Welcome to the Suffield Middle School Media Center Web Portal, your one-stop shop for online resources. 

Election Video

posted by Daniel Spada

Last week Suffield Middle School hosted the Republican and Democrat Presidential Primary, and three students went to the gym where Suffield residents voted.  The students also interviewed teachers about this historic election.

Student/Teacher Basketball Game

posted by Daniel Spada

A lot of students have been asking for the Student/Teacher Basketball Game hype video.  

Student/Teacher Basketball Game Hype Video

Thursday is the Last Day of the Book Fair!!!

posted Apr 6, 2016, 10:22 AM by Daniel Spada

Remember Thursday is the last day of the Suffield Middle School Book Fair...so don't forget your MONEY!!!!

Suffield Middle School Book Fair Layout

Suffield Middle School Book Fair

posted Apr 1, 2016, 7:19 AM by Daniel Spada

Suffield Middle School will host a Scholastic Book Fair from Tuesday, April 5 - Thursday, April 7.  We will have all of the hottest books and new releases, so please consider helping us update our own collection and support us by purchasing a book.  Additional titles can also be purchased online at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/suffieldmiddle. Thank you very much for all of your support!

Suffield Middle School Scholastic Book Fair

Battle of the Books List

posted Mar 22, 2016, 10:35 AM by Daniel Spada

The battle has begun!  If you are competing in this year's battle, and haven't stopped by the library already, make sure you come in and get your first book.  There are two carts, one for the white teams and one for the blue teams.  The list of books is as follows:

6th Grade
Blue (Hershon/Zavisza) vs White (Picard/Tierney)
Origami Yoda
Grimm Legacy
Al Capone Does My Shirts
London Eye Mystery
Liar & Spy
Anya’s Ghost

7th Grade
Blue (DeFord/Smith) vs White (Troiano/Zaczynski)
Michael Vey 
Running Dream
March Book 1
Happenstance Found

8th Grade 
Blue (Marker/Schrager) vs White (Eggleston/Wolfson)
I’ll Be There
Between Shades of Gray
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A true Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery (6 of 6)
Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature

Remember to read as many of these books as you possibly can!  The actual competitions will be held on May 4th and 5th.  If you have any questions see Mr. Spada.

Battle of the Books Is Coming!

posted Mar 17, 2016, 5:35 AM by Daniel Spada   [ updated Mar 17, 2016, 5:41 AM ]

Battle of the Books is a game-show style competition that pits two teams against each other.  This year's match-ups will be:

6 white vs 6 blue
7 white vs 7 blue
8 white vs 8 blue 

Teams will feature 10 players and a number of alternates.  The teams will be given a list of books, and students will have approximately 5 weeks to read as many of the books as possible.  The list of books will be revealed this Monday!  As a group you’ll need to decide who is going to read what books. You don’t have to read them all, but the more you read the better your chance of winning.  

There are several different types of questions.  Some use a buzzer, while others are group questions.  Take a look at the video above for specific rules and some examples.

If anyone has any questions or would like more information about the Battle of the Books, stop by the Media Center and see Mr. Spada.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1 Is Here!!!

posted Feb 9, 2016, 7:45 AM by Daniel Spada

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Listen up Percy Jackson fans, Rick Riordan has a new series that fans of the Percy Jackson series are going to love!  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is a series that centers around Norse Mythology.  Many of you may be familiar with Greek mythology, but Norse Mythology comes from the Scandinavians (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland).  Think Vikings.  If you want to learn more about Norse Mythology we have plenty of books here in the Media Center (see below).

This series revolves around a troubled kid named Magnus Chase who has been living on the streets of Boston since his mother's mysterious death.  One day his uncle tracks him down and tells him that he is the son of a Norse god, and all of the Viking myths are true.  The gods of Asgard are preparing for an epic war, and he is the key to the fate of the war.  Now Magnus must search through the Nine Worlds to find a weapon that was lost thousands of years ago.

For those interested in learning more about Norse Mythology checkout the Treasury of Norse Mythology now available in the Media Center!

This new book is intended for those reading the Magnus Chase series, as well as fans of the Avengers: Age of Ultron.  This book features sections dedicated to Thor, Asgard, and the timeless Norse tales.

Google Cardboard is Here!

posted Jan 5, 2016, 12:00 PM by Daniel Spada   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 8:23 AM ]

Star Wars Themed Google Cardboard Now Available in the Suffield Middle School Media Center

Thanks to a very generous donation from Verizon Wireless, the Media Center now has over 30 Star Wars themed Google Cardboards!  Exactly what is Google Cardboard?  Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform that allows users to insert their cellphone into a foldout cardboard device for a fully immersive virtual reality experience!  Mr. Spada has a lot of really great ideas for using these in the Media Center and with your teachers, but they are also available to students who want to explore and try them out.  

Google Cardboards available now in the Suffield Middle School Media Center

To save some time, come to the Library Media Center with your cellphone.  You may also want to explore different apps that will give you different virtual reality experiences.  Business Insider has a great list of the top apps that you may want to check out.  Stop by during flex and try out the Cardboard!

Try Google Cardboard In The Suffield Middle School Media Center


In The Heart of the Sea: Read The Book Before You See The Movie!

posted Dec 7, 2015, 5:37 AM by Daniel Spada   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 9:55 AM ]

In the heart of the sea

In the Heart of the SeaThe Suffield Middle School library has two copies of In the Heart of the Sea, which is the amazing true story that the classic novel Moby-Dick was based on, and the blockbuster movie that will be released this Friday! On November 20, 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry whale. Within minutes, the twenty-one-man crew, including the fourteen-year-old cabin boy Thomas Nickerson, found themselves stranded in three leaky boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with barely any supplies and little hope. Three months later, two of the boats were rescued 4,500 miles away, off the coast of South America. Of the twenty-one castaways, only eight survived, including young Thomas. Based on his New York Times best-seller In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick recreates the amazing events of the ill-fated Essex through the sailors own first-hand accounts, photos, maps, and artwork, and tells the tale of one of the great true-life adventure stories.

Here is the trailer for the movie that comes out this Friday, December 11th:

New Books!

posted Nov 12, 2015, 11:34 AM by Daniel Spada   [ updated Nov 18, 2015, 11:05 AM ]

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence
This new series from Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spiderman, X-men, and some the most epic and legendary superheroes ever created, is perfect for fans of comic books, comic book movies, and fans of action.  This first book features 12 people, some good and some evil, who receive powers of the zodiac and battle across the world to control the powers.  While not a graphic novel, this book features comic book-like illustrations throughout.  
This is book one of what is sure to be a popular series. 

The Isle of the Lost

Fans of Disney will love this new series that features the children of some of the most evil Disney villains of all time (Maleficent, Jabar, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Cruella De Vil ).  Once the evil villains were defeated, they were banished to an island, the Isle of the Lost, which is a dark and dreary place that they may never leave.  But hidden on the island is the Dragon's Eye, which is the key to true darkness and the villains only hope of escape.  This book is a prequel to the Disney movie "The Descendants."  

No Safety in Numbers

An ordinary trip to the mall turns into a nightmare when a biological bomb is discovered and the entire complex is shutdown, and all those inside are quarantined in part one of this exciting new triology.  What sounds like a cool novelty soon turns more desperate once supplies start to dwindle and panic begins to spread.  Among the thousands trapped are four teens who are anxious to escape and make it back to their families.  Through the lies and deception, the teens will see firsthand how desperate situations can change people...and not always for the better.

The Fourteenth Goldfish

When eleven-year-old Ellie's science obsessed grandfather discovers a cure for aging, he uses it on himself.  As a result he becomes a teenager again, but still dresses the same and has the same attitude "old man attitude."  What results is  whimsical, lighthearted, comedy that will make you ask questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality and possibility.

The Honest Truth

Tired of being sick with terminal cancer, a teenage boy named Mark decides to take his dog and fulfil a lifelong dream of climbing Mount Rainer.  This emotionally hard-hitting survival story alternates betweens Mark's story, and that of his best friend Jessie, who understands the danger he is in, and must struggle with the decision to tell or keep his secret. 

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