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This years Battle of the Books events were held over the course of two days! Battle of the books is an annual event which promotes independent reading. This much needed event was started by Retired Media Specialist, Margie Rohrbach. This important event solidifies the fact that today's students do enjoy leisure reading.
For the first time this year a middle school Battle of the Books event was held. The Middle school Battle of the Books, was held at Falcon Cove Middle on April 9, 2018 under the leadership of Media Specialist, Stacey Farmer, who was instrumental in organizing the inaugural event. The Five participating teams included: Apollo Middle, Driftwood Middle, Falcon Cove Middle, Sawgrass Springs, and Walter C. Young. The energy in the Media Center was electric. Students were anxious yet proud to be participating in such a prestigious event. School board member Laurie Levinson, offered support to students at the start of the event. Surely this event will become an annual event for middle school as it has for high school.
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The annual high school Battle of the Books event was held at South Plantation High School on April 10, 2018. Diana Haneski, Media Specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was the organizer of the event. Diana took over as organizer of the event after Margie retired and she has seamlessly filled Margie's shoes with aplomb. Fifteen Schools participated in the event, the most ever in the history of the event. The participating high schools include:
J P Taravella
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Pembroke Pines Charter
Margie was honored with a beautiful orchid at the event for launching the Battle of the Books event, as well as, Florida Teen Reads. Karen James, Media Specialist at South Plantation High School, was also honored for hosting the event each year.
Tee shirts honoring the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy were worn by participants.
Retired Media Specialists volunteered and assisted in many tasks.
A huge thank you to Scott Schertzer from Follett who has sponsored the event each year.
Thank you to all of the participating schools!
Congratulations to the winning schools:
1st Place-South Plantation
2nd Place-Pines Charter
3rd Place-JP Taravella
Thanks to Diana's efforts, another successful Battle of the Books High School is in the books!
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Boyd Anderson's Media Center Gets a Facelift!
It is always an exciting time when the unveiling of a media center renovation occurs in Broward. The latest high school renovation was revealed at Boyd Anderson High School Cobra Research Center. It was a huge event complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Superintendent Robert Runcie, and school board members, Dr. Rosalind Osgood and Donna Korn. The Cobra Research Center is spacious with its vibrant orange walls and modern furniture. This stylish space is sure to be a busy hub for students and staff.
You will want to check out the Gale and Microsoft OneDrive integration. This powerful combo allow students to save and retrieve resources from Gale right within OneDrive. As you know Gale is a powerful resource on its own however now it is possible to save Gale content as a Microsoft Word Document. See how it works in the video below.
Congratulations to our own Diana Haneski on being recognized for her heroic efforts in protecting students during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy.
She has shown strength, grace and poise throughout this ordeal and we are very proud of her. Read more about this prestigious honor bestowed upon her by ALA. at the link below:
Dione Mila is the First to Hold the Florida Power Library Title in Broward!
Pictured Below: (From left to right: Ms. Amy Winder, Principal Indian Trace Elementary with her Media Specialist, Dione Mila,
Huge congratulations are in order for Dione Mila recipient of the prestigious Florida Power Library Award! Dione is a dynamic Media Specialist at Indian Trace Elementary School. She has created many innovative student centered programs that facilitate learning in her media center. When you visit her media center you will see the amount of hard work she puts in to make sure that students want to visit the media center. Dione designed a maker space in her media center that supports the curriculum and affords students the opportunity to implement critical thinking skills while building student agency for learning. In addition, Dione produces the morning announcements using state of the art technology. She is also serving as the President of the Broward County Association Media Specialists, the local professional organization for media specialists. Dione also serves on the SSYRA Committee for FAME.
Hats off to you Dione for a well-deserved honor! Congratulations are also in order to Dione's principal, Ms. Amy Winder who won the Principal's Award.
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Pictured Below: Michele Rivera, Digital Resource Specialist
Kudos to Michele Rivera, Digital Resource Specialist at Sheridan Technical High School for being featured in a recent blog article, written by our own retired media specialist Margie Rohrbach, touting all she does in the media center. Read all about it here:
Gale and One Drive Integation
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