Give Thanks

from our friends at the Howard County Public Library:

 

Recommended Reads for Thanksgiving

Whether you need a last-minute dessert recipe for your Thanksgiving meal or a seasonal picture book for your little one, we are here to help. Our team compiled several book lists for readers of all ages this Thanksgiving:

While the public Library buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26, don’t forget that our digital collection is always available.

As long as you have an HCLS card and WiFi, you can borrow eBooks and eAudio from the comfort of home. Download the Libby mobile app from your favorite app store. It’s free, simple, and convenient! Watch this quick video for instructions.

Accessing Digital Content through MackinVia

and the Howard County Public Library A+ Library Card


 

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome Back Kiddos, Parents, & Families!

This year is going to be challenging. I’m not gonna lie. It’s gonna to be weird at first, a little anxious, and like nothing we’ve experienced before. But, we got this. It’s who we are. We go forward with optimism and determination and we will win this. 

This is my 25th and last year at MHMS. Wait, what?? Whoda thunk it?

I am SO honored to have been a part of this community since the very beginning. I never thought I was one of those teachers who would stay in the same school for like, forever! But I never transferred to another school (and I had offers) because I love our  community, our kiddos, and our beautiful School Library. I’m retiring sometime this year and I can honestly say it’s been wonderful. Thank you for the precious memories and the opportunity to be a part of your lives. Honored. If you’re a former student, I’d love to hear from you – please leave a comment or email me @ gwynethanne@gmail (dot) com.

But here I am, right now, 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 8 minutes to get here.

I’m so happy Ms. Kathi Bell, our amazing Media Assistant is here by my side, to also serve our Library. Couldn’t do it without her.

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!

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

We LOVE to share the cool things that happen every day here at MHMS! In the Library, in the hallways, everywhere!

Here’s a throwback sample.

 

 

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Mr. C enjoying our new sticker coloring book! #6thGradeMakerBoys19 #makerspace #steam @hocoschools #celebrateHCPSS

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Beautiful Friday #Shelfies on a 2 hour delay day!

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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!!

Summer Reading: Tails and Tales

Hey Mountain Lions! Check out our Summer Reading Student Resource Course Canvas Page!  OR, if you’re a visitor here from outside our school – Welcome! Here are the Maryland Howard County Library resources listed below – Enjoy!

From the Howard County Library webpage:

“Each summer the Howard County Library System’s (HCLS) Summer Reading Club provides an educational bridge between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. Children, teens, and adults are invited to participate in Summer Reading.”

*Sponsored by Friends & Foundation of Howard County Library System

INTRODUCTION

(This video is for ALL ages – more Elem & the sound is a little muffled)

(This video is for older kiddos  & the sound is excellent!)

THINGS TO KNOW

  1. Summer Reading will run from June 1 – August 31, 2021
  2. For children Ages birth – 4; Ages 5-10; Ages 11-17; and adults 18+.
  3. Register and participate online at hcls.readsquared.com  or download and print a paper copy at hclibrary.org/summer (Links to an external site.) (coming soon).

Here’s the Middle School Summer Reading List

HCLS BOOK TALKS

 

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Resources

Hey Mountain Lions! Check out our Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Month Resources on our Student Resource Course Canvas Page!  OR, if you’re a visitor here from outside our school – Welcome! Here are the resources listed below minus the HCPSS district stuff!

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Resources

Join our learning community in “celebrating the generations of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) (Links to an external site.) Americans who have enriched global society, playing a critical role in its development and success. Curated digital resources, teachers and students can explore the remarkable contributions that API Americans have given (Links to an external site.) to history, culture, the sciences, industry, government and more. In addition to recognizing the vast achievements of the API community, work with your students and community to understand diverse perspectives and the difficult struggles (Links to an external site.) that API Americans have grappled with throughout the history of the United States.”

Video Resources: 

Virtual Picture Book YouTube Read Aloud

Attribution: Adapted from the  AAPI Instructional Virtual library (Links to an external site.) 

Curated & created  by Wennie Lee and L’oreal Edmonson of HCPSS – Maryland – 2021

 

Calling all Creatives – Rainbow Vision!

Rainbow Vision Literary Magazine

ISO student submissions!

“Rainbow Vision is specifically looking for material for our literary magazine that has an LGBTQIA+ theme, is written by LGBTQIA+ authors AND their allies, and/or is written for an LGBTQIA+ audience. We are currently accepting short stories, poetry, art work, song lyrics, personal narratives, essay, film/video, music/audio, photography, script/play/manuscript, drawing, etc.” – Ms. Danielle DuPuis

The deadline to submit is April 1st.

Click HERE to submit your creative products   

Please Note: Only open to HCPSS Students

Questions? Contact Ms. Danielle DuPuis, Library Media Specialist at Hammond High School – danielle_dupuis@hcpss.org

View Last year’s Magazine! 

Our May 2020 issue of Rainbow Vision received an “Excellent” rating from NCTE’s REALM. (Links to an external site.)

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“Teachers and students are encouraged to share this magazine. However, we’d ask that you not reprint or repost content publicly without permission. If you’d like a hard copy of this magazine or would like permission to post on your site, please email pride@hcpss.org for more details.”

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Students & Families: The MHMS Daring School Library Media Center has always been a Safe Space for ALL of our Students!  READ: Our School Library is a Safe Space 

 

Got Curbside Books?

Our MHMS Curbside Library Media Book

Pick Up Program is Going Strong!

HOW This Works:

Hey Murray Hillers!

As I’ve mentioned in my many Canvas messages and grade level Student Resource Course announcements (you’ve read all those, right?) Our Curbside Book Pick-Up Program is going strong!  The only snag has been our PAC system sometimes goes down for maintenance. If you try to shop for books and the page won’t load let me know ASAP so I can get on the phone to yell at them to fix it.  Errr… I mean, so I can gently alert them to the problem. 

  • Follow the directions & fill out the Curbside Book Pick Up Google Form
  • Submit the form before 1pm by TUESDAY (late requests get filled the following week)
  • Only 1 Graphic Novel Per Kid at a Time – because they’re so dang popular!  Get a chapter or non-fiction book to go with instead!
  • Come to MHMS starting Wednesday from 10:00am to pick up your requested books on the cart in the front vestibule of the school. (That area between the two set of front doors)  Look for your name on the paper bag or post-it note.
  • If you miss the Wednesday pick up time, the Curbside Book Pickup Media Cart will be in the school front vestibule open M-F during school hours 8am-3:30pm. If you request a book but don’t pick it up after 3 weeks we’ll most likely bring it back in & put it back on the shelf so another student can check it out. Please only take the book with your name on it! No rando shopping! lol

How To Directions Slideshow

Please place returning or overdue books on the bottom shelf!

Can’t get out of the house? Prefer reading an eBook? Check out my presentation Doggone Clever Stuff for info about eBooks from MackinVia, how to read an eBook in the presentation above,  read books on Actively Learn, and the Howard County Public Library. 

~Ms. Gwyneth Jones – Library Media Specialist & Ms. Kathi Bell – Media Assistant

Not sure if you have an overdue book? Check your Office365 Email (link on bottom of hcpss.me) to see if you’ve received a notice that you’re OVERDUE! — Your Email address is: yournamelogin#@inst.hcpss.org – You may have to designate that we’re EASTERN STANDARD Time – NYC or Washington DC. Canvas inbox or email me if you have questions.

Questions?

Problems?

Message Ms. Gwyneth Jones through Canvas Inbox.

See my INSTAGRAM post @TheDaringLibrarian for pics of our NEW BOOKS!

Hey there, still reading? Cool.

Are you a Sixth Grader?

We REALLY need the 310 (Eep!) HCPSS Media Books that some of you still have checked out belonging to your former elementary schools to be returned ASAP.

Some kids have up to 5 books each – that’s a LOT of books!

If you could please drop them off to your previous Elementary school that would be great! They’ll be SO happy!

For Laurel Woods – there’s a Return Book Drop bucket avail from 8am-4pm 

For Gorman Crossing – there’s a Gator Drop Off box from avail 8am-4pm

These are either out front of the building or just inside the vestibule – no need to enter the building. YAY!  Please wear your masks. Any other HCPSS school just call the front office & find out the drop off spot & the hours! 

If you can’t manage that, you can drop them off at MHMS and we’ll make every effort to get them back to the right Library Media Collection.

Back To School – Yes, We’re Virtually Awesome!

Virtual Learning Fall 2020 

Welcome Back to School!

Well, hello! I’m so happy you’re here! This is a start of a school year unlike any we’ve ever experienced before. Duh! I know, right? But still, I have to say it because we’re all learning how to navigate this virtual landscape together. (Would that it could look like Second Life or Minecraft! LOL) 

But I do know, is that we are determined, as a community, to make this work as best we can for everybody and that I’m here for you!

For the first few weeks of school Ms. Bell and I will be busy helping kids & teachers with technology challenges, issues, & questions. If you’re experiencing issues you would like to discuss, please stop by we’ll help you – first come, first serve! Or, we can set up an appointment. Either way, we’ve got you!

Bitmoji RecessMHMS Media Virtual Recess for all grades will start in a few weeks!

I’ll be sending out an announcement to let you know where & when! Until then, we’ll be totally busy with our Tech Help Desk.

Be Your Own Tech Ninja!

Are you good at Canvas? Submitting Google Cloud Canvas assignments?  When things go wrong with your device or technology do you find ways to fix it? Are you unafraid to update your Chrome browser or Chromebook? Do you look for answers on Google or YouTube when you get an error message? If so, you are your own Tech Ninja! Be as proactive and daring to persevere and solve your tech snags as you are when playing a video game!  Go Ninja Go!

If you’re looking for tech help be sure to visit our MHMS website and the page:

Tech Help for Students & Families.


Now for some Doggone Clever Stuff!

#MHTVNews: A Virtual TV Show for Teens by Teens

Hey Mountain Lions! Enjoy the latest MHTV-COL News Show written, filmed, produced, edited and created by our talented #MHTVNews Producers & Staff! 

We’ve posted these shows on our MHMS front Webpage and on our Library Media Canvas Student Resource Course page

#MHTVNews Episode 3 COL Edition

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CBBC – Strange & Happy News  (Links to an external site.)

#MHTVNews Episode 2 COL Edition 

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#MHTVNews Episode 1 COL Edition

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Mr. Dunbar and I are so very proud of our hard working #MHTVNews staff!

Got an idea for a story? Let us know! And remember, next year at MHMS you can apply to be part of this super talented crew!