Programming & Events
Dec 4 - Dec 8, 2017
Hour of Code: International Computer Science Week
Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this! More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.
With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code, and leaders like President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justi
Oct. 2017 - June 2018 Ran quarterly
Hear Our Voice!: Student Led Events Committee
Give students the opportunity to sit at the same table with teachers and help plan upcoming events. Increase student voice and engagement in our school community.
Nov. 9th, 2017
Kwame Alexander Author Event!
Instead of focusing on one book, multiple books were ordered to offer choice!!
The Crossover, Booked, The Playbook, Solo and Flying Lessons. (Audio available on Overdrive). Books are HERE!
The author event "Kickoff" happened at the dance with "Books and Burritos."
Oct. 4th, 2017
Books & Burritos
Author Kwame Alexander is coming to Schenectady City Schools on Nov. 9th. Books and Burritos will kickoff this event with a table at the school dance & projected clips of Kwame reciting poetry.
Sept. 2017 - June 2018
Teachers Helping Teachers 2017-2018 Series
An every Tuesday, after school meetup where teachers help other teachers but providing support and training.
Oct. 2017 - June 2018
Teachers who come together 4 times a school year to book talk the newest YA material. Each teacher will leave each meeting with the ability to Book Talk many titles. The idea is that students will eventually join this club and help promote a culture of reading in the middle schools.
#ProjectLit is a middle level summer reading initiative driven by teachers & librarians to destigmatize the term 'summer reading' by celebrating the excitement and fun that reading can provide for students. With a bookmobile full of diverse material, this group will stop at a variety of community events to engage with students within the community. In addition, this program will expose students to culturally relevant and high interest titles that will be quick to hook any reader.
A celebration of Diversity and MPMS. The most well attended event by students and parents in our building. Students plan the entire event through our Library Integrated Social Inquiry Unit on Cultures in our Society.
Schenectady County Library System and Schenectady City School District Community Outreach
June 2 Mekeel Hall 6pm
June 17 – Book give away at Central Park
June 20 – Bornt Library
June 27 Main Branch
For more information, please visit SCLS website.
March - May 16th, 2017
Book club: All American Boys
The book All American Boys is a tremendously powerful text with many entry points and social topics – racial interaction, coming of age, parent interaction, and protest. This text proved to be the perfect catalyst for discussion between our youth, teachers, and community (especially the Schenectady County Police Department). Its effects are radiating through our schools, our families, and our city! Suddenly over 850 copies of the book were in the hands of our youth and over 40 teachers were hosting voluntary book clubs to offer a safe place for discussion around controversial topics.
Kids in the Kitchen
Kids in the Kitchen is an AJLI project designed to promote healthy lifestyles for children around the world in an effort to battle childhood obesity.
Kids in Cooking Club teaches students how to "Cook Your Way Through a Healthy Day" and guides them through preparing a healthy snack they make themselves. Also, a Price Chopper registered dietitian provides an interactive, hands-on session that demonstrates how kids have the ability to get stronger and healthier bodies simply through their food choices.
Celebrate Our Sons - Boys Day Out
Boys Day Out Event partnered with the Library and All American Boys Book club.
Nov. 16th, 2016
Kristina Graves, SCSD Librarian & Victoria Abdulla, SCSD English Teacher
Topic: Digital Citizenship
"Oh Snap!: Screen shots are forever?" : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Salon c
Participants will become aware of their digital footprint, while exploring the concept of online identity. Participants will be focusing on the steps to take before posting anything on social media or anywhere on the internet and the permanence of their digital lives.
Student Library Assistants
Students will learn about library systems and how they operate to serve them and the school. They learn how information is processed and classified by doing it themselves, hands on. Students are given an oral task and work together to complete that task. Other students notice them engaged and often join. Students who know the process take initiative and lead the new helpers. Tasks often involve responsibility & productivity. Student production is always an authentic task which encourages personal growth, global awareness around future employment.