New books! (then click on “What’s New”)
- We are always open to student suggestions for new books! Please drop by the LLC and let us know what new titles you’d like us to buy.
Virtual Author Visit: Sigmund Brouwer
We are preparing for an exciting visit with popular Canadian author Sigmund Brouwer on April 8! Check out his books in the LLC.
We are delving into digital literacy skills with our students this term. For starters, Grade 6/7s are discussing strategies for keeping themselves safe online, with particular attention to social media contacts. We’re using this video to launch discussions:
Jigsaw (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, from the UK)
Our Grade 8s are beginning by thinking about how they curate their social media profiles to portray the best image of themselves. This will be an important concept for them as they move into their adolescent years. This video helps to guide our conversations:
Teen Voices: Who Are You on Social Media? (Common Sense Education)
Lest we forget / Nous nous souviendrons
Lots of great books on display for Remembrance Day!
Mme Reed and Mrs. Wright have missed you too – and we are having so much fun reconnecting with students!
Check out our new blog for tips and lessons for Home Learning!
There are great blogs from PE and Explorations as well. Take a look!
Technology (Mr. Gerbrandt)
Art (Ms. P and Ms. Brandsma)
ADST (Mr. Gecse)
Music/Band (Ms. Beach)
P.E. (Mr. Smith)
Parents, please check out our Parent Links page for online resources.
We’ll try to reschedule our visit from author Sigmund Brouwer, who was coming to our school on April 8.
Check out his web site here.
Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year! We are excited to be trying a new schedule that will give each class a longer visit to the Library/Learning Commons each week.
Students created blackout poems in English and French during their Library classes in April. We have some talented wordsmiths and artists in our midst!
April is Poetry Month!
Mrs. Wright’s PowToon, “Freedom to Read”
Scholastic Book Orders
Are often available in the Library/Learning Commons. If you’d like to order and pay with a credit card online, please visit scholastic.ca/canadaclubs, follow the Connect to a Teacher links and select “Reed, Megan” from the list of teachers at Shuswap Middle School. All proceeds go to buying new books for our students.
Valentine’s Day 2019 in the Library/Learning Commons
Students were invited to “date” books this Valentine’s Day. Blind date books were displayed and available to borrow. Several classes participated in Speed Dating with a Book, where they circulated to tables organized by genre, then were given a few minutes to browse and read books they might want to borrow. We had fun exploring these new ways of getting a variety reading material into their hands!
In June, students in Ms. MacDonald’s and Mrs. Thio’s classes wrapped their favourite books in brown paper and attached a review. Based on the reviews, other students chose a mystery book to sign out. This was a BIG hit with SMS students! A filled display shelf was soon emptied and lots of books signed out. #keepthemreading
Summer Reading Gives You Superpowers! video from Scholastic
In May, our French Immersion classes enjoyed a visit by author Isabelle Larouche, who shared stories about being a writer. She brought Inuit artifacts and taught us some words in Inuktitut.