Thursday, April 27, 2017

Video-Based PD For Teachers & Schools

The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District has begun to introduce an innovative video-based professional development learning platform called iRIS. This platform has been available this school year for teachers to pilot with a more formal introduction planned for September 2017. All of our Mepham tech mentors, including Ms. Stack, Mr. Russell and Ms. Zitay, have been trained to help with the hardware and software for classroom use. The iRIS kit includes 2 iPads, 2 tripods, and a dual microphone system. Ms. Stack used it to videotape her BreakoutEDU ELITE Event. There are many benefits of video self-reflection and the ability to share best practices with colleagues. What will you use it for?
iRIS Discovery Kit
"Watch a short demo video of the key features of IRIS Connect's video-based professional learning platform for teachers. It's totally secure and enables all of the key professional development activities needed to improve classroom outcomes." To learn more, click here:

Monday, April 24, 2017

NEHS Induction Ceremony

Author Anna Jarzab
Our annual National English Honor Society (NEHS) Induction Ceremony will take place tomorrow, April 25th at 2:15 PM in the school library. This year we are inducting 26 juniors from Mepham High School who have done outstanding work in English. As members of the NEHS they understand the importance of communication, the value of listening, and the significance of expression. They have proven themselves capable of serious study of the English language and of pursuing the truth in works of literature or in their own creative expressions of poetry or prose.

Our keynote speaker is Anna (Anna with a short “a,” not Ah-nah.) J-A-R-Z-A-B, which is a Polish last name pronounced by her family just the way it looks: “Jar” as in jar of pickles, and “zab” as in… well, zab. Perhaps, she can pronounce it for us the way it was intended, Polish accent and all.

Anna Jarzab grew up in the Midwest, where she spent most of her junior high and high school years in the pool. She has a bachelor's degree in both English and Political Science, and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. Now, she works in the publishing industry in social media marketing. She is the author of All Unquiet Things, The Opposite of Hallelujah and Tandem.

She currently lives in New York City, where she endeavors to answer the age-old question: how many books can you comfortably fit in a 300 square foot studio apartment? (Answer: more than you think.)

We look forward to wait Anna has to say to our inductees. All students are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

There are many ways to participate. Here are just a few:
  • Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #npm17 and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.
  • Attend Poetry & the Creative Mind, a celebration of poetry from the reader’s perspective featuring leading and luminary actors, artists, and public figures, on April 19, 2017, in New York City.
  • Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27, 2017.
  • Sign up for Poem-a-Day.
  • Join the Academy of American Poets and show your support year-round for poets and poetry.
  • Share your photos and feedback about your National Poetry Month celebrations with the Academy of American Poets by emailing

Monday, April 3, 2017

MakerSpace: Blackout Poetry

Flyer created at
Come join us in Mepham's MakerSpace for Blackout Poetry. Students will be ripping pages out of old books and creating original poetry by blacking out words on the page. All materials are provided. You can share your poetry by posting it on our bulletin board.

Blackout Poetry will take place on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 2:15 in the school library. This ELITE event is sponsored by Mepham's National English Honor Society. All are welcome to attend. You can sign up here.

Grab a page and add your poem to the display!
Mepham Library Bulletin Board

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fragments: Vision

Fragments Spring 2017
Submit your original poetry, short stories, essays, artwork, or photography on the topic "Vision" to win a prize and the chance to be published in Fragments, Mepham's literary magazine. The deadline is Thursday, April 20th. Place all entries in Mrs. Maresca's mailbox or email them to

Monday, March 27, 2017

ELITE Event: BreakoutEDU

Cartoon from School Library Journal
Mepham's MakerSpace will be hosting a BreakoutEDU on Tuesday, March 28th in Conference Room 114 **Note - This event is limited to the first 14 students that sign up**

Escape the Room – Have you been to one of the many "Escape the Room" locations that have popped up on Long Island over the last couple years? If so, you already know that they are a ton of fun! If not, then have we got a surprise for you! The Breakout EDU Kit, brings the "Escape the Room" experience right to you here at Mepham! You will have 44 minutes to “break” into the box by following clues posted or hidden in the room, sidestepping the red herrings, and working together to beat the clock.

Any questions? Please come see Ms. Stack in the library. You can sign up here.

UPDATE: They got out with more than a few minutes to spare! 
Mepham freshman break out!

Thursday, March 23, 2017


From the makers of SMART comes SMART amp, an online collaborative learning software platform that enables students to create and collaborate on a digital canvas, anywhere, anytime. There are 3 ways it works, you can:
  1. Add a class: Add a new class or import classes from Google Classroom.
  2. Join a class: Join a class by entering the class code that your teacher provided. After your teacher finishes creating or editing the class, you can select it above.
  3. Go to workspaces: Work without connecting to a class but with access to your Google Drive and workspaces.
3 different options to use SMART amp.
From the Chrome Web Store: "A collaborative workspace where you can share and work on a variety of lesson content. SMART amp brings the whole class, groups of students or individuals together in a shared space to work on projects, add multimedia content and instant message. This is all done using student devices and while tracking contributions from each student, so educators have insight into who is contributing what.
Selection of templates to choose from. 
  • Leverages Google Apps for Education to take co-creation, collaboration and student-led learning to a whole new level. 
  • Switch from whole class, individual, small-group learning activities without wasting class time.
  • Assess and guide students, without having to interrupt learning.
  • Contribute to the workspace from anywhere, at anytime. 
  • Ideal for Chromebooks, and any other student device or interactive display.
  • Integration, including class lists, with Google Classroom.
  • Import Notebook lessons, view in full screen and interact with content.
  • Easily see the contributions made by each student during group work.
  • Take over the workspace at any time to demonstrate and describe work to students."
SMART amp workspace.