Media Center Info

  • Child reading in hammock The mission of the Summerour Middle School media program is to construct a warm and inviting atmosphere that fosters a lifelong love for reading. The media specialist and teachers will collaborate together to create lessons that utilize technology and literacy skills to build a community of well-informed students. We look forward to your visit to the media center!

    Hours

    Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (when school is in session)

    Checkout

    Students may check out three items at a time. Books are loaned for two weeks; magazines are loaned for one week. Students may place items on hold in the media center and through the Media Catalog access from home through MyEclass.

    We encourage students to return books within the two week check-out period as a courtesy to other students who may be waiting to utilize those items. Overdue fines will not be charged; however, students will be expected to pay fines for lost books. Hardbacks are $20.00. Paperbacks are $10.00.  Damage to books that is repairable will be assessed as a separate fine.

     

Contacts

  • Personnel

    Media Specialist:  Lee Robertson
    Media Clerk:  Amy Melegari
    Phone:  770-326-8744
    Email: Lee Robertson

Reader’s Rally

  • Readers Rally is a competitive reading competition for students in Gwinnett County. Each year, students read from a set of pre-selected books in anticipation of the annual competition.

    Meeting Dates: Wednesdays after school until 5:30 p.m.

    Competition Info: Saturday, February 23rd at Peachtree Ridge High School

    See Mr. Robertson or Mrs. Melegari for a book list or more information

  • Fall 2019 Bookfair

    Our first bookfair of the year will be from Wednesday, October 16th through Tuesday, October 29th.

    Arctic Bookfair Quest for Cool Books  

    THEME:

    This fall, our Book Fair will become a basecamp for the reading thrill of a lifetime. Our theme is ®Ultimate Xpedition: Quest for Cool Books! 

    Our Media center will become an Arctic environment full of frozen icebergs, frigid conditions, and curious creatures of the Arctic. Come and consider what adventures you will have as you select your books at school and online!

    Preview:

    We will have a Sub-Zero Book Fair Preview for our Summerour faculty and volunteers where they can search for new titles, complete Classroom Wish Lists, and make book recommendations. Watch for a polar-inspired dessert bar of that may contain delicacies like snowball cake pops, powdered sugar cookies, chocolate-covered pretzel skis, and a blue gelatin iceberg.

    School-wide Event: 

    This year we are considering a schoolwide event where everyone can get out their foul-weather gear and trek to the Book Fair for an incredible reading adventure! Our two possibilities are an Xtreme Chili Cook-off for a fun night including shopping, games, and prizes. Or a Glacier Goblets Event for with a hot chocolate bar where everyone can customize their cocoa before shopping the Fair.

    Stay tuned for further Developments!

  • Copyright Q & A

    COPYRIGHT RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

    Copyright is the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (such as a literary, musical, or artistic work). Source: Merriam Webster

    Copyright and fair use should always be considered when creating or consuming information.

    U.S. Copyright Office: Explore frequently asked questions related to copyright and fair use.

    Copyright for Kids: Interactive website to help you navigate tricky copyright questions.

  • Research Assistance

    Annotation and Bibliographic Tool

    SCRIBBLE RESEARCH TOOL

     

    Scrible can assist you in many areas of research:

    • Citations for all resources including websites, databases, encyclopedias, books, and more.
    • Export citations into a clean Works Cited page
    • Annotate websites and other digital content with notes, comments, and interactions with other students
    • Take notes on resources that are saved and tied to original resource

    Scrible 101 Tutorial: Visit the Media Center eClass page for a FULL TUTORIAL on using Scrible.com. Note: You must use your student Google account to for Scrible.


    Mackinvia Onlinek Research Library

    ONLINE RESEARCH LIBRARY

    The Online Research Library is a collection of 50+ databases designed for student exploration and research. Sample databases include ABC-CLIO, Britannica Online School Edition, ScienceFLIX, Biography in Context, and more! To access:

    • From home: Log in to your student portal. Select "Online Research Library" from the list of apps on the right.
    • From school: Double-click the "Online Research Library" icon on your desktop.

    Additional information about the Online Research Library is located on the Media Center eClass page.

  • Helpful Parent Information

    Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Media Center page. Below is helpful information for you to reference as you assist your child at Summerour MS.


    How can I help my child become a better reader?

    1. Encourage your child to find books that interest him/her. Ask Mr. Robertson or a librarian at the public library for help matching books and interests!
    2. Set aside 20 minutes per day for your child to read for pleasure. Let them read any item of their choice during this time.
    3. Engage with your child about what he/she is reading. Read together or ask questions about the characters!
    4. Make reading a highlight of the day. Reading should never feel like a chore or a task to be completed.
    5. Read with your student! 

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Parent volunteers make a difference in the Media Center. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting with check-out/check-in, shelving books, helping with special projects or displays, staffing the bi-annual book fairs. Volunteers are needed on a regular or one-time basis. Contact Mr. Robertson at Circ Desk Phone #...... for more information.

  • Teacher Resources

    SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS POLICY AND FORMS

    You may need to utilize instructional materials that fall outside the scope of your core class textbooks. The SMS Media Committee is required to review some instructional materials not issued by GCPS. Examples of items that would need approval from the Media Committee include but are not limited to class sets of novels and DVDs, not in the curriculum closet. The Media Committee meets once a month, so please complete and return the necessary forms to Mr. Robertson ASAP to ensure timely approval of items. All forms are available in the Media Center.

    You must be logged in to your GCPS Google account to view these forms.


    COPYRIGHT Q & A

    Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers (easy reference chart)