Thanks to all the students who submitted a Hidden Figure as part of our contest! Stay tuned to the Daily Bulletin for the annoucement of who is taking home the $25 gift card.
Reading Olympics Permission Sheet
Those looking to go to the March 30th Reading Olympics competition at Upper Dublin High School can downloard a copy of the permission sheet here. Anyone who wants to go on the trip needs to return a permission slip by March 30th, otherwise they cannot go. Permission can be given to Mr. Hopkins directly, placed in the basket on his desk in the library, or emailed to him firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Place for Hate Essay Contest!
The Anti-Defamation League, as part of its mission to stand up to hate and aid those fighting for their beliefs, is running a student essay contest for those in grades 5-8 at No Place for Hate schools. Cedarbrook students can enter the Division II completion for those in grades 7-8 by writing on the following prompt:
Think about a time when you, or someone you know, was excluded or treated badly because of your race, religion or some other reason. Discuss how that made you feel and what you could have done to resolve the situation.
All essays need to be sent and postmarked, along with an official entry form, by April 7th, 2017 (you can get an entry at this link or from Mr. Hopkins and Mrs. Cooper). Entries need to be sent to the following address:
1500 Market Street
West Tower, Suite 2415
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Attention: Essay Contest
Contest winners will receive their award at the No Place for Hate Designation Celebration on June 6, 2017. Students do need to be present at the celebration in order to win. Any other questions about the contest can be answered by Mr. Hopkins or Mrs. Cooper.
About Our Library
Cedarbrook Middle School Library strives to empower ALL students to be enthusiastic readers, articulate communicators, critical thinkers, skilled researchers, and lifelong knowledge-seekers. By integrating information literacy into the district curricula, the Library seeks to create a 21st-century environment of collaborative learning where students can discover their passions and cultivate their voices. A main goal of Cedarbrook Library is to provide all students with equitable access to information in all formats.
Thanks to a grant from the Cheltenham School District Foundation, Cedarbrook Library proudly hosts our own Overdrive digital collection, making us one of the first middle schools in the country to do so. The Cedarbrook Library endeavors to be the academic center of our school and serves as the heart of our grade-wide, cross-curricular research, project -based, and inquiry projects. Though we are eagerly awaiting the opening of our Learning Commons in 2017, because of our vast digital collection, the Cedarbrook Library is always open for learning. At Cedarbrook, we believe that “A library should not shush; it should ROAR!” (Valente).
About Our Learning Commons & Library Staff
Jeffrey Hopkins, Library/Media Teacher, earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Cedarbrook staff, Mr. Hopkins earned his PA secondary certification in English & social studies and worked in the classroom. Now though, he's excited to take on the challenge of making the Learning Commons & Library not just the academic hub of Cedarbrook's new building but, more importantly, a place where students can explore their interests, whatever they may be.
Mrs. Peggy Cooper, Lead Teacher for Student Achievement, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Cooper holds PA instructional certifications in Library and Media, Elementary Education, Middle School English and Middle School Math. She began her teaching career in the Cheltenham School District in 1992. From 2011-2016, Mrs. Cooper served as the Library/Media teacher at Cedarbrook. She also acts as English Department Coordinator, Co-Advisor to the National Junior Honor Society, and Co-Facilitator of the ROAR Youth Recognition Program.