On March 3rd, Central School will welcome author Leah Bassoff to speak with 7th and 8th grade students. Bassoff is the author of Lost Girl Found a book that chronicles the journey of Poni, a Lost Girl of Sudan. Poni narrowly escapes an attack on her village in Southern Sudan and travels with other refugees through the African countryside. She fights to survive through the challenges of starvation, landmines, wild animals and despair. Poni must hold onto hope if she is to make it to the refugee camp in Kenya and be reunited with her family. If she is lucky, she can continue her education and even one day convince authorities that she is worthy to go to the land of opportunity called America. Even more than the dramatic events of the story, it is Poni’s frank and single-minded personality that carries this novel. In a heartbreaking final twist, she finds her mother just as she is about to leave for the U.S., and must make the hardest decision of all.
Leah Bassoff is currently a middle school teacher in Denver and was first inspired to write this story after hearing the stories of many South Sudanese women at a conference. She weaves together many of their experiences to create the story of Lost Girl Found. A special thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this author visit!
Sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council, Illinois Reads is a annual statewide project promoting reading. Each spring, 36 books written by Illinois authors are selected and put into six age bands (birth-4, Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and adult). This year, the grades 6-8 titles include The Best Man by Richard Peck, Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, Codename Zero by Chris Rylander, The Eye of Midnight by Andrew Brumbach, Woman Heroes of World War I by Kathryn Atwood, and I am Drums by Mike Gross. For more information go to www.illinoisreads.org.
We are pleased to share with you the results of the 2017 Newbery and Caldecott Book Awards.
Kelly Barnhill won the John Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to children’s literature for her outstanding book “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.” The fairy tale book tells the story of a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.
“Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe won the The Caldecott Medal. This honor is awarded to an illustrator for the year’s most distinguished American picture book. This book is a visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat. The illustrator, Javaka Steptoe has won several awards including the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in 2011 for a book she illustrated/co-authored with Gary Golio “Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix”.
***If you are looking for a great graphic novel to read, check out the trilogy “March” Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3 created by Representative John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. The third book in this graphic memoir has won four 2017 American Library Association Youth Media Awards, given annually to American authors and illustrators and widely regarded as the most prestigious children’s book prizes in the United States. It was awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults; the Coretta Scott King Award for an African-American author and illustrator of an outstanding book for children and young adults; the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children; and the YALSA Award for excellence in nonfiction for young adults. The trilogy tells the story of Representative Lewis’s early life and work for the civil rights movement. Congressman Lewis is one of its most iconic civil rights figures.
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1/4/2017- Julia Alexander fromMrs. Dabney’s Advisory class used 3D-Slash to create this paperclip holder in the shape of an elephant. Very practical and creative project!
12/1/2016-Two student’s from Ms. Fiordirosa’s Advisory class, Diego Aguilar and Beni Lauter, created this detailed ‘golden snitch’ as their 3D project. They used the website 3D slash to create the snitch and add all the details. They will be painting it to add the ‘golden’ effect.
11/18/2016-Maddie Tabora from Mrs. Gabriel’s Advisory found this piggy bank design on Morphi. She selected the clear filament to print.
11/17/2016-Ava Diamond and Samantha Gordon designed a cube with a 3D Hufflepuff crest on the top and the years 2016-2017 on a side for Mrs. Meyer’s Advisory. The girls did a great job paying attention to the details in this intricate design.
11/16/2016-Mrs. Tolzien’s Advisory selected a design created by Brody Yeloushan. He used the website Tinkercad to create his design. It is the first design we printed that needed to print support layers, so we both learned about a new feature of the design software. Very creative design!
11/15/2016-Caroline Bliss in Mr. Russell’s Advisory created this Slytherin design. She is going to add paint to enhance the elaborate design.
11/14/2016- Mrs. Rose’s Advisory class selected a design created by Adam Yeloushan to print. Adam’s dramatic font style amplifies his design!
11/9/2016-Charlie Oleskar designed this for Mrs. Butler’s Advisory class. Our first design that used spheres!
11/8/2016- Mrs. Thorgren’s class selected a design by Hannah Falk to print today. She is going to add paint to enhance her design!
11/7/2106 - Mrs. Alsberg’s Advisory selected this self-contained marble maze which they found online as their project. Jayson Rabinowitz needed to altered the design to meet the project requirements. The complexity of the project required multiple prints. The first part was printed today and it was completed on 11/15/2016. It is exciting to see all the parts move the marbles around the maze.
11/4/2106-Oliver Lee from Mr. Darcy’s class designed this small baby for their class project. Many interesting details… eyes, teeth, and hair!
11/3/2016-Lilly Goettsche designed this building with a tiny man standing in the courtyard for Mrs. Campbell’s Advisory. Very creative design!
If you are looking for a few good books to read, you should browse through the wonderful books on the 2017 Rebecca Caudill List. The contest has begun and all 5th and 6th graders are invited to participate. Read three or more of these books, let Mrs. Meyer know (either by taking an AR4 test, or during her periodic class visits) which ones you have read, and vote at the end of February!
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is Realistic Fiction
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier is Fantasy
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is Historical Fiction
Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper is Historical Fiction
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman is Fantasy
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer is Realistic Fiction
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm is Fantasy
Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt is Realistic Fiction
The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson is Historical Fiction
Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt is Realistic Fiction
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston is Fantasy
Masterminds by Gordon Korman is Science Fiction
The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine is Historical Fiction
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery is a Memoir
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin is Realistic Fiction
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan is Fantasy
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin is Non-Fiction
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud is Fantasy
How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle is Historical Fiction
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman is Realistic Fiction
Students and staff of Central School can easily download AUDIO and eBOOKS from the Central CLC to their iPad, laptop, or any device.
1. Download the app Destiny Discover onto your device (from Self-Service, App Store or Google Play).
2. Add Location: Illinois and School: Central School Library, Glencoe, IL
3. Login into Destiny Discover with your Username=CLC code (see Mrs. Meyer if you are unsure of your code) and the password=glencoe.
You are now connected! You may search and use the audiobooks and ebooks available from our CLC!