Kristin Harris-Library

Ms. Harris

Ms. Harris

Cybermedia Book Specialist
Media World: The New SSE Cybrary

kristin.harris@gilbertschools.net


Welcome to Media World:  The New SSE Cybrary.  The place where we are busy mapping the road to our future.

Media World: SSE’s new Cybrary

The “heart” of the instructional process at Superstition Springs Elementary, the library, provides access to information, literature, and technology resources for staff and students.  The library lessons support common core ELA standards and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning.

The SSE library provides material and services and collaborates with teachers to ensure that student’s educational needs are being met. The SSE library is dedicated to providing access to all forms of media and offers a variety of programs including but not limited to the following:

Checkout

The purpose of the SSE Library is to support the curriculum and provide access to quality literature and other educational materials in both print and digital format for staff and students. The library is open from 8:20-3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 8:20-2:00 Wednesday. (Closing only for lunch and planning). One of the few schools in the district to offer all-day book checkout for their students, the library provides access to books and resources for staff and students at any time they need it.  Students are welcome to come by and use the library at any time during the day. Students can check out books, use the computers, ask Ms. Harris questions, or attend weekly library classes. Students are generally allowed to checkout two books at a time and can keep books up to two weeks.

Book Fairs

Twice a year, Scholastic Book Fairs arrives on campus with their elaborate displays full of children and young adult books. The book fair encourages students to become excited about reading, as they are able to browse and choose books that really appeal to them. By allowing students to choose and purchase new books, they become excited about reading.  The more that our students read, the better reader they become and the more successful they will be in school. The book fair brings the joy and excitement of reading back to the students. Scholastic not only brings books to the students, but also gives a percentage of sales back to our school so we can purchase additional books for our library. SSE has two book fairs during the year - one in the fall and one in the spring.

ReadQuest

ReadQuest, a nationwide reading challenge, formerly known as Read the Most Coast to Coast, unites students in a common goal, as they read to succeed – together. In February of each year, SSE students join other students nationwide to try and break the record for the number of Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes taken in one day. AR is a reading management software program for our school, which helps educators monitor and manage students’ personalized reading practice.  The quiz assesses general comprehension of the book. Accelerated Reader scores the quiz, monitors results, generates reports, and provides a platform to manage individual reading practice. In conglomeration with Dr. Seuss Days, students kick back in their favorite PJ’s, wearing their crazy hats, and enjoy lounging with their favorite pillow, while reading and taking AR quizzes on as many books as they can read during the day.  Students work hard to not only help break the national record, but to break SSE’s record too.  “We get to read so many different books, that we don’t otherwise get to read. This is the best!” stated 3rd grade student Stone. Readquest enables students to take part in a shared reading adventure, and, at the same time, show the world they understood what they’ve read. All students who take part in this nationwide challenge are eligible to receive a Certificate of National Participation.


Dr. Seuss Week – Read Across America

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program which encourages all students to celebrate the LOVE of reading.  It is held each year in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd.  It’s a week long celebration that shows our love for reading and pays tribute to Dr. Seuss and his books.  Students participate in dress up days such as crazy socks day for Fox in Socks, and backwards day for Wacky Wednesday.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books (BOB) is a reading program designed to encourage students to read quality literature and have fun competing with their peers The program is offered to 5th and 6th grade students.  Teams are formed consisting of 2-3 students. Students read from a pre-selected list of 12 books, 4 for each battle. Students are asked to read all 12 of the books.  Reading levels range from 3.9-5.7 (AR colors are white, orange, light blue and light green).  At the end of each quarter, the teams will “battle” by answering questions about the books they have read.  In a battle each student team is asked questions about the books and they earn points based on their answers. The top team at the end of the three battles will go on to the district battle in April.

Morning Annoucements

“Gooooood  Morning SSE!  Thanks for tuning in to  Stormy’s Sensational Story. SSE’s news that is second to none.” SSE’s students start each day by watching our daily  morning announcements broadcast over our closed-circuit TV system.  Students in grades 4, 5, and 6, take turns being our morning announcers and videographer. After listening to a patriotic song, students lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance, and share the news for the day.  The morning news has become a part of the classroom routine each morning as the news program is the way we distribute information about upcoming events and our lunch menu.  Dr. Moses makes regular appearances on the announcements not only for students to know who he is, but to help build a sense of community within our school.


Chromebooks

Chromebooks, portable technology, support a digital online learning platform for our students. Students at SSE have access to Chromebooks through a Chromebook Lab in addition to access in the library as each class participates in online lessons through Google Classroom.  Technology is integrated into all subjects as Chromebooks are used.  Chromebooks provide integration as well as collaboration among teachers and students.  Chromebooks provide students access to Apps for education, word, spreadsheets and email.  Students work collaboratively on various assignments and provide each other instant feedback.  

Welcome!  We are glad you are visiting and seeing what our Media Center has to offer.  Please feel free to call or email with any questions.



About Me

SSE's Librarian is Ms. Harris.  Ms. Harris has been teaching in Gilbert Schools for 12 years.  She has been the librarian at SSE for 8 years.  She currently holds her elementary teaching certificate and is endorsed in Computers, Early Childhood, and library science.  Ms. Harris has a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology.  She is also SMART certified.  In her spare time, Ms. Harris enjoys camping, travel, and country music.  Her favorite places to go are Disneyland (although she's only been once, it was a very magical experience for her), the Beach, and to Idaho to visit her family.