The mission of the school library media program is to ensure that students
and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The school library
media specialist empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic
readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.
The Library Media Center is dedicated to supporting the needs of the New Washington Middle-High School community. To achieve this end, the Media Specialist works closely with the faculty, administration, and students to provide access to resources which parallel both the school curriculum and the diversified interests of the patrons. The Media Center is an essential component of the instructional program at New Washington Middle-High School and intends to prepare our students to meet the technological and informational challenges of the 21st century.
Mrs. Jill Sceifers has been the Media Specialist at NWMHS since August 2002. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science from Spalding University, her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Walden University, her +30 from Indiana Wesleyan University, and her administrative coursework from Marian University. The Media Center also benefits from the expertise of Mrs. Cassie Norman, Media Clerk. We also have amazing Media Squad student assistants who help to keep things running smoothly. Media Squad members for 2019-20 are: Skylar M., Emma D., Jessica F., Wesley F., Lexi G., Gracie B., Jordan H., and Michaela J.
The Media Center is open from 7:25 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. daily when no teacher meetings are scheduled. Students may use the Media Center during the school day for class work, research, or to select reading materials. Attendance Students may come to the Media Center before and after school, and at lunch without passes. Students may come during the day with signed planners from their teachers, or with their classes.
The NWMHS Collection Features: Over 13,000 volumes and Online eBook Subscription to Follett Shelf and Mackin, 20 current periodical subscriptions. 167 audiobooks for student use. DVD’s for teacher use. Subscriptions to World Book Online, Gale Student Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints, Teen Health & Wellness, and Inspire (see Encyclopedias & Databases page). Our Destiny subscription also includes One Search, Web Path Express, and Reading Counts and Lexile integration.
Technology The school library media center currently is automated with Follett Destiny (see link on the LMC home page). We have 17 computers for student use that are connected to the corporation network and have Internet access, a teaching computer which is connected to an interactive white board for presentations, and an integrated sound system. Computers are used for Destiny, research, word processing, multimedia projects, Online Courses, Reading Counts, and various testing. Students may use the computers anytime that a classroom teacher does not have them scheduled. Teachers may check out digital still cameras, or video cameras as needed.
Loan Periods —
-Books are circulated for a 3 weeks and may be renewed 3 times unless another student has a reserve on the item.
-DVD’s are loaned to staff members only.
The NWMHS media center does not charge overdue fees for late materials. Fees are charged if items are returned damaged (cost of item) or with missing barcode labels ($1.00 per label).
Check Out Limits
Middle School – 3 books
9th and 10th grade students – 4 books
11th grade students – 5 books
12 grade students – 6 books
Holds: Students may place items which are not checked out on “Hold” for 1 week. After 1 week has passed the books will be returned to the shelves.
Reserves: Students may place items which are checked out on “Reserve” by using their Destiny account. When the item is returned to the library, students will have 1 week to pick it up. Students may not renew item if a Reserve has been placed on that item.
Renewals: Students may renew their items online through their Destiny account as long as the items are not overdue. Overdue items will need to be taken to the media center to renew them.
Overdues: Students with overdue materials may not check out items until overdue items are returned. Students who allow their books to become 3 weeks overdue will lose all library privileges until their obligation is met.
Sign in and out anytime you are in the library without your teacher. Be engaged in reading, research, or other school related work. To use the Internet, have a signed Internet Responsible Use Agreement on file and abide by that policy. If it’s not school work, DON’T DO IT! Do not bring food or drink. Do not bring walkmans or MP3’s. Students who allow their materials to become 3 weeks overdue have no library privileges.
Important Technology Things to Remember
Have a signed Internet Responsible Use Agreement on file. Save your document often. If unclear about how to save work to your student file, check with the staff. DO NOT save documents on the computer’s hard drive, save them on your “U” drive or on your Google drive. We are not responsible for your work if anything happens to it. New computers do not have floppy disk drives, please bring a flash drive. Students may use the computer and Internet only for school-related projects. Your signed RUP indicates that you are aware that your account may be taken away or restricted if you use these for personal reasons. Students may not access chat rooms or personal e-mail on the Library computers. Students may not make changes to computers (for example, alter backgrounds or screensavers, delete icons) or download programs or install applications on the hard drive. Such actions could result in a loss of computer privileges.
READING IS FUN!
New Washington Middle-High School dedicates the first 15 minutes of IMPACT each day for students to read independently for fun. Reading independently benefits students in the following ways:
Research shows that the amount of independent reading completed by students is consistently related to increased academic achievement in all content areas.
Independent reading increases students’ vocabularies and reading fluency.
Independent reading enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The Reading Is Fun program compliments the Language Arts Proficiencies.