Archives for the month of: January, 2013

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With the help of veteran library, Mrs. Magliozzi, the MSMS Learning Commons is promoting Black History Month. Mrs. Magliozzi and Mr. Dexter have assembled books and digital resources to help out grade 7’s African American biography book report. For this particular project, the Learning Commons has promoted a Burlington Public Library databases for an additional resource:

 BIOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT [In Library & At Home]
Biographical information with full text magazine articles, images, and website links. Search by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and place.
Click on the “In Library & At Home” to go to the site.
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Today, Mrs. Meyer gave a special presentation on China to the grade 8 students. As we mentioned last week,  Mrs. Meyer lived in the Guangzhou Province (Canton), China for two years, from 1996 to 1998.  She also traveled to a number of cities in China including: Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Xi’an, Yangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, to name a few. Her presentation included wonderful photos of her travels. Click on the presentation below to see them for yourself:

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Mrs. Joyce Meyer, Foreign Language teacher at MSMS has been kind enough to share with MSMS her interesting past. She lived in the Guangzhou Province (Canton), China for two years, from 1996 to 1998. While there, she taught French and ESL at the American International School of Guangzhou. Mrs. Meyer traveled to a number of cities in China including: Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Xi’an, Yangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, to name a few.


On Monday, Mrs. Meyer will give a special presentation to team 8A to share her experiences and knowledge of China. She has generously loaned out many of treasures she collected while traveling from city to city. In addition, the Learning Commons has assembled applicable books and resources to aid in grade 8’s Ancient China unit.






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Assistant Superintendent of Burlington Public Schools, Patrick Larkin speaks with the MSMS HelpDesk group. With the upcoming 1:1 deployment, many questions have been buzzing around the school about iPad accessibility, apps, security and opportunities. Click on the video below to access the Q&A session.

Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

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From today until supplies last, when you take a book from the MSMS Learning Commons you get a complimentary scratch and sniff bookmark. Choose from either cupcake, bacon and eggs, or chocolate chip cookie “flavors.” This promotion is only good for free reading books.

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Helpdeskers Jack, Aashay, and Victor roll up their sleeves to unbox and unwrap some of the 900 iPad cases recently delivered to MSMS.



The HelpDeskers are off to a fast start toward learning, collaborating and creating using iPads and other ed tech tools. After only meeting two times, they have already listened to presentations by Dennis Villano, Director of Educational Technology in Burlington, held a Q&A session from BHS HelpDesk students RJ Dalton and Sidd Chhayani, and have started multimedia projects. The Helpdeskers will be creating mini-presentations explaining who they are and why they chose HelpDesk for an activity block. By using either Haiku Deck, iMovie or Explain Everything, they have been encouraged to make interesting, creating and bold projects.Check back in soon for project links. For now, check out the app details below:




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In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, the MSMS Learning Commons has assembled books about his life and the Civil Rights Movement in the Library. What better way can you celebrate MLK’s life than by reading about his struggles and achievements.


The MSMS Helpdesk, which is loosely modeled after the BHS HelpDesk started today. As you may or may not know, BHS students have helped students and teachers with all kinds of technical support. As MSMS approaches a 1:1 iPad environment, it is important to prepare both teachers and students of what’s to come. Because the HelpDesk sessions are during the activity block period, students will have different objectives than their BHS peers. The MSMS crew will focus on testing apps, creating “how-to” videos and instructions, submitting HelpDesk blog posts, and being positive ambassadors of the innovative technology available at MSMS.

Soon, we will launch the MSMS HelpDesk blog. There, you will see first-hand all of the great ideas MSMS students are generating.