Thursday, June 8, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mepham's Holi Festival 2017

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Come join us for Mepham's Holi Festival on Thursday, May 25 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm on the baseball field. Admission is $10 and includes a white t-shirt to wear to the event, food, dancing and colored powder. Can be purchased in room 317 or 200. Students must pay admission and wear t-shirt to attend. Do you spot Ms. Stack and her son in the video below? Come down for a colorful afternoon!

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: http://www.irisconnect.co.uk/

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 npm@poets.org.

Monday, April 3, 2017

MakerSpace: Blackout Poetry

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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
Updated 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 FragmentsEmail@gmail.com.

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

SMART amp

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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kara Thomas: The Darkest Corners

Young adult author, Kara Thomas visited Mepham High School on Tuesday, March 21st at 2:15 p.m. in the school library. She read a small section from her latest novel, The Darkest Corners, then answered questions from our students. Next, we raffled off four copies (plus one for the Mepham Library), which Ms. Thomas autographed. If you are interested in reading this novel, come check it out.
Author Kara Taylor answers questions from our students.
Raffle winners show off their books!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Author Visit: Kara Thomas

One of the most anticipated events in the school library year after year is our author visit. Kara Thomas (then using the pen name Kara Taylor) visited Mepham High School back in 2014. Read all about her first visit here. She wrote the Prep School Confidential series (St. Martin’s Press) and the pilot The Revengers for the CW under the pen name Kara Taylor. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or on the couch with her rescue cat, Felix.

She will be joining us once again on Tuesday, March 21st at 2:15 p.m. in the school library. There will be a reading from her latest novel, The Darkest Corners, a Q&A period, a book raffle and a book signing and photo op session.

This event is sponsored by the National English Honor Society and is a sanctioned ELITE event. All students are welcome to attend.

About the book 
"There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania.
Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away."

Friday, March 10, 2017

MakerSpace: 3D Printer

Afinia H400
You asked. We delivered. When we officially opened the Mepham MakerSpace in September 2015, the student's #1 request was to add a 3D printer. Well, thanks to a generous donation from the Mepham Alumni Association, we now have the Afinia H400.

Here are a few items we have printed so far to test out our new 3D printer: a book card holder, a Batman book page holder ring (Confession: I didn't even know what this was, but apparently a book ring is a tool that you use to hold your book open with one hand - genius!), and a pirate doubloon because we are the Mepham Pirates, obviously!

Printed using our Afinia H400.
 About the Afinia H400
The Afinia H400 3D printer is perfectly built with ease of use, safety, and reliability combined in its elegant design that will fit on any desktop. The printer produces dimensionally-accurate plastic parts for education, design, or engineering applications.

The printer is fully-enclosed with a built-in, recirculating HEPA 7 air filtration system that continually cleans the air in the enclosure of particulates and odors as the model is printing. The H400 also has power failure protection. If power is cut to the printer, it will remember where it left off and allow you to finish the print after power resumes.

The Afinia H400 3D printer has a large touchscreen display and built-in WiFi to allow the system to be operated either locally or remotely. The new Afinia 3D Studio software allows prints to be sent not only from PC or Mac, but also from iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones.

The H400 platform comes factory-leveled and does not require adjustments and has auto-nozzle-height detection. The H400 has a new feature allowing for custom temperature setting of the nozzle and heated platform to allow for printing of not only ABS and PLA, but other materials requiring different temperatures.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Breakout EDU

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 I got a surprise for you!
Mrs. Geller's Senior Leadership classes take on Breakout EDU.
The library recently purchased a Breakout EDU Kit, which brings the "Escape the Room" experience right to you here at Mepham! Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform. "Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts, and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context."

We tested the kit out in Ms. Geller's Senior Leadership classes today. Some photos above show how the students used their skill set to solve problems. There were so many lessons learned during the course of the game and during the reflection afterward. If you want to find more information on how it works, click here.

Will you be able to escape? Look for an upcoming Breakout EDU ELITE event soon!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Literary Circle: The Help

Join Literary Circle as they discuss the New York Times bestselling novel, The Help by Kathryn Stockett on Wednesday, March 8th at 2:30 PM in room 232. This is an ELITE event. You can sign up by clicking here.

About The Help
"Skeeter returns home to Mississippi from college in 1962 and begins to write stories about the African-American women that are found working in white households, which includes Aibileen, who grieves for the loss of her son while caring for her seventeenth white child, and Minny, Aibileen's sassy friend, the hired cook for a secretive woman who is new to town."

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Be the Source of Change

We are celebrating Teen Tech Week with the theme "Be the Source of Change," March 5-11, 2017. Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year's theme encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital resources offered through the library to make a positive change in their life and community.

The Mepham High School Library has so many great digital resources, such as:
  • eBooks
  • Databases
  • Audio books
  • DVDs
  • 3D Printers
  • Computers/Chromebooks/iMacs/iPads
  • MakerSpace resources 
  • Computer Club (which meets most Monday afternoons)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Literary March Madness

Thanks to Ms. Elefterion from Calhoun High School who gave me the idea for Literary March Madness. Last year, she successfully picked sixteen titles to face off against each other. This year, we are going to do the same. We will survey the students of Mepham High School to see which book is the most popular. During each week in March, students are invited to choose their favorite book of each match up to proceed onto the next round. Each vote will be entered in a raffle for a Barnes & Noble gift card.
Mepham Library Bulletin Board
These are your Sweet 16:
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  11. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccolt 
  12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  13. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  14. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  16. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan  
ELITE 8
These are your Elite 8:
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccolt 
  7. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Final 4
These are your Final 4:
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
The Game
The Game:
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
THE WINNER!!!! 2017 Book of the Year in Mepham's Literary March Madness is: 
  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Winner

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MakerSpace: Doodling

3Doodler
Have you checked out the 3Doodler pen we have in the MakerSpace? "The 3Doodler is the latest generation of the world’s first and best-selling 3D printing pen. Compact & easy to use, the 3Doodler extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure." We have two types of plastics to work with in multiple colors: ABS (higher temps) and PLA filaments (lower temps).

#WhatWillYouCreate?(R)

Friday, February 17, 2017

MakerSpace: Bookmark Station

Have you been by the MakerSpace recently? We just put out some new supplies. We now have a "Make Your Own Bookmark Station." Please help yourself to any of the materials on these tables.
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Bookmark Station
Bookmark template courtesy of Dawn Nicole Designs

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NEW Website: Mepham English Department

The Wellington C. Mepham High School English Department created a new website with all things English-related. This is the place to go for news & updates, writing contests, English faculty websites, and information on the English electives. It showcases some of the fun stuff that the English department has done this past year. For example, "Mr. Achtziger introduced children's author Carin Levis to eager elementary school students through Senior Experience's Book Buddies program. Ms. Cooney's Broadcasting I students attended a taping of "The Chew" last fall. The trip is one of many "field" experiences for BMB students." This website is your one-stop shopping for Mepham English activities. To access the website, click here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Love Day!

Mepham Library Bulletin Board

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rock Out to Reading!

Have you seen the latest Mepham Library bulletin board? These "records" have partial covers of popular books. Can you guess all 18 titles correctly? Give it a try and you will be entered to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. Good luck! 



Update: Our winner is Mepham High School senior, Melissa Ponton! Congratulations! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

MakerSpace: Origami

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RESCHEDULED! 2/6/17 Did you know that origami is based on geometry? I am not great at math. Therefore, I have enlisted Ms. Weiler, math teacher extraordinaire, to help us with our next MakerSpace event. We will be hosting an origami workshop on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 2:15 in the school library.  All materials will be provided courtesy of the alumni association. All students are welcome to attend. This an ELITE event. You can sign up here.

UPDATE: We had a GREAT turn out for this MakerSpace event. Did you miss it? No worries. We have restocked our supplies and have left them out on the MakerSpace tables. Stop by and make a dog, cat, star, or crane!




Friday, February 3, 2017

Fake News v. Real News

This year, as a librarian, I have been wondering, "Are we giving our students the skills to distinguish between fake news and real news in the world of social media? Do we have those skills ourselves?" You may remember that I recently posted about The CRAAP Test, which is a framework to help students decipher which information is reliable on the Internet. Is this enough in a post-truth world?

I have been collecting resources on this very topic for lesson plans across the curriculum, when I came across this TED-Ed video (You all know how much I love TED-Ed). "With the advent of the Internet and social media, news is distributed at an incredible rate by an unprecedented number of different media outlets. How do we choose which news to consume? Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart."



TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. This lesson by Damon Brown, animation by Augenblick Studios.

When you are finished watching the video above, take a look at this one on How False News Can Spread.

Friday, January 6, 2017

BrainPOP

When deciding which databases to purchase in June for the following school year, we always seek input from teachers are students alike. This past year we had a specific request for BrainPOP
"In classrooms, on mobile devices, and at home, BrainPOP engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping, and more. They cover topics within Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music, Health, Reading, and Writing. The content is carefully mapped to the Common Core, aligned to academic standards." This database (like all our databases) does require a username and password. Come get the handout or speak to a librarian.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Seeking Participants

The Bellmore-Merrick Writers Festival will take place on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Brookside Auditorium. Please consider participating by reading an original piece of writing. Thank you in advance for being a part of this wonderful event!
 
Guidelines For Registration:

  • All staff and students are invited to read.
  • It is $3 to read (All money will be collected at the festival).
  • All work must be original, can be of any genre, and may not exceed two minutes in length.
  • Register to read by emailing Ms. Serpe at kserpe@bmchsd.org with:
    • Reader Registration (written in the subject line)
    • Name
    • Grade (if you are a student)
    • School
    • Email address
    • 3-4 sentence biography
    • Your original work as an attachment if it is completed
  • EXTENDED: Deadline for registration and submission of all work is Friday, January 27th.
  • Your work will become a part of an anthology that is available for purchase at the festival.

    All proceeds will go toward the creation of a book section in the Bellmore-Merrick Community Cupboard as well as Dolly Parton's Imagination Library which provides books to young children of low-income families.

Sunday, January 1, 2017