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LLC Report February-March 2016

GM Library Learning Commons Report

February/March 2016

 

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  • Number of individual students using the LLC during the school day: 1713

  • Number of classes using the LLC: 118

  • Laptops borrowed: 15,124

  • Books and materials circulated: 507

  • The LLC has a new space!  The Design Lab is a place where students and classes can create models, prototypes and artifacts to demonstrate their learning.  


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Online Learning Student Profile

Senior Maddie Thomas  is enrolled in two online courses: Intro to Psychology through the Community College of Vermont and Portuguese I through VTVLC.  Maddie hopes to attend Clark University next year where she plans to study Psychology and Musical Theater.  The CCV course is a great way to earn college credit while learning more about the field.  Maddie’s interest in the Portuguese language stems from a trip to Brazil she took two years ago.  She says, “I really liked the language and wanted to learn more.”  Maddie thinks she would like to pursue a career as either a child psychologist or a theatre director.  

 

 

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  • Green Mountain sent a team of students to Vermont Technical College to compete in the 3DVT Olympiad.  Jeremy Fleming, Samantha Chase, Shane Verespy, and Tuckerman Wunderle conducted research on Chester’s Stone Village, created a 3D printed model using SketchUp, and presented their findings to a panel of judges.   This team did excellent primary document research and have new findings to share at the Chester 250th Anniversary Celebration.  See their work here: https://sites.google.com/a/trsu.org/snecked-ashlar/home .

  • Author Jo Knowles led a writer’s workshop for GM students on March 31.  After Jo shared examples and strategies, students crafted memorable characters and shared their writing with each other.  This workshop was sponsored by the Green Mountain Author Series and was made possible because of a generous grant from the Paul Post Fund.

LLC Report December-January 2016

GM Library Learning Commons Report

December/January 2016

 

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  • Number of individual students using the LLC during the school day: 1954

  • Number of classes using the LLC: 104

  • Laptops borrowed: 1,994

  • Books and materials circulated: 395

  • Evening events in the LLC included: VSAC financial aid workshop, Flow of History Book Group, Vita-Learn technology workshop, TRSU Act 46 meeting, and the Chester Community Series

 

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Online Learning Student Profile

Junior Mack Walton is enrolled in a course on Probability and Statistics through the Community College of Vermont. Mack has taken most of the math courses offered at GM but he is still interested in studying further, particularly a class that has relevance to the real world.  Mack says, “I’m also interested in getting more of a college experience so I know what to expect.” He has taken online courses through VTVLC in the past.  The CCV course is more challenging, according to Mack, because you have to have be more self-directed and independent.  He hopes to study either sports medicine or physical therapy in college.

 

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  • After school is a busy time in the LLC.  Students gather to do homework before sports practice, to hang out with friends, to use our computers and to read.  On Thursday afternoons a group of kids play games.

  • Seventh grade students wrote research reports on Ancient Egypt.  They started by formulating questions: What is the significance of the three languages on the Rosetta Stone?  How did pyramids keep grave robbers out? What was the role of women in Ancient Egypt? They honed their search strategy and then found resources to help answer their questions.  Students used NoodleTools, an online research tool, to collect and organize their notes and create an outline.

LLC Report October-November 2015

GM Library Learning Commons Report

October/November 2015


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LLC Statistics and Use

  • Number of individual students using the LLC during the school day: 2,599

  • Number of classes using the LLC: 100

  • Laptops borrowed: 2,961

  • Books and materials circulated: 426

  • Thanks to Diane Whittaker and Brendan McNamara the LLC now has an iPad dedicated to searching the LLC catalog.  Students use it to find books and materials for courses and personal enjoyment.


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Online Learning Student Profile

Senior Kaitlin Wells is finishing her Intro to Human Services Class, a dual enrollment course offered through the Community College of Vermont.  Kaitlin chose this course because the subject matter interested her.  She says she enjoyed “learning about the field, both it’s history and the job opportunities available in it.” Next year Kaitlin plans to start college and study education.  Kaitlin says this course helped to prepare her for the diversity of the population she will work with as a teacher.  She recommends online CCV classes to her peers and suggests that it is important to stay on top of your work and ask for help when you need it.

 

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  • Vermont Public Radio visited the GM LLC!  Amy Kolb Noyes, from VPR’s Dorothy’s List, met with 7th grade students from Mrs. Jonynas’ class and recorded them as they talked about the book Unfriended.  They discussed the book, analyzed the characters, and posed questions to author Rachel Vail. You can listen to this piece on the VPR website: http://digital.vpr.net/post/dorothys-list-unfriended#stream/0

  • Over 20 students went to see the movie The Martian at the Springfield Cinemas 3 on October 5th.  The movie brought the bestselling book by Andy Weir to life.  Most students who attended had already read the book, many of those who hadn’t were inspired to read it after seeing the movie.

LLC Report August-September 2015

GM Library Learning Commons Report

August/September 2015


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LLC Statistics

  • Number of individual students using the LLC during the school day: 1843

  • Number of classes using the LLC: 58

  • Laptops borrowed: 1,929

  • Books and materials circulated: 399

  • Students are also borrowing video cameras to create movies, iPods to listen to audiobooks, and cameras to take digital photographs.

 

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Online Learning Student Profile

 

Robert Haseltine is a senior taking a Wildlife Ecology class through the Community College of Vermont.  This dual enrollment course enables Robert to get both a high school science credit and college credit for his work.  Robert says, “I wanted to take Environmental Science, but it wasn’t offered this year.” This course is a great introduction to the major Robert hopes to pursue in college.  He plans to enroll in a Wildlife Conservation program at Paul Smith, the University of Maine, or the University of New Hampshire.  Robert says that the quizzes are challenging, but he likes the content of the course and the opportunity to learn how to manage his time.

 

 

 

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Highlights

  • Mrs. Delorenzo’s Biology class made movies about the 

  • principles of life using the green screen.  Students used special effects and storytelling to demonstrate their knowledge.

  • Incoming 9th and 10th grade students read books from the Green Mountain Book Award list for summer reading.  This reader’s choice program for Vermont high scho

  • ol students offers titles that are excellent for pleasure reading.  It has been such a delight to hear so m

  • any students share their excitement over their summer reading book! Check out the list yourself to find an engaging read.

  • Mrs. Carafiello’s U.S. History students are reading historical books, both fiction and nonfiction, of their choosing in order to extend their knowledge.  Unbroken, The Help, Personal Effects, and Brown Girl Dreaming are a few of the titles that students are enjoying.  These books cover historical events in engaging ways that deepen students understanding of history.

Updates from the LLC

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GM Library Learning Commons Report

April 2015-May 2015

 

LLC Statistics

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  • Number of classes using the LLC: 73

  • Laptops borrowed: 481

  • iPods used to support students with reading: 12

  • Books and materials circulated: 3,502


 

Highlights

  • Since April 1, the LLC has added 118 new titles!  These exciting additions include “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In hhe Age of Information Overload,” “How We Learn : the Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens,” “Running Out of Night,” “David Copperfield,” and many, many others!

  • The Middle School LA students came to the LLC for a presentation about research practices, how to use our online databases, and how to use NoodleTools, an online app for note taking, citation creation, and organization.  These tools are available from our new website and LibGuides.

  • On May 14, original work created by student was displayed for the first annual GM Exhibition.  This event was inspired by the fall trip to High Tech High where Jory Hearst, Becky Bushey, Jeanie Phillips, Tom Ferenc, Allen Garvin, and Keith Hill toured the school and saw new and innovative ways of showcasing student work.  According to Jeanie Phillips, the goal of this event was to “give people another way to measure the learning that students are doing at Green Mountain,” adding that “[we want to] create a culture where student work has an outside audience.”  All teachers were invited to exhibit student work.  Over 70 members of the Green Mountain community attended the event.  GM plans to host a similar event next year as well.


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GM Library Learning Commons Report

February 2015-March 2015

LLC Statistics

  • Number of individual students using the LLC during the school day: 748

  • Number of classes using the LLC: 86

  • Laptops borrowed: 1904

  • iPods used to support students with reading: 12

  • Books and materials circulated: 2,235

 

Highlights

  • In February, the LLC added 48 new titles to the collection.  These books include the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, and Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera.

  • In March, the LLC launched a new website using LibGuides. LibGuides is an easy to use Content Management System used by thousands of libraries worldwide. Green Mountain uses it to curate knowledge and share information by creating online Guides on any topic, subject, course, on any process, on anything. The site can be accessed using this shortened bit.ly address http://bit.ly/1IVgKO3

  • The Green Mountain Author Series was delighted to present a Jo  Knowles writer’s workshop. Knowles showed the students how to use emotion and dialogue as elements to craft stronger stories. Junior, Brennan Adams attended the workshop.  He said, “it was helpful. She [Knowles] taught me how to put more emotion into my stories.  It was fun, and there was pizza.”  

 

GM Library Learning Commons Report

December 2014-January 2015


LLC Statistics

  • Number of individual students using the LLC during the school day: 644

  • Number of classes using the LLC: 61

  • Laptops borrowed:1155

  • iPods used to support students with reading: 12

  • Books and materials circulated: 2,169

Highlights

  • In December, the Rowland Fellows enjoyed a tour of GMUHS and the LLC.  The student escorts, Ian Martell and Tessa Bushy, were pleased to show this prestigious group around our campus.

  • In January,to celebrate the end of the first Semester, Jory Herst and the Freshmen Team hosted a pizza party and recognized the hard work the students put forth during their exams.

  • The Green Mountain Author Series was delighted to present a Anna Moriarty Lev writer’s workshop. She shared her experiences self-publishing comics and talked about comic festivals.  She demonstrated how to make an origami fold comic book.  Students made their own at the end of the presentation.  Lev said that “comics let you tell any story you want in any way you want.” When asked about self-published she said “(creating) your own opportunities (means) you don’t have to wait for anyone’s approval.”

  • Miss Chapman hosted a voter registration drive.  Over the course of two weeks, 11 seniors registered to vote.

  • The LLC acquired more than 40 new books among them were One Came Home, The Sixth Extinction, If You Could Be Mine, Ironsides, and Picture Me Gone, a National Book Award finalist. The students seem to really enjoy these new additions.

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GM Library Learning Commons Report

October/November 2014


 

LLC Statistics

  • Number of individual students using the LLC during the school day: 1100

  • Number of classes using the LLC: 94

  • Laptops borrowed: 1500

  • iPods used to support students with reading: 14

  • Books and materials circulated: 3,074

 

Highlights

  • Miss Chapman hosted the 2015 GMUHS Geography Bee in the LLC. 17 students in seventh and eighth grade participated and Chase Orday-Smith became the school champion.

  • Governor Peter Shumlin signed a gubernatorial proclamation for the GMUHS community recognizing Geography Awareness Week.  Many historic maps and reference materials were on display in the Sam Adams Room in the LLC.

  • We were visited by Rebecca Holcombe, the Vermont State Secretary of Education.  She toured our school, spoke with many GMUHS students, and viewed projects created by students that were on display in the LLC.  She also spent some time touring the LLC and learning about the Fellowship Ms. Philips has been a part of since August.

  • The LLC acquired more than 40 new books among them were winners of the Green Mountain Book Award, including “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell, “Ten” by Gretchen McNeil, and “Rotters” by Daniel Kraus.  We also added multiple non-fiction works to our collection including “This is Warhol” by Catherine Ingram and “Strike!” by Larry Dane Brimmer.  Per the request of Mr. Lima in the Art Department, we have also added a collection of art books by Edward Gorey.  The students seem to really enjoy these new additions.

GM Library Learning Commons Report

August/September 2014

 

LLC Statistics

  • Number of individual students using the LLC during the school day: 1320

  • Number of classes using the LLC: 41

  • Laptops borrowed: 945

  • iPods used to support students with reading: 4

  • Books and materials circulated: 1808

 

Highlights

  • The students of GMUHS celebrated Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. Banned Books Week is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of CongressMore information is available at  www.bannedbooksweek.org

  • Mr. Rickles and his English students are reading Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.  As an extension activity that will foster a deeper understanding of the book, the students are mapping scenes from the story using Google Maps.  Incorporating geo-literacy, and technology into English projects helps the students to have a better understanding of the book.

  • Ms. Phillips continues her work as a Roland Fellow.  Her work and res

     

    earch follows Tony Wagner’s assertion that there are “3 things adults need to reinforce in young people in order to prepare them for work, college and citizenship readiness: play (exploration), passion (interest), and purpose (make a difference).” Ms. Phillips will design two elective courses that foster critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creative problem solving.  You can follow her blog at http://gmlibrarian.blogspot.com.

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Ask a Librarian

Do you need assistance?

 

Library Media Specialist:

Pamela L. Johnson-Spurlock- pamela.spurlock@trsu.org

 

Library Assistant:

John Yake- john.yake@trsu.org

Phone: 802-875-2146 ext. 278

Meet the New Librarian

Mrs. Spurlock

Originally hailing from the heated flatlands of South Georgia and raised on a peanut farm, my family moved to experience the distinct four seasons of Vermont in early 2016. I earned my dual Masters of Library and Information Science with School Media from Valdosta State University. Being married to a fellow librarian (my husband is an academic library director) means our house if full of books and media. Together we have three diverse and amazing children, one cat, and one dog that keep us on our toes and never allow dull moments in our creative chaos. In those rare moments of spare time, I enjoy reading, theatre, baking, traveling, yoga, and writing.