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    Teacher Librarian TuesD Chambers
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    Library Photo CollageThe Ballard High School Library was a hub of activity this week as we hosted the Seattle Public School's Taste of Making Makerspace Expo. We partnered with Pacific Science Center, Seattle Public Library, and Seattle School District librarians to create an incredible event of tinkering, inventing, and making as staff members were taught different ways to show evidence of learning by Ballard High School's computer science students. The students at each station taught creative problem-solving in collaborative environments and every person who left that day was dazzled by the self-directed learning and thoughtfulness of our students.

    Screen PrintingThe Ballard High School Library is embarking on a Makerspace mission. This mission includes engaging minds and encouraging questions during the month of November as we celebrate our civic duty and create screen-printed t-shirts. Student groups, clubs, and staff members are encouraged to use the supplies generously donated by our Ballard High School PTSA. We always want to provide our Beaver community with ways to express themselves and share in conversation.

    The Ballard High School Library has caught a fever- The Rubik's Cube Fever! Nobody is having more fun than students in the Ballard High School Library! We are spending our Thursdays playing virtual reality, at lunch we are solving Rubik's Cubes, we take SPS Great Puzzle breaks, and use our Makerspace for tinker time and classwork. We invite all students and families to be part of the library. Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun!
    Students with Rubic CubeRubics CubesPlease consider joining us in this fever by donating any Rubik's cubes you might have at home or going to Amazon and with one click sending cubes to Ballard High School.
    Ballard HS Makerspace Wishlist Link: We want everyone to catch this Rubik's Cube passion- like a fever!

    CONGRATULATIONS! Mr Wynkoop with BHS LibrarianBallard High School Library is excited to share that Mr. Wynkoop has won Principal of the Year for Washington State Libraries! Mr. Wynkoop's unwavering commitment to literacy and the library is evidence in the countless hours he spends in staff and student book clubs and the funding he provides for literacy and resources. His support of new technology (VR and AI) in recognition of the changing landscape of learning is profound and his co-leadership in the Digital Learning Instructional Innovation Cohort is noted and admired. We appreciate everything Mr. Wynkoop does to make the Ballard High School library the place we all want to be. Mr Wynkoop attended the awards event with Eagle Staff Middle School Librarian Rebecca Wynkoop and Ballard HS Librarian TueD Chambers.

    We are excited to be part of a strong community of Beaver Pride
     We spent our week trying Oculus Go Virtual Reality headsets, playing with our new Lego Wall, displaying work from the Spanish club for Hispanic Heritage Month, and inspiring students to get Beaver Reader headbands for homecoming. We pride ourselves on the fact...that our library is where ALL Beavers belong!
    Libary Photo of Screen & BookcasesLibrary Book photoTueD & LindiMr W photo in library


    We have been busy busy - and we are just getting started!

    TuesD LibrarianIt is not unusual to see four different classes using the library space for teaching and learning in one given period. Students have spent this week getting orientated to the library, learning about research skills, finding great books, and recording themselves on Flipgrid (students have ID to log on) to earn a Beaver Reader Headband! Please encourage your child to read fantastic stories and share them with our Ballard community with a 1 minute and 30 second video on Flipgrid. We want to get to know all of our Beaver Readers! The Beaver Book Club has started meeting on first Fridays and first lunch is reading Born a Crime and the second lunch is deciding between three books. 

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    We would love to have volunteers in the library to shelve books, weed books, repair books, organize our Makerspace, catalog maker materials, and help with library signs.
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    #WhatAreYouReading- this is the question every person connected to Ballard High School should be discussing. We believe that the fastest way to connect with people and positively change the world is to discuss the books and stories that matter to us most. If you need any ideas for books to read or purchase please go to our Amazon or Queen Anne Book Company Wishlists.

    Amazon Wishlist

    Queen Anne Book Company Wishlist 

    We Won! Beaver Community!

    I am thrilled to announce that we won the $100,000 grant award from Farmer's Insurance 2017-2018! The award was unveiled at a faux assembly for 9th graders where Ms. Chambers was surprised by her family, district officials and representatives from Farmer's Insurance.  View Video! Structural work will take place and equipment will be received sometime in 2018 and we anticipate the Learning Commons being 100% transformed during the 2019-20 school year. Thank you to every one who voted! Our community is the best and it is so, so clear that it is Always Great to be a Beaver!!   Keven Wynkoop

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