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Windsor Mill Middle School SMaRTZone

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Welcome to a New Year (SY17-18)



One of the primary suggestions for students this year will be e-books. Our school has one of the largest collections for BCPS middle schools (703 to be exact). This year, students received several lessons on how to access the ebooks, how to search for the e-book that suits their needs, and how to read and listen to the ebook. Students even discussed the benefits of e-books and determined whether they prefer e-books or print books. While the results seemed 50/50, many of the students enjoyed the interactive e-books which had visuals, as well as a narrator who read the books to them. The biggest take away from our discussion was that it doesn't matter what or how you read as long as you read something and exercise your brain.



Click the link below each picture in order to access the nonfiction ebooks that are available to Windsor Mill Middle students. Make sure you use your BCPS username and password to access these titles.


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BCPS eBooks: Information Explorer Series




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SIRS Discoverer Login




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TBC: Read Watch Learn





If you are new to Windsor Mill MIddle School, you might not be familiar with e-books. Take a moment to look at the picture below. You can also click the link below the picture to get more information.


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Capstone Interactive ebooks

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With a dramatic narrator and vivid images, Capstone e-books are a great way for students to read. A special collection that is also available in our Destiny portal, students who want to access the Capstone portal and receive extra features must get the password and username from Ms. Love.




Take a moment to see the great opportunity between Baltimore Center Stage and the SMaRTZone Library at Windsor Mill. 





This year, The SMaRTZone Library will continue with initiatives that were successful last year and implement a few more surprises to highlight our future ready library.


Project based learning was a huge success last year. By taking part in three PBLS, more students and more teachers saw the library as more than a place to check-out books (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Whether it was an effort to beautify the school with Mrs. Bajpai, a series of workshops to encourage students to write with the help of author, Ronald L. Smith, or an effort to bring art into the library by working with Mrs. Adams, the library was a creative hub.



The quest to continue to be an Innovation Incubator will continue this year. Over the summer, a few partnerships have been formed that will be invaluable to our students and any teachers who wish to collaborate. If you would like more information let me know. I would love to work with you. Together, we can create lessons which give you and your students a chance to connect what they learn to their school community.



Last year, the school library program of BCPS received national recognition in the form of an award called the School Library of the Year Award. The county wishes to continue to strive towards excellence when it comes to library programs and is supportive of the efforts of librarians on the secondary level to be collaborators. For that reason, Pop-Ups will be offered through the SMaRTZone. What are Pop-Ups?



Based on the input of last year’s 6th graders, they wanted the chance to check-out books during lunch. Beginning in October, students during alternate 6th grade lunch shifts, will have a Pop-Up library available. The students will be able to use the Pop-Up library as a chance to check-out books. Pop-Ups are also available to teachers to enhance instruction related to various BCPS databases or research mini lessons that you wish to provide for your students.*



I welcome a new year and chance to collaborate with you. More information regarding Pop-Ups and other initiatives (e-books, PBLs, etc.) will be shared to any departments who wish to have me visit for a quick overview, as well as for any teacher who wishes to gain more information in an informal manner.


* Students are still able to visit The SMaRTZone for classroom check-outs, BCPS Digital Citizenship lessons, research etc. The initiatives shared above are new offerings in order to continue to increase the amount of independent student usage in the library, as well as an effort to meet the needs of the students.




Welcome to Writer's Workshop.



Today, is our final session with Mr. Smith.  We really want you to have a chance to create some of your own literary masterpieces. We are going to use this a variety of online tools, as well as paper, pencil, etc.  Use whichever tool works for you as you create your own masterpieces.


Some of the stations will ask you to go to the ebook, Write a Story. It's located in our Destiny catalog. Just sign-in to access it and go to the pages stated.



Use the following links for today's Writer's Workshop.



Stattion 1 - Character and Description  https://www.mystorybook.com/books/420635  
Station 2- Dialogue  https://www.mystorybook.com/books/441311/  
Station 3- Setting and Description https://www.mystorybook.com/books/441661/  
Station 4- Action 


Linoit - Share your work on line


Flipgird -  Create a video to explain what we did today. https://flipgrid.com/17b184 





Great News!!

The S.T.A.R.S. book club was featured in a segment for BCPS TV.  Check us out!!


Students who wish to take part in our BYOS (Bring Your Own Story) program should see Ms. Love for more details.



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In order to access the 2017-2018 BES nominees, click the link below titled, Maryland Black Eyed Susan Nominees (2016-2017) and do the following:

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Maryland Black Eyed Susan Nominees



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