Diamond Lakes Elementary SchoolThe front of the building. The main office is to theleft of the front door andthe media center is to the right. Patricia Krezinski ITEC/FRIT 7132PSC/NCATE Assessment #3
Walking into the School Front Door of the MediaFront Door of the School Center
In the Media Center Walking into the media center first thing in the morning.
After the lights are on and the blinds are opened!
Space for studentsin the media center.This slide shows that themedia center has lots ofspace for students andclasses but that it also hasempty space on our bookshelves where we don’thave it! The square footageof the entire media centeris 4,503 sq. ft.
About our SchoolDiamond Lakes Elementary School is a PreK 4 through 5th grade school.The school is in the suburbs of Augusta, Georgia in a rapidly expandingneighborhood. We have seen a rapid influx of inner city studentsmoving into our neighborhood as government housing projectsdowntown are closing. As a result of the increase in population most ofour students are either at or below the poverty line. At 645 students, weare at 102% capacity.Diamond Lakes opened in 2006 as one of two elementary schoolsopened at the same time in the same geographic area. Our schools werebuilt in the middle of 5 other elementary schools all around us in aneffort to relieve overcrowding .We have been able to make AYP every year that we have been inexistence. We have high hopes for making AYP again this year.
About Our SchoolWhen our school opened in 2006, we had a beautiful building with allthe necessary furniture but with NOTHING else. There were no books,no computers, no televisions, and no other equipment. We opened inAugust as most Georgia schools do but it was October before therewere any computers in the building. It took another month to get themall set up and in the classrooms and the media center. In December of2006 we finally got televisions in the classrooms. Around that time, thelibrary began to receive book orders. It has taken all of the four yearswe have been open to get to the place where we are today.All the problems aside, Diamond Lakes Elementary is a beautifulschool, a great place to work, and a wonderful environment forstudents, parents, faculty, and staff.
Student Survey ResultsI surveyed students and got some interesting results. All the studentswanted to have web sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook unblocked.100% wanted control over web sites removed. That is something that isdone at the district level and I have no control over blocking orunblocking web sites. Even if I could unblock those sites, I don’t think Iwould in an elementary school. 75% of the students also wanted moretime to be in the media center before and after school. That is an issuethat I can address at least in the morning. I have an afternoon dutyoutside the media center so the afternoon is still a problem. 50% ofrespondents in fourth and fifth grades also wanted me to add the Twilightseries to our collection but I think that is better suited to a middle or highschool.
Faculty Survey ResultsThe faculty survey was not as forthcoming into what the teachersactually want. They know that I have already worked on buying thebooks for the collection that correlate to their curriculum. This issomething they like and want me to continue. The faculty also saidthey would like to see more teaching of research and library skills. Iplan to add classes of this kind next school year. My district is alreadypurchasing an ActivBoard with ActivVotes for the media center. I amexcited about that and know that it will help tremendously inteaching the skills the teachers mentioned.20% of teachers wanted me to read to their students at least once aweek. There is nothing I would like more but time is a problem. Ifthey sign their class up for a half hour block of time and want me toread, then I make every effort to read to the class. 100% of teachersare happy that the media center has an open schedule and is openduring the entire instructional day.All in all I believe the faculty and student body is happy with theDiamond Lakes Media Center.
Media PolicyMedia Center Policies are set by our District Department of Mediaand Instructional Technology. They can be found on the district website at http://rcboe.org/home On the home page links, you can findthe policy for Internet Acceptable Use. To find the media policies,click on Educators then Media Specialists, and finally MediaHandbook. From this site, all media specialists in the district canview the policies for administration of the media program.
Media Storage OptionsDistribution Center Media Server
More StorageLarge storage drawers Upper cabinets Storage in There is ample storage in three different media rooms with cabinets and shelves. workroom
Map of Media CenterDiamond RestCircle R room Circulation Desk Main Hallway Reading Well Front of Building
Minor Changes to Facilitate Flow Diamond Circle My new mobile Promethean Rest Board will reside here when not room in useI have removed the two bookcases in the middle of the floorto facilitate flow and makemore space available for bookfairs. Front of Building
My Mobile Promethean Board http://www.academicsuperstore.com/products/Prome thean/Activote/928475 This site shows the ActivVote system that has been ordered for me.
Promethean Planet Site http://www.prometheanworld.com/server.php?show= nav.15 This is where my mobile ActivBoard will be purchased from. The price of the entire set up is in the neighborhood of $17,000.00.
Conclusion Our media center is very new and needs almost no changes to the facility. Every need has been anticipated. The school has only been open since August, 2006. Our policies have been worked on for many years and are working well as is. I really don’t think any changes need to be made. I love being a media specialist and have a very supportive media and technological staff at the district level.