Monday, May 21, 2018

May 2018


From the
Hilltop Library Media Center

14th Annual Summer Book Swap

Students in grades 2-4 participated in the Flipgrid Explorer Series: AQUARIUMS!
Throughout this series we were given a personal tour through the Aquarium of Niagara in New York. Students learned about sea life, diet, animal enrichment, volunteering, and more!  We heard from zoologists, sea life educators, and animal trainers. Hilltop learners were thrilled to see that aquarium educator and trainer, Sam, “featured” and answered many of our students’ questions!  Click here to “HEAR” their questions and Sam’s answers. Once students explored videos and a Hypderdoc filled with links and articles, they were encouraged to direct their inquiry by focusing on an area of personal interest, and then share and present to their peers. Students built websites, created slideshows, Scratch games, Google docs, puppet shows, and more. Students truly applied their knowledge and skills, collaborated, and utilized resources to empower themselves to learn and create. Students shared their project based learning on Mrs. LeMay’s password protected Flipgrid page
#LearningIsSOOOMuchFun! #StudentVoice #GuidedInquiry #ActiveEngagement #AquariumsRock! #EducationalTechnology

Author visits the Hilltop Library Media Center.
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Mr. Sean Michael Dolan has 24 years of experience as an English teacher and school administrator, and athletic coach. His first book titled, The Boy With the Sketchbook, highlights friendship, acceptance, kindness, and KICKBALL! He spoke about the writing and publication process, shared real world connections between writing, personal joy, and creativity, and took numerous questions from students.
#libraryauthorconnections #readingrocks #writingrocks

Hilltop Library Media Center Celebrates National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month @ the Hilltop Library was wonderful! Students listened to poetry, read poetry, wrote poetry, shared poetry, reflected on poetry, explored figurative language, developed writing skills, speaking skills, shared with authentic audiences and simply relished in the joy and beauty of language! Students posted more than 500 “POETRY READ ALOUD” videos to Mrs. LeMay’s 2nd Annual Digital Poetry Party! We were thrilled to have some 8th grade LAL students reply to many of our elementary poetry posts!

Some dates to remember….Remember - Free images on Pixabay

    • **Students with academic, research, or independent reading needs can see Mrs. LeMay for books individually, but large group circulation has ended.
  • PUBLIC LIBRARY FIELD TRIPS … June 6-8 All grades to take walking visits to the Mendham Borough Public Library during their regularly scheduled library class
  • 14th Annual School Wide Summertime Book Swap, June 11-15 - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

March-April 2018


Hilltop Library Media Center Celebrates National Poetry Month!
Students in grades K-4 have been reading, writing, sharing and celebrating poetry @ the Hilltop Library. In addition to hand written poetry and digitally publishing poetry, we have modified the publication process by  publishing, sharing and collaborating using PADLET. Padlet is a virtual wall that allows learners to share and express themselves on a common topic easily. Check out our growing Padlet by clicking here.  We are exploring figurative language through poetry and music!  Students used figurative language and tagged (identified) it appropriately with #simile, #metaphor, #alliteration, #rhyme, and #onomatopoeia!  A writeable space is available for budding poets to think, create, and share while they are in the library. Lastly, we kicked off our 2nd annual DIGITAL POETRY PARTY on Flipgrid!. Details and instructions were sent via email at the beginning of April.

Hilltop Library
CelebrateD National Women’s History Month
We have been reading and researching amazing women @ the Hilltop Library! Students in 1st-4th grade conducted mini-research using various print and digital sources. In grades K-4 we have been exploring nonfiction, biography, and of course referring to for some wonderful primary sources!!

Our library classes were  filled with Seuss stories, songs and snapshots for Read Across America Day!   

Connecting LITERACY and STEM @ the LIBRARY!

Kindergarteners participated in Story Time From Space,
a program made possible by The Global Space Education Foundation. Students heard astronaut Kate Rubins read Rosie Revere, Engineer while she was in space!  We discussed STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well as the power of perseverance and resilience. Check out more stories from space with your children at For additional titles in Andrea Beaty’s wonderful STEM related series, check out these books from the Hilltop Library!