Ralph Chandler Middle School Library Report - March 2019

March was an extremely busy month! If I had to pick a month from this entire year where I felt that the library particularly shone in our efforts to support instructional personnel, it would be March. The 6th grade and 7th grade ELA teachers have been so faithful with bringing in classes to check out books, along with the 8th grade ELA teachers and their book tastings. This increased our circulation nearly 20%. The LibGuides received several thousand views/access hits showing that some of our teachers and students are moving toward authoritative, credible, scholarly, and reliable resources; as well as directing students to use scholarly databases such as the History Reference Center, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and Points of View Reference Center. The number of NoodleTools projects created was astounding; again, showing that teachers are requiring and students are learning, to cite resources and to respect the intellectual and creative property of others. I especially loved seeing the 8th graders use the electronic notecard option in NoodleTools to direct quote, summarize/paraphrase, and most of all, add commentary employing the Schaffer Model. It was also gratifying to see 7th grade students log in to NoodleTools and see multiple other projects throughout the course of this year on their projects' pages, showing consistent reinforcement by their teachers. And, another plus was extending the learning of Japanese history and culture, by the 6th grade social studies students in the Makerspace, exploring origami and Kumihimo, an ancient form of braiding. All the while, Ms. Cornish keeps the Chromebooks organized and multiple tech issues addressed. These efforts bring value added to the curriculum and ground our students in tasks and expectations that often dampen their desire to conduct research. Their increasing comfort with top resources and citation tools allows them to focus on the content, and it lessens their anxiety.


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.


This is a 19.5% increase over February.
Flipster eMagazine Usage - January/February/March 2019


03/01 - Byce - 6th Grade Book Checkouts - Periods 1,4,5,7

03/04 - Barnes/LaGro/Ritchie - Book Checkouts

03/08 - Bradley/McDougal - 7th Grade Book Checkouts - Periods 1,2,5,6

03/11 - McDougal - 7th Grade Book Checkouts - LabTime

03/14 - Bradley - Flipgrid Recordings - LabTime (?)

03/18 - LaGro/Ritchie/Barnes - 8th Grade Book Tastings - 2,4,6,7

03/19 - LaGro/Ritchie/Barnes - 8th Grade Book Checkouts - 2,4,6,7

03/20 - Byce - 6th Grade Book Checkouts - 1,4,5,7



This usage report is HUGE for the month of March. This includes usage through projects in the 8th Grade on pro/con issues (Barnes/LaGro/Ritchie), 7th grade argument paper (Bradley/McDougal), and 6th grade Japan research project (Penninger/Stills). I have had no greater gratifying experience than to see the increased usage across the school at all levels. This puts Ralph Chandler Middle School in the upper echelon of teaching students to respect the intellectual and creative property of others.

AASL Standards for Learners:

  • adopting a discerning stance toward points of view and opinions expressed in information resources
  • making critical choices about information sources to use
  • ethically using and reproducing others' work
  • acknowledging authorship and demonstrating respect for the intellectual property of others

South Carolina College/Career Readiness Standards - ELA

MCC Standard 1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

  • paraphrase, quote, and summarize, avoiding plagiarism and following a stardard format for citation
  • paraphrase, quote, and summarize, avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources

MCC Standard 2: Write informative and explanatory texts to examine and convey complete ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

  • paraphrase, quote and summarize to avoid plagiarism
  • follow a standard format for citation

MC STandard 2: Articulate ideas, claims, and perspectives in a logical sequence using information, findings, and credible evidence from sources.

  • quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources
  • quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation

ISTE Standards for Students

  • demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property
Sample detail view of electronic notecards created with NoodleTools. This provides space for a direct quote, summary/paraphrase, and extended learning/further questions/commentary (Schaffer Model), providing an effective way of making sure that students include details, elaboration, and organization.
7th grade students, under the instruction of Ms. Bradley and Ms. McDougal, used NoodleTools to introduce in-text citations and works cited end pages for their Civil Rights project.


2,382 views of the Japanese Culture LibGuide collaboratively developed with Ms. Penninger , Ms. Stills, and Mrs. Walton for 6th grade social studies. Emphasis was placed on Japanese Geography, Feudalism, Art and Literature, and Shintoism. The students who finished early took advantage of the Makerspace and used their time to explore Origami and Kumihimo, an ancient form of Japanese weaving/braiding. The students used 3D printed hand-looms to create friendship bracelets.
1,449 views of the Civil Rights/The Watsons Go to Birmingham LibGuide collaboratively developed by Ms. Bradley, Ms. McDougal, and Mrs. Walton, for 7th grade ELA. Empahsis was placed on Civil Rights leaders and events.

AASL Standards for Librarians

  • Provide equitable access to materials at times of need, including out of school time.
  • Expose learners to a variety of tools to cite, organize, describe, and share resources.


Before School Bookclub

Ms. McDougal joins us for our morning book club in the RCMS Library. Our selection for March was A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen. From NYT bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west. With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can't help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city. But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

SCCCRS and AASL Standards

  • 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.

Bagels and Books

RCMS Library before school morning Bagels and Books met on March 15 to hear a booktalk about SOAR by Joan Bauer, and we were joined by Ms. Bradley and Ms. McDougal. Jeremiah is not one to let anything keep him down. Starting with his adoption by computer genius Walt, Jeremiah has looked on his life as a series of lucky breaks. When a weak heart keeps him from playing his beloved baseball, Jeremiah appoints himself the team coach. When Walt has to move for another new assignment, Jeremiah sees it as a great chance to explore a new town. But no sooner do they arrive than a doping scandel is revealed and the town feels betrayed and disgraced. Jeremiah takes it as his personal mission to restore the town's morale and help the teams bounce back and remember how to soar. Full of humor, heart, and baseball lore, Soar is Joan Bauer at her best.


Follett Collections provides a platform for Mrs. Walton's curation of Women's History resources for students and teachers.
Ms. Cornish created a comprehensive display of Women's History print resources from the RCMS Library.


SORA app for OverDrive.

Ms. Walton completed a webinar on the SORA app for Overdrive on March 12. This will be very helpful in helping to promote our large eBook collection available through the district. Ms. Cornish completed a webmaster webinar on accessiblity---working with images, working with videos, and best practices on March 22.


The new process of sending out Chromebooks for repair has greatly slowed the return of repaired Chromebooks to students, and it has created a near shortage of warranty loaner Chromebooks to lend out to students.
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