Welcome to GRMS Library Media Center!
While enriching, aiding, and supporting school -wide programs, our mission is to enable students and staff to become effective users of information. By participating in our library media programs, students will learn how to access, evaluate, use, and communicate the world of information effectively.
Go the Extra Mile! Are you an active participant in learning? Do you go beyond the expected? You can earn TRAVEL VOUCHERS from teachers and staff. Place your vouchers in the jar in the media center for a chance to win a prize!
SSYRA 2013-2014 Middle School (6-8)
Buckingham, Royce. The Dead Boys. Penguin/Putnam, 2010.
Cochrane, Mick. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies. Random House/Yearling, 2009.
Fagan, Deva. Circus Galacticus. Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, 2011.
Gosselink, John. Free Thaddeus. Amulet Books, 2010.
Hiaasen, Carl . Chomp. Random House/Knopf , 2012.
Hunt, Lynda. One for the Murphys. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, 2012.
Lu, Marie. Legend. Penguin/Putnam, 2011.
Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. Macmillian/Feiwel & Friends, 2012.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. The False Prince. Scholastic, 2012.
Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Random House/Knopf, 2012.
Price, Lissa. Starters. Random House/Delacorte Press, 2012.
Schmidt, Gary. Okay For Now. Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books, 2011.
Silberberg, Alan. Milo --Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, 2011.
Sullivan, Laura. Under the Green Hill. Macmillian/Henry Holt, 2010.
Yee, Lisa. Warp Speed. Scholastic Press/Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011.
WORLD STORYTELLING DAY
We celebrated World Storytelling Day by connecting a nonfictional text with a fictional story. Since the theme of World Storytelling Day was “Fortune and Fate,” students were first broken into groups and asked to read and summarize an article about The Middle Passage. Following a discussion of the article, students watched a video as storyteller Oba William King performed his adaptation of “The Eagles who Thought They Were Chickens” by Michael Wynn.
Mrs. Higgins’s classes participated in World Read Aloud Day by listening to an old English legend called The Hitchhiker from the Myths and Legend Website. Afterward, students viewed an urban legend called The Vanishing Ghost Hitchhiker. As a class, we analyzed both stories by comparing and contrasting the story elements.
Thinking of You: Character Counts
Approximately one million Americans currently reside in senior care facilities, and this number is expected to double by 2030.
Media interns and art students collaborated to make pen-and-ink artworks and valentines for residents of Coral Landing and Emeritus.
The library serves students in all curriculum areas, and this project goal addressed responsibility as well as community service by supporting the Character Counts Pillar for the Month of February: CARING.
The valentines were delivered to seniors on February 14th. The pen-and-ink artworks are on display at the school along with a description of the project.
Susan Dennis of Emeritus Senior Living received 108 Valentines delivered by one of our art students during the Valentine Party at Emeritus.
Going the Distance
One Journey at a Time
This year’s theme focuses on learners as they journey through the written words of authors. We encourage students to think beyond the text and explore critical analysis as they travel to new places, meet interesting people, and visit new cultures in pursuit of knowledge. We hope to raise student awareness of the importance of active participation with international mindedness and global perspectives. Our media center is a fun, creative, safe, and positive place to share discoveries. We all learn something from each other!
Students entering the sixth grade many choose any 6-8 SSYRA book from any year.
Students will complete a Book Report Form and will receive credit for the report. Students who do not complete the report won't be penalized.
Students entering the seventh grade may choose any book from the 2012-2013 SSYRA list.
1. 3-D replica of 1 of one of the settings in the book (like in a shoebox).
2. Interview one of the main characters in the book.
3. Create a foldable for the main literary elements-plot, character, setting,etc.
This project grade will be used to replace the lowest 1st quarter grade.
8th Grade Summer Reading
Students entering the eighth grade should select ONE of the books below to read this summer and complete the attached Scrapbook Page assignment. This assignment is suggested but not required. However, if you do complete it, your lowest Language Arts quiz grade from the first quarter will be replaced with the grade for the Scrapbook Page. This assignment will be due Friday, August 23rd. Happy Reading!!
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
The Diary of Anne Frank (Honors & Advanced Recommended)
Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney
Elephant Run by Roland Smith
by Randi Barrow
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Honors & Advanced Recommended)
8th Grade Summer Reading Scrapbook Page
Using any type of paper or posterboard, you are going to design a scrapbook page based on one of the books on the summer reading list. Please follow the directions below.
- Choose a place on your page to prominently display the title and author of your book. Please make sure your own name is clearly written on the front or the back.
- Pick an object that represents the theme or essential message of your book and place it on your scrapbook page. You can draw it, create a cut-out, paint it, or even sculpt it onto your scrapbook page.
- Select a passage from the book that you feel is very important. Copy the passage onto your page and write an explanation of why that passage is important.
- Write a plot summary of your book that is at least eight sentences. Be sure to include details from the beginning, middle, and end of your book.
- Your page should be an example of your best work. You need to consider layout, color, font, spelling, and overall neatness as you put it together.
On March 4th, Mrs. Higgins and Ms. Lewis taught a lesson in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Half of the students in each class period were given a green star cutout that gave them certain privileges (similar to the Star-bellied Sneetches) during the class period. Within small groups, Mrs. Higgins read Dr. Seuss's classic, The Sneetches and Ms. Lewis read a portion of the book The Big Lie; a holocaust story that relates to the ideas presented in the Seuss book. Students compared the two texts to draw out similarities and differences in the two. This was a great way to help students compare texts, seek out the author's purpose and to learn new vocabulary within the text.
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World Storytelling Day logo, designed by Swedish storyteller Mats Rhenman, free to use for storytelling events on March 20.
Library Media Center
SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING COMMUNITY
The world is a book, and those who do not travel
read only a page.
Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award
Announcing the Winner
of the SSYRA Award
This was a great opportunity for our students to have a voice in the selection of The Sunshine State Young Readers Award winner. In grades 6-8, Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby won the statewide vote.
No Hunger Games:
GRMS library overdue fine forgiveness
For the month of February, students donated pet food to forgive library fines.
With increased emphasis on media and social media, students are becoming more aware than ever about the state of the economy and the rates of unemployment. In researching the topic, we found statistics showing that one in six American families are struggling to make ends meet and are relying on Food Banks.
Knowing that families are struggling to feed their families, students expressed concern about what would happen to people’s pets.
We researched the local area for organizations supporting pets and decided to collaborate with the Humane Society, 1665 Old Moultrie Road, St. Augustine. The Humane Society is committed to working within the community to help keep animals out of shelters and safely in their homes. Therefore, they have established a Pet Food Bank.
The library serves students in all curriculum areas, and this project goal was twofold: it addressed responsibility as well as community service. Students paid for their fines with cans, therefore meeting financial obligations yet giving to others as well.
We forgave fines for 49 students, totaling $131.51. We collected 22 cans and 42 pounds of dry food to donate to the Pet Food Bank.