The mission of the Windham High School Library is to promote literacy, learning, critical thinking, and the educated use of information and resources to all students so that they may successfully learn and compete in an information-rich world.
teach information literacy in different content areas
promote reading via Book Walks, Book Club, and BookIt! initiative
conference with students one-to-one to ensure deeper understanding
HOW WE HELP STUDENTS
collaborate to create authentic and robust lesson plans
curate information and resources that are readily accessible
participate in department meetings to provide input and feedback as needed
HOW WE HELP TEACHERS
CIRCULATION & COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
TOP 10 CIRCULATED TITLES
The Fault in Our Stars
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Claire of the Sea Light
Turtles All the Way Down
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Impossible Knife of Memory
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
City of Bones
ITEMS CHECKED OUT
INTER- LIBRARY LOAN
ITEMS ADDED TO COLLECTION
According to standards adopted by other states, our collection is large yet old. We are continuously working to update it as resources allow.
WHS AT RISK BASIC EXEMPLARY
Total # of library items 16,633 11,550 13,650 15,750
Number of items per student 17.1 11 13 15
Age of fiction collection 1998 1996 1999 2001
Age of non-fiction collection 1991 2006 2009 2011
Age of total collection 1995 2002 2005 2007
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
NUMBER OF CLASSES RECEIVING DIRECT INSTRUCTION MONTHLY
SEPT OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY
31 20 4 13 10 10 22 25 26
ONE-ON-ONE STUDENT/LIBRARIAN MEETINGS
3 18 17 5 5 7 51 42 41
TOTAL NUMBER OF CLASSES TAUGHT IN ALL CONTENT
NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE RESEARCH LESSON
21ST-CENTURY SKILLS AND THE LIBRARY
Click here to see how the library can help teachers and students meet 21st-century skills!
TECHNOLOGY & ONLINE RESOURCES
GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY
SCIENCE IN CONTEXT
CLASSROOM VIDEO ON DEMAND
TEEN TECH WEEK! MARCH 11 - 15, 2019
Featured a Tech Take Apart Station
Outdated or irreparable tech devices were made available for students to disassemble.
Students were encouraged to:
*See what was inside equipment we use or have used
*See the changes that have occurred over the years
*Create art with parts
*Have fun taking things apart!
READING & LITERACY
We celebrated National Poetry Month in April. Activities included Poem in a Pocket, Blackout Poetry, and magnetic poetry. The students loved it!
Our Book It! initiative
has been a great success thanks to many of our dedicated teachers who have found time during their busy classes to
have students read quietly.
The library hosts both a student and a staff book club. We feel it's important for kids and adults to set time aside to read.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & GOALS
Professional Development - Received
This year, the librarians attended:
MassCUE 2-day conference
MASL Fall Forum
MASL Spring Symposium
Professional Development - Provided
4th-annual Books, Bytes, and Bagels event (Click on our poster to read about it in the Windham Eagle!)
8th-grade teacher instruction - We taught information literacy skills to facilitate students' transition to high school
Mission Possible - We each held three sessions for teachers to learn and practice research skills and tools (click on the image to check out our resources!)
Goals - Achieved
Started attending BAC Meetings
Started attending Department Leader meetings
Started attending Health/PE weekly department meetings
Hosted more professional development for staff
Promoted literacy via our BookIt! initiative
Collaborated with more teachers on lessons and projects
Got two librarians at Windham High School!
Goals - For the Future
Next year, we hope to...
Get even more teacher buy-in
Reach out to reluctant readers and increase reading for pleasure
Create consistent information literacy assessments