“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
- Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"
WELCOME BACK students! I am excited to start the new school year with you! I am your new librarian/technology teacher. My name is Ms. Foust. I have two daughters, whom I love very much!! I graduated from St. Joseph School 30 years ago; and wow...it just seems like yesterday! :-) I also graduated from Knoxville Catholic HS. After attending KCHS, I completed a B.S. from the University of TN. Several years later, after having my two beautiful daughters, I completed the educational program through Lincoln Memorial University, as well as obtaining a Masters in Education. My family returned to Knoxville in 2007, where I accepted my first teaching position with SJN, as a part time Technology teacher. After teaching with SJN, I decided to take a break from teaching, while my daughters were so young, to sub within the school system, allowing more time with them. Thankfully I received this opportunity to return to my alum school, with the chance to give back to St. Joseph all of the happiness I received so many years ago!!
During the school year, we will explore technology via various educational websites selected by Ms. Foust, posted to Weebly and Google Chrome within your grade folders. Additionally, we will study various authors/illustrators throughout the year within the library. We will utilize the upgrades within technology resources, such as; the Smart Board to review key terms within Jeopardy created Power Points, during reading discussions, online reading with various authors, and view standards within both technology and library information. Our classes will remain busy, as we discover, create, and apply skills through an active learning environment accessible through St. Joseph's abundance of modern resources. I am thankful to share my love of reading and technology with you!
We're only halfway through summer, but already thinking about fall book fair. This video is a small preview of what will be available in September.
If you want to watch a shorter segment, CLICK HERE to go to the Scholastic site. To the right of the video you can select the part of the video you want to see (Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Middle Grades, etc.)
The library hosted the annual St. Joseph school science fair on Tuesday, February 5. Projects created by sixth, seventh and eighth graders were on display and the students defended their project to judges from around the Knoxville area.
Welcome back! This week I challenged all of the students to a reading goal: 35 million words for the whole school by the end of May. I know that sounds like a lot, but when it's broken down across all of the grades, it's very manageable. The word count will be tallied using Accelerated Reader quizzes. Every time a student takes a quiz, their words are added up! Simple as that.
Why 35 million words? Research shows that the more you read, the more words you know, and you also become a much better reader. And since reading is involved in ALL subjects (yes, even math), if you're a better reader, you will be a better student overall.
Check back on the Reading Challenge link to see progress toward our goal!
For the past several weeks, the students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade have been learning about graphic novels during their library classes. They even got to create their own comic pages during technology class. Graphic novels are stories told through sequential art. They usually have a longer and more complex storyline, similar to other novels. Just like regular books, graphic novels can be about anything, in any genre and for all different ages.
This morning those classes "met" author Stephen McCranie during a Skype visit. Stephen writes a graphic novel series called Mal and Chad about a boy genius and his amazing talking dog.
Stephen draws digitally, so we got to watch him work on his screen. He gave us two questions to use as writers: 1) What does our character want? and 2) What is preventing our character from getting what he wants? With the help of some creative suggestions, he drew Hurricane Mollie, the tornado tamer who battled aliens with her laser beam eyes.
Then he demonstrated how drawing can be broken down into basic shapes, like circles, squares and triangles. Finally he answered questions while he drew a request from the audience: Winnie the Pooh riding a zebra!