Last year school year in October, Asst. Superintendent Melissa Goff requested, and the School Board approved spending $350K on books for our school libraries serving elementary grade level students.
Instruction, curriculum and assessment directed that the funds primarily support our Reading by the End of Third Grade initiative, and focus on books that reflect the diversity of our students.
Our district Library Services facilitated the project, including identifying possible titles, gathering collecting suggestions from our library staff as well as outside agencies including Multnomah County Library, Indian Education, NAYA and IRCO.
$350,000 was split between 60 school sites, with a formula based on K-3 student population, and considering the variables of language immersion and focus and priority factors.
Each school library team spent hours and hours reviewing and selecting between 300 and 500 titles to purchase for their school. Orders were placed and shipments began to arrive at our school in November 2015.
We took time with the 4th and 5th grade classes to analyze the pictures and text, create still motion tableaus based on a scene in the book and integrate our new iPads with the app Animoto.
The 4th and 5th graders will be sharing these book trailers and stories with younger grades at Buckman.
GREAT JOB STUDENTS! <3 Ms. Rudnick
Library Media Specialist