March 07, 2007 Edition

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HES library opens
with whole new look

Hoxie Elementary School teacher Rebecca Bullard assists her students Alyssa Maple (left), Becca Sloan and Megan Edwards in the school's new computer lab. The lab, which is equipped with 24 new computers, was added to the library along with several other updates, with grant money received by the school last year.
The Hoxie Elementary School Library Media Center has been remodeled and opened its doors on Jan. 8 to eager readers and technology buffs.

A lab with 24 student computers was added to the media center to assist teachers in bringing their students into the technological age. A media projector and screen will be added to the lab in the near future.

Alpha Smart keyboards have been purchased and will soon be available for students and teachers to use. These keyboards can be checked out by teachers for students to use and will sync to a desktop PC to retrieve the student work.

Also, digital cameras have been ordered and will be placed in the lab for check-out by teachers to allow their students to use with classroom lessons.

Beautiful new library shelving was installed to house the media center's collection of books and audio-visual materials. New DVDs, VHS tapes and over $45,000 worth of new books were ordered. This includes a reference section, and a parent section will be available soon.

Added to the look are new seating, paint and carpet. Future plans include a new circulation desk and a media projector and screen to be placed in the reading area.

As a part of the grant received by the school, classrooms were outfitted with a classroom response system that allows the teachers and students to participate in a Jeopardy-like review method. Teachers are receiving training on ways to optimize the systems.

The media center now offers extended hours allowing students to complete classroom assignments, use the computers to take Accelerated Reading tests or to simply check out a book and read.

The library is open Monday through Friday from 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. One day a month will be set aside to extend hours until 5 or 5:30 p.m., as needed.

Students will be encouraged to visit after school and record their time in a logbook to participate in a reward program. Those who log four hours a month will be able to order a new book, those with two hours will choose a prize from the medium prize box and those with one hour will choose from the small prize box.

Long-range plans include keeping the media center open part of the day during summer break with exciting adventures planned for the students who attend.

Call the school at 886-4256 for more information on any of the programs.

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