Right now we will be off to a different kind of start, but when we begin face 2 face instruction we will be getting back into the building and engineering we love so much! I am working behind the scenes keeping all the devices functioning, helping teachers with their technology, and making videos to help your kids stay on top of things. Once stage 4 starts it may be much harder to get in touch with me, so please don't forget the Technology Help Desk Hotline featured below for your issues.
We have an amazing computational thinking / STEAM 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! I will be doing a lot of spraying down of equipment and cleaning to keep everything as safe and sanitary as possible.
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, but right now no visitors or volunteers are permitted until after the pandemic. 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. Diversity and tolerance are our buzz words for 2021!
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. Remember you have to be logged into Follett Destiny to be able to put a book on hold for Curbside Pickup. Go back to Google Classroom and look over the video if you need help!
It is a new and unusual start to the year, but we are going to make the best of it! We will be doing book exchange beginning with our fifth graders the week of September 16th, so follow the videos in your Google Classroom to figure out how this works!
We will be having maker space stations with Ozmos, BeeBots and Code and Go Mice, Spheros (we now have 24), We Do Lego(18) duct tape, Perler Beads, IO blocks, Ozobots (36) , Keva planks, 3D printing and all kinds of other stuff! And we have an Ozobot, an art station, and Power Clicks, so it will definitely be a busy year for sure. We will be going through a lot of Lysol wiping things down and letting them sit before use again in another class, but we will figure this all out as we go!
Students in grades 3-5 will check out books every other week, and PRE K-2 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! Some students will be held up due to missing materials, but they can always get a book from our massive free collection until they can find their missing stuff. All books will be placed in a "quarantine" area when they are returned and given a few days to become germ free to be used again.
2020-2021 is going to be an amazing year, and it will be my 28th in education, and even though it is very different than when I started, I am still trucking and learning all kinds of new things!!
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. The library is open from 7:10-7:30 for students to drop off materials. Please be on the lookout for anything that belongs to our library, a year is a long time to wait to bring books back, and we are missing A LOT of titles from our collection (over 550+ books are gone due to Covid and distance learning)
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.