2015-2016 Annual Report
The DRMS Library Media Program: by the numbers
77 ~ Newbery Book Club student members
267 ~ twitter followers as of June 2016
470 ~ total book copies added to library collection
2004 ~ average age of library collection
16,237 ~ total copies in library collection
During the 2015-2016 school year, the cultural relevancy of the DRMS Library Media Program will be analyzed and shared with the school community.
Ms. Ziller presented at the WCPSS Fall Convergence Learning Symposium on getting students involved in THEIR library media program.
Special Library Events and Programs:
1st Wake Up and Read book drive (1272 books donated!)
Student-created signs and displays and planning for Teen Read Week and National Library Week
John Choquette, former DRMS student and local author, visited Durant in April and spoke to Newbery book club students.
We had student library assistants for the first time this school year. Two 8th graders were in the media center each semester as their elective.
We had several former DRMS students return to volunteer.
2014-2015 Annual Report
2014-2015 DRMS Library Media Center Annual Report
High School students volunteered in summer 2014 - helping with circulation, displays, and updates to series wall
Gear-Up class period was created and Newbery meetings were held once a week. 6th graders on Tuesday, 7th graders on Wednesday, and 8th graders on Thursday.
NCYA Reading Enrichment book group met once a month during Gear Up
Traveling Seuss Holocaust exhibit from the NC Council on the Holocaust was on display in the media center in August.
The bookfair was held end of January
Focus on collection development and weeding. Transformation of nonfiction section to highlight newer, readable nonfiction books. Removed bookshelf and shifted entire collection to make it more accessible and interesting for students.
Spencer Ziegler started as our full-time instructional technology facilitator.
Julie Stivers was our UNC library media masters student intern during fall 2014.
Server was upgraded
The student research project Weebly was updated
The media center website was switched from Wordpress to Schoolwires
Ms. Ziller collaborated with 8th grade Social Studies teachers on a 13 Colonies project
The main collaborative focus for the year was the Year-Long Ancestry project with track 1 eighth graders. Ms. Ziller and Mrs. Richardson
7th and 8th grade students participated in Plagiarism Learning Labs
Ms. Ziller presented at several conferences this year:
The WCPSS Convergence Conference presentation on K12 Student Family History Research at the McKimmon Center at NC State
The North Carolina School Library Media Association Conference (NCSLMA) on K12 Student Family History Research in Winston-Salem
American Historical Association Annual Meeting (AHA conference) on K12 Student Family History Research in New York City
Published article in the April 2015 issue of School Library Monthly
North Carolina Technology in Education Society Conference (NCTIES) presentation on Using the ITES to Reach Every Student with Spencer Ziegler at the Raleigh Convention Center.
In April, Ms. Ziller attended NC Holocaust workshop with Ms. Price and Mr. Sturdivant. This experience led to collaboration on a Holocaust project for 6th grade students next school year.
2013-2014 Annual ReportThe DRMS Media Program is a positive, student-centered physical and virtual community where students take ownership of their library and learning. Here's a look back at our students' experiences in THEIR library during the 2013-2014 school year.
THEIR researchHow to Conduct Research Like a Scientist allowed 6th grade students an introduction to what middle school research 'looks like' and practice those skills in advance of their first science inquiry project:
Author Study Project
Plagiarism Learning Labs allowed students to explore plagiarism in the real-world and strategies to avoid plagiarism.
Hello, My Name is . . .
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Literary Cafe
The Ancestry Project with track 2 eighth graders was a unique opportunity for students to make connections between their own family history and their social studies curriculum. The project contained a wealth of instructional strategies that helped students prepare for this challenging research project.
Energy Campaign 2014!
This was the first year of the Language Arts Department 40-Book Challenge initiative. The media program supported this endeavor through vivid displays both inside the media center and out in the school. Students were encouraged to check out a variety of genres during their whole-class circulation visits every three weeks.
We were fortunate to have author Susan Cooper come talk to our book club students in September.
As part of the push for more interest in nonfiction reading, media center displays featured high-interest nonfiction titles. The perfect pairs display included fiction books paired with nonfiction books that reflected a similar theme or topic. Students were encouraged to check out the pair to make connections in the reading. 'App signs' were placed on nonfiction shelves to make it easier for students to identify subjects they're interested in reading about.
The first annual DRMS Book Tournament cultivated much curiosity.
After some furniture rearranging, there are now cozy nooks throughout the media center, complete with comfy rugs and pillows, for students to enjoy.
Students were surveyed about different types of book clubs they'd be interested. The majority of responses preferred a 'boys only' or 'girls only' club. Mrs. Edwards offered a short-term 7th grade boys book discussion featuring The Maze Runner. Special book-themed lunches also included a Divergent discussion that coincided with the release of the movie, a Manga lunch bunch, and a lunch for students to discuss and find out more about the NCYA Book Award titles.
Student bloggers reflected on their library experiences and gave their own unique perspective on what the library means to them.
Students completed various crafts at the craft table this year. Projects included make-and-take bookmarks, origami, and duct tape bracelets.
Groups of students brainstormed and organized Teen Read Week, Teen Tech Week, and National Library Week. Events and special contests were student-centered and brought increased traffic into the media center.
2012-2013 Annual Report
Durant Road Middle School Media Center Annual Report, June 2013
Kristen Ziller, library media specialist
Janice Edwards, library media specialist
Jane Richards, library media assistant
2012-2013 Media Program SMART Goal:
Teams will complete at lst 2 WISE Inquiry Projects during the 2012-2013 school year.Collaboration and Student Learning
The WISE Inquiry Model
During the 2012-2013 school year, we implemented a school-wide model for student research experiences. The WISE model brings students through a journey of Wondering, Investigating, Synthesizing, and Expressing. This model can used in a single class period or can be the process students work through in their multi-day research experiences. Through these experiences, students gain experience using a wide variety of sources. Most of these sources are selected ahead of time by the library media specialist. By showing students what quality sources look like, they will then be prepared to search for their own scholarly sources for future projects.
Haiti/Pompeii DBQWhich of the following factors most impacted Haiti or Pompeii before and after the natural disaster? Using a variety of quality sources of information, students studied the economy and social structure, government, physical landscape, and disaster preparedness of each society. Students gathered evidence using pre-selected websites, online videos, journal articles, political cartoons, and slide shows. A wall of wisdom allowed students to share things they’re wondering about, ah-ha’s they’ve discovered in their researching journey, and questions they have about their research and/or topics. Students culminated their research by creating a tri-fold that expressed which factor they believe most impacted Pompeii or Haiti before and after the disaster. Students answered questions and provided additional information about their research to their classmates and teachers when they presented their final product in a project fair setting in the media center.
6th Grade Primary/Secondary Sources UnitIn August through September, all 6th grade students came to the media center with their social studies classes to learn about and to analyze primary and secondary sources. They began with a group gallery walk of tables set-up with a variety of sources including print, recordings, and photographs in order to determine if they were primary or secondary sources. They also completed a webquest on primary and secondary sources--individually, with a partner, and as a whole class.
- Analyze resources to determine reliability
- Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives
- Evaluate the need for using primary or secondary sources based on situation.
6th Grade Author Study
Leslie Kuykendal collaborated with 6th grade Language Arts teachers on this 6th grade author study project. This project involves the students selecting an author and learning about that author’s work and their life and times. While researching their author, the students had to answer the following Essential Questions:
- How did the author’s personal life influence their writing?
- How did the times in which the author lived, the life events the author experienced influence their writing?
- How did the author influence the genre of literature for which they are best known?
Living in Balance Ecosystems Project
Ms. Hutchison’s 6th Grade Science students identified the ecosystem in which they live, then gathered information about their ecosystem using media center resources. After using a variety of research tools, students are synthesized their research findings individually and with their team. With their team, students decided on the best way to present their message . . . via an audio or video public service announcement.
7th Grade Science 1st Quarter Culmination – Katrina / Global Warming / Air Pollution
Students selected the topic from their first quarter curriculum that most interested them and researched to find convincing evidence that answered the essential question for their topic. The product choices for this project varied greatly and catered to students’ strengths. Essential questions included Who is to blame for the Hurricane Katrina disaster?, Does global warming exist?, and What impact does air pollution have on our health? Some students created a written product, while others created a video or presented in a panel in front of their peers. The amount of choice in this project was impressive and allowed students to select a project that they were invested in.
Mrs. Molloy’s 7th grade science students selected one of the following essential questions: Do genetically modified foods help us or harm us?, Should I get tested for Huntington's Disease?, or What are the ethical considerations of modifying an embryo's genetic makeup? Students explored a variety of resources, including analyzing a political cartoon and reading official government legislation. They had unique product options, including a debate, ‘a day in the life’ where the student presented their research in a personal, first-person narrative, and a paper slide show.
So You Say You Want a Revolution?
Janice Edwards collaborated with 7th grade Language Arts teacher, Emily Blake to develop, implement, and assess a WISE research project for her students. Students explored the theme of revolution in a media center research project, developed a product to express their findings, and assessed each other’s products through peer evaluation. This project gave students the opportunity to choose from one of the following essential questions: What causes people to revolt, how does point of view affect the way conflict is dealt with, and how does conflict influence decisions and actions? The students choosing the first question explored the French Revolution. Students choosing the second question explored John Brown and the raid on Harper’s Ferry. Finally, the third question had students exploring the United States Occupy Movement.
Students used the project Weebly to guide their investigations. They used a variety of sources including primary source documents, online videos, and an online encyclopedia database. Students expressed their findings in either an online comic book, a monologue from a specific person’s point-of-view, or a flip camera paper slide show.
Abolutism & Enlightenment
Mrs. Ballard’s 7th Grade Social Studies classes studied the Age of Enlightenment and completed a WISE project centered around the following essential question: Would your monarch and enlightenment thinker have been friend or foes?
Students gathered information about the Age of Enlightenment, their assigned monarch, and their assigned enlightenment thinker by exploring an online video, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Gale World History Online Reference Center. They synthesized their research findings and determined what their friends would think of them, compared and contrasted them, and decided whether they would be friends or foes based on convincing research evidence. Students expressed their research and friends or foes evidence by creating a flipbook presentation that they filmed and narrated using a Flip video camera.
What green energy source is best for North Carolina? Mrs. Haase’s 7th grade science students found convincing evidence that supported this essential question. Students independently explored scholarly renewable energy online sources for information. They then collaborated with a partner to create a trifold visual and prepared an oral presentation. Students were evaluated by their teacher and peers and reflected on their experiences throughout their WISE research journey.
Message in the Music
Mrs. Ballard’s 7th grade Social Studies students culminated their year by selecting a song that has meaning to them, researched the history of the song and musical artist, and prepared a brief presentation and questions to guide their classmates in discussion.
8th Grade Science – Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco Inquiry
- How does our society influence tobacco use?
- How does alcohol negatively impact embryonic development?
- Should parents be required to have their children vaccinated?
8th grade science students chose one of these essential questions and explored quality sources of information to find supporting evidence that answered the question. Students explored several pre-selected sources – - encyclopedia databases, political cartoons, online videos, photographs, and organizational websites – - then, were ready to explore the Web on their own to fill in the gaps in their research. This process first modeled the quality and variety of research sources available before students Googled on their own. Students were continually re-focused on their essential question to ensure that all evidence they gathered directly related to and supported that question.
8th grade Language Arts students used NoodleTools, an online note-taking and bibliography resource, to organize their work for this project. Students selected a social issue of their choice, wrote their own essential question, then culminated their research findings in a persuasive 5-paragraph essay. The most popular topics included bullying, racism, illegal immigration, and poverty. Students had a lot of choice in selecting their sources of information for this project. Kristen and the Language Arts teachers developed a short list of sources for students to start with, but students were then encouraged to search for quality websites on their own. Authorship and organization information was extremely important in their source selection and students had to justify why each source was valuable in their research.
Risking it all
Students selected a risk taker who interested them and were challenged with the essential question: Why is this person a risk taker? This project required students to explore a variety of source types, including encyclopedia databases, personal & official websites, media center print materials, photographs & videos, and online magazine & newspaper articles.
Students chose from two different note-taking methods. They could hand-write their notes using Source Notes or use NoodleTools notecards, an online subscription bibliography and note-taking tool. Students were consistently reminded to find CONVINCING evidence from quality sources that reflected why their person was a risk taker. Students expressed their research findings by becoming their person in a living ‘wax museum’ in the library media center. Students completed a tri-fold display containing evidence that reflected the answer to their essential question and gave an oral presentation to peers and teachers who came through the museum. Michael Jordan, Amelia Earhart, Sacagawea, Kerri Strugg, and Napoleon were just a few famous folks who were represented at the museum.
Library Programs & Our Reading Culture
Beginning of year student survey
“This is YOUR library” is the way we run the DRMS media program. Our philosophy is that students have ownership and that this is their program. At the beginning of the school year, 7th and 8th grade students reflected on their media center experiences from the previous year by completing a survey. Questions include frequency of visits, what they use the media center for, likes and dislikes, favorite types of books to read, interest in participating in media advisory groups, and more. This is the most important data we collect during the school year and it guides programs and purchases throughout the year.
1,300 DRMS students and over 100 staff members read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Teachers supported this book through classroom activities and discussions. The media center promoted the book and engaged the DRMS community through visual displays that featured excitement about reading. The message of Wonder, Choose Kind, was a theme all of our students could recognize and the quality of discussions and conversations centered around the book was impressive and memorable.
NC Young Adult Book Award
The NCYA Book Award is a focus each year in the DRMS Media Center. This award is unique, in that it is a North Carolina middle school student selected award . . . both the ten titles that make the list AND vote for the most popular title.
Janice created an Animoto featuring the 10 books for this year and set-up a display of the books for those students interested in reading and voting in the competition. Books were advertised to students throughout the year and voting took place in March. This year’s most popular book was Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, a graphic novel that follows a girl’s journey through adolescence and her encounters with a ghost. Our runner-up was The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann, a wonderful read-alike to popular adventure-filled fantasy works, such as the Harry Potter series. In additional to voting for their favorites, DRMS students also recommended titles for the 2013-2014 book list.
Battle of the Books
This year, Durant’s Battle of the Books team was made up of twelve students from the 6th, 7th,and 8th grades. These students were selected from our Battle of the Books Club based on a qualifying quiz given in January. All students attended lunch time practices in the media center since the beginning of the school year in July. Their job was to read as many books from the 27 book list in order to prepare for the Wake County Tournament
On March 9th, the DRMS Battle of the Books team competed at Sanderson High School and had an amazing county tournament! Out of 28 Wake County middle schools competing, Durant’s team barely missed making it into the afternoon quarterfinal rounds.
Congratulations to all of the students on the team for their hard work, dedication, good sportsmanship, and perseverance!
Read Across America Week
March is always a special time in the media center. We celebrate Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd. At Durant, we celebrated for an entire week and had special activities and displays, including a Goldfish Guessing Contest, Thing 1 and Thing 2 socks, and a Seuss cam.
Newbery Book Club
The Newbery Book Club had another successful year. Meetings were held during 6th, 7th, and 8th grade lunch periods and students read and discussed newly published books written for middle grade readers. The purpose was to select the one “most distinguished” book published during the year, using official Newbery selection guidelines. The 2012-2013 Newbery Club met May 2012 through January 2013. Thirty-nine club members regularly attended meetings every 2 weeks during lunch in the media center. This year’s Durant winner was Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. Club meetings started up again in May 2013 and will run through January 2014.
Teen Read Week
Teen Read Week was October 15 – 19, 2012 for the 6 weeks leading up to the big week, an 8th grade student planning committee was hard at work brainstorming ideas, planning their implementation, and watching them become a reality.
The theme this year was ‘It Came from the Library….’ Our planning committee were really excited about the spooky theme. DRMS students were treated to a spooky library . . . complete with cobwebs, a witch table, spooky hands hidden among bookshelves, and over 100 mystery, horror, and suspense books on display throughout the media center. A spooky story contest and spooky cover design contest were also a highlight of the week and many DRMS students submitted their entries. Ms. Ziller also offered a spooky lunch in the media center where students listened to scary stories while they ate their lunch. Ms. Ziller and Mrs. Edwards feel it’s very important to involve our students in program planning and implementation. This is THEIR library and their ideas were very well received by their peers.
National Library Week
The DRMS media center celebrated National Library Week (NLW) in mid April. This year’s theme was Communities Matter @ Your Library. A group of 7th grade, track 2 students worked on display ideas since the beginning of March. They chose to feature local businesses in close proximity to our school, including Marco’s Pizza, Chubby’s Tacos, Red Hill General Store, and Bella’s Italian Restaurant. Each business was featured on a sign in the media center with details about the business, copies of menus, etc. The NLW planning group also decided to feature local book establishments and what they have to offer our middle school students. Barnes and Noble, Edward McKay’s Used Books and More, and the North Regional Public Library. Students pulled North Carolina and dystopian fiction books to display and all students that check out a book during National Library Week received a special NLW bookmark.
National Poetry Month
Back by popular demand . . . the DRMS Student Poetry Contest! After a year hiatus, Ms. Ziller and Mrs. Edwards heard from many of our young patrons about their desire for a poetry contest. We listened and it was a success!
Over 100 original student poems were submitted and after the field was narrowed down to the top 10, DRMS students had a week to stop by the media center, read the 10 poems, and vote for their favorite.Manga Lunch and Hobbit Lunch
Ms. Ziller provided an outlet for students to meet and discuss books they love. In December, interested students were invited to attend the I Love Manga lunch in the media center. Students brought their lunch and talked about this popular genre with other enthusiasts.
Ms. Ziller had several give-aways, including manga-themed buttons, posters, and tote bags. Some students even shared their own manga artwork with each other.
A similar special lunch was offered in January. There was such a ‘buzz’ about the Hobbit movie release and so many of our students had read the books, that we offered a Hobbit Lunch. Students came and discovered their Hobbit name, watched the movie trailer, and were guided through some discussion questions with others at their table.
DRMS Pinterest Book Trailers website
Mrs. Edwards started a DRMS Pinterest Book Trailers site this year. She collected book trailers for some of the popular titles in the media center collection and pinned them to the site. Then, circulation classes viewed trailers as they searched for books. We’re continuously adding new trailers to the site and are excited by the enthusiastic response from our students.
At a minimum, EVERY student visits the media center every three weeks with their Language Arts class for circulation. Our goal is that the media center look different each time they visit. So, we frequently update displays to engage students, offer different contests, features, and activities. This year, displays and activities included a summer Olympics display featuring local Olympians; Genre Spotlight; Great First Lines; If You Like These Reality TV Shows, Try These Books; Character in a Book I’d Like to Trade Places With; Book Crush for February; Reality TV read-alikes, Character in a Book I’d Like To Trade Places With; continuous Continuing the Series updates; Scary! Cool! Gross! High-interest nonfiction features; and One Book, One School displays featuring our whole-school read, Wonder.
Our fabulous PTA sponsored a Scholastic Bookfair in the media center in September. They scheduled class visits, set-up and took down the fair, and had a crew of parent volunteers to man the cash register and help students select books.
The top seller at the fair was our whole-school read, Wonder, but Ms. Ziller and Mrs. Edwards were pleased with the selection and variety of titles for our diverse readers. Proceeds from the bookfair went to the media center.
Media Program Data Wall
The media program data wall continues to be a prominent feature in the hallway outside the media center. Although some data is displayed for much of the school year, qualitative data featuring collaborative WISE projects is consistently updated to feature current projects. This high-traffic hallway is the perfect spot to feature DRMS Media Program successes.
We started using Weebly as a research project information tool several years ago. The idea was to have an individual webpage for each project we collaborated on with teachers. Students then had access to links to project handouts, websites for research, links to product examples, and other information pertinent to their project. This has been a great success and we can’t imagine using anything else to accomplish this goal. In the spring, Ms. Ziller gave the DRMS Library Weebly a facelift. It now features a more modern design layout, but the original intention of a unique page for each project was still preserved.