Super Artists

September 4, 2008

Today was a special day in the media center. We offered the students not only the opportunity to reap the creative benefits of their brain, but also the financial. The Florida Department of Education is holding a competition to get kids thinking about the super benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. It’s a poster design competition where students, grades K-12, are encouraged to create a superhero demonstrating what it is that makes breakfast the most important meal of the day. K-3rd grade winners receive a $50 Toys R’ Us giftcard. 4th and 5th grade winners can get a $75 Best Buy giftcard. Whoa!

We had to work double-time today, as the Science resource was canceled. But rather than letting the kids down and robbing them of their resource experience today, we on the media team mustered our own super-heroic abilities and took on a double load of students. It was intense at times, but overall they did a great job and came up with some pretty impressive entries.


Artist Spotlight

August 29, 2008

I’ve always loved to draw pictures, and when I started working here oh so many years, I’ve encouraged and taught kids how to draw every chance I get. When I see kids with a knack for the craft, I like to recognize them, so I’m starting this feature on the blog.

The first artist spotlight is a first grader, Ethan. I knew him last year as a kindergartener and he was always drawing, but this morning I saw him in the dining room with a stack of drawings. He drew the entire cast of Spongebob, and quite well, from memory. He blew me away! He gave me this drawing of Squidward saying “Hi, how are you doing.”

Then he asked me what I wanted him to draw. I told him I wanted an astronaut, but he said he didn’t know how. After much prodding and encouragement, he reluctantly set out to draw one. I think it came out looking great! He even got the space shuttle in there.

And the astronaut was visited by some extraterrestrial friends.

Here’s a happy monster with a rainbow.

Thanks Ethan! Keep up the great work!


Gearing up

August 29, 2008

Alright, so we’ve gotten a couple of weeks under our belt now, and we’re seeing everything fall back into place as everybody finds their rhythm for the new year. We at the media center have been solving technology issues like crazy. Teachers have enough to worry about as they ready for a new year without having to worry about problems with their printers or computers, so we’ve been trying our hardest to get these things resolved. It takes time, but we’re getting there and we appreciate all of our teachers’ patience. We’re happy to help, but there are a lot of you and only a few of us.

Classes start coming to media next Tuesday. We’re especially excited about integrating this year’s technology-heavy theme, encouraging us to explore new ways to travel to uncharted territories. That’s what the media center is all about! We’re more than a library here. We are a place for children to dabble in all forms of media (books, web technologies, broadcast, animation, and beyond) in order to reach people in new ways.

I’ve been having fun stretching my creative muscles for various projects throughout the school. Most recently, helping out with two blog headers: Geeks from the Creek and Traveling Chet. And speaking of Geeks from the Creek, keep an eye on that blog, as Melissa Ross and I were crowned CCE’s first geeks. I guess that makes me some sort of uber geek. I’ve never been so honored…or insulted. I’m still trying to decide. Either way, I’m going to be presenting a little lesson on video editing to the teachers on our next early release day. We’ll be a school of Spielbergs before the year’s up, I’m sure of it.


Hello world!

July 17, 2008

The 2008-2009 school year had already begun the week after school ended. The media team (Jocelyn, Karen, Eric, JB and myself) immediately began brainstorming about our new theme from different locations from vacation spots all over the U.S. From the back porch of a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains I started dreaming with artist extraordinaire, Karen Willett (from her pool in Jacksonville) and amazing set designer, Jocelyn (from her mama’s in Ashland, Alabama), not to mention my family.

I just love cell phones, don’t you?

Anyway, every year, our school carries a different theme to provide vision and build community for the students and teachers. In year’s past we have had “Mission Possible..No Kid Left Behind,” “Lights, Camera, Action…It’s Showtime,” “Blazing the Trail… 100% or bust,” “Performance Drives Success…the race is on,” and “Dreams Begin Here…Dream, Dare, Do.” Our Principal, visionary, Susan Phillips announces the theme the last day of the school to the faculty so they can prepare for the first day of school.

To give you an idea of what we do before the year begins, the Media Team plans the events, decorates the foyer and media center and creates an environment where students can feel free to dream culminating into a truly amazing experience.

The theme for this upcoming school year has certainly been a challenge, however we love it. Our video producer, the amazing Eric Blair always comes through with such a dramatic flair and he introduced the theme via video.

Chets Creek Elementary (Around the World in 180 days…The virtual learning adventure begins here)

Each grade level will represent a continent, so the school will become a multicultural experience. I can’t wait to see how it will all come together. List of things to find: old trunks, maps, countries’ flags, artifacts from different countries, and oh so much more. We are just beginning!

See you soon!

The Book Fairy