability.”

This space welcomes and respects ALL people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We believe that all persons regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression should be treated with dignity and respect

Kindness matters.

The fact that I also found a rainbow narwhal with a glittery horn made it extra and spiffy!

What does it mean to be an Ally? What does it mean to have a Safe Zone or a Safe Space? I found a great resource from the Human Rights Campaign website:

“What is an Ally?
In the most general sense, an “Ally” is “a person who is a member of the dominant or majority group who works to end oppression in their personal and professional life through support of, and as an advocate for, the oppressed population.”1 Allies to racial, religious and ethnic minorities have been remarkably effective in promoting positive change in the dominant culture, and only recently has their instrumental position been extended to the area of sexual orientation. In recent years we’ve seen more and more LGBTQ Ally organizations strive to make the culture of a campus or workplace more aware and accepting of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals

An Ally strives to…
• be a friend
• be a listener
• be open-minded
• have their own opinions
• be willing to talk
• recognize their personal boundaries
• join others with a common purpose
• believe that all persons regardless of age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression should be treated with dignity and respect
• recognize when to refer an individual to additional resources
• confront their own prejudices
• engage in the process of developing a culture free of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism
• recognize their mistakes, but not use them as an excuse for inaction
• be responsible for empowering their role in a community, particularly as it relates to responding to homophobia or transphobia
• recognize the legal powers and privileges that cisgender straight people have and which LGBTQ people are denied
• support the Ally program of their university or workplace
• commit themselves to personal growth in spite of the discomfort it may sometimes cause

As important as it is to define what an Ally is in a positive sense, it is also helpful to understand the boundaries of an Ally’s role.

An Ally is NOT…
• someone with ready-made answers
• necessarily a counselor, nor are they necessarily trained to deal with crisis situations”

from:  Establishing an Allies/Safe Zone Program

Want this poster for your school library? Copy it from my GSuite Drive or download it from my Slideshare below!


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One of my 8th graders told me about this super reading list available at the Howard County Public Library, and brought me one! Sadly, they don’t have the same list online, can’t figure out why not (backlash?)

 

 


 Related Posts & Resources:

Dear Queer Teen – It Get’s Better!

Great resources from The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN):

Download this FREE PDF!  Safe Space Kit – GLSEN

Safe Space Kit in Every Ohio School | GLSEN

GLSEN Safe Space Kit: Be an ALLY to LGBTQ Youth! 

More Than a Safe Space – Educational Leadership – ASCD

For LGBT Students, Are ‘Safe Schools’ Enough? – Education Week

History & Importance of Safe Spaces in Schools

Opening the Doors to Learning Through Safe Spaces in K-12 Schools

5 Reasons Why Safe Spaces Are Important On Campus

History Day Help & More @The Savage Branch Library

MHMS & Howard County Schools are excited to share that our A+ Partnership with the Howard County Library is still going strong, bringing quality online resources and more to our kids every day.   Here’s what you have to do.

“HCPSS students have a way to access Howard County Library eContent in the classroom, at home, or anywhere they need to do homework or research. The Howard County Library System (HCLS) and the Howard County Public School System have launched the A+ Student Card to deliver the library system’s extensive catalog of electronic resources directly to students.

All HCPSS students (Pre-K–12) will receive their new A+ Student Card account number at the beginning of the 2017–2018 school year. Students gain immediate access to all HCLS eContent by using the A+ Student Card account number to login via the HCPSS.me portal.

The new A+ Student Card account also provides students with full customer privileges at all HCLS branches. While previously issued HCLS cards may still be used at library branches, the A+ Student Card account enables students to use just one number for all their homework and research needs.” HCPSSHoward County Library System Launch A+ Student Card

But sorry, Parents & Teachers, this service is just for the kiddos

When you log into Clever, you have access to more Epic resources including Newslea For FREE, Wikipedia, Common Sense Education, and MackinVia

With MacinVia, our kiddos can access “3 Million Print Titles- 1 Million Digital Titles- and now features a growing catalog of nearly 3 million print titles from 18,000+ publishers and a burgeoning digital collection of more than 1 million eBooks, educational databases, audiobooks and videos.”

 Thanks Howard County Public School Library Media and Howard County Library! These great resources will be transformative!

Maximize Your History Day Research (ages 11-17) RG

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Branch: Savage

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410-313-0760.

Do you need help with your History Day project? Meet with an HCLS Research Specialist for a one hour session and get assistance with either developing a History Day topic, finding appropriate primary and secondary resources, or reviewing your finished project.

Available at these branches. Call to schedule.
Glenwood 410.313.5577
Miller 410.313.1950
Savage 410.313.0760
East Columbia 410.313.7700
Elkridge 410.313.5077
Central 410.313.7800

More History Day Help from HCL!

Additional Research Tools for Students

Archives of Maryland Online
Chronicling America
Digital Public Library of America
EDSITEment! Student Resources
Howard County Historical Society
Maryland Historical Society
National Archives’ Online Research Tools

Tech Night Out: MHMS @ the Savage Branch Library

You’ve Been Invited!  

MHMS Family Involvement Team (FIT) Presents Tech Night Out

When: Thursday October 4th 2018  Time: 6pm-8pm
Where: Savage Branch Howard County Library @ 9525 Durness Ln, Laurel, MD 20723
What: Need help with Canvas?
Have questions regarding completing the HCPSS Family file?
Want to know more about the innovative resources offered at the local library?
Let the Family Involvement Team lend a helping hand!
Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information email Ms. Andrea Shavers, MHMS Health & FIT Team.
andrea_shavers@hcpss.org   or call 410-880-5897

¡Ustedes Están Invitado!

El Equipo de Participación Familiar de MHMS (FIT en inglés)

Presenta “Noche de Tecnología”

Habrá un intérprete.

Fecha: Jueves el 4 de Octubre 2018

Hora: A las 6:00 – 8:00 de la tarde

Lugar:  Savage Branch Howard County Library 9525 Durness Ln, Laurel, MD 20723

Motivo:

Ayuda con Canvas

Ayuda para llenar el HCPSS expediente de la familia.

Ayuda para contestar algunas preguntas sobre el HCPSS expediente de la familia.

Para darse algunas informaciones sobre los recursos que tienen las bibliotecas locales.

El equipo de Participación Familiar está aquí para ustedes. ¡Permítanos ayudarle!

Se ofrecerán refrescos.

Date

Friday, September 14, 2018 – 9:45am

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome Back Kiddos, Parents, & Families!

Here’s our Media Orientation Cartoon!



This is my 21st year at MHMS! Wait, what?? Whoda thunk it!?

I am SO honored to have been a part of this community since the beginning. I never thought I was one of those teachers who would stay in the same school for like, forever!

But here I am, still happy, loving our quirky middle school kiddos and the vibrant and rich diversity of our amazing neighborhood! I also like that I live near our community and only have to drive 7 minutes to get here!

This year is going to be fantastic and challenging! I’m so happy that Ms. Bell, our amazing Media Assistant is back with us full time! Thanks to our new FULL TIME AWESOME Superintendent, Michael J. Martirano for bringing back our much needed (and loved!) library paraeducators last year. WE really appreciate having our Library & Literacy program fully staffed – because we serve about 800 people! 730+ kiddos & 80+ teachers and staff!

That’s a lot of people and we love it!

Please follow us on Instagram!

I will try and share all the amazing things that happen every day here at MHMS – the cool kiddos, the fun times, the Science, the ELA, the Social Studies, MHTV, ART, SETEAM, Drama, well – as much as I can !

Like the fun we have during recess in the Library Media Center! Here are some of my fun kiddos!

The MHMS Daring School Library Media Center #Makerspace & Recess Fun! #coloring #legos #shelfie #reading

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We also LOVE Instagram Shelfies!

Cammy & Precious giving me a great #SHelfie

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 We also love to highlight kids #CaughtReading

#Makerspace Fun!

Speaking of making and working I’m excited to set up again our ever evolving Makerspace Station at MHMS in our Daring School Library Media Center for the fourth year! We’re going to be adding more stations, robotics, technology and opportunities to create, make, craft, design, code, and construct in our school!

#LEGOS Happen. In our @hcpss_mhms #Makerspace Bask in its Alien 👽 splendor!

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Princess A showing off her princess picture! I love it when kids get me there and drawings!

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3 #makerspace builders in our @hcpss_mhms school library! #cool ! #loud

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But wait! There’s More!

The following are student, parent, and community resources I want to bring to your attention.

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If there’s something you need or that I can help you with…please don’t hesitate to let me know! I’d love to help!!