Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Updated Resources for Research

The Hub now has even more resources to help students with research projects. We've added the full suite of BrainPop products, including GameUp! Encyclopaedia Brittanica has also added on a tool for researching in Spanish and for finding primary resources. And of course we have 30 plus Gale databases covering topics ranging from science to social studies to biographies.

Check out the newly redesigned Research & Databases page on The Hub's website.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wood Hill News Year in Review

Wood Hill's student newspaper, The Wood Hill Gazette, and video news studio, The Wood Hill News, staff have created a video to highlight the top stories happening at Wood Hill this school year. Please check out their video.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Emojis end of year video

The Wood Hill Emojis created a video to showcase who they are and what they've worked on this year for parents and fellow students. This video was shown in The Hub during Celebration of Learning on Friday, June 10.

If you haven't seen it, check it out!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

End of the year news

Heads up Wood Hill students, the last day for book check outs in The Hub is Friday, June 3. The last day for book returns is Friday, June 10. Please check your lockers, under your bed, in the car, etc. to locate any books that may need to make their way back to the library.

The Hub will be open during Open Library at lunch as much as possible this week to accommodate any students who would like to check out a book under the wire. Swing on by and see our Summer Reading display to see opens of required reading and books suggested by Mrs. Downs.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Get your reading on this summer!

Summer is fast approaching! It's an excellent time to unwind with a great book. Andover middle schools have required reading books for summer. The choices have been updated this year. Check out the letter about the reading program from Patricia Whalen, ELA Program Coordinator.

Entering Sixth (choose one):

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Additional recommendations: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood and Co. series) by Jonathan Stroud; The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Entering Seventh (choose one):

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
by Avi

Entering Eighth (choose one):
Peak by Roland Smith
The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen

Check out the Entering Ninth Grade choices as well.

Looking for even more great choices? Here are Mrs. Downs top recommended reads for Summer 2016!

Entering Sixth
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
George by Alex Gino
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Jacobson
The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles series) by John Flanagan
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Entering Seventh
by William Ritter 
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Entering Eighth
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Name of the Star (Shades of London series) by Maureen Johnson
Vango: Between Earth and Sky by Timothee de Fombelle
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susan Nielsen-Fernlund

Don't forget to stop by Memorial Hall's teen room to check out these great books! 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Meet the Emojis!

Wood Hill has created its own student tech help desk. This leadership opportunity for seventh and eighth graders gives students a chance to learn technology skills and also provide quality customer service to staff and students alike.

Students applied to participate in this extracurricular group that meets Wednesdays in The Hub. Led by Digital Learning Specialist Sarah Downs, students are also working on long-term projects like creating their own website using Google sites, creating screencast and video tutorials, developing digital signage, and more. Dubbed the Emojis, the group has been busy helping fellow students with tech issues, learning about different software and becoming the go-to students to help out their peers and teachers since the fall.

You can identify the Emojis by their colorful lanyards and ID badges. Check out their website for helpful tech tips and tutorials!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

8East Creates Spine Label Poetry

In celebration of this April being the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, please check out the amazing spine label poetry created by students on 8East. 

In pairs or on their own, students chose books from The Hub to create their found poetry. They then wrote the poem on a Google Doc and took a picture of their poem. The poems were compiled into a movie. The spine label poems were displayed in The Hub for a few weeks in February.

Watch the video below: