Appling County School System
We are committed to providing a quality education that promotes maximum
individual achievement and social responsibility.
Table of Contents
2. Table of Contents
3. School Motto
4. School Vision
5. County School System Beliefs
6. School Beliefs
7. County Media Mission/ Policies
8. Media Skills Instruction
9. School Statistics
10. Average Class
11. Average Classroom
12. The Media Center Data
13. Reading Incentives
14. Special Programs
15. Entrance to School and Media Center Location
16. Media Center Entrance
17. Upon Entering
18. And if you look to your left…
19. To your right are books…
20. Circulation Desk Front
21. Circulation Desk
22. Across from Circulation Desk
23. Inside the Alcove
24. Reading Area for younger kids
25. Older Kids Reading Area
26. Computer Lab
27. The Server and the Air Conditioner
29. Teacher’s Resources
30. Media Specialist Office
31. Work Room
32. Work Room from Entrance
34. Existing Floor Plan
35. Facility Impressions
36. Further Impressions
37. Facility Use
38. Key Survey Findings
39. Further Comments
40. Facility Changes
41. Further Facility Changes
42. New Facility Plan
43. New Media Impression
44. New Eco-Friendly Cork Flooring
46. New Furniture
47. Furniture Continued
48. AR Testing Area
49. Wireless Technology
50. Tables for Working
51. School Banner
52. Teacher Resource Area
The Motto of Altamaha School
A Hornet's Life - Learning Is For Ever
The vision of the school is that Altamaha
Elementary School will be a school of
excellence for all learners.
County School System Beliefs
All individuals are valued and will be treated with dignity.
Quality education addresses individual needs and increases student achievement.
Effective teachers are the foundation of quality instruction.
High expectation, in an organized environment, are essential for optimal learning.
An emotionally and physically safe environment, are essential for optimal learning.
A strong partnership among home, school and community increases student achievement.
Well maintained facilities and equipment and the use of appropriate technology enhance the learning
Modeling and teaching character values promote responsibility and citizenship.
Extracurricular activities promote school and community involvement and personal development.
A continuous process of improvement is based on research and best practices.
All students have the ability to learn and share responsibility for learning.
A variety of assessments will drive instructional decisions.
As a school, we believe that:
The school, home and community work together in a
positive, supportive manner to enhance learning.
Teaching essential academics, social skills, and character
values enables students to become productive citizens.
As unique individuals, students learn according to their
varying abilities, styles and goals.
Well-maintained facilities, equipment, and current
technological resources provide an environment conducive to
Students learn best in a safe, secure and orderly environment.
• The media center program provides a framework for cooperatively planned, instructional related,
unified media services that are accessible to teachers and students and that are effectively and
efficiently managed by media professionals. Media center programs are composed of materials,
equipment, facilities, people and environments as well as purposes and processes.
• Each school will establish a media advisory committee to recommend media long and short range
goals, budget priorities, operational, utilization and accessibility procedures, and selection
processes for instructional materials and equipment. The committee will evaluate the media
program annually and make recommendations for the media component of the strategic plan. A
system media committee will be selected from school media committees.
• Each media center in the Appling County School System will be accessible to individual students
and groups throughout each day of the school year. Media centers will open for use before classes
begin in the morning, remain open after classes end for the day, and provide sufficient staffing to
operate at all times of the day. The media center will provide users with easy and efficient access
to all materials.
Library media skills constitute an area of knowledge in themselves and are also requisite
to learning in nearly every other field of knowledge. It is the primary responsibility of
the media staff, through sufficient funding and cooperative planning, to maintain
adequate and appropriate collections for the teaching of such skills. Beyond that, we
recognize that library media skills are most effective when taught and learned as part of
an integrated program involving the joint efforts of classroom teachers and library
media specialists. Students who use media skills as part of their classroom instruction
have a more concrete idea of their importance than if the skills are taught in isolation. It
is therefore incumbent upon the classroom teacher that he or she teaches skills
necessary for other instructional activities. Teachers should plan with library media
specialists those learning activities which take place within the media center in order to
insure the most meaningful learning experiences in a given media center.
• Altamaha School is one of three elementary schools in the
Appling County School System and is located in the northern
part of the county.
• The school was opened in 1936 and has strong ties to the
• There are only 410 students in the school from middle-class
• The school employs 28 certified teachers.
• The school serves Pre-K through Fifth Grade.
• Average class size by grade:
First Grade 21
Second Grade 19
Third Grade 19
Forth Grade 24
Fifth Grade 21
• Each classroom has between 3 and 5 computers.
• The rooms have also been equipped with Active
Boards and televisions.
• Each classroom has a DVD player and none
have a VCR.
• The administration plans to start streaming all
media through the Active boards.
• The media center is equipped with a computer lab that holds 25
• There are two computers used for AR testing in the library.
• Around 150 students visit the media center per day.
• More than 300 books are checked out every
• There is one media specialist and one
parapro working in the Media Center.
• It is located next to the main entrance
of the school, across from the principal’s
Altamaha School wants to encourage students to love reading by making books
available for students and all times and with the AR rewards program. The
Media Specialist helps the students by separating out the AR books with tags
or creating a new area for younger students with AR book in their grade level.
She also ensures that there are plenty of AR books for the students to read.
The school system has implemented the AR program in every elementary and middle school in the
county. It has been incorporated into class requirements and goals are set for students to reach
within a grading period. Teachers guide students to picking out books in their reading level and
have the student read the book. When they have read the book, students take a computer test on
it and earn points based on their answers.
Unfortunately, every media center does not have the same tests which creates problems when
students read books outside of the media center in their school. The public library keeps updated
copied of the lists for parents and students to use. The librarians there make sure that students are
looking for books that they can take tests on.
The reward process in every media center differs in many ways. Altamaha School encourages the
program by offering rewards at the end of a school year, such as a field trip or a festival where
points are used like money.
The school sponsors two book fairs a year. The proceeds go to the Media
The media specialist offers classes to older students about developing
research skills. She collaborates with teachers to develop lesson plans for
the classes so that they are connected to projects that the students are
doing. Teachers can sign their classes up for this program and work with
the media specialist to make sure that each student understands the lesson.
While full classes can sign up for story times, it is difficult to fit them into
the Media Center. The Media Specialist offers a separate story time for
certain students that teachers recommend. The Media Specialist chooses a
book, usually an AR book or a book related to what they are studying, and
reads aloud to them and then discusses the books with students.
Entrance to the School and Media
And if you’ll look to your left…
This bulletin board
is used as a way to
books. The table
below it displays
the books so that
students can reach
them and still be
able to check them
And to your right are books…
As you can tell,
every shelf is
stuffed with books.
corner is being
Circulation Desk Front
check out a
Hidden behind these books is part of the
circulation desk. The media specialist also
uses this area as her office so that she can
be part of the Media Center.
There is only a small area that is not
blocked by books and that is the check-
Across from Circulation Desk
This is the alcove
in front of the
Every shelf and
table is covered in
Inside the Alcove
Computers and tables have been placed in this
alcove for students to use. These are used for the
The shelves are loaded down with books.
Reading Area for Younger Kids
This is where AR
books for younger
readers are located.
There are twenty-five computers in this
This lab is also equipped with a Smart
Board and a digital projector.
The Servers and the Air Conditioner
Due to space issues, the storage
room is also being used for the
Unfortunately, they have been
placed in front of the closet
housing the air conditioning units.
This is a huge inconvenience
because the Air Conditioner breaks
frequently and has to be repaired.
This means that the servers must
be disconnected and moved out of
the way, crippling the computer
These resources are located behind
the circulation desk. As with every
thing in this media center, the
shelves are crammed.
The work room where these things
ought to be located is being used
as a storage area as well as a work
Media Specialist’s Office
Currently being used as another storage
Small window points out into the reading
Old televisions are
stored in the back of the
Old VHS tapes have
been kept even though
the school no longer has
Every surface is covered
with old equipment and
left over office supplies.
The area has
storage, but they
are all filled.
The kitchen area has a
refrigerator and sink
for faculty use.
located in the
back of the
and can not be
out of the way.
•The Media Center is located just in the entrance of Altamaha Elementary School across the hall from
the administration offices and between the two main buildings of the school
•It is the beating “heart” of the school with students constantly coming in to check in and out books.
•The main problem is the size of the Media Center. Due to a recently added computer lab, the Media
Center has lost most of it’s usable space and has become to small to support a full size class. It will
comfortably hold 10-15 students, but more students will crowd the area.
•There is only one small reading area for younger students and a few tables throughout for older kids.
•There are as many bookshelves as there is space for and each is loaded down with books. This is still
not enough space for books and some have had to be stored in the work room until more space is
•The periodicals, which are sometimes necessary for student research, have been blocked off in the
work room by other items in storage.
•The faculty at the school uses the back of the work room, the storage room and the media specialist’s
office for storage of out-dated technology, such as televisions and old projectors. There are also lots
of VHS tapes, but the school no longer has VCRs.
•Extra computers are stored in the storage room which also houses the air conditioning unit and the
• The white walls and the dark blue carpet make the room seem less hospitable and more like a
• The room supports four large windows which have only white blinds covering them.
• Plants, stuffed animals, and rugs have been placed around the Media Center to make it more
• There are only two computers outside of the computer lab for students to use. While they are
mostly for AR testing, some students use them for research and internet.
• The Media Specialist has moved from her office to the circulation desk.
• The circulation desk has been placed in the best location for the current layout. It allows the
Media Specialist and the paraprofessional to see into every crevice of the Media Center except for
the computer lab.
• The computer lab has one door into the Media Center and one into the storage room, but no
windows or way to watch students.
• The computer lab is equipped with 25 computers, a projector, and an Active board.
• Every classroom is equipped with an Active Board and they are planning to use it to stream
programs through very soon.
• The website for the school and the media center should be updated. I think the Media Center
should include links for online resources and the school system’s databases.
• Book Check-in / Check-out
• Class Story Time
• Select Group Story Time
• Accelerated Reader Program Testing
• Accelerated Reader Reward Program
• Student Reading
• Student Research
• Teacher Research
• Teacher Technology Equipment Check in/out and usage
(Digital Camera, Laminator, Die Cut, etc.)
• 80% of those surveyed believed that more
computers are needed
• 60% believe that a separate AR testing area is
• 40% would like a wireless network
• 60% would like more seating
• 40% want more space
• Everyone believes that space is a key issue in the media center and that it is
the reason that more technology and seating is not available.
Grade Student: “More comfortable furniture.”
Grade Student: “More computers just for AR.”
Grade Student: “Newer books.”
• Media Specialist: “We need more space and a larger reading area.”
• Teacher (Grade Unknown): “Work room needs to be cleaned out.”
• Principal: “We desperately need more room. We have a problem with trying
to get classes in and out of the media center.”
grade teacher: “Wireless internet would be great, but I don’t think it is
Create a cozy environment
Paint the walls a golden earthy tone
Replace old flooring with new cork tiles
Move the computer lab to work room and make a smaller workroom
Converting the old workroom into the computer lab will allow a smaller workroom to be created
Allows for more floor space
Move Circulation desk from the center of the Media Center
Moving the circulation desk opens up the center of the Media Center
Clean out old workroom
Opens up storage area for new technology
Gets rid of unused televisions and VHS tapes
Design New AR testing area
Add a few more computers for AR testing
Make sure students understand what the computers are for
Add a reading area for older students
Comfortable chairs for reading instead of plastic chairs
Tables for research
Move Non-Fiction sections together to create a research area
Makes everything less confusing
Add tables for working on
Add more bookshelves
Expand non-fiction and fiction sections
More shelf space for books in storage
Relocate Teacher’s Resources and make room for a Message Board
Add wireless capabilities
Change Décor to make it feel like a common room from a book
By making the décor a little bit old fashioned, students will feel like they are part of book
Furniture should add a bit of whimsy to the space
Add curtains to windows
New Media Impression
The Media Center is small, but because of the white walls and blue carpet, it feels
confining instead of comforting.
By painting the walls a light earth tone and replacing the carpet with tiling, the space
will feel warmer.
Adding curtains will make the large windows look more sophisticated.
Moving the computer lab and creating a new work room allows more space for
Adding a window into the side of the computer lab allows the area to be easily
New furniture will add comfort and a feeling of being part of the book.
Separating the non-fiction section from the fiction will allow a research area to be
More space enables more shelves to installed and more books to be put out.
My plan is to make the small size of the media center a benefit. I want to make the
area seem like a cozy hideaway in the school. I took some inspiration from the
common rooms in Harry Potter and the age of the school to make it comfortable.
New Eco-Friendly Cork Flooring
Cork tile floors are:
Great for thermal and acoustic insulation
Resistance to wear
Made to look like stone
Natural padding to the flooring
Easy-to-install click together
Easy to clean
Eurocork Cork Click System Floating Tiles
English Bay Mud
The curtains need to be dark, but sheer so
that the room does not seem heavy.
A shorter version of this draping curtain
would be the best because it would not
block the light from the windows, but
would soften the edges.
Colors could be chosen to match the
Picture from www.jcpenny.com
Kidovation overstuffed furniture
hardwood inner frames with corner
blocks, screws, and permanent fasteners
Seats are constructed with strong, no-
Filling materials are flame retardant
Looks like adult furniture
Can be purchased for different sizes
Easy to clean
(A) Kidovation Reading Furniture Chair 12"H Seat
27"Hx34"Wx22"D WF14601650 EA $299.99
(B) Kidovation Reading Furniture Loveseat 27"H x
42"W x 22"D WF14601640 EA $354.99
(C) Kidovation Reading Furniture Ottoman 11"H x
17"W x 14"D WF14601660 EA $149.99
Kidovation Reading Furniture Loveseat 16"H Seat
42"Wx27"H WF14600650 EA $344.99
Kidovation Reading Furniture Chair 16" Seat Height
WF14600640 EA $294.99
Big Cozy Books
Can be customized with any title or color
Add a touch of whimsy to the room
Can buy lots of pieces for a varied look
Seating can fit adults as well as children
Use the space between the
two reading areas to create a
small reading area that can
be easily monitored
Add headphones so that
students can listen to their
Hamilton Electronic HA-7
Switching Headphones are
affordable and easy to use.
Audio Output: Stereo/Mono
Cord Length:9' coiled cord
Plug Size:3.5mm plug with 1/4" adapter
Computer Compatibility: PC, Mac, iMac
Volume Control: N/A
Ear Cushions: Replaceable leatherette ear
Headband: Fully adjustable
Since the computers are relatively new and there are spares hidden away in the storage closet, the
next piece to be updated is the wireless LAN.
The high school is working on getting a Cisco Controller so I looked at the different options on
Cisco designed the 4400 series is designed for large business and campuses. It would be a good
idea to purchase this equipment to anticipate any expansion to the campus.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers are responsible for system wide wireless LAN functions, such as
security policies, intrusion prevention, RF management, quality of service (QoS), and mobility.
They work in conjunction with Cisco Access Points and the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS)
to support business-critical wireless applications. (www.cisco.com)
Cisco 4402 Wireless LAN Controller
Modem Type: Wireless, Cellular - 54.0 Mbps - Serial - For PC
IEEE 802.11a/b/g - 54Mbps - Wireless LAN Controller
2 Ethernet Portals
In the research area, younger children need a table they can
use while looking through the books.
Round Queen Anne Table and Two Chair Set - Honey
(Bellacor Number: 381817)
Round Library Wood Table
More tables are needed for students to work at. They need to be
solidly built for long term use. $212 x 2
3/4" High-pressure laminated top with backer sheet.
Lacquered, sanded, snag-free bullnose edges resists stains and
Legs are 29"H x 1 3/4" square solid hardwood finished to match
laminate tabletop and apron.
Tabletop is secured to the apron with a heavy duty hanger bolted to a
durable steel corner bracket.
Plastic glides on legs are standard.
The Media Center is the perfect place to show off school spirit. A good way
to display that is by creating school banners to put on the wall with the
mascots of the schools within the county school system.
By putting the teacher resources in shorter book cases, a message board can be put
above them. Tack boards are good because they can be cleaned easily.
This is great for enabling teachers to communicate and for Media Specialist to
communicate with teachers as well.
36”x 24” Tack board $77.05
Altamaha School is small and intimate with lots of interaction with the
students. The Media Center needs to be planned to find the space that the
computer lab takes away. Most of the current space is being used for storage
of old technology. This needs to be cleaned out so that the space can be used
for other purposes.