February - Parkway School District

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February 2012 Frederica Coleman – Librarian


Martha Palmer – Secretary 314-415-7831

February is

African American Read-In Month Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English

Celebrate by reading published works by African Americans Students may see the librarians for a list of African American authors.

PCMS students who met their goal of reading a minimum of ten 2011-2012 Missouri Award nominees and passing the quiz for each by January 22nd will celebrate at a date to be announced the following week. The students will eat their lunch in the library, chat about the books they have read, and build themselves sundaes in the library during their lunch period.

Next Missouri Readers Award incentives:

Students vote for their favorite books on the 2011-12 MO Readers Award nominee lists – During the first week in March,

students who have read four books on a 2011-12 nominee list (Truman, Mark Twain, or Gateway) and passed the quizzes for each book are eligible to vote. Students may cast a ballot for each nominee list from which they read at least four books. Votes will be cast by students throughout the state. The winning title will be announced April 23rd. Awards Day Recognition - Read 18 titles and pass the quizzes for each to receive recognition at PCMS Awards Day Program in May. Deadline - April 30th. To take the quizzes Go to

http://panda.pkwy.k12.mo.us > Central Middle > Missouri Award Quizzes

Sixth Graders Take Library Common Assessment Sixth grades throughout the Parkway District have taken library common assessments in September and December. Students will take a third assessment in either April or May. The assessment is composed of 17 multiple-choice questions that target eight information literacy skills based on the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Missouri State Standards for middle school students. The eight standards assessed are: 1. initiate the research process 2. explain and locate resources in various formats 3. evaluate a source for accuracy, credibility, and relevance 4. identify when I need more information to make an informed decision 5. use the computer to find, organize and effectively share information 6. evaluate my work using a variety of methods 7. follow copyright guidelines when gathering information 8. select materials for leisure reading and to satisfy personal Student used senteos to take the assessment in December. This allowed the librarian to give the students immediate feedback.

What is a Book Series? Books that are written in sequential order and should be read in that order Books that contain the same major characters and setting. These books can be read in any order. Why Choose to Read a Series: A series is a good motivator for continued reading, if the reader enjoys the first book. Students like the characters and develop a familiarity with the characters. Generally, the characters become more complex along with the plot. Students become familiar with a certain author and the author’s style of writing Reviews of Popular Series: Matched Trilogy by Condie, Allyson Braithwaite Suggested grade level: 7+ About the series: Science -fiction, thought provoking, resistance to government, complex characters, coming-of-agestory. Comparisons to The Giver and Brave New World 1. Matched - Cassia has always had complete trust in the Society to make decisions for her, but when she is being paired with her ideal mate, a second face flashes on the screen, and Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility as she tries to decide which man she truly loves. 2. Crossed - Seventeen-year-old Cassia sacrifices everything and heads to the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, where she is confronted with shocking revelations about Society and the promise of rebellion.

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Maze Runner Trilogy by Dashner, James Suggested grade level: 7+ About the series: Science-fiction, plot driven, suspense 1. Maze Runner, The - Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. 2. The Scorch Trials After surviving horrific conditions in the Maze, Thomas is entrapped, along with nineteen other boys, in a scientific experiment designed to observe their responses and gather data believed to be essential for the survival of the human race. 3. Death Cure - As the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his cohorts manage to escape from WICKED, their memories having been restored, only to face new dangers as WICKED claims to be trying to protect the human race from the deadly FLARE virus.

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Scott, Michael Suggested series for grades 6 - 9 About the series: fantasy, action, suspenseful, descriptive Egyptian, Greek, Norse, and other mythologies are interwoven along with the lives and impact of historical persons who become immortals in the novel. The Alchemyst - While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

Other books in the series: #2 The Magician #3 The Sorceress #4 Necromancer #5 Warlock

Single title: Ages 11 and up The Apothecary by Meloy, Maile Fourteen-year-old Janie Scott, newly arrived in London from Los Angeles in 1952, becomes friends with a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows, and is drawn into a dangerous adventure with Benjamin when his father is kidnapped and Russian spies try to steal his book of secrets. Book reviews from Novelist K-5 Plus

Explore Book Review Web site http://www.commonsensemedia.org/search/books

Web site gives detail information about books, TV programs, movies, and more. Visit the PCMS Library web page http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/cms/library/index.cfm ?userid=cmslib

Student Library Account http://panda.pkwy.k12.mo.us/html/cmid/welcome.html

 Library Catalog > My Account tab  Login: Borrower barcode = Student’s 9 digit ID# Pin# = last 4 digits of home phone