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Welcome to the Rockland Woods Elementary Library Media LibGuide

 

It is great to see you back at Rockland Woods!  This school year 2018-2019 is going to be the best yet, so lets get started!!

 

We have an amazing new computational thinking curriculum that I can't wait to get started teaching.  We will be doing all kinds of coding activities and lots of STEM related stations.  We will be using robotics, Lego, KEVA planks, and other cool resources to help us learn how things work and digging deeply into how we think, not just answers to questions, but the HOW!

 

 

 

                                                                                     

 

Thank you for visiting the most POSITIVE place on earth, Rockland Woods Elementary!  We appreciate you stopping by and checking out all the amazing things we are using and doing in our media program.  Rockland Woods is all about 21st Century learning and using technology to enhance the learning process.  We engage in Big 6 and Super 3 research processes to gather information and then come up with out of this world ways to share it.  Using databases to research, Google drive to collaborate, and making videos to share our knowledge just scratch the surface of what we are doing. We also follow the ENERGY BUS rules for our media center environment.  We believe in staying positive and having a positive vision for our learning.  We do not tolerate bullying or shaming of any kind in our media center.  Stop by and visit us anytime, we love to share our positive vibes with you!!

We have an amazing new computational thinking curriculum that I can't wait to get started teaching.  We will be doing all kinds of coding activities and lots of STEM related stations.  We will be using robotics, Lego, KEVA planks, and other cool resources to help us learn how things work and digging deeply into how we think, not just answers to questions, but the HOW!

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Use this search box to search the Rockland Woods Elementary Follett Destiny catalog!  Type what you are looking for in the box and it will take you directly to our Rockland library and let you know if we have it or not.  We have 20,000 books, and if we don't have it, ask about getting it from another school library.

 

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What's Happening?

We are making great progress, we have been learning about MakerSpace stations, doing some basic research, and preparing to kick off our computational thinking curriculum! 

We will be having maker space stations with Ozmos, Spheros (we now have 12), We Do Lego, duct tape, Perler Beads, IO blocks, robotics, Keva, 3D printing and all kinds of other stuff!  We have added a Go PRO camera to our arsenal of technology tools, and I can't wait to try it out with students. And we have an Ozobot, an art station, and Power Clicks, so it will definitely be a busy year for sure.  We also have our Cozmos!  This little guy is super cool and really easy to code.  I just can't wait to get a few more into the hands of our students.

All students in grades K-5 will be given typing lessons and practice throughout the year, especially in the next few weeks in preparation for PARCC and the final MAP tests.  They have been logging in to typing agent and can use this at home.  The site is wcps.typingagent.com and the log in is 5 and3@wcps and password is lunch number.

Students in grades 2-5 will check out books every other week, and K-1 every week.  The number of books usually matches the grade level, K will get 1 book, 1-2 will get 2 books, grade 3 will get 3, grade 4 a maximum of 4 books, and grade 5 can check out 5 books, but sometimes we get extra just because!  Pre K will start check out after the book fair, so that will be November.  

2019 is going to be an amazing year, and it will be my 26th in education, and I will be celebrating a milestone birthday in February.  We will definitely have to have an awesome reading challenge for that!!

Any student who finishes their library books prior to the time they have media, may stop into the library in the morning and drop their books off and grab new ones.  The library is open from 7:10-8:00 for students to exchange materials.  You simply need to stop in and see your teacher, so they know you aren't absent, then come on down and get new books!

 

 

Featured Book

Read the book before you see the MOVIE.

The featured book is Holes by Louis Sachar- 

Stanley Yelnats is your average 14-year-old boy from a hard-working, but poor family. Stanley is supposedly affected by a curse of bad luck, which they blame on Stanley's "no-good-dirty-rotten pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather". Stanley's latest misfortune happens when he is wrongly convicted of stealing a pair of tennis shoes once owned by famous baseball player that had been donated to a homeless shelter to raise money.

Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile corrections facility which is ironically located in the middle of an empty desert. As punishment, the camp inmates are assigned to dig one hole every day that is five feet wide and five feet deep in order to 'build character'. Stanley soon begins to suspect that they are really digging to find something hidden beneath the ground

Library Media Specialist

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Pam Rubisch
Contact:
18201 Rockland Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-766-8485
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More About Me

I love to learn new things!  This is me with my 1954 Chevy Lead Sled.  Mr. Rubisch and I love the 1950s era, the cars, the music, and the lifestyle!  We are swing dancers who just like having fun. I went to Clarion University of Pennsylvania for my Elementary Education and Library Science degrees.  I am a National Board Certified Teacher of Library Science and I was Teacher of the Year in 2001! So I am always trying to add new knowledge and skills everyday of my life. I love technology and using it with students.