Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Author Matt Blackstone Visits Mepham

Young adult author and high school English teacher, Matt Blackstone, stopped by the Mepham High School library today. He posed for this photo, standing next to a bulletin board designed in the likeness of his debut novel, A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie. He read three chapters from his book, which is about a teen with OCD and his best friend who tutors him in the art of playing it cool. He answered questions from our students and teachers. Afterwards, we raffled off five copies of A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie, and Mr. Blackstone graciously autographed the books. We also have a hard copy in the school library if anyone is interested in checking it out. Here he poses with our winners. This ELITE event was sponsored by the National English Honor Society. Mr. Blackstone's next local appearance will be at the North Bellmore Public Library, 1551 Newbridge Road, on Tuesday, March 6th, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie

Young adult author, Matt Blackstone is scheduled to visit Mepham High School on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 2:15 p.m. in the school library. There will be a reading from his book, A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie, Q&A session, and meet and greet with students. We are raffling off 5 autographed copies of his novel. This event is sponsored by the National English Honor Society and is an ELITE event. Past authors visits have included: Selene Castrovilla, Lee Krinsky, Robin Palmer, Jen Calonita, and Patrick Jones.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

iPad 2s have arrived!

The iPad just made its debut in our Freshman Seminar classes. Our students are learning many different productivity apps, including iAnnotate PDF, which has allowed the students to annotate documents used in class. Other free and purchased apps for these Classroom iPads include: Evernote, Quickoffice, Notes Plus, Shakespeare in Bits, ShowMe, Google Books, Overdrive and more. During a recent "Orientation to the iPad" lesson taught by yours truly, the librarian, we took photographs of ourselves and our peers and imported them into the app Popplet Lite to create character maps. Students can now translate the skills that they learned and create maps based on characters in books.