Chicopee Woods ElementaryMedia Center Facilities PlanFRIT 7132-Fall 2011Amanda Porter
Table of Contents School Information Media Center Tour Procedures Technology Current Floor Plan Revised Floor Plan Accommodations Survey and Results Improvement List Policies Accelerated Reader
Demographicso Pk-5th grade student enrollment: 750o At least 60+ Faculty Memberso One full-time Media Specialisto One full-time Media Clerko Four 21st Century classroomhttp://www.doe.k12.ga.us
Mission Statement It is the mission of the Chicopee Woods ElementarySchool Media Center to provide a creative and energeticlibrary media program that ensures that all students and staffare effective users of ideas, information, technology, and toprepare students to be lifelong readers, learners, andsuccessful seekers of information.
Media CenterThe media center is located inthe heart of the school directlybehind the front office. Thismakes accessibility andlocation easy to find forstudents and visitors.
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Buy SmartDraw!- purchased copies print this document without a watermark .Circulation Desk Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729.3rd-5th grade students are responsible for checking in their own books andplacing them on a collection shelf. Students find their class box (color coded by grades) and then find their student card in order to check out books.
Circulation Desk Continued Students check in books and place them on the shelf. Students have to find their own cards to scan in order to check out. Can only check out 2 books or what isn’t already checked out by the students. (For example, a student returns only one book, he can only check out one book for that visit.)
Scheduling Teachers sign-up weekly for a time to come in for a mini-lesson and circulation. If they want an additional lesson time with the SLMS, they will have to sign-up for another date that doesn’t interfere with other classes having circulation time. Scheduled classes and times aren’t continuously carried over weekly. Have to start a new schedule weekly.
Fees Teachers aren’t fined for lost books unless the transfer schools and take library books with them. Student’s are charged for the cost of the book only. However, they cannot receive their report cards until books are returned or fines are paid.
Buy SmartDraw!- purchased copies print this document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729.Ready ReferenceStudents references are readily available as you walk into the library. Teach resources are readily located near the entrance.
Media Center Buy SmartDraw!- purchased copies print this document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729. Non-fiction Biographies
Buy SmartDraw!- purchased copies print this document without a watermark . The Media Center also provides books specifically Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729.Miscellaneous on Georgia and for Spanish- speaking students.
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This Media Specialist has plentiful technology readily available forTechnology instruction and teacher usage.
The Media Specialist uses these devices for daily instruction as Buy SmartDraw!- purchased copies print thisTechnology document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729. well as teacher instructional usage. Whole group lesson with httP://www.tumblebooks.com
Current Floor Plan This is the current floor plan. The easy read section is to the left of the library where all the round tables are. The fiction, biographies, and Spanish books are to the right of the library where all the book cases are. The little pods at the front of the library are computers along with reference materials are the front of the library for easy access. Buy SmartDraw!- purchased copies print this document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729.
Revised Floor Plan The yellow items are concepts added to the current floor plan: -A basket of rules should be used as bookmarkers when looking at books. -Student check-out card holder -Another rug and seating Buy SmartDraw!- purchased copies print this area document without a watermark . Visit www.smartdraw.com or call 1-800-768-3729. -And a bookshelf next to the curriculation desk for students to place check-ed in books.
Special Education Media Center: Is wheel chair accessible throughout the media center. There are also books on tape for students with learning disabilities. Media Center: Does not have books in Braille nor AT equipment for students to use when typing or taking a test on the computer.
Survey Question 1: What do you like about your Media Center? The friendliness of staff along with the openness to send students individually. Also, the lessons that are taught. The lessons that our Media Specialist are good. That it is easy to find what you are looking for. I really enjoy the flexible schedule. The lessons and technology that my students are exposed to in the Media Center are invaluable and my whole class looks forward to going every week!!! Very organized and open whenever I need it! I really like how smoothly the media center is ran. Very effective. Our media center is very student center and inviting. Everything! It is easy to find books. It is learning centered through AR and class lessons. Mr. Pirkles lessons are standards based so the students are able to do more than just check out books. I love that he tests the students using the CPS system at the end of the lessons. This helps me see what students are getting the concepts and who needs more support!http://www.surveymonkey.com
Survey Question 2:What would you like to see different or implemented into your current Media Center? Or, what service could the staff provide to better meet the needs of you and your students? I cant think of anything that needs to be changed! The students love coming to the library. I dont like the online scheduling program. I dont know our staff does a really good job in the Media Center. I would like to see more student devices available for student lessons while in the media center. As they are learning how to surf the web and Internet safety then they all have a device to practice with immediately. I cant think of any. N/a I truly dont know what else there is. They are beyond perfect, expert managers of the resources we have and clearly instill a love for coming to the media center and for reading I would like to have a scheduled library time a few times a month that I dont have to sign up for.
Improvement List Reading area with Better online scheduling through Google seating Docs, Google Calendar, or Google arrangements and schedule maker. carpet Better circulation system (educational). 5th grade student volunteers to help out to shelve Conference room for books. teachers and Also, have a ready notebook with student barcodes and picture ID for checkout. Or students could students to use. have their personal cards to bring instead of Larger TV’s for taking time to look for them in teacher basket. schedule viewing More posters available for décor with (with mounting successful quotes to promote student objects). success. Also possible technology and reading posters as well. Assistive Technology Larger room for broadcasting. readily available for Special Needs students.
Current Media Center PoliciesStudents: Checkout is limited to 2 weeks and up to 2 books can be checked out at any time.After 2 weeks the item or items are considered overdue. Students cannot check out othermaterials or receive AR prizes or awards until overdue books are returned. Students will pay forlost books as according to school system policy.-A group of no more than 4 students from a single classroom can visit the media center tocheckout or to use a computer station. A group of more than 4 students requires a mediacenter reservation, even if a teacher or paraprofessional is accompanying them.-Each homeroom teacher is provided with 4 media center passes for the students in theirclassroom. These passes are for the students physically present in the classroom whenpermission is granted. Therefore, students that change classes don’t have to go and get thepass from their homeroom teacher nor should they.-Media Center Passes are not transferable. Passes that are currently not being used in oneclassroom should not be shared with another classroom, nor should a student ever be allowedto go to another room to ”borrow” a media center pass because 4 is not enough.-When students are visiting the media center independently, they should stay on the task theywere given permission for. Students who are cutting up, horse playing, or talking disruptivelyinstead of looking for books or working on a computer station will be immediately sent back totheir classroom and not be allowed to return for the remainder of the school day.-Students who come to the media center to use a computer for any reason should report to theCirculation Desk first so that media staff can fully serve their needs.
Policies ContinuedTeachers:-With regards to teachers, a 2 week check out limit will only beenforced if and when the item has been requested by anotherteacher or student. Teachers should always give their best effort toreturn items when are no longer using them. Otherwise, all materialsused throughout the entire year are due at the end of the schoolyear. The only exception is digital cameras, which can be checkedout for no more than two days due to high demand.-Because of the Patron Privacy Law and its protection for students, ifa teacher needs a book and a student has the book checked out,the media center staff cannot and will not release the name ofthe student to the teacher. A hold can be placed for the bookwhen it is returned for the teacher or if the teachers need is urgent,media center will staff will try to acquire the book from the studentonly if he or she is actually finished with the book.
Proposed changes to current Policies Each grade level or areas have one of each technology equipment so they can alternate the items on a timely manner within a smaller group. Consistent scheduling.
Policies ContinuedIf any class or group of more than 4 students needs the media center, a reservation is required.-Teachers can sign-up a class or student group 1 time per week for up to a 3 week window. Forexample, if today is Tuesday, up through the next 3 Tuesdays will be available for sign-up. Any sign-upbeyond this 3 week window will immediately be removed by media center staff.-Teachers can use the online Media Center Class Schedule Calendar to reserve times. Sign-up for thefollowing school day will close at 12:00 on the day prior in order to allow for adequate media staffplanning.-Teachers can choose from the prescribed menu of Media Center activities for their grade level whenmaking a reservation and all they have to do is write their name and the description of the menu itemfor their grade level. For more wonderful ideas that are not on the menu, meet with the mediaspecialist.- If a teacher wants the media specialist to come to their classroom for a lesson, planned activity, orassistance with digital projects, they should also use the Media Center Reservation Calendar to do so.For emergency technical assistance, just use email and the media specialist will arrive as soon as he isavailable.-Teachers should delete their reservation on the calendar as soon as possible if a conflict arises and areservation cannot be kept to ensure availability to other classes. In such a case, a teacher canreserve another time for the same week. If a teacher just simply forgets to show up resulting in a "NOSHOW" where a time block is wasted, the teacher should not reserve another time for the same weekas it would double the impact with regards to media center availability.
Emphasis on Reading This school implements Accelerated Reader immensely. Every Friday an AR King, Queen, Prince, and a Princess are chosen to represent the school. They are chosen by high percentage of their test results out of how many they have taken on their reading level. Students are rewarded a crown or a wrestling belt with their title embellished. They are allow to wear this for a week as well as have a carbonated drink at recess.
Reference Georgia Department of Educationhttp://www.doe.k12.ga.us Chicopee Woods Elementary Schoolhttp://www.hallco.org/cwes Survey Monkeyhttp://www.surveymonkey.com Walmarthttp://www.warlmart.com Best Buyhttp://www.bestbuy.com Smart Drawhttp://www.smartdraw.com