This fall the library welcomed Smoky Hill’s freshman for four information literacy sessions as part of Smoky’s semester-long freshman FAST orientation. In addition to learning how to access their CreekM@il email and GoogleDocs accounts, students learned to evaluate the quality of electronic resources using the CARS model (Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, and Support), and to avoid plagiarism by using information ethically and citing sources.
IB EXTENDED ESSAY WORKSHOPS
On Wednesdays in September and October the librarians held after-school workshops for IB juniors in support of their extended essays. Workshop topics included peer-editing, parenthetical citations and works cited pages, and proper formatting of the essays.
AVID @ THE LIBRARY
The librarians also kicked off year-long reading initiatives with the freshmen and sophomore AVID classes. The classes will meet with the librarians each semester to participate in activities designed to increase college readiness by augmenting critical reading skills.
NATIONAL NOVEL-WRITING MONTH
November is National Novel-Writing Month, and during November the librarians will host after-school writing sessions for budding authors three times a week. We'll provide computers, snacks, and time to write. Who knows, your student could be the next Stephen King, Toni Morrison, or JK Rowling!
DID YOU KNOW?
Leisure reading of any kind is the media use most correlated with student success. A Kaiser Foundation study, Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18-Year-Olds (2005), found that regardless of how many hours adolescents spend in front of screens, students with high grades read more for fun than kids who earn low grades. The Smoky Hill High School library has thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles to tempt any teen, and students can also check out back issues of popular magazines for a week at a time. As always, our librarians are happy to recommend a great read!
As a reminder, the library offers a wealth of online journal and article databases to support student research. The databases are accessible from school or home via the Smoky Hill High School webpage: click on “library” then "library research databases" to get the full list.