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Please come check out our Media Center IPads!  We are so excited that our MES students can have this opportunity!  

To reserve a day and time, write your name and the word “IPads” on the calendar in the mail room.

Please go over instructions with the students about handling the IPads with utmost care.  Also, teach them how to close out programs when they are done by double clicking the home button and whisking the miniature screens away. 

Before returning the cart, please put each one in the slot that corresponds with its number on the back.  Always charge the IPads back to 100%.  Once charged, make sure all the IPads are turned off completely by powering them down and clean any screens that have smudges.  To clean just spray some cleaner on the cloth provided in the cleaner bag, not directly on the screen.  The cleaner is in the storage area in the back of the cart.


--Mrs. Wildsmith


Our 3rd-5th grade students are studying the Dewey Decimal System.  Read the story below and see if it helps you understand the system better.

Dewey And The Alien

We are going to tell you a story to help you understand the Dewey Decimal System.
This story will help you remember what each of the Dewey hundreds groups represents.
In the story, the 000s are explained at the very end, after the 900s.
On the library shelves, they come at the very beginning, before the 100s.

One day, while Melvil Dewey was walking in Central Park, he saw a UFO. He became terrified of it, and ran to take cover. 

The UFO approached Central Park with a loud noise and bright lights surrounding it. A weird looking creature stepped out of the space craft. Dewey got up from the ground and peeked out from behind a tree. 

They stood staring at each other, and then they got up enough nerve to ask:
We think about ourselves: 100s - Psychology and Philosophy
Melvil and the alien looked at each other with puzzled expressions and noticed how different they were from each other.
As they stood, they wondered to themselves: We think about ourselves: 100s - Psychology and Philosophy

Melvil and the alien looked at each other with puzzled expressions and noticed how different they were from each other. As they stood, they wondered to themselves:We wonder about each other's creators: 200s - Religion and Mythology. 

Dewey realized that the alien's world must be very different from the United States. He decided to take him to learn about our government.People learn to get along together: 300s - Social Sciences. 

Dewey knew that the alien would need to learn how to communicate with people.We communicate with each other: 400s - Languages 

Dewey and the alien began to stroll around, and Dewey explained life on Planet Earth.We learn about Nature and the world around us: 500s - Natural Science 

Dewey explained to the alien that humans have changed Nature to make life easier.How can we make Nature useful? 600s - Applied Science 

Dewey explained to the alien that technology has made life easier on Planet Earth. It gives us more free time to do what we want. Dewey and the alien took a spare moment to shoot hoops.700s - Fine Arts and Recreation 

Dewey told the alien that over the years, with all this spare time, people have written poems, stories, and plays.800s - Literature 

Dewey and the alien had a fabulous day. He invited the alien to visit the library where he worked. Dewey gave him a tour of the library and explained how his decimal classification system worked.
While there, they decided to make a memory of their day on Planet Earth by making a scrapbook. They wrote what will become history sooner or later - their day together!
900s - Geography and History 

As the Alien prepared to leave, he told Dewey, "When I get back to my planet, I want to group all my books in this new awesome way. But, which hundred group should I put my scrapbook in?"
Dewey replied, "That's easy! You would put it in the 000s - General Works. That's where we put encyclopedias because they contain so much information that you can't describe them in one category!"
000s - General Works - Encyclopedias, books about libraries, museums, journalism, computers, and controversial or unexplained topics. 

Dewey and the Alien. (n.d.). Oracle Think Quest. Retrieved November 27th, 2013, from http://library.thinkquest.org/5002/Alien/alien.htm