The Media Center
The media center at the School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales is an inviting area for both students and staff alike. The ground floor of the old rectory has been remodeled to house the library and computer lab. Students have weekly technology classes as well as library time. Other teachers make use of the space for integrating technology into the classroom. The computer lab has 14 state of the art computers with a projector screen to enhance learning.
The shelves of the library are overflowing with books for readers from Kindergarten age up through the eighth grade, as well as adults. Students lose themselves in a diverse choice of books including award winning Red Clover books and Dorothy Canfield Fisher award books. Using the Dewey Decimal System, the library shelves are filled with fabulous fiction, nonfiction and plenty of research titles. Students borrow books on a weekly basis.
Reference books and magazines abound and enhance the computer lab and its reach into the World Wide Web.
The members of the teaching staff in the media center are now referred to as media specialists. The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Media Specialists include Mrs. Marcia Hendery and Mrs. Kathy Murphy, who share responsibilities for teaching the students both technology and library skills.
Notes from Mrs. Hendery
I joined the staff of the School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales in 2003. I have found that the students here are wonderfully familiar with computers. However, I plan to introduce them to new avenues that can be taken on the Internet and in learning programs.
As an avid book lover, I relish the opportunity to introduce new titles and revisit old ones with students. As staff, we help them use the library resources to their full potential. I am excited about the scope of books and the places to where the students can “travel.”
Notes From Mrs. Murphy
I have enjoyed teaching at the School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales since 2001. The media center has been very dynamic in my time here. In addition to keeping pace with changing technology, we have added a projection screen for the computer lab. The ability to demonstrate new lessons to all students at once through the projection screen is invaluable. We are now integrating the concepts of research through the library and the Internet. As media specialists we hope to assist the class room teachers to make the most of technology in the classroom. The students look forward to their time on the computers and listening to books. The have the opportunity to get lost in the wonder of books. What a great job!