Librarian: Cathy Collins
(also a 2014
Web Seal of Excellence winner!)
To align the high school library program with larger school and district-wide strategic goals, librarian Cathy Collins collaborated with principals at the middle school and high school to create a Student Mentors/Transition Team program. Student leader/facilitators are trained in the library to guide 8th grade and 9th grade students with the transition from middle school to high school. Participants assist in activities such as student orientation, "Step Up Day," and "Upstander Day," and hold regular sessions on study skills, time management, academic choices and club/sports opportunities. The library is undergoing a transition as well, from a traditional library to a revitalized "Learning Commons." Ipads, cafe style seating and collaborative study spaces are being made available to students and staff. A global resources study center, a career and college resource area, and even a fishtank are part of the grand plan.