Elmore Library

Elmore Library, located in the Blatchford Learning Center, is the hub of research and reading at The Country School. Its mission is to inspire students in a collaborative environment that develops their abilities to intellectually engage a variety of media and technology to support their quest for knowledge while promoting learning and reading as lifelong activities.

Named for long-time Country School trustee Bill Elmore, the library houses more than 10,000 titles and 45 periodicals and newspapers. It is also equipped with an array of databases to enhance student learning and research as well as other technology designed to connect TCS students to schools, information, and individuals across the globe, including Skype and WeatherBug Achieve. In addition to a full complement of desk top computers, it also has several touch-screen computers that students of all ages use for information gathering and sharing as well as for displaying student work.

At its core, Elmore Library fosters the love of reading. In addition to the books students may borrow, the library has a free book exchange program through which students and/or parents may donate books they no longer want and take home books in exchange. The library also sponsors periodic book club meetings throughout the year, makes book recommendations for students and adults, and provides opportunities for students and parents to meet visiting authors. Recently, Elmore Library has served as host to authors Jake Halpern, Alan Katz, Leslie Connor, Dan Gutman, Ron Lieber, and Pamela Druckerman.

Curriculum Overviews

Library-Media

Early Childhood and Primary students have a weekly class in the library. Students listen to a read-aloud book and have the opportunity to browse the collection for a book to borrow. Middle School and Primary students come to the library regularly for guided research, as well as for a weekly technology class.

The core curriculum for the library adds depth to all other curricular areas for each grade level. We seek to foster a love of reading in our students by sharing literature and engaging in book discussions. We believe that research and information literacy skills are vital to success across every subject area. Guided by standards outlined by the American Library Association, we teach students how to find and access information effectively and efficiently, how to critically evaluate information and its sources, how to incorporate research into their own work, and how to properly cite information gathered through this process in their own work.

Technology

This curriculum incorporates the basic skills that lay the foundation for all future learning, those of reading, math, science, problem solving, analytical thinking, effective communication and the ability to work well with others. In addition, the curriculum includes those essential skills, which are vital to future learning within this specific content area, critical for mastery of the course, and specified within the scope and sequence of technology education.

Students participating in the Technology program at The Country School will be able to demonstrate the following performance competencies:

  • Develop strategies to identify and solve basic problems that occur during everyday classroom
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  • Use specific tools, software, and simulators to support learning and solve problems.
  • Apply the productivity/multimedia tools, programs, and peripherals to support personal productivity throughout the educational curriculum.
  • Collaborate with others to investigate, develop, and use information for products and presentations both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practical applications to learning and problem solving.
  • Develop attitudes, knowledge and habits relative to personal and environmental safety.
  • Show a knowledge of current changes in technology and the effects those changes have on global societies and cultures.
  • Understand the ethical behaviors that should be used when dealing with technology issues.

The goal of technology education is technological literacy for all students. Technology is about doing and developing solutions to real-world problems or products that address human needs and desires. Technology education provides a vital link to the math/science/ technology triangle to assist with understanding, living, and working in our advanced technology-driven Information Age. Its interdisciplinary nature and process orientation also helps students to comprehend and apply these concepts in the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and humanities. Technology consists of invention, innovations and other creative, “engineering-like” activities for producing physical objects and performing technical services through the application of

organized knowledge and problem solving techniques. Industrial Technology focuses on a systems approach to develop technological literacy. The systems in material processing, energy and power, and communication provide broad content areas of study.

Grades K-5

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Internet Navigation
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Desktop Skills
  • Keyboarding/Touch Typing
  • Word Processing
  • Powerpoint / Google Apps
  • Equipment
  • Spreadsheets
  • Internet Research
  • Digital Design
  • Computer Parts

Grades 6-8

  • Programming
  • Technology & History
  • Engineering Design
  • Visual Communications
  • Digital Photography
  • Photo Composition
  • Advanced Google Apps
  • Technology Problem Solving
  • Advanced Web Search
  • Effects of Technology
  • Introduction to CAD
  • Using & Maintaining Computer Networks
  • Network Architecture
  • Goodbye Stranger
  • Python programming for 8th Grade

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