Ralph Chandler Middle School Library October 2018 Report

Wow! What an amazing month we've had in the library! We completed our book fair at the end of September and launched right into a really fun venture involving a science scavenger hunt for the 7th graders, assisted 6th grade social studies with researching the social pyramid of Ancient Egypt, taught Flipgrid, hosted a summer reading celebratory breakfast, morning book club, led a morning of book talks, arranged an author visit, and housed a wonderfully whimsical Harry Potter themed baby shower... We topped things off with some solid, scholarly practice of MLA formatted citations and electronic notecards using NoodleTools.

library mission and goals

At Ralph Chandler Middle School Library, our goal is to ensure that learners leave here as competent, critical, and ethical users and producers of ideas and information. It is our mission to prepare lifelong learners; information literate young people able to determine their information needs, recognize and utilize relevant and credible resources, all while evolving into impassioned readers. We seek to underscore the profile of a South Carolina graduate by encouraging students to be creative, innovative, collaborative, self-directed critical thinkers, who become adept at problem solving and who attain a global perspective.

circulation statistics

October Circulation Statistics

individual and class visits

10/02 - Wilbanks - 7th Grade Scavenger Hunt on Solids (1,2,5,6)

10/03 - Hamilton/Koehler - 7th Grade Scavenger Hunt on Solids ((1,2,5,6)

10/11 - Stills - Overview of Ancient Egypt LibGuide/Flipgrid/NoodleTools (1,4,5,7)

10/23 - LaGro/Ritchie/Barnes - 8th Grade Book Clubs (2,4,6,7)

10/24-26 - LaGro/Barnes - 8th Grade Book Checkouts (2,4,6,7)

10/29 - Sondov - 8th Grade NoodleTools Tutorial (2,4,6,7)

10/30 - Miles - 8th Grade NoodleTools Tutorial (2,4,6,7)

10/01 - Miles - PD

10/15 - Miles - PD


The main focus of collaboration in October was working with the 6th grade social studies teachers to infuse library skills into the study of Ancient Egypt. This was accomplished by a tutorial in how to use LibGuides to find and assess credible resources in print and electronic format, particularly with the use of history databases including History Reference Center in DISCUS. Another major collaboration occured with the 8th grade social studies classes reviewing NoodleTools citation creator in citing books, webpages, and database content. There was a special emphasis on how to make better choices when selecting web content. We were also able to give an overview of how to create an electronic notecard which contained skill building content and practice on summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and expanding on direct quotations to include original thought. AASL Standards for Learners addressed here include:

  • adopting a discerning stance toward points of view and opinions expressed in information resources
  • identifying possible sources of information
  • making critical choices about information sources to use
  • understanding the ethical use of information, technology, and media
  • evaluating information for accuracy, validity, social and cultural context
  • seeking a variety of sources
  • systematically questioning and assessing the validity and accuracy of information
  • ethically using and reproducing others' work
  • acknowledging authorship and demonstrating respect for the intellectual property of others
  • disseminating new knowledge through means appropriate for the intended audience
  • actively contributing to group discussions
LibGuides Ancient Egypt Statistics
Busy Month of October
Ms. Stills' Ancient Eygpe Flipgrid Project


10/10 - Lamb - PSAT Testing

10/16 - Summer Reading Celebratory Breakfast

Summer Reading Participants' Celebratory Breakfast

10/17 - Bagels and Books - Booktalks

Book Talking Books Before School

10/18 - Before School Bookclub (Grades 6-8)

10/19 - Author Visit - New York Times' Bestselling Authors - Brendan Reichs and Ally Condie

Brendan Reichs and Ally Condie - New York Times' Bestselling Duo - Author Visit

10/25 - Jenkins - Baby Shower

Welcoming Baby Oliver

professional development

10/10 - Walton - Data Driven Instruction for All

10/17 - Walton - Data Driven Conversations

digital citizenship

10/19 - 6th Grade - Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding

10/19 - 7th Grade - Which Me Should I Be?

10/19 - 8th Grade - Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line

Report from a 7th Grade Digital Citizenship Lesson
Report from an 8th Grade Digital Citizenship Lesson
Report from a 7th Grade Digital Citizenship Lesson


Fun with Snapcircuits

random scenes

Spooky Halloween Reading/Teacher Dress Up/8th Grade Book Club Books Ready to Check Out

summary page

In closing, October was a very busy month. We look forward to November, which includes a long weekend of rest and renewal, as well as Thanksgiving; but November also brings the beginning of extensive research and instruction with the 7th grade as they tackle assessing the credibility of a website, reviewing NoodleTools for MLA formatted citations, and an examination of child labor --- both historically and currently. Fixed Assets will dominate Ms. Cornish's efforts, and we will be working with Google CS First in the morning Makerspace time!

Created By
Candace Walton


Candace Walton and Suzette Cornish

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