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Libraries and Makerspaces

Valley Stream 30 aims to stay on the cutting edge of classroom and library technologies. To that end, each library is equipped with:

- an interactive capacitive touchscreen monitor

- Apple TV

- a set of iPads

- Chromebook and/or MacBook carts

- automated library management hardware and software

Library software and services include:

Epic! digital library
NoodleTools
BrainPOP Combo K-12 (BrainPOP + BrainPOP)
CultureGrams Elementary Schools
BookFlix
TrueFlix
Digital Libraries: Early Peoples
World Book School and Library Edition
PebbleGo 4 Bundle
FactCite - Elementary Bundle
OverDrive K5 Quickstart Service
Buncee

 

Additionally, our libraries are supported by makerspaces that offer students the opportunities to stream live video, build robots, write code, and engage in a host of STEAM activities with an emphasis on the 5 E instructional model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend or Elaborate, and Evaluate).

VS30 libraries are 21st century learning environments offering a variety of print and electronic resources to students. Documented research has proven a positive correlation between a strong library media program and student academic achievement.  Each library is staffed by a highly-qualified library media specialist who provides 45 minutes of library instruction per week to all grade levels. In collaboration with the classroom teacher, the library media specialist provides the skills and resources that support 30's curriculum. The library media specialist maintains the print and electronic resources and evaluates the collections for relevance to the educational program.

The goal of library instruction is to teach students how to access, evaluate and apply information both in the classroom and in real world situations. In addition, students are encouraged to grow as readers, to appreciate literature, and become life-long learners.


The Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Grade(s):  4-6        Time: During Library

Each year students are provided with an opportunity to participate in the The Scripps National Spelling Bee which helps them to improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

For more information on how to prepare your child for this annual event click on the bee: 

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The National Geographic GeoBee

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Grade(s):  4-6        Time: During Library

The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.  Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.  The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national:

  • Valley Stream 30 schools conduct a GeoBee and name a school champion.
  • The school champion takes a proctored online qualifying test and the top 100 ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the state level GeoBee competition.
  • State champions then travel to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship.

For more information on how to prepare your child for this annual event click on the globe: 

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