I am on a mission to elevate myself, my community, and humanity.
Deliver focused instruction that features Multiple Intelligence strategies that will prepare students for further secondary and post-secondary careers.
RMS is committed to creating a nurturing, effective, and challenging educational climate for all of its children.
Prepare our students to become productive and successful citizens in the 21 st Century.
Encourage and ensure that each student reaches his/her maximum academic, social, and physical potential.
Description of the Site… Redan Middle is located in Lithonia, Georgia. It is within the Dekalb County school system. The school opened in the Fall of 2003. It is located in a suburban area of Lithonia. RMS consists of 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th grade students. At the moment, there are 965 students enrolled at Redan Middle. Presently, 924 of the students are Black, 3 are White, 5 are Asian, 13 are Hispanic, and 20 are multiracial. The school consists of a total of 70 teachers. Females, 58, hold most of the teaching positions, with 12 males. Ten teachers make up 6 th grade, and twelve each in the 7 th and 8 th grades. An additional 3 teachers in 6 th grade teach special education and 4 each in 7 th and 8 th grades. Included in the 70 teachers are one MOID, one ESOL, one Math Tools (Level 1), two Coaches (ELA and Math), and the remaining are non-core classes. There is one principal, three assistant principals, six secretaries, two counselors, a media specialist, and one CTSS (Computer Technology Support Specialist). This entire faculty and staff give support to the education and learning of the entire RMS student body.
Library Media Center Student Policies and Procedures
RMS Media Center Mission… The mission of the Redan Middle School Media Center is to support the curriculum by providing access to resources in varied formats: ensuring that students know how to locate, evaluate and use information thereby developing into lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
Media Center Policies…
Media Center computers are for RESEARCH purposes only!
Students, who need instruction in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Power Point), can contact the Media Specialist for assistance.
Students can get instruction on the use of our online, card catalog system. Click on the icon with the #5. It will read Spectrum Patron Catalog (for card catalog). Patrons can search for the following book information: TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT or KEY WORD.
Printing is not permitted without an accompanying teacher or permission from Media Staff.
Students should always consult the Media Specialist, if questions arise regarding Library Media Center rules and/or services.
Media Center Policies…
INTRANET ACCEPTABLE USE
MISSION: To provide students and staff members with guidelines for use of the wide area network (WAN).
Use of the DeKalb County School System wide area network (WAN), school and district office networks, and all connections internally shall be for the exchange of information in order to promote and support educational excellence in the school system.
Media Center Policies… INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE
MISSION: To provide students and teachers with
guidelines for use of the Internet.
Use of the Internet must be in support of education
and research and consistent with the
educational objectives of the school system.
Media Center Policies…
Students can get instruction in the use of our Internet database, GALILEO. (See the Media Specialist for password).
Assistance can be given with the following search engines: Yahooligans, Kids Click, Ask Jeeves, NoveList and others appropriate for the middle school user.
Sending/receiving EMAIL is not allowed on computers in the Media Center. (Sending personal information via computer is not allowed.)
Employee Computer and Internet Use … The DeKalb County School System provides computers, networks, and Internet access to support the educational mission of the school system and to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and school system staff. Employees are to utilize the school system’s computers, networks, and Internet services for school system-related purposes and performance of job duties. Incidental personal use of school system computers is permitted as long as such use does not interfere with the employee’s job duties and performance, with system operations, or other system users. “Incidental personal use” is defined as use by an individual employee for occasional personal communications. Employees are reminded that such personal use must comply with this policy and all other applicable policies, procedures, and rules. The employee is responsible for his/her actions and activities involving school unit computers, network, and Internet services, and for his/her computer files, passwords, and accounts.
Media Center Services…
Spiral Notebook $1.00
Notebook Paper $1.00
There is a $0.10 per page
fee to photocopy or print
material. The photocopier
and printer are available for
research purposes only. In
some cases, students may
type reports and print them
in the Media Center.
Students should see the
Media Specialist for
Media Center Make-up… This years budget for the RMS media center was $12,635. The media center is comprised of 10,549 print and non-print items. The average age of the collection is 1997, which is 12 years old. There are 4,111 items that are dated in the 2000s and 5,638 in the 1990s. A total of 3,680 checkouts have occurred to this date. On an average, there are 10.93 items per student, which is over the recommended 10 items per student. The school has three computer labs, one 21 st Century classroom, two mobile laptop carts, seven multimedia carts, and one media production room. Also, inside the media center there are twelve computers. Located across from the media center is a Parent Center that is open for the public.
Current Media Center floor plan…
The media center is located at the front of the building, on the main hall.
The media center is easily accessible to anyone that enters the school.
Across from the MC is a Parent Center.
Leaving the Media Center… Hours of Operation: 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday-Friday
The Circulation Desk is
located to the left of the front
It is visible to all visitors in the
All patrons can be seen from
the Desk using the security
The media center has 12 computers.
There is one colored printer and one
black/white printer in use.
A scanner is located at the end of one of the set
A lot of non-fiction shelves are empty.
This area needs to be utilized to its potential. The torn up books in the back needs to be discarded. This will free room for other teacher supplies and resources.
The room contains audio/video, journals, and magazines.
The conference room is used occasionally by the Social Worker. Instead of using the Media Center, the Parent Center has much more space. It is across the hall. Conferences can be held in the Clerk’s Office.
Administrative and teacher meetings
Book Club meetings
Principal’s Book of the Month
To incorporate and enhance reading in all the students’ lives, the media program offers a variety of tools for the students. Reading Counts is the computer-based reading motivation program that turns students into avid readers, tests their comprehension, and tracks their progress. The Reading Counts program motivates K-12 students to love reading; tests comprehension of over 30,000 titles; measures progress and boosts reading success; and engages readers with outstanding books from over 400 publishers. Reading Incentives…
Two Administrators, eight teachers, one media specialist, one counselor, six students, and three parents were surveyed. All participants work at, attend, or have children that attend RMS.
All stated the media center needed a more relaxing atmosphere.
All stated a need for more and updated computers.
15 out of 21felt the center needed to be
When asked about any additional changes that they would prefer:
The media specialist requested a smaller circulation desk, in a new location.
All teachers wanted more teacher resources and supplies in the Work Room.
4 of the students agreed with the need for an area to browse books, or magazines.
3 students and 4 teachers want the room to be more colorful.
All of the students want more comfortable chairs.
Revised Media Center Floor Plan…
Media Center Improvements…
Suggestions were made to combine books on the shelves. Books can be placed at the bottom where the shelves are empty. Empty shelves can be removed. This would free space. However, the shelves can’t be moved.
Suggestions – relocate the Instructional Area from the center of the MC to a quieter, isolated area. Teachers stressed the traffic disrupts instruction time.
Relocated to left corner of the room.
Media Center Improvements…
It should be smaller and less spacious. The media specialist should be able to rove around more.
Paladin Mobile Welcome Center
Media Center Improvements…
Video Storage Room is hidden
Teachers request that the videos are visible and not in a locked room.
Remove the door to the room and place videos on a more presentable display.
Media Center Improvements… Netta Chair with a high arched back Community 2-position chair Rocking back will not damage the chairs- which middle school students like to do Instead of the hard, uncomfortable chairs used with the computers and Instructional Area.
Media Center Additions… Mitt Chair and Ottoman Ideal for kids, teens, and adults Add comfortable and inviting seating for Reading or Story Time in the Quiet Room.
Media Center Additions… The room needs to include fun and colorful rugs to invite students into the room. Rugs can be used in the Quiet Room and around the Browsing Tables. Kid-friendly rugs
Media Center Additions…
Waddell Heritage 2-shelf Wall-mount and Countertop Display Cases
The Principal’s “Book of the Month” and featured books need to be displayed.
Media Center Additions… Children’s Indoor Book Return Mounted Returns
For those students that only need to drop off a book or books,
a Book Return can be added outside the media center.
Computer Area… Paragon Y-Leg Workstations Replace the old computers with updated computers and tables. Extra space will be added to the room.
Story time furniture… Brodart Ovation Bench Brodart Persuasion Lounge Seating Add comfortable seating to the Quiet Room.