New Website Coming Soon

Our website is moving!  We are renovating it, using Google’s new Sites platform.  When it’s ready for viewing, there will be a link posted here so that you can bookmark the new site.  Of course, the link on our school website will also be updated so it should be as easy to find as before.  In the meantime, nothing will be changed on this site so you can continue to use it as long as you like.  However, there won’t be any more updates here.  The new site will be ready very soon.

Results of the Mock Election

Happy Election Day!  Many of us are happy indeed to see the end of this crazy campaign season.  In our school mock election last week, Donald Trump won with 60.8% of the vote. Hillary Clinton got 33.6% and 5.6% went to other candidates.

AND NOW THE INFORMATION YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR:  THE VOTE FOR BOOKS RESULTS

As you probably know, nominations were collected before the election. The top 10 nominated titles/series, in order of popularity, are shown with the number of nominations for each:

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60 Diary of a Wimpy Kid
57 Holes
38 Percy Jackson series
35 The Maze Runner
29 I Survived series
28 The Fault in Our Stars
27 Wonder
20 Freak the Mighty

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During the mock election, students had a chance to select one of these titles as their favorite. The results are:
1st Place: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (18% of the vote)
2nd Place: Harry Potter Series (12.4% of the vote)
3rd Place: The Fault in Our Stars (11.5% of the vote)
and the rest: The Hunger Games (10.6%), The Maze Runner (9.3%), Freak the Mighty (8.9%), I Survived (8.5%), Percy Jackson (7.8%), Wonder (6.9%), and Holes (6.1%).
So it appears that while Harry Potter was outstandingly popular in the “primaries,” it was Diary of a Wimpy Kid that won in the actual election.
And guess what? WE NOW HAVE ALL TEN BOOKS!!!

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They will be processed and cataloged and ready to check out in a day or two. Thanks to all who voted!

Time to VOTE!

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On Wednesday, November 2, Science and Social Studies classes will come to the library to participate in the National Student Mock Election 2016. Students will go online and “vote” for their favorite candidate for President. Did you know that nationwide, students have correctly picked the winner of the last 13 Presidential elections in a row?

While you’re here voting for President, you will also have the chance to vote for the top most popular book (or book series) here at MMS. Students were given “primary election” ballots in their ELA classes to nominate up to four titles. The nominations are being tabulated now, and the top four will appear on the official Vote for Books ballot. After voting for President, you can vote for one of the four “candidates” using an online form. Regardless of who you choose to elect for President, a vote for books is always a good choice!

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

A great resource site for everyone is www.stopbullying.gov.  Check out the Teens section, particularly the “Be More Than a Bystander” page for an interactive lesson, so you can become an exceptional role model here at Memorial Middle School.

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Click on the “READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY” link below for a full list of fiction novels available now in our library that have bullies or bullying in the story.  Most of them are in the Realistic Fiction genre.  Feel free to stop by and browse, maybe even select one of these books to check out and read.  Then you can discuss them with friends, classmates, and teachers this month.

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Have an awesome summer!

Don’t forget to READ a lot!  And if you want to see the videos from the 2015-2016 school year, click on the MMS NEWS button above.  See you at the beach!

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Super Reader Awards!

The MMS Library is pleased to announce the first ever SUPER READER AWARDS!  Super Readers are students who have checked out and read the most books from our school library this year.  Each Super Reader received an award certificate and a prize packet with gifts from Jersey Mikes, Dunkin Donuts, Sundaes, QuickChek, and Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Congratulations to all of our Super Reader Award winners, enjoy your summer, and keep on reading!

End-of-the-Year Library Survey

Students who took the library survey at the beginning of the year, please complete this follow-up survey.  It is much shorter than the original survey (only 6 questions total, only 3 multiple choice questions required).  It should take you about 2-5 minutes to complete.  When you’re finished, come to the library to claim a small gift from me as a token of my appreciation.  Thanks!  Ms. P

Listen to some great FREE books!

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This is really cool!  SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.  Take a look below to see what is available for the first five weeks.  Enlarge the picture on your screen and scan the QR code next to each book to listen to a brief clip.  You will need to add the OverDrive Media Console to your phone or mobile to listen to the books.  Happy listening!Sync 2016-may5-june8

Fall in Love with a Good Book Today!

Many ELA students are doing a fun activity in their classrooms during the period when they’re not taking the PAARC this month.  It’s called Library Book Speed Dating.  The activity consists of five rounds in which you spend a few minutes getting to know a book so you can decide which ones you would like to read. We call it speed dating because the procedure is similar to the speed dating parties they have for single adults. In each round, you sit at a table covered with books and you have one minute to select  a”date” based on first impressions (cover art, title, appearance, etc.).  Then you have two minutes to “flirt” by reading the summary on the inside cover, the back cover, or looking at a random page.  Finally, you get three minutes to read as much as you can, in most cases starting with the first page.

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After each phase, students record their date’s score on a rating sheet.  When the time is up, everybody rotates to the next table of books and repeats the process.  At the conclusion of the activity, anyone wishing to continue reading a book can fill out a “Second Date Request” form and pick up their date from the library later.  In keeping with the dating metaphor, students are encouraged to focus all of their attention on their date for the full five minutes, and are not allowed to talk to other students or attempt to dump their date and pick up another one because that would be unfair and rude.  What this teaches students, aside from knowing how to thoughtfully browse for books, is that although first impressions do count, they are not to be the only criteria.  Or in other words, “do not judge a book by its cover.”

Also, when students pick up their dates, they are informed that there is a curfew (due date) of two weeks.  After the curfew, if students wish to continue seeing their dates, they should bring them in to the library to get a time extension (called renewing), or they will risk getting in trouble for having OVERDUE books (see the post below).  Book speed dating is engaging and a lot of fun for many students, and it greatly increases the likelihood of falling in love — with reading, of course!

Don’t Let This Happen to YOU!

overdueRemember that library book you checked out three months ago?  Last year?  It’s time to bring it back. Be sure to place it in the Book Return slot in the front desk.  If you leave it anywhere else, it will not get checked back in on the computer and it will look like you still have it.  Not finished with it?  That’s okay.  Just bring it back to prove that you haven’t lost it and we’ll be happy to RENEW the loan.  You’ll be given a new due date, which incidentally, is written on the pocket inside the back of the book.  If you’re not sure what book(s) you have checked out or if they’re OVERDUE, you can log on to Destiny to find out.  Or just come into the library and ask.  There are no overdue charges (like at the public library) until the end of the year, but you will make your librarian very happy if you bring any items back now, so that she won’t have to send you a notice in your homeroom, or worse, a letter to your house!  If you cannot find the book, you will need to come into the library to find out how much you owe and pay for it before the end-of-the-year deadline.  After that deadline passes, you will be charged a LATE FEE – $2.50 for every book not yet returned or paid for.  The late fee is not refundable.  So don’t let this tragedy happen to you.  In fact, don’t even let an overdue notice catch up with you.  Who needs that kind of pressure hanging over your head? Return or renew your overdue items now!  🙂