We have had great eBook circulation this year, particularly with Axis 360. However, during MCAS students are not allowed to bring iPads or other eReaders into the testing room. I have noticed a huge pick up in physical book checkouts this week as 7th graders started their first MCAS testing sessions. I would estimate that I checked out over fifty books for 7th graders on Monday, plus a few more 8th graders. And the trend continued the rest of the week. Next week the 8th graders will have their first testing sessions. I will be very interested to look at our March and April eBook circulation statistics to see if there is a noticeable drop. Check back here in mid-May to find out!
I have been so impressed with the amazing art I have seen at Pollard so far this year. Check out a few pictures below. The furniture pieces and murals have been a neat addition this year. Congrats to our art students and teachers.
Our brackets are nearly complete. There is one more week of voting in our March Madness with Books. We started by developing brackets with our sixteen most circulated fiction books for the last twelve months. Then, like the NCAA basketball brackets we seeded the #1 book against the #16 book, #2 against #15, and so on. Each week the students have voted and the winners have advanced. Surprisingly, our #16 seed, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, has made it to the championship round. It is pitted against The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, our #15 seed and 2015 champion. I am not surprised by The Hunger Game's appearance in the championship round. It is the most universally known of the top sixteen books. Unbroken is less well known, but has been heavily supported by a group of boys who are big fans. Students can vote as often as they like so it will be interesting to see who wins.
I know the school year is starting to wind down, not only because we just started the third trimester, but also because I just started research projects with my fourth 8th grade cluster. Mr. Camberis and cluster 8-2 students started their research papers this Monday. This is an iPad cluster and I think the kids are really seeing the benefit of having their own devices. Students can easily download database articles directly to their devices and bookmark resources they find in the web. So cool to see their topic ideas develop.
I just read this CREEPY new book by Kenneth Oppel. Steve has a sick baby brother. A wasp comes to Steve in his dream and promises to fix his the baby. Warning - not for those with fears about being stung! Check out the trailer below.