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Rockland Woods Elementary LibGuide: Home

The Most Amazing Place on Earth!!

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Welcome to the Rockland Woods Elementary Library Media LibGuide


It will be great to see you back at Rockland Woods soon! 

2020-2021 is starting virtually, we can do this together, so let's go!!


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.  You do not see media on the daily encore schedule because of how much time I need to spend with our technology program, but I am still here, and will be back to teaching our kiddos soon!!!!

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!!

WCPS Subscription Databases

Destiny Search

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.


Content Guide List

What's Happening?

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 2-5 will check out books every other week, and PRE 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!  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. 

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 and grab new ones.  The library is open from 7:10-7:30 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
18201 Rockland Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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.