The George Marks Media Center offers print and online resources for our learning community. Throughout the school year, information literacy is taught via technology and Volusia County District online resources, such as Reading Counts and VPortal. The Media Center supports library skills and elementary curriculum, and students have access to a collection that continues to develop and grow. Most of all, we wish to encourage the love of reading and information literacy for all of our wonderful students.
Daily, fifth grade students run a live morning news show, where participants anchor, run the news studio technology or perform other tasks, such as creating book displays, helping at the checkout desk or brainstorming ideas for the news show and the Media Center. Teacher recommendation is required for participation in the news program, which takes place from 7:30am until 8:00am each day.
The media center is also host to activities like Scholastic book fairs, PTA and SAC meetings, PTA events and multiple reading incentive programs.
The George Marks media center will be featuring multiple events this school year, including both in-person and digital events with community members and authors. See below for details.
Virtual field trips about Springs Around the World, Alligators, and Trash in our environment through Crystal Springs Live, occurring with third, fourth and fifth grade classes
Digital Author Chats with SSYRA award-winning authors
Scholastic book fairs in October and February
SSYRA voting with the Supervisor of Elections Office: In March, students who have read three or more of the SSYRA titles will be invited to vote for their favorite title from the 2018-2019 list, using real voting machines and ballots.
The Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program is a statewide motivational reading incentive activity. At George Marks, students in grades 3-5 are awarded a charm for each title they read, and additional rewards are presented at year's end for students who read multiple titles. Visit the FAME website for more information about the titles.
The SSYRA JR program began several years ago for students in grades K-2. GME students are invited to participate by reading the selected titles, taking Reading Counts quizzes, and earning sticker books. More information can be found on the FAME website.
Destiny Discover: This online catalog of media resources can be found in the student VPortal. All print resources, as well as Safari Montage videos are searchable. Students are able to search for and reserve library materials, check out and read Ebooks and connect to the Destiny homepage through this resource.
Britannica School: This digital resource is utilized in many media lessons and is available to every student through VPortal.
Reading Counts: This reading comprehension app allows students to take quizzes on books they have read. Students accumulate points, which can be used to "purchase" merchandise in our year-end RC store. Reading Counts is also used to track the SSYRA and SSYRA JR rewards programs.
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