Wow! The first week of school flew by in a flash! It was a very busy week in the Cockrill Middle School Learning Commons. Monday began with helping students register, print their schedules, and find their way around the building. The rest of the week was spent working with our 6th and 8th grade ELAR teachers, introducing new Cockrill Cowboys to the learning commons, and book talks!
Along with Mrs. Chlebos, we selected numerous books we thought would interest our 6th graders, and boy, did they! Some of the most popular titles were The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney, The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We pulled books from a variety of genres that included classics like A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
Mrs. Chlebos also selected some fantastic titles for our 8th grade ELAR classes to use for book “speed dating” in their classrooms. They came to the library at the end of the week and checked out many of those titles which included, Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld.
Here are our circulation statistics for the week:
Total Circulation: 1,629 copies (books and equipment for staff and students)
Holds: 25 (including titles through inter-library loan)
As you can tell, it was a busy, but fun week! Check out our Twitter feed on the right hand side of the blog for pictures of what we did throughout the week.
Welcome to Cockrill Middle School! The learning commons is a place where all of our school community members are welcome to come to learn, read, collaborate, explore, and communicate. As we enter our tenth year, we want our school community to see the learning commons as the heart and hub of the school!
You might ask yourself, "What does 'learning commons' mean?" Everyone is welcome to form their own ideas and opinions of its meaning, but to me, what it means is a space for every school community member to feel welcome. It is a place to spend time quietly reading and working on assignments, it is a place to come and explore in our new makerspace, and it is a place to collaborate and work with your friends and teachers to grow as a learner and leader.
This year, I hope you will join us as we make some exciting new changes in the CMS learning commons. Some things you may notice in the next few weeks are that we will be completing reorganizing the floor plan of this space. This will include a new organizational system for our book collection.
You may also notice:
Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Chlebos are so excited to see you all in a few weeks! Have a great rest of your summer!