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Pine Grove MS Library 2015-2016 Annual Report  

Overview of all aspects of the PGLibrary program for the year. NOTE: this was year 2 of being in a alternative situation--had small space at one school for grade 7 and grades 6 and 8 located at 5 temporary locations due to bldng renovation
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Contact Information

Sue Kowalski, Pine Grove Middle School Librarian

6318 Fremont Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Organization, Rules, and Procedures

  • Established a small library #iSpace at PGEAST for grade 7
  • Established expectations & protocol for #iStaff at PGEASt for grade 7
  • Student leaders (iStaff) trained on customer service
  • Connected virtually to teachers at all 6 locations
  • Maintained a virtual presence for PGMS & ESM



Deepening Learning

  • Collaborative Instructional partner at all grade levels
  • Push-in leadership and support at all grade levels
  • Provided resource via libguides and other digital portals
  • Lead with writing, information literacy, reading, integrated technology, current events:  

Guide Name
Ancient Egypt 1133
PGMS-From the desk of Principal Mohorter 1123
MARCH MADNESS--Project Based Learning with SS & MATH 829
Health (Drugs) 821
Pine Grove MS Library (renamed iSPACE) Home Page 815
Nonfiction Resources 779
Homelessness: A Study in Responsibility 739
Bullying: A Study in Standing UP for what's RIGHT 698
Biography Project 687
Maniac Magee 635
Argumentative Writing (Law/Cramer-Walters) 553
Current Events 517
Career Exploration 500
Revolutionary War 481
Book Trailers 372
Summer Reading 328


Culture of Thinking and Learning


Dimension 10: Professional Practice

I am actively involved in local, state, and national leadership through:

  • CLRC (CNY Library Resources Council) 
  • CNY School Library Association
  • NYLA (NY Library Association)
  • NYLA-SSL (Section of School LIbrarians)
  • AASL (American Association of School Librarians)
  • ALA (American Library Association)
  • ESMUT (ESM United Teachers)
  • ESM Committees (PBIS-PGE; SIT; iTLC-tech)
  • OCMBOCES Mentor Program
  • NOPL (Northern Onondaga Public Library) Board of Trustees

Other involvement:

  • Write a column for SLC (School Library Connection) journal
  • Have had 4 additional article accepted for publication
  • Presented at NYLA (LAKE PLACID)
  • Received Robert Barron Cultural Media Award (NYLA)
  • Presented at OCMBOCES Fall Conference (Syracuse)
  • Presented to the Alberta School Library Conference (virtually)
  • Presented to Sullivan County BOCES (virtually)
  • Participated in AASL Affiliate Assembly (BOSTON)
  • Participated in AASL Committee meetings (COLUMBUS)
  • Participated in NYLA Council Committtee meetings  (ALBANY/virtual)
  • Active contributor to NYLA-SSL Facebook Page
  • Co-manage @nyla_ssl on Twitter
  • Received ESM Ed Foundation grant
  • Took 11 7th grade students to Albany for legislative day with SS teacher partner
  • Participated in NYLA Legislative Breakfast (Syracuse) 
  • Author banquet (Sara Weeks) for CNYSL
  • PG SIT team
  • Received grant to participate in NYLA-SSL conference (Albany)
  • School Library Media Program evaluation committee (virtual)
  • Named Library Journal "Mover & Shaker" for 2016
  • ALA conference/AASL Affiliate Assembly (Orlando)

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Preparing Students for New learning

  • Prepare RESOURCE guides for integrated instruction
  • Guided students in use of EASYBIB for quality sources
  • Training with resources for research
  • Connection to resources for lifelong learning (public library, Google for Edu tools
  • Try, explore, purchase, and promote relevant resources


Presenting New Learning

  • Makey Makey project with Grade 6 (problem solving)
  • Instructional partner across content areas
  • Training/modeling of instructional technology (strategies/tools)
  • Integration of Padlet, Easybib, Today's Meet, Timeliner tools & more
  • Ongoing promotion of resources, tools, ideas via SMORE, TWITTER, and routine contacts


Applying Learning

  • Active partner in a range of academic projects 
  • Engaged as needed (lead, follow, or guide on the side!)
  • Transdisciplinary projects like Make it Happen, March Madness, Gaming, and more


Background Information

The Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework is a comprehensive system for observing, evaluating, and refining classroom practice. It synthesizes a wide body of research on instructional design and teacher effectiveness, as well as insight from over 250 teachers and administrators from around the country.  The cornerstones and my evidence are located in each RED box.  The episodes of learning and my evidence are located in the BLUE box. Evidence of my professional practice is located in the PURPLE box.


Positive Relationships

  • Managed iStaff program at PGEAST (41 members of the team)
  • use Ms. Lindy (RV turned bookmobile) for outdoor events/outreach
  • Cross campus connections for resources, personnel
  • Organized Leadership trip to Albany for Legislative Event with 13 istaff & SS teache (Hughes)
  • Organized and promoted trip to Teen Book Fest in Rochester for 50 ESM students
  • Advisor to Anime club (run by/for students)
  • Active yearbook photographer
  • Hosted Brighton Middle School to explore potential of iStaff at their school
  • Chaperoned many off site learning experiences
  • Managed info on TVs in main lobby of PGEAST
  • Advisor to Kindness Club (they did announcements daily)
  • Active member of PBIS activities/student leadership


Reflecting on & Celebrating Learning

  • development of iStaff awards for leadership
  • creation of iStaff scholarships to attend Albany Leadership trip
  • Make it Happen (PBL) project sharing
  • active leadership with building-wide shout-outs
  • Reading awards 
  • PBIS activities/leadership

Engagement and Enjoyment

  • author visits via SKYPE 
  • iStaff training, activities, and outreach
  • Teen Book Fest
  • Bookapalooza
  • 1st District-wide DEAR (Drop Everything & Read)
  • Caps for Compassion campaign
  • Ms. Lindy (outdoor) events
  • introduction of Mr. Wobbles & Repete (Library Mascots)
  • Support of Anime club/convention


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