Hello, kids, parents, our community!
I’m not gonna lie, it’s kinda weird out there right now but I truly believe we’re going to be OK. Things will get back to normal. They always do. #History. I don’t know when, but they will. Practicing positivity is important and good for you! That, and washing your hands! In the meantime, HCPSS and our education partners have some cool and FREE resources for you!
Don’t forget we’re all in this together — even if we’re physically apart right now. I will try and update this post as I stay at home and help my community and to take care of my family. Starting with scrubbing all floors and not letting anyone inside with shoes on. It’s a slipper & sock zone only! I so heart fuzzy socks!
FREE Grab-N-Go Meals in the parking lot of Laurel Woods Elementary and 8 other locations throughout the county.
From a recent email to all HCPSS educators from our amazing Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano:
“I’ve had the opportunity to check in at a few of our meal distribution sites, where I have been proud to observe our Food Services staff members hard at work ensuring children continue to have access to nutritious meals while schools are closed. Today on our second day of distribution, 5,304 meals were served at our nine sites. I am grateful that HCPSS is able to provide this service and I’m even more pleased that we have been able to expand our typical meal offerings to include three meals each day. I encourage all families to take advantage of this service.” ….also from Dr. M
“On Friday, all students went home with a document that detailed ideas for engaging students in learning activities while schools are closed. These resources are posted online and have been translated into multiple languages. While the activity ideas do not represent the same level of instruction that occurs in our schools, they are intended to help keep our students stay intellectually active while they are at home during this closure.”
I have to confess, I’m an unabashed fangirl for our Sup! And it’s not to curry favor or kiss butt, I’m retiring in 3 or 4 years! He’s just all that, has his heart in the right place, and he brought back our School Library Media Assistants after they were cut by she who will not be named!
Oh and I gotta warn you, if you’re new to this blog or my Daring Librarian professional blog — I write in a conversational style and I use a lot of exclamation marks. Kinda like Elaine Bennis. Just. Like. That!
The last day before we left for this unexpected early spring break, I checked out a LOT OF BOOKS! There were no limits on how many books our readers could check out. From one book to 10, I encouraged our students to take as many home as they could hold! I even offered string bags to carry them in. Did I check out enough books? NEVER! lol
But if you didn’t get a chance to come by the Library Media Center and get some books, it’s OK….you have other resources! Keep reading!
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Of course you know I’m encouraging my kids to check out as many books as they want! Come to the media center right now kids because there’s no limits on borrowing! Take one book or 10! I’ll give you a bag to carry them in! And don’t forget you have free digital e-books through MackinVia and Clever!!
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another way to login: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore MCPL’s database that contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles!
Advanced Placement (AP) Online Review
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, the College Board will provide free, online, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses are optional, mobile-friendly and available on-demand, so they can be accessed at any time. The focus is on reviewing skills and concepts from the first 75% of the AP course, with some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course. Access course schedules on the AP Students website.
Digital Resources for Elementary Students
Elementary Students can log on through hcpss.me to use:
- Wixie: an online publishing and creativity platform that lets students share what they know through their writing, their voice, and their art.
- Type to Learn: an online, research-based keyboard curriculum that includes pre-tests, lessons, assessments, and typing games and activities tailored to grades 3-5.
Naviance Resources for Middle and High School Students
Naviance is a comprehensive college, career and life readiness program that allows students to explore career interests, begin their post-secondary exploration and discover careers matched to their interests. Find more details online. Students can log in through hcpss.me, then click Naviance.
DISCLAIMER: I am sharing these resources in good faith that at the time I curated this list the offers, logins, and sites were active. However, at any time, the companies listed could change their permissions. Access problems? Please contact the companies directly. I’m sorry I can’t troubleshoot for you. Mostly because I’m lazy. For the record: I have not NOT been sponsored or compensated (not even a cool T-shirt or swag!) for any inclusion on this list.
Don’t have eBooks, a Kindle device, or other Digital Reader
You can listen to loads of books read aloud on YouTube! Search for audiobooks & your favorite author, title, or subject. Here’s a great example from one of my favorite authors Neil Gaiman.
The 6 Best Audio Books You Can Listen to For Free on YouTube
- The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells. 1984 by George Orwell. (4 hours)
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
- The Veldt by Ray Bradbury (read by the hilarious Stephen Colbert)
- The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde (Read full & unabridged by the wonderful Stephen Frye)
- The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (11 hours)
Here’s my Curated YouTube Playlist of 30+ FULL Audiobooks (I will be adding to this, would love suggestions!) of FREE Audiobooks – You know Harry Potter had to be #1!
ALL HCPSS Kids can get to these FREE digital eBooks & audiobooks from MackinVia.
by our friends at Common Sense Media – Including LIVE Virtual Storytimes! Provide some structure and schedule to your family’s day (updated regularly).
Student Access Instructions
- Visit www.pebblego.com and click “Sign In”
- Username: engaged
- Password: learning
- Capstone Interactive eBooks:
- Visit www.mycapstonelibrary.com and click “Log In”
- Username: continue
- Password: reading
Additionally, the following resources may be helpful for community communication and usage:
- Ideas for incorporating PG into remote learning plans
- Letter to families sharing PG information with content specific to school closures
- Free access to a curated list of CI titles related to viruses, germs and keeping healthy
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
“Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! -The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.”
“As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Create a free account to save and organize content.”
From our partners in learning Follett School Solutions (PreK-12)
“Follett has created a resource page outlining the array of eLearning solutions, including Collections by Destiny, Follett Destiny Discover, WebPath Express, and more. Video tutorials, forums and instructions for accessing these solutions also are available.
To help schools with eLearning during the closures, Follett announced March 11 it is waiving the cost for current Destiny customers through June 30 for its Classroom Ready Collections (CRC), which are standards-aligned, educator-curated Open Educational Resources (OER) that include lesson plans, activities, videos and worksheets. More than 2,300 free CRC licenses have been activated in less than a week.”
“To help make eLearning easier, we are providing free access to eBooks from Lightbox™ and AV2 World Languages through June 30, 2020. You can register for access here.
Lightbox™ offers over 1000 PreK-12 titles in science, social studies, language arts, math and more. AV2 World Languages features high-interest titles in 10 different languages with full audio support.
Parents and students will find these resources interactive, easy to use and a great way for students to independently explore a new topic. We hope that you, your students and their families find this helpful during this challenging time.
Visit Follett Community for more details on this offer and other free eLearning resources available through Follett Destiny Discover®
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— M Marhefka (@M_Marhefka) March 19, 2020