This summer the Media Center underwent major renovations and we are excited to share some of the new changes with you. One of the first things you'll notice when you come in now are all of our books are organized by genre. We now have separate sections for all of our books! So now when you come in you can go right to the section you are looking for. Whether it's fantasy, horror, sports, mystery, or more, we have a section for you!
We also have an amazing selection of hands-on Makerspace items. Some of the topics you will be able to explore are
Computer Aided Design
Light and Sound Snap Circuits
Computer Circuitry Starter Kits (understanding how USBs work)
Solar Hacking (building solar power)
Chromakeying (green screen)
Interactive Lego Wall
Magnetic Poetry Wall
And more to be announced!
For more information on any of these items, click on the picture below!
Did you know that while on summer vacation you run the risk of losing 2 or more months of reading achievement???? Don't let that happen to you! Instead Suffield Middle School is offering you a chance to win a brand new Kindle or even $1,000!
All you have to do is read any appropriate book and reflect on it with a 1-page letter or a 5-minute video. All entries will be eligible for the Kindle prize, and those who write a letter will also have a chance to win $1,000 through a contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. Students will be required to submit their letters and videos during the first week of the next school year.
You can find all of the information here (make sure you read everything carefully): SMS Summer Reading
If you are looking for some good books, here are the top 10 books checked out this past school year at Suffield Middle School (not in order):
For those looking for the latest Nutmeg Books, here are your 2017 nominees:
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.
A lot of students have been asking for the Student/Teacher Basketball Game hype video.
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!
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:
Blue (Hershon/Zavisza) vs White (Picard/Tierney)
Al Capone Does My Shirts
London Eye Mystery
Liar & Spy
Blue (DeFord/Smith) vs White (Troiano/Zaczynski)
March Book 1
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 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: 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.