• Media Center

  • Shelves and tables in Media Center

  • Meet the Media Center Staff

    Media Center Staff

    Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Gindlesperger

    Mrs. Gindlesperger, Media Clerk, and Mrs. Martinez, Media Specialist as Mary Poppins and Junie B. Jones, Graduation Girl

    Mrs. Martinez taught for 10 years at Hopkins Elementary in Lilburn, then in 1988 earned her Masters in Library Media and Technology and became the media specialist at Fort Daniel Elementary.  She is a passionate advocate for reading and informational literacy, and along with her love of children has found the perfect job!

    Mrs. Gindlesperger started working at Fort Daniel in 2014, but in 2016 found the best place in the school to work - the media center.  She loves reading and helping students.

    To contact us please call (678) 765-4939 or email beth.martinez@gcpsk12.org or melissa.gindlesperger@gcpsk12.org

  • Welcome

    Welcome to the Fort Daniel Elementary School Media Center!  We work hard to create a positive, welcoming environment for students to learn and teach, read and write, create and collaborate.  

    Many studies have shown that self-selected reading materials positively impacts achievement, fosters life-long literacy and increases the enjoyment of reading.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at beth_martinez@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or call the media center at (678) 765-4939.  

      

  • Reading Websites

    1. StarFall - Beginning reading and math for Pre-K through first or second graders.   

    2.  Flashlight Readers - online book club for students who love books for students in grades 4 and up.  Interactive games, author information and much more.  

    3.  National Geographic for Kids - online version of the magazine for kids.

    4.  International Children's Digital Library - Book from around the world in English and many other languages.

    5. StoryNory   Audio Stories for Kids

  • Media Catalog and Online Research Library

    Media Catalog

    To search for items in the Fort Daniel Media Center, students first log into the student portal, then on the right side click "Media Catalog".

    Online Research Library

    GCPS students have 24/7 access  to online encyclopedias and many other subscription databases such as Tumblebooks, Bookflix, Scienceflix, Pebble Go and many others.  To use these online databases, students will log into the student portal, then on the right side click "Online Research Library".

  • Fort Daniel's Summer Reading Program

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    FDES Summer Reading Challenge Information Letter

    FDES Summer Reading Challenge Paint by Number Form

  • Summer Reading Resources

    Summer Reading Information Letter

    Summer Reading Paint by Number Form

    Summer Reading Lists

    Rising Kindergarten Summer Reading List

    Rising First Grade Summer Reading List

    Rising Second Grade Summer Reading List

    Rising Third Grade Summer Reading List

    Rising Fourth Grade Summer Reading List

    Rising Fifth Grade Summer Reading List

  • Bookapalooza

    Bookapalooza

    Bookapalooza 2022

    Bookapalooza is underway!  To encourage summer reading and to inspire students to expand their reading choices, we are continuing our summer reading program for rising fourth and fifth graders called Bookapalooza.  Students were asked to choose which book out of the five choices they would like to read over the summer.  Families may get the book at the public library or a bookstore. Families may read the book together, listen to the audio book, or the student may read independently.  After reading the book, please have your child send the self-addressed, stamped postcard to school to let us know what they thought of the book.  There is also a short, three question book response form to fill out.  Students that turn in this form during open house or the first week of school will earn a Pop-It Fidget Bracelet. Bookapalooza will take place on Friday, August 12th from 8:30-9:00.  Students will meet with a staff member that has read the same book and celebrate reading by sharing and discussing the book. We can't wait to hear what your child thinks about their book!  Thanks for your help in showing Fort Daniel students that reading is important and enjoyable! 

    Bookapalooza Choices 2022

    2022 Bookapalooza Book Response Form

  • Digital Citizenship Respect Represent Redefine Your World

  • Beanstack Reading Program

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    Fort Daniel's Reading Program starts on Monday, August 22nd! We hope to inspire, motivate and challenge all Fort Daniel students to read more and learn to love reading!

    Grades K-2

    Students will bring home a reading log on Monday. As soon as your child has logged 10 books, return the reading log to the teacher and they will get a new reading log. Students will earn a token for the Treasure Tower every 10 books they read, up to 100 books.  When they reach the 100-book goal, they earn the Fort Daniel Readers Hat, and families are invited to watch this celebration during morning announcements.  We will email you when we have the hat ready!  After reaching the goal, students will earn a prize from the Prize Closet for every additional 50 books.

    Grades 3-5

    Students will log the minutes they read at home using the online platform called  Beanstack.  Students may access it at gcpsk12fortdanieles.beanstack.org/ or by getting the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.  Students will earn a token for the Treasure Tower for every 200 minutes, up to 2,000.  When they reach the 2,000 minute goal, they earn the Fort Daniel Readers Hat, and families are invited to watch this special occasion during morning announcements.  We will email you when we have the hat ready.  After reaching the goal, students will earn a prize from the Prize Closet for every additional 500 minutes.

    Tips for Grades 3-5  

    1. Students should log minutes for books they read this year.
    2. If a student is re-reading a book (which good readers do), they should not log those minutes.  We are asking students to read books new to them this year.
    3. Instead of logging a finished book all on one day, we ask students to log each day they read.  This will help cultivate a reading habit, and hopefully encourage all students to make a practice of daily reading!

    Thank you for partnering with us to help encourage all our students to read.  Jacqueline Kennedy said, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.".  Please email or call me with any questions or concerns!