Ralph Chandler Middle School Library january Report - 2019

In the coming months, we will genrefy signficant portions of our collection. Ms. Cornish has been hard at work creating lists of titles for each of the genres. We expect this to increase our circulation and create some excitement for students and teachers in browsing, and we have made good use of our professional development with Robert Mackey of Follett. I am also thrilled to have some time to continue weeding our collection for aged items and to buy many new titles to improve our collection. Most especially, for myself, I am excited to have time to begin a project that I have longed to do for some while, and that is a diversity audit. I attended a workshop this month and was so very fortunate to meet Dr. Jenna Spiering of the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science. Her session on building diverse and inclusive collections was very inspiring, and she shared with me information to tackle this project. This will tie in with our faculty passion projects designed to meet the needs of several subgroups within our school community.


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, 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.



1/11 - Penninger - Periods 1,4,5,7 - Copyright Free Images/NoodleTools Citation of Photographs/Images

1/16 - Byce - Periods 1,4,5,7 - NoodleTools - How to Cite a Book in MLA Format

1/22 - Ritchie/LaGro - Periods 2,7 - CRAAP Test - How to Determine the Credibility of a Website- Nearpod Lesson

1/17 - Ritchie/LaGro/Barnes - Periods 2,4,6,7 - 8th Grade Book Checkouts

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


7th Grade Culture of Reading Planning - Meeting on January 31, 7th Period with Ms. Berkeley

Books for 7th Grade Social Studies Reading Projects
LibGuide Usage for Invent an Alien - 8th Grade Science Project


Bagels and Books Booktalk - Wednesday, January 30 - It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together. Our booktalk included a brief history lesson on the Sepoy Uprising, British Raj, India Partition, and Gandhi, for context.
I love that author Veera Hiranandani liked our Tweet!

Emphasizes SCCCRS standard - Read independently and comprehend a variety of texts for the purposes of reading for enjoyment, acquiring new learning, and building stamina; reflect on and respond to increasingly complex text over time. Emphasizes AASL standard: Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth; Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading; Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres; Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing an interest in various literary genres.

Before School Book Club - Thursday, January 31 - Three different kids. One mission in common: ESCAPE. Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world… Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America… Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe… All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.

1/15 - 3:45 - Baby Shower for Ms. Randall

1/23 - 3:30 - Faculty Meeting - Passion Project Meetings


1/17 - Mrs. Walton and Ms. Cornish - Google Admin Training/1:1 Issues - Greenville County Schools - Roper Mountain Science Center

1/18 - Mrs. Walton - Upstate Regional Library Workshop - Sponsored by South Carolina State Department of Education/Follett - Sessions on Inclusive/Diverse Library Collections/1:1 Initiatives/Librarian Evaluation/Literacy


6th Grade: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland/landing/kind-kingdom (Be Internet Awesome: Kind Kingdom)

Interland from Be Internet Awesome - Google's Digital Citizenship Curriculum K-6th Grade

7th Grade: https://youtu.be/_aSCX-ZcJcg (When Messages Spread)

Lesson Objectives - Students will be able to ...

  • identify some of the benefits of sharing information online.
  • reflect on the risks of sharing inappropriate information (oversharing) online.
  • think critically about what they choose to post and share about themselves online.

https://www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/cms/lib/SC01000609/Centricity/Domain/1487/Brittneys%20Story%20Teacher%20Discussion%20Guide.pdf (for teachers)

https://www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/cms/lib/SC01000609/Centricity/Domain/1487/Brittneys%20Story%20Discussion%20Guide.pdf (for students)

8th Grade: https://youtu.be/bBZ64GQxvWE (When Messages Spread)


Lesson Objectives - Students will be able to ...

  • identify some of the benefits of sharing information online.
  • reflect on the risks of sharing inappropriate information (oversharing) online.
  • think critically about what they choose to post and share about themselves online.

https://www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/cms/lib/SC01000609/Centricity/Domain/1487/Evas%20Story%20Teacher%20Discussion%20Guide.pdf ((for teachers)

https://www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/cms/lib/SC01000609/Centricity/Domain/1487/Evas%20Story%20Discussion%20Guide%209-12.pdf (for students)


Karaoke!! Our DonorsChoose project was fully funded, and the students were delighted with the creative addition of a Karaoke machine to our morning Makerspace time. The machine has quickly become one of the very favorite creative activities in the library, before school!

Gotta pick a song!

https://www.weareteachers.com/microphones-in-the-classroom/#.W6_Z3DEvllk.twitter (How Creative Teachers are Using Microphones to Rock Their Instruction)

This is so exciting!
Baby Shark??!!


About half way through the month of January, Ms. Cornish began tracking the number of Chromebook visits/issues that come into our library office. We have very little data at this point, but by the end of the school year, we should have a much clearer data picture of these issues, as well as the amount of time and effort that Ms. Cornish puts into this area. For the last half of January, our Chromebook visits averaged 7-8 per day, with our highest number of visits in one day equaling 14! These visits entail such issues as a Chromebook that won't charge, hinge covers popping off, excessive extensions/apps, broken screens, inactive touchpads, not being able to connect to the WiFi, broken off audio plugs, and many other miscellaneous issues! That does not even include tracking missing Chromebooks, missing technology payments, email notifications to parents regarding fees/fines, tracking consecutive repair charges, and so much more. Stay tuned for a more complete picture in June!

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Candace Walton and Suzette Cornish

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