Ralph Chandler Middle School November Report - 2017

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, 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

14% increase in circulation from October. Having Chromebook chargers in the classroom has significantly dropped the number of equipment (loaner) checkouts from 455 down to 245. Note that not all equipment checkouts are loaner Chromebooks, but the bulk of circulation in that category definitely falls under Chromebook loaners. Addition of Social Studies book checkout visits has helped with overdue list and circulation! Yay!
Compared to Other Schools in Greenville County School District (We rank in the top ten middle school stats.) Aug. (39)/Sept. (215)/Oct. (171), Nov. (147)

Individual and Class Visits

This chart is actually rather inaccurate. Students don't really sign in in the mornings before school every time. A conservative estimate would be 720 students just from before school, an average of 40 students per day, even though it is higher (see below) than that from Chromebook loaner checkouts and troubleshooting, etc. Students do not sign in individually when they come as a class. The numbers above primarily represent drop-ins throughout the day who are returning/checking out/renewing a book. Teachers/Staff do not sign in.

926 walk-ins = average of 54 people a day (This is actually under-reported as our electronic sign-in system is very glitchy, and many individuals do not sign in, nor do teachers sign in.)17 Open days.

11/01 - Stills (1,2,5,6) - 6th Grade Book Checkouts

11/01 - Penninger (1,2,5,6) - 6th Grade Book Checkouts

11/02 - Going (1,2,3,4) - 7th Grade Book Checkouts

11/02 - Berkeley (1,2,3,4) - 7th Grade Book Checkouts

11/02 - Randal (3,4,) - 7th Grade Book Checkouts

11/03 - LaGro (3,4,5,6) - 8th Grade Book Tasting/Club

8th Grade Book Clubs/Tastings

11/03 - Barnes (3,4) - 8th Grade Book Tasting/Club

11/06 - LaGro (3,4,5,6) - 8th Grade Book Tasting/Club

11/06 - Barnes (3,4) - 8th Grade Book Tasting/Club

11/07 - Ritchie (3,4,5,6) - 8th Grade Book Tasting/Club

11/13 - Miles (3,4,5,6) - 8th Grade Book Checkouts

11/13 - Sondov (3,4,5,6) - 8th Grade Book Checkouts

Total = 42 Classes (104 class periods met, 42 of 104 = 40%) Fewer classes met because of Thanksgiving holiday, however percentage of class use was up, compared to 19% in October.

november 2017 library google calendar

RCMS Library Google Calendar - November, 2017


11/03 - 6th Grade - Digital Citizenship - Which Me Should I Be?

11/03 - 7th Grade -Digital Citizenship - Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding

11/03 - 8th Grade - Digital Citizenship - Cyberbullying: Reality of Digital Drama

11/08 - McDougal (1,2,3,4) - NoodleTools Citation

7 classes and 28 teachers [includes advisory teachers] - (out of 39 instructors = 71.79%)


usage statistics


Note: Overall usage of LibGuides was lower this month as there were fewer research projects, but there was a slight uptick in use of Makerspace LibGuide.

flipster E-magazines

182 Articles from Flipster eMagazines. Up from 76 for the month of October. 139% increase.
182 Articles from Flipster eMagazines. Up from 76 for the month of October. 139% increase.

Events and Activities/Programming

11/01 - 6th Grade Lunchtime Book Club

11/02 - Borderland Comics Lunch Visit (Graphic Novel Promotion and Review of Collection Development)

Rob Young of Borderland Comics and Emily Lamb, RCMS Counselor

11/07 - Bagels and Books

11/08 - 7th Grade Lunchtime Book Club

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

11/10 - Burton/McAteer - 7th Grade Sex Ed (Erin's Law)

11/15 - 8th Grade Lunchtime Book Club

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

11/16 - Middle School Principals' Meeting

Greenville County Middle Schools' Principals' Working Luncheon Hosted by RCMS - Mrs. Ivie and Ms. Evanson-Atkinson did outstanding work in getting everything set up for a special occasion.

Professional Development

11/01 - Ms. Cornish - Creating Accessible Content for the Web

11/07 - Mrs. Walton - Defined STEM Training

11/14 - Mrs. Walton - EBSCO LibraryAware Training

11/15 - Mrs. Walton - Creating Accessible Content for the Web

11/15 - Mrs. Walton - Children of Trauma

11/20 - Mrs. Walton - Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers

11/29 - Ms. Cornish - Webmaster Online Training

Digital Citizenship

  • 11/03 - 6th Grade - Lesson 4, Part 1 - Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding
  • 11/03 - 7th Grade - Lesson 4, Part 1 - Which Me Should I Be? Online Identity
  • 11/03 - 8th Grade - Lesson 4, Part 1 - Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line

Candid Camera

Morning Knitting Circle and Jigsaw Puzzle Efforts


Japanese Kumihimo and 3D Printing in the RCMS Library
littleBits in the RCMS Makerspace
K'Nex Engineering, HUE Stop Motion Animation, Silhouette Vinyl/Paper Cutter - RCMS Makerspace
Stick Together Puzzle, Weaving, HUE Stop Motion Animation


11/14 - Mrs. Walton - Sub for David Ballinger

11/28 - Planning Meetings (Team) 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade

11/29 - Planning Meetings (ELA Content) 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade

Chromebook Repair/Maintenance/Tracking/Statistics/Reports

Fixed Assets

TAC (Technical Assistance Coordinator)

RCMS School Homepage

RCMS Facebook

RCMS Twitter

Digital Citizenship

Summary Page

Circulation Total 1,311

OverDrive Checkouts 147 - always in the top ten of all middle schools in Greenville County

Collaborated with 7 Classes and 28 Teachers (out of 39 instructors) = 80%

Highlights were: 6th/7th/8th Grade lunchtime book clubs met (Read independently for sustained periods of time to build stamina/Participate in discussions; ask probing questions and share evidence that supports and maintains the focus of the discussion./), NoodleTools Citation for 7th Grade ELA (Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources/Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation), Flipster eMagazine use increased 139%, Borderland Comics visit, Bagels and Books, Erin's Law presentation, Library Aware webinar and free trial, accessibility PD, principals' meeting/luncheon, team meeting observations, ELA content planning/PD meeting observations.

7 hours of combined PD

Coming Up: Educator Certification for Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship, Re-apply for Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship School Certification, Consult with Counseling Services on readers' advisory for boys at risk, LibGuides migration to new server, Hour of Code with 6th grade math classes on Fun Friday/Dec. 1, Defined Stem PD at Roper Mountain Science Center, Chromebook 1:1 PD at Roper Mountain Science Center, Hour of Code with 8th Grade math class, Examination of new AASL Standards/Future Ready Framework, Launch of 3D printing for faculty/content areas/classrooms (see policies/procedures below), Makerspace classroom lesson on Kumihimo weaving/braiding with Ms. Carter's art classes (a first - Makerspace foray into the classroom).

3D printing policies and procedures

Ralph Chandler Middle School

Policies and Procedures for 3D Printing – 2017-2018 School Year


The RCMS Makerspace 3D printer is available to students, faculty, and staff, to make three dimensional objects, in plastic, using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

I. The library’s 3D printer may be used for lawful purposes only. Users will not be permitted to use the library’s 3D printer to create material that is:

• Prohibited by local, state or federal law.

• Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)

• Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.

• In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.

II. The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

III. Cost: 3D printing at the library will cost $.15 per gram to offset the cost of the filament.

IV. Items printed from the 3D printer that are not picked up within 7 days will become the property of the library. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them.

V. Only library personnel may operate the 3D printer.

VI. Supervision of the use of the 3D printer by library staff does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgement, of any unapparent final use of the 3D product, and the library specifically disclaims any knowledge thereof.


The procedure for printing from the Library’s 3D printer is as follows:

I. Design creation:

a. The 3D printer can be used with basic knowledge of Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD). Creating a new design requires an advanced knowledge of 3D modeling software products. Video tutorials that accompany CAD programs can be of assistance.

b. You are free to use any 3D modelling software for creating your 3D models (Some of the more popular are Tinkercad, SketchUp, and the only requirement is to be able to save or export the 3D model as a file format that is accepted by our software Cura. The preferred file format that is supported by Cura is: STL. Cura is our “slicing” software. Slicing takes a 3D model in the form of an STL file (in most cases) and translates it into something the 3D printer will understand – something called GCode in most cases.

c. Digital designs also are available from various file-sharing databases such as Thingiverse.com.

II. Submitting a design for printing:

a. Persons wanting to use the 3D printer shall email their print request, including a link to the file (if using a file-sharing database), or including an attached file (in .stl format) (no larger than 25 MB) to rcmslibrary@greenvilleschools.us. Users are also welcome to present their file via a USB drive in person. An acknowledgement email will be sent in response to the request with a cost estimate and estimated time for completion of the job. If the cost estimate is accepted with an email reply, staff will add the model to the printing queue. A completion email will be sent when the print is complete. The seven (7) day period in which the print job must be picked up will be assessed seven (7) days after the completion email was sent.

b. If there is high demand, the Library will schedule only one print per day per person or entity.

c. The files will be readied for printing in Cura software. Library personnel will view all files in Cura software before printing.

d. Wait/pickup time: Items may be picked up at the front circulation desk. It is sometimes difficult to estimate exact print times. Library staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request. Please be aware that most jobs take at least two (2) hours.

III. Please note that procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printer are subject to change.

Ms. Cornish and Mrs. Walton

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