Black History Month Book Fairs!
As part of its celebration of Black History Month, Cheltenham School District is putting on a series of books fairs highlighting black history and culture in collaboration with Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park and the Cheltenham African American Alliance. Cedabrook's fairs are coming up next week, one for each location! Central will have its fair February 21st & 22nd (together with the high school), East will have its on Feb. 23rd, and West will have its on Feb. 24th. Be on the lookout for the preorder forms, which you'll get from your homeroom teacher. In addition, Mr. Hopkins will have extras at his library desk, and a digital copy is posted down below. Money and preorder forms should be turned in to your homeroom teacher or Mr. Hopkins.
Hidden Figures Contest
Now that the 7th grade has seen Hidden Figures, we’re using February to celebrate some of history’s other hidden figures: those who didn’t get the shine in their time, but helped move the world forward. And we’re challenging you to find them! First, do some research on your favorite hidden figure. Then, write a PowerSchool announcement (3-4 sentences) and create an 8.5 in. by 11 in. poster about their life and accomplishments to share with the Cedarbrook community. Posters can be made by hand or digitally at postermywall.com. Your submissions will be part of the Daily Bulletin, and your posters will be displayed outside the library and on the Cedarbrook website. Also, you’ll not only be rewarded with a candy bar, but also entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. To submit your hidden figure, share your announcement and poster with Mr. Hopkins and Ms. Susanin on Google drive by February 27th.
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.