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The Dystopian Book Challenge has ended! The reading community came together and saved the world from dystopian doom. Many students wrote excellent reviews which will inform their peers of books to read. The six students above were randomly selected and each had excellent book reviews. Stay tuned for future promotions from the Learning Commons.



Teen Events January – May 2014

TAG (Teen Advisory Group)
Tuesdays @ 5:30pm: January 14th, February 4th, March 4th, April 15th and May 6th
For students in grades 6 -12

Join the Burlington Public Library Teen Advisory Group!
– Help plan fun library events for teens!
– Discuss books, movies, music and video games!
– Earn community service hours!
– Make new friends!
– Get involved @ YOUR library!

Dr. Who Fan Club
Fridays: Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar 28 @ 3:15 pm (April or May Meeting TBA)
Calling all Whovians! If you love Dr. Who or would like to learn more about it, stop by for all
kinds of Dr. Who activities! January’s Activity: Make Dr. Who Food Art!

Popcorn and a Movie: R.I.P.D.
Friday, January 31st @ 3:15pm
Join us for popcorn and a movie! We will be watching R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department)
One lucky person will win a copy of the movie!
For students in grades 5 and up.

Cookie Decorating Contest
Friday February 14th @ 3:30pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a cookie decorating contest! We’ll supply the materials, you
bring the creativity!
For students in grades 5-12.

Popcorn and a Movie: Sea of Monsters
Tuesday, February 18th @ 6pm
Join us during February Vacation for Popcorn and a Movie!
We will be watching Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters!

Shamrock Shakes
Friday, March 14th @ 3:30pm
Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day by making your own Shamrock Shake!

Divergent Party
Thursday, March 20th @ 3:30pm
Are you excited for the Divergent movie release? So are we!
Stop in for Divergent food and fun!

Throw Back Thursday
Thursday, April 10th @ 3:30pm
Drop in after school for Throw Back Thursday at the Library!
We will have some of your favorite childhood snacks, movies, books and games!
Relive your days as a kid on Throw Back Thursday!

Nail Art
Tuesday, April 22nd @ 6:30pm
Drop by the library to get your nails done for free by a professional nail artist.

Popcorn and a Movie
Thursday, April 24th @ 3pm
Drop by during April Vacation for a movie matinee! TAG will pick the movie!

Cookie Tacos and Chips with Salsa
Friday, May 2nd @ 3:30pm
Get ready for Cinco de Mayo with Cookie Taco Food Art!
We will listen to Spanish music and make tacos out of cookies and frosting!
We will also have chips and salsa for those who like salty snacks!

Fun with Duct Tape
Friday, May 16th @ 3:30pm
Stop in for Fun with Duct Tape!
Snacks will be provided!

Stop in for the first TAG meeting of 2014!

Tuesday, January 14th @ 5:30pm

Help us plan programs, pick out summer reading prizes and talk about what you would like to see at YOUR library!

Snacks will be provided!

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To help kickoff learning about Europe, Mr. Dexter in the Learning Commons setup a European Art Tour. The purpose of this activity is to help the students make the connections between art and the 8 Traits of Culture. The 8 traits are: language, religion, social groups, history, government, economy, daily life, the arts. Using print and digital resources, students search for European art and explain how each piece of art connects with culture. Once the piece of art has been identified, students use Notability on their iPads to present the images alongside the cultural traits they represent.

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By the end of the activity, students gain an understanding of different European countries through their art and they discuss the connections they discover. Students gain an appreciation for the impact art has on a society and how it can be used as a tool to express opinions and emotions about a culture. Look at a few student examples below:

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In case you didn’t know, MSMS has a growing list of eBooks available. Book titles include the new dystopian thriller, Allegiant by Veronica Roth as well as several non-fiction titles that cater to specific curriculum needs. Burlington staff and students can access the collection by either using their Follett Shelf app on their iPad or by accessing the MSMS Destiny Catalog. Ask Mr. Dexter or Mrs. Magliozzi for specific login information.



Doctor Who Spray Paint T-Shirts Friday Dec. 20 @ 3:15pm Grades 6-12

 Bring any color T-Shirt to the library Friday and make your own Doctor Who shirt with fabric spray paint. No Sign-up necessary.  5th Grade Doctor Who Fans are also welcome.

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Fill out the form below to enter the challenge and gain the chance to win awesome prizes:

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The MSMS Learning Commons continues to be a desirable space for teaching, research and sharing ideas. Today, Net Text shared with educators from surrounding towns the value of their product.  In addition, BHS Foreign Language teacher, Susan Price (and MSMS teachers Mrs. Volpe, Mrs. Rafferty and Mrs. Miksenas) shared how they have used Net Text. If you don’t know what Net Text is, check out the link below.

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Mrs. Volpe showing the group her recent Net Text- supported lesson on Ancient Islam Culture

Director of Technology Integration, Dennis Villano and District Technology Coach, Tim Calvin shared with the group an overview of the BPS 1:1 program. The over-aching theme from the conference was the variety of tools available to teachers in Burlington and beyond that enrich student learning. To help reinforce this theme, the group viewed examples of existing digital curriculum and student-created examples. 

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MSMS is fortunate to have NetText professional Andrew Cunningham on hand one day a week to aid in the digital adoption of curriculum and resources. On this special day, Andrew brought representatives from Google to see how Burlington educators use NetText in a 1:1 technology classroom. Mrs. Volpe’s lessons demonstrated how she uses Google products in conjunction with NetText. They were very impressed with the student motivation, engagement and the fluidity with which the lesson worked as well as how the lesson focused on the necessary skills needed for the real world.

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About the Lesson

In Mrs. Volpe’s grade 8 World History class, students collaborate in small groups to learn about various topics such as Islamic Civilization and its impact on the world. With the aid of NetText, a digital resource curator,  Mrs. Volpe prepared materials with NetText’s Digital Textbook. The students’ lesson included a Jigsaw activity which is considered to be an educational Best Practice. It trains students to become subject experts and then teach their peers.

The classroom was divided into five “expert” groups. Each student was given a headphone and the groups were asked to watch one of five different videos and transcripts from United Streaming. Each video delved into one aspect of the overall subject.

When students finished viewing, each expert group was asked to answer discussion questions specific to their video. Then students moved into the other groups where they peer-taught what they had learned from their expert groups. Everyone was then given a second set of discussion questions which covered the information in all five videos. This put all the pieces of the lesson together and ensured that everyone participated in learning and teaching and understood all the subject matter. But that was not the end of the lesson.

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Using Chromebooks,Google Graphic Organizer and the knowledge that they received in their collaborative learning groups, students completed a shared Venn Diagram

They then projected their finished product using Airplay on the whiteboard.  Students took snapshots of their Graphic Organizer with their iPads to use for review and homework. At the end of the lesson students had to complete an Exit Ticket which was a review on NetText, that was submitted to their teacher. These  questions pertain to the day’s lessons and help evaluate knowledge learned.

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The lesson for the day was that not only is technology fun, but it streamlines education and engages students on a personal and in-depth level. The guests from Google, who included  educators, were extremely impressed with the level of technology integration and the amount of work that was covered in a short amount of time. The students were enthusiastic about the lesson and motivated to complete the assignments. In all, it was another successful example of technology blending with education to benefit students.

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Dr. Who Fan Club 

Nov. 15 @ 3:15 pm

Calling all Whovians! If you love Dr. Who or would like to learn more about it, stop by for all kinds of Dr. Who activities!