Starkey Media Center Mrs. Kurleman - Media Specialist

Welcome to the Starkey Elementary Media Center, otherwise known as "THE BEARS' DEN". A place to gather, read, imagine, research, design, and create.

A huge thank you to everyone for your support of our Scholastic Book Fair! So many books were put into the hands of our students. Thank you to all who volunteered to help make this fair a huge success.

My name is Mrs. Kurleman. I have worked for Pinellas County Schools for 11 years and this is my sixth year as a media specialist. I am excited to be at Starkey Elementary to help build a strong library program that supports the needs of ALL students and teachers. I plan to accomplish this by creating a unique space for students to check out books, participate in media lessons, research topics of interest, and visualize, design, and create in our new "makerspace area".

Bilingual Books!
Our newest addition to the library.
Creating paper circuits.
Check out our new Maker Table!!!
Students have a lesson in the library!!

The Bears’ Den has undergone a huge transformation since August. All 10,000 books have been moved to create a more organized and welcoming space. We won a new Edison maker table and new books are on the way!! Students are coming in for lessons and book checkouts! Starkey students are finding their media center to be a place of discovery, design and reading and fun!!

Students continue to explore in the Makerspace! Scholars had such fun discovering how to build a circuit or code by color. Every week students are able to experience something new!

Check back often to see what's happening in the "Starkey Bears' Den". Each month's focus will be highlighted here!

This year Starkey students will participate in the school and district Battle of the Books. All students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to read the Sunshine State Young Reader Award Books (SSYRA) books in order to participate. Teams will compete in a school battle. The winning team will go on to represent Starkey and compete in the District wide battle . The date is yet to be determined, but is usually in February. Please stay tuned for updates!

I look forward to working with your child and partnering with you in your child's education. Please feel free to contact me at kurlemans@pcsb.org with any questions .


Created with images by Paul Schafer - "untitled image" • werner22brigitte - "black bear mammal" • AnnieSpratt - "books library jrr tolkien"