Library Visits

To check out books or use the computers you MUST have: a signed pass from your teacher and your SCHOOL ID.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Library Word of the Week - Video Game Edition

The HSC Game Club is having a Students VS Teachers game tournament on Monday after school, therefore, our words today come from video games

Cheats: Special codes that allow you bypass the normal limitations of a game. Typical cheats allow you to gain extra lives, become invincible, access different stages, give players big heads, etc. Some cheats are built into games, while others can only be accessed using devices like the Game Shark.

"Glory Seeking": Taking a particularly dangerous course of action for the opportunity to score bonus points. For example, pursuing the vegetables in Dig Dug.

Pwned (slang): Owned, beaten, defeated. Originated from a typo of "owned".

"Tempting Fate": A generally unwise decision involving toying with an enemy in order to gain the opportunity to score bonus items or points. This is often seen in Pac-Man games.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Library Word of the Week - vocabulary from Holly Black's novels

The library is promoting a fun way to recommend books: Take a Shelfie! Students and teachers are encouraged to take a selfie with a favorite book.

Of course, Ms. D could not decide which she liked better: the Modern Faerie series or the Curse Workers series, both by Holly Black.

Ms. D with Ironside and Black Heart, both by Holly Black
In honor of Take a Shelfie, the vocabulary this week comes from another of Holly Black's fabulous series fiction: The Spiderwick Chronicles

bespectacledwearing eyeglasses.

menagerie:a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition.

maliciousfull of, characterized by, or showing malice;intentionally harmful; spiteful:
malicious gossip.

desecrationto divest of sacred or hallowed character or office.

Find more vocabulary words in Holly Black's amazing novels! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Quote to Ponder

"Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before."
~Kurt Vonnegut


Friday, December 5, 2014

Library Word of the Week - vocabulary of Night

Many of our sophomores are reading Night by Elie Wiesel and learning about the Holocaust. In fact, Springfield Museums did a visiting trip to speak about hate crimes and Holocaust survivors who made it to Springfield.

Springfield Museum travelling visit to Commerce on 12/3/2014

Here are some words from Night that you should know:

annihilate: to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly
hermetic: sealed-off and made airtight ; not connected to outside world; isolated
harangue: to address (a person or crowd) through an angry, loud, or forceful speech
untenable: incapable of being defended, as an argument or behavior; incapable of being maintained (as in behavior or situation)

If you're interested in reading the book, try here: Night PDF

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"New" Resource

The Springfield City Library has some great ebooks for kids. This might be a fun way to read books to a younger sibling!

C/W MARS Digital Books For Kids

Go here:C/W Mars eBooks for Kids to take a look!