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The Importance of the 21st Century Librarian and Library
Monday, March 13, 2017

Siblings Reading
The library can get quiet during exams or a break for mindfulness meditation, but make no mistake: gone are the days of shushing and quizzes on the Dewey Decimal system. The 21st century skills learned in the library are without boundaries. A firm mix of past, present, and future methods lead to the development of skills and the use of tools that will support a lifelong love of learning. 
 
1.     Search the question, not the answer
My students often think that I’ve read all the books in the library and I make sure to let them know that this is definitely not the case. As the librarian, I am here to help find the best way to ask a question. A 21st century librarian works to harness curiosity and wonder and give it some structure. Learning is not a linear process and the library is a lab for problem solving through trial and error.
2.     Develop critical thinking skills
Literacy does not begin and end with print books. Information comes from all different directions and it’s vitally important to recognize the contents of what we consume. Where does Siri get her answers from, anyway? Young people have an ease of use with digital tools and an enviable adaptability, but this does not necessarily translate into true understanding of the tools they are using. Elegant skills are taught through practice.
3.     Ethical use
We’ve transitioned from the industrial age to the information age. Ideas are commodities and so an appreciation for the rights of the creator is necessary. Basic knowledge of copyright is on par with knowing what plagiarizing is. Ethics extend too to being a good digital citizen in a world of social media.
4.     Discover who you are, as a reader
Kids often introduce themselves to me with an explanation of who they are- a “good” reader, a “bad” reader, and “I don’t like reading” reader. Those words are my cue: Who a person is as a reader is not a question of morality. Who we are as people and as readers is always changeable; a “bad” reader might not have encountered their passion just yet and “good” reader might be “lazy” in their teenage years. A librarian is here to guide you through that process. Maybe that tv show you love was based on a book series, maybe a love of baseball will lead you to explore oral histories.
5.     Read together as a social activity
Take a minute and conjure up your best memory of reading. Mine are of my father reading “The Secret Garden” from the rocking chair to me and my younger sister in our bunk beds, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the lawn of the public library during “Lunch with the Librarian” in the summer. Storytime has that old school ring to it, but it’s a classic for a reason. Reading provides stress relief, mental agility, social and emotional learning skills like empathy and compassion, and healthy sleeping habits (Buchanan, 2016). We have regular family literacy events, like pajama storytime (milk and cookies) to promote what kids want and need- to be read to long after they can read on their own.
 
References
Boyd, D. (2017, January 05). Did media literacy backfire? Retrieved March 8, 2017, from https://points.datasociety.net/did-media-literacy-backfire-7418c084d88d#.kk8b99d4x
Buchanan, J. (2016, May 02). Parents: Get Caught Reading and Improve Your Child's Literacy. Retrieved March 8, 2017, from http://www.cricketmedia.com/blog/parents-get-caught-reading-and-improve-your-childs-literacy
Scholastic. (n.d.). Kids and family reading report. Retrieved March 9, 2017, from http://www.scholastic.com/readingreport/reading-aloud.htm

Which Shoes Will You Choose? Written By Allison C. (Class of 2017)
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Boots by Allison C.

    The Heritage School is a school of choice—a choice of shoes for sure. Short, tall, tucked in, you name it. All are for the same purpose but which ones are for you? Shoes represent how grounded we are and our ability to maneuver on the path we have chosen.
            The diversity of The Heritage School is amongst us all. Rainy days are dull, but what about the colorful rain boots in the middle? They provide protection from the oozing muck on the ground around campus—but she's bringing sunshine to the rain with all the color. She is bold and confident with her ways. The work boots allow a walk through the thick and thin of life—whatever it may be. The scuffed up, rustic mess implies the hard worker he is—these individual boots guiding him to work in the field in his future. She’s been skipping down streets in her white converse, but she doesn't pay attention to the dirt that covers them. She doesn't let it stop her from the casual walk through life. The Bean boots on the right are worn down from all of the effort she has put into her walk. Each step of life she ties up one more lace hole. When she's done, they will be tied to the top. The charcoal rain boots are sleek and fit well, but what about the pebble inside of them. She battles diabetes every day and that pebble will never go away. From the outside, no one would know that she's facing such a hard challenge because she overcomes it. The shininess of the boots shows her power.
            There is more to life than what we think. We pay so much attention to the things that do not even matter. I believe it’s time we start focusing on the things that do—our shoes—our paths of life. Each one is different and unique—each one deserving attention from more than just the ground.     How lucky we are to in a place that empowers each of us to choose our own door and step through it with confidence.

Elite 8 Round of the State Tournament
Friday, February 26, 2016

Basketball Elite 8

Heritage art teacher to lead plein air painting workshop in France this summer
Friday, January 16, 2015

Heritage Upper School art teacher, David Boyd, has been invited to teach a week-long plein air painting workshop in France this summer. The workshop, open to the public, will take place June 8-12 in LaMure, in the south of France, in a beautiful castle. Mr. Boyd will each plein air three hours each day, and a painter from Atlanta, Charles Cashwell, will teach still life for another three hours. What a glorious opportunity! Information and registration details can be found here.  Registration is open until February 28.

Drop Everything and Serve
Monday, January 05, 2015

 

On December 19, Fifth through Twelfth graders participated in the first student-driven "Drop Everything and Serve" service day at The Heritage School. The fourteen Jubilee teams dropped everything to serve their community. They made pet beds with first graders to donate to the humane society, sang carols and delivered cookies to our fire station neighbors, and delivered homemade ornaments and sang carols to residents at Wesley Woods. Students also made blankets for patients at the Cancer Treatment Center, wrote letters to service men and women, cleaned the Heritage campus, wrapped presents for faculty, and assembled stockings and gifts for the families adopted by our Fellowship of Christian Athletes. These service projects were developed by students who identified community needs and executed their action plans in collaboration with Heritage faculty. 

Service learning is a vital part of our mission to develop the Mind, Body, Spirit, and Camaraderie of our students. It began in August for Middle and Upper Schoolers with the adoption of a school-wide initiative to raise funds and awareness for Stop Hunger Now. With student leadership from Key and Builders Clubs members, funds have been collected throughout the first semester towards our goal to feed over 10,000 families in the spring.

Service at The Heritage School is not mandatory; it is a part of who we are!

 

New Website
Monday, January 05, 2015

The Heritage School is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website.  Here, not only can you find detailed information about the School, but you can also log in to see details specific to you.  If you are a current parent, you will be able to update your contact details, see your student's schedule, and get one-click access to Netclassroom.  If you are a student, you can check your schedule, grades, teacher's websites, and team news.  If you are a donor, you can see your giving history.

Parents and students, log in using your Netclassroom credentials.  If you do not know them, please contact the Front Office.  Other users can create an account on the login page.

Please let us know what you think!

 
 

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