Guess What’s Back in the Library: Students!
It was an emotional day for teachers as we greeted our returning students in grades 7, 9, & 12 to campus last week. Now it is starting to feel like a school again and it’s wonderful to see students enjoying the beautiful new campus facilities and grounds! Many students have said that they are happy to be back in school. We are thrilled that they are here.
All of our community members based in Lusaka are welcome to request books from the library using the form that is right on the virtual library page. The next round of requests for secondary is due this coming Wednesday 2 September for a Friday 4 September pick-up. Students who are on campus do not need to use this form and are welcome to pick up books for siblings / parents who are off campus.
Book Returns for Those Outside Zambia
We are so grateful to our families who’ve brought back books and have even shipped them to us from other countries! This allows us to have complete series and favorite reads available to our students. Thank you!
If you are still outside Zambia and have library books with you, we would be very grateful if you could arrange to ship them to us. This allows us to have school resources available for our Lusaka-based families and helps us stretch our budget so we are not having to replace popular books that are unavailable to our patrons due to the book being in another country.
Students in grades 6,7, & 8 have been learning to use some of the tools on the AISL Secondary School Virtual Library during their classes over the past couple weeks. The password for the virtual library is the same as for parent portal. If you do not know, please ask your son or daughter or email a member of our library team. If you have not explored our virtual library yet, please take a moment to have a look! It has many outstanding resources, educational games, book suggestions, and more. You will also find handy Libguides (curated sets of resources) links such as:
Grade 8 Passion Project
Grade 10 Personal Project
Grade 11 & 12 Extended Essay
One of the tools we have been exploring in middle school during the past week is called Newsela, which is a current events-based learning platform. The articles in Newsela cover a wide range of topics with a particular focus on issues that interest children through young adults. Any Newsela article can be read on five different lexile levels, which makes this a tool with some outstanding built-in personalization features. There is also an option to listen to the article. Newsela also has a "Good News" section - a refreshing list of articles during these times!
Another tool we have introduced middle school students to is called MyBib.com. MyBib.com is a free, easy-to-use site that makes generating citations easy and generally straight forward. It integrates easily with Google Drive and students can also collaborate on citation lists (particularly helpful when they are working together on a project). We emphasize and actively teach academic integrity, which includes citing sources, across all grade levels as part of our digital citizenship instruction.
In addition to the above, many students have been using specially developed Libguides that link to different units they are studying. For instance, in Grade 8 MYP Individuals & Society, students are studying independence movements in South Central & Southern Africa, using some of the resources on this libguide. We have also been learning more about how to better paraphrase material and how to use selected graphic organizers to help us take better notes. We have more than one hundred libguides in secondary school and you are welcome to explore any of them.
Featured On-Line Reading Resources
Epic! is a wonderful collection of 40,000 eBooks for ages 12 and under. Students in Grades 6 & 7 have joined Epic using a class code. This allows them to read books on Epic for free during the school day from 06:00-15:00 (Central Africa Time).
If you would like to subscribe to Epic! so that your child may read outside of school hours, the subscription costs $7.99 a month (first month is free). You can have more than one child on the same subscription, so it is a good value. Students through grades 7 have the Epic! app on their iPad.
Simon Teen: Riveted Lit
Simon Teen is a division of Simon & Schuster publishers devoted to printing young adult novels (roughly grades 9 and up). Each month they have a selection of approximately 18 novels that people can read completely for free and the book display reads nicely on any device.
Parent & Tutor Use of the Library
We look forward to welcoming more of our community back as the situation permits. For now, however, library use is limited to the grade levels we have on campus (7, 9, & 12). We are unable to accommodate outside tutors in the library at this time. As soon as we are able, rest assured that we will welcome you back!
The Leopard's Tale is our main medium to keep our families informed on such things as the day to day happenings on campus, after school activities, summaries of any arts and sports events, helpful resources, and important dates and reminders.
Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: