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Annual media celebrations recognize school projects

Posted Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County Schools, in partnership with McIntyre's Fine Books, hosted a reception honoring library media personnel and Young Authors on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:00 p.m., at The Barn at Fearrington Village during the 2006 Library Media Celebration in conjunction with National Library Week. The evening included a reception, awards presentation and a book reading and signing by author Pamela Pease. Pease, a Chapel Hill author, was available to answer questions after her book reading.
In its eighteenth year, the Young Authors Awards recognition continued to promote the process of authoring books. Students in kindergarten through eighth grades from across the school system had the opportunity to write illustrate, and publish their own books. Thirty-nine books were submitted for the event. Each 2006 Young Author received an autographed copy of Pease's book, The Garden Is Open. Thirty-five of the students who submitted books represented Chatham County Schools at the Piedmont Young Writers' Conference at UNC-Greensboro on March 25.
The 2006 Young Author books were on display during the reception, and three books were named as Chatham County Schools' overall winners in these categories: Best K-4; Best 5-8; and Best Overall. Summer Tate, a second grader at Perry Harrison School, was the Best K-4 category winner for authoring Angelina and Roger's Pirate Adventure. The Best 5-8 book was The Mill: Part 3 by Adam Perry, an eighth grader at North Chatham. Wesley Broome, a seventh grader at Perry Harrison School, was the Best Overall category winner for authoring Fire and Ice. A trophy was awarded to these category winners, and their books will be on display at McIntyre's Fine Books during the remainder of April. In addition, each Young Author received a medal.

Each of the fifteen media centers in Chatham County Schools highlighted classroom projects that involved collaboration between the media coordinator and classroom teachers. Students used elements of library media like reference and collection books, computer technology, and videos to complete the projects. The media showcase topics were:
Bennett School: Research-based weather unit with fifth graders for science class that incorporated some fifth grade computer objectives

Bonlee School: Eighth grade research project about United States Presidents that contained segments for language arts and mathematics lessons

Chatham Central High School: Eleventh grade U.S. History project about The Roaring Twenties

Chatham Middle School: Fifth grade unit of study about endangered animals

Horton Middle School: Family Consumer Science career exploration project that included “dressing to succeed” as part of the presentations

J.S. Waters School: Seventh grade analysis of various versions of the Asian Cinderella fairy tales

Jordan-Matthews High School: Advanced Placement (AP) Government project about the media's influence on elections that included conducting a presidential campaign in social studies classes

Moncure School: Schoolwide project celebrating heritage that included an eighth grade science research project in February on the life and accomplishments of African American scientists.

North Chatham School: Literary study of six favorite authors by second graders

Northwood High School: A focus on the importance of science through study of the impact of the human population on Earth's ecosystem and the global environment

Perry Harrison School: Second grade learning experience about many kinds of communities

Pittsboro Elementary School: First grade them of plants using reference materials, the Internet, and seed planting experience

SAGE Academy: Project that utilized art prints, computers, and poetry to enhance English study

Siler City Elementary School: Multi-faceted project designed to capture fourth grade boys' interest in reading that included books with military topics

Silk Hope School: An investigation of the lives and experiences of immigrants and immigrant families for fifth grade American studies to encourage students to develop a personal connection with history and appreciation for the diversity of ethnic and cultural influences in the United States

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