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     On Friday, January 15 Tangipahoa Parish School System Librarians met at the Technology Center for Professional Development.  Susan Gauthier, Director of Library Services in East Baton Rouge Parish School System talked with the Librarians about all the ways that a 21st Century Librarian can enhance student learning.  Ms. Gauthier shared ideas, activities and strategies to accomplish this and closed out the meeting with a Breakout EDU hands-on session.  TPSS Librarians were actively engaged using critical thinking skills, collaboration and creativity to achieve their goal and “break out of the box.” 
     HEEM Library Maker Space
     Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School Librarian, Monica Sullivan, has created a new Maker Space in the library... "Legos with a Purpose."  Mrs. Sullivan collaborated with Cathleen Dell, the Robotics sponsor on campus and developed lego activities which allow students to relax and enjoy the maker space yet keep their minds engaged with current curriculum standards. The first activity for the Maker Space has students exploring friction as they build the lego design.
     Under the Sea

    At Hammond Westside Montessori School students were greeted by a mermaid (Michelle Hampton, librarian) to browse the selections at the "Under the Sea" Scholastic Book Fair. Pictured from left to right are: Alavian Keith, Hyatt Holton, Isiah Douglas, Lukas Betancourt, Ms. Michelle Hampton,  Demi Miller, Calie Greene, Haydyn Armstrong

     Library Centers at AEMS
     At Amite Elementary Magnet School, Librarian Sandy Daniels provided centers for her students as they visit the library.
     Hammond Eastside Elementry Magnet Library Doors
     Monica Sullivan's Library Doors at Hammond Eastside Elementary School are "All About that Book."
     HWMS Library Book Fair
     The students at Hammond Westside Montessori are excited to enter the “Kingdom of Books” at the grand book fair!
    Pictured from left to right are Javan Lewis, Mrs. Michelle Hampton (librarian), Semaia Taylor, Kaylie Camardelle, Laniya Wilson, Jaylin Bridgewater, Jeremiah Moreles

    AEMS top AR readers honored

    Amite Elementary Magnet School librarian, Mrs. Sandy Daniels, honored the top Accelerated Reader (A.R.) students. These students read the most books and earned the most points.  On Friday, September 26th, the top student of each class was invited to a chocolate milk and donut party in the library.  Mrs. Daniels also presented a certificate to each child in recognition of their achievement.

    A.R. is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians monitor children’s independent reading practice.  Students choose books at their own level and read at their own pace.  Then the students take a short quiz about the story on the computer.  The A.R. program motivates children to read books for fun and tracks the total number of points they earn from each story.  A.R. is a key component to the communication magnet program at A.E.M.S. because of its emphasis on reading.

    Pictured with AEMS Librarian Sandy Daniels and Principal Gary Porter, fourth graders Andrea Mixon and Sa’Kira Williams both earned “Top of the Class”.  They have each read 20 books in the first 6 weeks of school. The other Top Readers honored are pictured below. Click picture to see it enlarged.


    AEMS Top AR readers


     Read Box at AEMS
     Librarian, Sandy Daniels, creates a real "Read Box" for the Amite Elementary Magnet School library.
     Champ Cooper Library Doors
    Tina Head, Librarian at Champ Cooper Elementary, created a great display on the doors at the entrance to her library. 
     AEMS Library bulletin board
    Sandy Daniels, Librarian at Amite Elementary Magnet School, created this popular bulletin board that has her students singing :) 
    Tucker Elementary eBooks in Library
    Students in the Tucker Elementary library are getting "techie." Librarian, Krystle Hyman, rotates iPads among the children with eBooks and Storia, a free app from Scholastic. Pictured above Mrs. Hyman is with first graders from Mrs. Theriot's class, Jacey Haily and Kailyn Janusz who are showing the Storia Bookshelf, where students can choose their ebook.
    Pharoh Librarian Monica Sullivan at Hammond Eastside Elementary Montessori
    Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet'sbook fair is in full swing. Pharoh librarian Monica Sullivan helps PreK studentschoose books they want for their own libraries
    Mike Artell with students at Tucker Elementary
    Tucker Elementary School had a special visitor recently. Students attended a session with Louisiana children's book author/iIlustrator Mike Artell. Mr. Artell has several popular books based on Cajun inspired fairy tales. He talked to the students about being an author/illustrator and then taught the students how to do their own cartooning. Pictured with Mike Artell are Koen Richard, John Beale, and Chayse Wright. Click here to see more pictures.
    Grandpa Gray at HWMS
     Recently Hammond Westside Montessori invited Author Grandpa Gray to share information regarding his book titled, The Land of the Three Elves. The students who participated were in grades 3rd-6th. During Grandpa Gray's storytelling presentation, the students were given the opportunity to ask questions. The students at Hammond Westside Montessori enjoyed another educational opportunity to interact with a real author in person. All students were engaged and well behaved.
    Pictured on the front row are Landon Mott, Nathan Gendron, Mason Pepin, Jyra Brumfield, Destiney Strahan, Akayla Ruffin, and Shameitha Dock. Pictured on the back row are Librarian Michelle Hampton, Norman Warren, Author Grandpa Gray, Gabrielle Jackson and Librarian Darlene Muse.
    Fancy Nancy

    Fancy Nancy (aka Librarian Monica Sullivan) was recently spotted in the library at Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet.

    Mrs. Claus aka Sheila Willie
    Sheila Willie, Librarian at Independence Elementary School dresses as Mrs. Claus for Christmas 2012.
    Author Visit
    Children's Book Author Michael Finklea visited Tucker Elementary recently. Mr. Finklea talked to students about never giving up on their dreams. Students also enjoyed personal book signings after the presentation. Click here for more pictures.
    Turkey Reading
    Independence Elementary students were excited to meet "Turkey", from Eve Buntings' A Turkey for Thanksgiving. Sheila Willie, the Library Media Resource Teacher, read to students all week dressed as Turkey.
    Sandy Daniels, Librarian at Amite Elementary Magnet
    Sandy Daniels, Librarian at Amite Elementary Magnet School, is reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad  for Read for the Record Day.  Mrs. Daniels and the 4th graders participated in a Video Conference with first grade students in Central to collaborate on the book.
    Library Mouse visits Independence Elementary

    On Monday, September 24th, Sam, the library mouse, visited classrooms at Independence Elementary. Media Resource Teacher, Sheila Willie, is working to increase reading through the Accelerated Reader program at I.E.S. The students will be reading The Library Mouse books written by Daniel Kirk. Sam also visited the Accelerated Reader party that was held to reward students in the 5 point club and those students who earned 85% or better on their AR quizzes. Willie said, “Encouraging students to keep reading and trying their best on AR quizzes is a must, because we all know The More You Read, the Smarter You Get!

    Pictured are students at the AR party: Front row l to r: Je’layciah Todd, Jose Pina, Jeramiah Buggage, Madison Danley, Heidi White, Jalyn Clay. Center l to r: Jamya Stewart, Taylonne Austin, Kristy Alvarez, Sam The Library Mouse, Dylan Vernon, Evevette Morehead, Skyler Hernandez, Brinden Hinton, Teacher Sheila Willie Top row l to r: Kelsey Johnson, Mikel Coston, Laderricka Couch, Justin Brumfield, James Smith, Devon Nunez, and Elvis Martinez. Not in photo are Angeles Landaverde, Ren Mattei, Kaslyn Montgomery, Jamyria Williams, Morgan Rice, Trek Bellazen, Akeilan Harness, Deshior McGary, Rozario Navarre.

    Dancing with Library Mouse at IES

    Jamya Stewart dances with Sam, The Library Mouse while encouraged to read during the AR party. 

    Monica Sullivan as BigFoot Cinderrrrrella
    Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet fourth graders were recently visited by "Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella", also known as Monica Sullivan, Librarian. She read Bigfoot Cinderrrrella by Tony Johnston and illustrated by James Warhola. Mrs. Monica always tries to instill the joy of reading in her students.
    Sheila Willlie and IES students
    A Bad Case of Stripes at Independence Elementary
    Students at Independence Elementary are in for a shock this week.  Their new Media Resource Teacher, Mrs. Sheila Willie, has A Bad Case of Stripes. Author David Shannon's Camilla Cream breaks out in stripes because she loves lima beans.  Her friends don't like lima beans, and she is very worried about what they will think.  Mrs. Willie becomes Camilla as she shares her excitement about her new job.  To encourage student participation and a love of reading, Mrs. Willie plans to dress as a character from a well-known story at least once a month.  She will create lessons for each grade level around the book theme while teaching library/resource media skills.  Throughout the year, Accelerated Reader will be used to encourage students to reach goals with exciting activities planned by Mrs. Willie.  Teachers and students are excited about the transformation the library has undergone this summer and look forward to spending more time in the IES library. Pictured above - Mrs.Sheila Willie as Camilla Cream, Savannah Magee, and Mark Griffin. Pictured below - Mrs. Willie and Deaf Education teacher Mrs. Jo Wilson read and sign A Bad Case of Stripes.
    Sheila Willie and Jo Wilson
     Students receiving Accelerated Reader Awards
    These Amite Elementary Magnet School students were rewarded for reading 30 or more Accelerated Reader books during the 3rd six weeks. Librarian Sandy Daniels presented the following students with award certificates and prizes for this fabulous accomplishments: Floor - Calli Mixon and Dominique Pinestraw;
    Chairs: Seth Tabor, Zaris Landrews, David Selders, Angelina Bernard, Aaliya Perry, Calvionte Russell,
    Standing: AEMS Librarian, Mrs. Sandy Daniels, Robert Collins, Justin Hughes, Derek Hall, Madison Hill, Tamia Warner.
    Tucker Elementary Book Club
    Tucker Elementary students dressed up in their nightwear for Pajama Day and attended their book club meeting. Students enjoyed donuts and discussed their book for the month, Judy Moody and Stink - The Holly Joliday.

    Left to Right-Bottom: Emma Dow, Anne Chevalier, Brinley Bailey, Tricia Dobbs, Gabrielle Lewis, Mallory Bourquard, Marteyah Hampton, Sentelle Brumfield, Markia Hampton, Airionne Garner, Emmee Stroud, Natalie Fitzgerald, Shawna Fisher, Emma Gandolfo
    Kneeling: Gabrielle Jenkins, Jaela Burks, Mikel Harry, Sarah Stegall, Autumn Collins, Kyle Hall, Brody O'Donnell, Zachary Montgomery, Jared Farmer, Zoey Maynard
    Standing: Krystle Hyman, Librarian, Nicholas Guagliardo, Tyrese Hall, Derrick Hess, Sivan Hunter, Gabriel Yates, Mason Garaudy, Caleb Pierre, Tyler Robertson.
    Billboard with AR readers from O.W. Dillon
    Two O.W. Dillon students have read and passed comprehension quizzes on over 100 Accelerated Reader books!! Keith Madison and Charles Marshall are in Richelle Votaw's second grade class at O.W.D.
    As of April 12, 2011, TPSS students have read 147,066 AR books.
    Congratulations to all.
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    Nicole at PJHS
    Nicole Barros has almost made the 1,000 point club in the Accelerated Reader program at Ponchatoula Jr. High School. Nicole has earned 955.1 points so far this school year. She has taken and passed 84 quizzes with 98.6% comprehension accuracy. Nicole's favorite author (at this time) is L.J. Smith who writes the Vampire Diaries. She also enjoys books by Sara Dessen, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins and many more. She won the Accelerated Reader award last year at PJH. Pam Lipscomb, Librarian at Ponchatoula Junior High, stated that Nicole reads at least four to five books every week. As we come to the end of National Library Week we want to congratulate Nicole on this great accomplishment.
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    Hammond Eastside Primary students receive AR certificates
    Hammond Eastside Primary students who met their Accelerated Reader goals in January display their certificates.
    Girls and Boys sitting on stacks of books