Summer Reading List 2018

The Summer Reading List is Here!

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! Time to share our Summer Reading List with you!

View & Download the  Middle School Summer Reading List Jpeg or PDF (please forgive their use of Comic Sans, they know not what they do!)

Thanks to our our A+ partner Librarians at the Howard County Library and two of our local HCPSS Middle School Teacher-Librarians we have created this Super Fun Reading List for all the kiddos in our district! (or the world!)

 

Visit our Howard County local Savage Branch Library & Hi Tech STEM Education Center this summer and FLIP over summer reading or flip over some amazing tech learning opportunities!

Murray Hill kids – If you read any of these books this summer, we would LOVE to hear what you thought in the comments! Follow us on Instagram to see pics of kids being AWESOME every day in our library and throughout the school!

 


Recommended Summer Reading Lists for the Whole Family!

Kindergarten – Grade 1

Grade 2 – 3

Grade 4 – 5

Middle School

High School

Black Eyed Susan Nominees

Libraries Rock!

Summer Reading Kickoff

Saturday, June 2

Participate in activities, crafts, and games. Enjoy the music of live bands: School of Rock House Band and Charm City Junction. Activities include Kindness Rocks, crafts for children; and Rock Band for teens.

HCLS MILLER BRANCH
Saturday, June 2
10 am – 2 pm
The fun continues all summer, when you enroll in Summer Reading: Libraries Rock! Sign up for a free account at hclibrary.beanstack.org, or pick up a booklet at any branch. Then log the books you read and mark off activities as you complete them for chances to win prizes.

Why TV Production for Kids is So Important

Warning: This post is an archive & tribute post + a look at how we started our #MHTVNews program. If you’re interested in starting a TV Studio in your school check out our MHTV Wikispaces page with 11 years worth of information there. Feel free to download, copy, take, use, and share! BUT….the Wikispaces site is going away in July so hurry. After July, I will be posting most stuff here on an MHTV Edublog Page! — Now, Back to the post!

We started our TV Studio the first year we opened our school. In fact, we worked with the architects of our new school to include a TV studio connected to the Library Media Center, fully furnished with a 15K studio curtain (which later got stained with a whip cream pie – not that I hold grudges) and cutting edge technology. It  also featured a kitchen area for cooking shows and connected to the Gifted and Talented Resource Room. (sadly, repurposed due to overcrowding) But, still — it’s a pretty awesome studio & WE LOVE IT!

In our 20th anniversary year, I thought I would share with you a historical online archive of a presentation that Ms. Dianne Wells (our first GT teacher) and I first gave in March of 2000 at MICCA now called MSET called: Lights, Cameras, Action: Technology Integration Through Television Production. Pretty forward thinking for 20 years ago! We’ve been doing MAKERSPACE since 1997. Some stuff will be a bit out of date, but see if you can spot the technology, links, or resources that are now obsolete!

Introduction

  • Students integrate available technology to produce a professional, research based, live daily television broadcast in addition to producing pre-recorded research based news magazine segments and public service announcements.

Television Production a Best Practice

  1. What are the benefits and/or outcomes of this best practice? Research based television production encourages appropriate integration of technology including use of the Internet, software applications and use of technical equipment. It provides an audience for creative production in the school community and supports and encourages career connections in a variety of fields including journalism, multimedia, photography, technology, public service, and more. Learning outcomes for reading and writing are easily integrated into the processes of television production which emphasize understanding by engaging students in thoughtful application of knowledge, processes and skills, and result in student products and performances. Students are continually required to work collaboratively, to read and write to perform tasks, to inform, to persuade, and to interpret, analyze, and evaluate data.

 

  1. How is this best practice related to the school improvement plan?  This best practice supports the county and state reading and writing initiatives to support student technology learning outcomes, is used as a medium for supporting human relations and diversity within our community. It also is a working model of best practices for appropriate and effective technology integration in accordance with ISTE & MSDE technology standards.

Technology Integration in Action

    • How is technology used? Students access current news from online sources, weather data online, graphics from online sources, digital images of local weather conditions, community members, and other images to support a daily news program.
    • Scripts are written and edited daily using Microsoft Word. Using multimedia software, students design introductions and animation’s to be used in Power Point graphic templates. Students use digital editing software such as iMovie to prepare specials to be used on the show. During daily production, teams operate the studio equipment including a teleprompter, computer graphics, mixing board, and audio.

An Overview of Daily Live Television Broadcast at Murray Hill Middle School

Pre Production:

    • Conduct an application process to select a crew for your studio.
    • Complete application using Microsoft Word
    • Conduct interviews/auditions – Tape the aspiring on-air talent
    • Hire students that show the diversity of your population. Each kid should “see themselves” on the Television show. Keep a good balance of boys & girls. Talent spot and encourage girls to learn the tech jobs- this can sometimes become a bastion of tech guys…try to be balanced in all areas of the show. (WOW, this has really changed over the years, now it’s the girls who run the tech and we only have a handful of guys apply and they usually opt for the on camera jobs)
    • Train as appropriate to operate equipment/perform jobs.
    • Software application: Microsoft Word, Opifex teleprompting software, AWS weather software, Web Browser, Microsoft Power Point, iTunes, and iMovie.
    • Hardware: Video cameras, mixing board, teleprompter, Computer generator, VCRs, CD player, microphones, analog & digital editing equipment.
    • On-air talent
    • Design a basic format to follow for your show. (story board, Power Point template for each day, Internet bookmark list- Backflip Folder or iKeepbookmarks.com)
    • Create a basic presentation software template for the graphic format of your show Power Point
    • Create an opening logo or movie using a graphics or video program (SpecularLogomotion, iMovie, etc.).
    • Assign students a time schedule to arrive (10-45 minutes pre-school, depending on assignment)

Production

    • Using a preset bookmark list of news and weather sources on the Internet, select the news topics for the day or use print copy of newspaper.
    • Download appropriate images or weather graphics.
    • Script writers will summarize and print news stories using word processing software (if using a teleprompter, save as text file to import)
    • Technician will update presentation template with current images to be used with news stories and weather graphics if appropriate; update credits if necessary.
    • On-camera talent will rehearse scripts.
    • All crew members will check to make sure equipment is on and ready.
    • Producer/Director will review production/format changes prior to on-air broadcast.
    • Access closed circuit system in your school.
    • Air broadcast.
    • Videotape productions for review/archive.

Post Production

    • Provide immediate feedback on quality of show.
    • Occasionally have crew members view and analyze previous shows to make improvements (using rubric).
    • Edit show tapes to create an archive of best, special, or bloopers (analog editing equipment and/or digital with AVID Cinema).
    • Conduct a focus group to assess audience impact.
    • Create a organization/labeling system (media archive) to avoid recording over important footage
    • Plan for making duplicate copies for distribution

Internet Resources for Television Production at Murray Hill Middle School

Daily Production

Ikeep bookmarks.com: As students share and add to our list of MHTV bookmarks, we have begun maintaining a universal set of appropriate bookmarks for daily studio use. It is possible to monitor, edit, and password protect the pre-set lists.

MHTV BookmarksWeather Segment

Murray Hill’s Current Weather Conditions: In addition to the AWS software in our studio, which allows us to access our current weather data, our current weather data is available on our homepage.  (2018 Update – no longer. We had the AWS on the roof of our building but after 15 years it was oudated and they wanted about $750 to replace it – we didn’t have the money so it sits now gathering dust. Le sigh)

MHMS AWSAWS network: Anyone with Internet access can access weather stations around the country to get current weather conditions.

AWS NetworkWeatherNet 4, Washington,D.C.: As part of the WeatherNet 4 FourWinds program, we are allowed to download and use the channel 4 weather maps as part of our daily broadcast.

NBC4 Weather FanaticsThe Weather Channel: We access this site for weather maps and coverage of weather events.

The Weather ChannelWBAL Channel 11, Baltimore: As part of the WBAL InstaWeather program, we access weather maps and other weather related data and information.

WBAL WeatherThe Baltimore Sun weather

Baltimore SunNews Segments

Yahoo News Summary: An easy to use overview of the major news stories of the day for a variety of national, sports, entertainment, technology, and science news.

Daily News SummaryThe Washington Post: In addition to using the print version of this paper for detail and stories of local interest, we access the Internet site as well for archival information and graphics.

The Washington PostThe Baltimore Sun: In addition to using the print version of this paper for detail and stories of local interest, we access the Internet site as well for archival information and graphics.

Baltimore SunSpecial News Features/Magazine Segments

The New York Times Learning Network: an excellent source for in-depth coverage of long term news issues such as School Violence, Election Campaigns, Crisis in Kosovo, and theWorld Trade Organization. This site includes current events articles related to the topic, background primary source information, research sites and topics, related issues, and points of view related to the issue. Good resource for special features and in-depth coverage of issues.

New York Times Learning NetworkPublic Agenda is a an online public opinion and policy analysis service which provides guides which offer a nonpartisan briefing on policy and polling — including “red flags” where poll results may be misleading; a digest of news, legislation, and studies; research sources. It is possible to register for online updates.

Public AgendaThe Ad Council maintains a site, which provides a history of public service campaigns and is a source of current campaigns. It provides a reference site for students to use as a model for developing their own public service campaigns.

Ad CouncilGeneral Resources on Television Production

Cybercollege: Television Production. On online television production curriculum for instruction of students or reference for professionals.

CybercollegeAvidCinema: an easy to use software package used for digital editing of video clips for television production. This site has tutorials for using the program in addition to project suggestions.

Avid CinemaHere’s a photo gallery of pics!
MHTV Studio

Books That Celebrate Diversity

A few of my MHMS colleagues are taking a Cultural Proficiency course. Having taken that course a couple years ago and as a passionate ally of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, I was eager to help them with their final project!  We decided it would cool to create a curated list of books on a bookmark that celebrated diversity.

Feel free to Take, Copy, Use, & Share!

– it’s all Creative Commons! We made sure that the books listed were all books we had in our Middle School Library Collection. We also sourced the list culled from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks website. Use ours, or make your own! See below for downloads. 

You can download the Diversity-Bookmarks-PDF

OR you can make a copy of the GoogleDoc!


Coloring Pages for Women’s History Month

I just want to share a few coloring pages I curated online & made into PDF’s & JPEGS for our kiddos! I love adding new coloring pages to our Makerspace, especially during special months and with themes. There are a LOT of FREE coloring pages out there for a school Makerspace, you just know how to find them, adapt them, & follow the copyright licensing!

I uploaded the curated coloring sheets as Jpegs on Flickr embedded below and to download as Printable PDF’s on Slideshare.

 Enchantress of Numbers! 
Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine

(Download Flickr in ALL Sizes
 

ALL the Coloring!


Coloring Pages

Writing Quality Comments

For Kiddos, Teen Guests, & Everyone!

When writing quality comments on a blog, there’s a couple things to keep in mind:

1.  Give a greeting – Say Hello! How You Doin? Hi or Hey!

2.  Give a compliment about the post: eg, “I enjoyed reading your post.”

3.  Add factual information if you can e.g. if someone has written a post about the MHTV studio, you might add a comment like, “We really like to use The Week in Rap website (or BBC America, The Washington Post, Library of Congress, History Channel, Channel One, etc.) for our TV shows” Sharing what you care about if generous and starts a conversation.

4.  Make a connection e.g. if you are reading a post about a school library, special event, or technology tip, you might write, “We also have a TV studio in our school and we are weather nerds, too!”  PLEASE NOTE: Constructive criticism is OK, as long as it’s phrased politely. Comments that are hating or rude will not be published. If we have a typoe though,  (heh heh typoe! get it?) please let us know. We don’t want to look doofusy with spelling & grammar. Nope, that’s not cool!

5.  Ask a question e.g. “What is your favourite book or iPad app?”

6.  PROOFREAD!

7. Sign off using your First name only.

You can also add:  Your grade and your school

Have fun!

 

 

 

This page was totally stolen and adapted from the amazing Christchurch New Zealand classroom blog 8C Happenings

by Bridget Compton-Moen @BridgetLCM

The Art of the #Shelfie


“Can I Take a Shelfie of You?

Is something I ask quite a bit at the MHMS Daring School Library. The easiest way to share on Instagram is taking the humble shelfie. Like a selfie, but with a book? Asking teens and patrons to hold up the book they just checked out or are returning are called shelfies.

OK….it’s kinda a stretch…but as I mentioned in an article I wrote last year for the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association a branch of the ALA) blog last year, it’s just one positive quick, fun, and easy way to promote reading, literacy, books, and community using social media. Kids like to see what other kids are reading.

6th grader Olivia w/ an awesome #Bookface

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Six grader John with a classic big smile #Shelfie #Bone #graphicnovels

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Missy M. Showing off her Mary Jane shipping novel #shelfie #GreatReader

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I #mustache you to enjoy these #shelfie pics! @hcpss_mhms #CelebrateHCPSS

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I always ask if they want to take a shelfie, and I never give any guilt trips if they’re too shy or would prefer not to. But most of my teens love to show off their latest book, and even tag themselves in the picture! Holding up a mustache bookmark is just a bonus. I mustache you to believe me in this!

Mr Raj #Shelfie & his @MikeLupica book! #TravelTeam 💕our readers!

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Cammy & Precious giving me a great #SHelfie

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#CaughtReading

Beanbag reading at the @hcpss_mhms Daring school library media center!

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8th grdr Dom finishing his latest sports fiction book! #caughtreading

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Happy NEW School Year!

Welcome Back Kiddos, Parents, & Families!

 




Happy 20th Anniversary Murray Hill! For real this time! 

That means, the 8th grade kiddos I taught when we opened Murray Hill back in 1997 would now be in their 30’s! Whaaaat? That’s Crazy! But seriously, 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! Ms. Bell, our amazing Media Assistant is BACK full time!  Thanks to our new interim Superintendent, Michael J. Martirano  for bringing back our much needed (and loved!) library paraeducators. 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, 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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And #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!

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.

hcpss-connect-banner16This page will also feature our new HCPSS Parent Portal – HCPSS Connect

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Don’t forget our Research Databases Wikpage helps with homework & school projects!

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Summer Reading on the Hill

The Summer Reading List is Here!

View & Download the  Middle School Summer Reading List

Thanks to our our A+ partner Librarians at the Howard County Library and two of our local HCPSS Middle School Teacher-Librarians we have created this Super Fun Reading List for all the kiddos in our district! (or the world!)

Visit our Howard County local Savage Branch Library & Hi Tech STEM Education Center this summer and FLIP over summer reading or flip over some amazing tech learning opportunities! ((Pssst!
The 8th Grade Slide Show is at the bottom of this post!))

Recommended Summer Reading Lists

Middle School – #1 Most Awesome Teens

Kindergarten – Grade 1 – Baby Squirts

Grade 2 – 3 –  Little Kiddos

Grade 4 – 5 – Minions

High School – Cool Kids

Great Books for Grown-Ups!

Black Eyed Susan Nominees

I Mustache You To Consider This Challenge!

I #mustache you to enjoy these #shelfie pics! @hcpss_mhms #CelebrateHCPSS

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Bonus!

For a FREE Paperback Book of your Choosing when we come back in August:

This summer, take a Shelfie (selfie holding a book) or share a picture of you reading and Instagram it tagging me @thedaringlibrarian or @GwynethJones on Twitter

After School Ends, Look for the

Summer Reading List Display

in the Front Office!

8th Grade Slide Show!

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6 Easy Ways to Go Green at School

For twenty years here at MHMS, we’ve tried to be GREEN as possible. We started a recycling program the first year we opened (1997), spray painted Chesapeake Bay Run-Off outside on parking lot drains. In 2000 we partnered with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to conduct a ground-truthing survey of permeable and impermeable surfaces with GPS.

But now, we’re going to make it official!

This year, we’re working on getting GREEN School Certification. We’re working with the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) to fulfill several objectives. The team I’m working with is student-driven sustainability practices. “MAEOE encourages, engages, and empowers the community to understand, responsibly use and promote the natural world.”

Here are 6 Easy Ways to Go GREEN at Your School!

1. Start a Student-Run Recycling Club

Have Science classes do a “trash inventory where kids go get a sample waste basket from different classrooms and different grades and, wearing plastic gloves, divide it between trash and recyclable materials. What’s being thrown away already that could be recycled?  Murray Hill has started a Recycling Program – but we can always do better!
Your Turn! – Sound off in the Comments:
What are 3 ways we could recycle MORE in our school?

2. Participate in International Walk (or Bike!) to School Day

International Walk to School Day (and Bike to School Day) promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages students and parents to think about the effects that cars have on the environment.
Your Turn! – Sound off in the Comments:
Have you ever ridden your bike to school? OR What’s the longest you’ve ever ridden your bike?

From 2011: Example of a paper maché Alebrije. The Alebrije was created by Pedro Linares Lopez in the 1930’s. Pedro was a cartonero (papier maché crafter) from La Merced a neighborhood in Mexico City.

3. Recycle Newspapers & Magazines to Create Fabulous Art Projects

Another way to support your school’s “going green” effort is to get your ART teacher involved. The art teachers here at MMHS have had a long history of cool student projects using entirely recycled, newspapers, paper, books and materials.
Your Turn! – Sound off in the Comments:
What are 3 cool  school ART projects you can think of using recyclable materials?
4. Adopt an Endangered Animal

Take a look at the WWF Adoption program and raise money  in the school to help save an endangered animal. For only $55 you can get an adoption kit that includes a plushy, a species card, adoption certificate, photo, and gift bag. Each grade or classroom can strive to adopt a different animal. You can display your animals in the classroom or in the Library Media Center!

Your Turn! – Sound off in the Comments:
What are endangered animals that you would like to adopt in your school?

BNewingham040711_iStock32161690_GoGreen_s5. Go Paperless

Consider reducing the amount of paper you use in the school by going paperless!
We’ve been distributing our Murray Messages online via, text, Twitter, email, and our website for at least five years now.
We’ve also been using Google Apps for Education since 2012 and kids can create documents, work on at school or at home, and share with their teacher since 2012.
Your Turn! – Sound off in the Comments:
What are ways you could go paperless in your school? Do you like Google Apps or GAfE?

Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Dana & Ron

6.  Create a Birdhouse Habitat Around Your School & Playground 

Why not get together either Scouts or an after school group and create a birdhouse habitat around your school or playground.?
Birdhouses “provide nesting space in the birds’ increasingly threatened habitat. An increased bird population is not only pleasant for the eyes and ears, but is also important to our ecosystem. Birds scavenge wastes, pollinate plants, and search for food in the garden. They help our garden habitat by eating greenflies, caterpillars, and snails: a huge benefit for the organic gardener.” Plus, they’re pretty and could be an ongoing SCI-venture for kiddos to monitor.
Your Turn! – Sound off in the Comments:
Would you be interested in having a birdhouse colony at MHMS? Have you ever made a birhouse? Would you be interested in decorating or painting a birdhouse? What ways to go green did we miss? What else would be good to start at MHMS to help the environment?

Photo by Mrs. Simpson – Artwork by Karla – 7th grade

Resources:

Check out our MHMS Green Team Scoopit PAGE!

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