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posted: Fri, Apr 29th, 2016

Love your library! National Library Week celebrates the MOHS Library Media Center

Ms. Rebecca Bushby, Certified Library Media Specialist, and Mrs. Lisa Brown, Library Assistant, have certainly had their hands full with all of the great programs they have run at Mount Olive High School this year in the Library Media Center. From weekly Forte Friday performances to various contests and appreciation days like Talk Like a Pirate Day Kahoot and Teen Read Week voting, the library has been helping students in a variety of formats.

Throughout the school year, Ms. Bushby has collaborated with many teachers across departments to help students conduct research, navigate databases, evaluate website credibility, and create Works Cited pages, among other skills. In addition to working with many English Language Arts, Social Studies, and World Language classes on these topics, Ms. Bushby has also teamed up with the Graphic Arts classes as they redesigned book covers. Even many MOHS Math classes have taken advantage of the library's resources, working with Ms. Bushby on lessons using Edmodo, Shmoop, and Khan Academy.

Joey Garcia, 9th grade ELA student who has used the library to find independent reading books for class says he loves going to the library for books because, "Books are knowledge, and knowledge is power."

Expressing similar sentiments, Cheyenne Striano, a freshman in Ms. Casabona's English class used the library's databases while working on a major research paper earlier this year. She said, "Ms. Bushby's help with my Works Cited helped me get a passing grade on my research essay and understand how to make a Works Cited for future papers."

In order to show a little appreciation for school libraries around the nation, April has been named School Library Month, and celebrations include National Library Week (NLW) festivities. The purpose of NLW is to promote awareness of the value of libraries. Ms. Bushby said, "Libraries are more than rooms of books and computers; Libraries feed our human spirit. This year's theme is Libraries Transform Lives. Whether it is access to books or technologies, computers, printers, or Wi-Fi, quiet space, or human interactions, or someone to help you find the answers, the how, what, who, when, where, and why, libraries make a difference in people's lives."

This year, Ms. Bushby ran a spirit week during the first week in April, in which students and staff could dress in certain colors each day to fill the NLW bulletin board. Every day during unit lunch, a different event was run in conjunction with various departments in the school.

Regarding NLW events Ms. Bushby said, "I started NLW events in my first year at MOHS four years ago, and have expanded the offerings each year. We have events and displays coordinated with the English Dept., Drama Dept., Art Dept., and Music Dept. This year I changed the contest to a library spirit week and was impressed by the number of students and staff who participated. I'll be working on ideas for next year's events."

So what makes the MOHS Library Media Center unique from other school libraries around the country? Ms. Bushby said, "One big difference that affects our Library is Unit Lunch. We usually have up to 150 students in the Library during lunch, reading, studying, working in groups, drawing, working on projects, computing, relaxing, puzzling. The Library also has a flex schedule and I actively collaborate with teachers to present instruction on research skills. We have a great collection of print and online resources."

The MOHS Library Media Center is a safe haven for students looking to quietly work on homework, find a great book, print work for class, or get tutoring in subjects in which they may need extra help. With Ms. Bushby and Mrs. Brown available as resources, students should take advantage of all the library has to offer, including its great staff. The Library Media Center is open for Homework Club every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school and open during unit lunch. While the library has been closed recently for PARCC testing, Ms. Bushby is excited to end the year strong with "Get Caught Reading Month" in May and "Our Future is Bright" in June. Forte Fridays will also continue until final exams once PARCC testing is over. Be sure to visit the MOHS Library Media Center in May and June as these events close out the school year.

Model UN makes great strides

Mount Olive High School's Model UN (United Nations) club may have only formed in 2015, but already they have been performing well as a delegation and achieving recognition at several Model UN conferences.

Advised by Mr. Ronan Cotter of the History Department, the Model UN activities include researching current and controversial global issues, researching the viewpoints of different countries, writing arguments that try to solve the global issues in a way that the student's assigned country would approve, speaking in front of committees of students from other school, and collaborating and making compromises with peers from other schools to solve these issues while still holding true to their country's perspective

The most recent competition was at the Bergen Academies in Hackensack, where Mount Olive's Model UN team had a fantastic showing at the Bergen Academies Model UN competition, with Max McVicar winning Best Delegate, Lena Li winning Outstanding Delegate, and Mount Olive's team winning an award for Outstanding Delegation.

McVicar's delegation was part of a crisis committee that were given issues that needed to be addressed immediately. The difference between the regular committees and the crisis committees is that delegations aren't just drafting one resolution; rather, they make a decision and get to see it play out with consequences.

McVicar said, "Each committee tackles a specific topic. My committee did something from Avatar, the Last Airbender, pretending to be part of that universe. You can make unilateral decisions in crisis committee if you feel that it would help your goals."

In regards to his award, McVicar said, "I showed all of the qualities that are necessary for the MUN award, such as willingness to cooperate, good speaking skills. It's given out to one person per committee."

The Mount Olive team, which sent 9 members to the Model UN conference, was one of the smaller ones at the competition, and they are looking to grow next school year. The students who currently represent Mount Olive's Model UN team at competitions are Max McVicar, Lena Li, Danny Tigreiros, Alfonso Carandang,Rosa Chang, Roopa Badapati, Siddharth Bector, Catherine Stingle, Nabiha Qadir, Priyanka Mistry, Seunghak Shin, many of whom competed in Hackensack and at West-Windsor Plainsboro.

Mr. Cotter is proud of his group in one of their first years of competition, saying, "Our team did exceptionally well at creating new ideas in committees and facilitating collaboration between different factions to reach consensus. Also, we're always eager to have more people involved!" Students interested in joining Model UN for the 2016-2017 school year should see Mr. Cotter for more information.

MOHS Lip Dub

Be part of MOHS's first-ever lip dub! A lip dub is when a group of people lip sync to a song, while a video is produced. The lip dub will be organized by the MOHS clubs and sports teams and will be recorded Thursday, May 19th after school.

Mr. Chris Praml, MOTV instructor, said, "The MOHS Lip Dup was an idea Mr. Stansberry and I have been discussing for a few years now. We felt that it would be a great opportunity to bring the entire school together, raise school spirit and challenge the advanced MOTV students. The Lip Dub will be like a pep rally that includes every student in the school. Over 1,400 students will be involved."

The TV 4 class at MOHS has been working on the the brainstorming and planning of the lip dub since the end of last school year and started working full time on it in March. Four songs have been selected and cut down into a mix that will be used for the lip dub: "We Come Running" by Youngblood Hawke, "Clarity" by Zedd, "Classic" by MKTO, and "Good Time" by Owl City.

Mr. Praml explained the technical features that will make the lip dub possible. He said, "Thanks to the new addition of our steadicam camera we will be able to record the lip dub in one continuous shot running through the school while the steadicam absorbs the shock and keeps our camera shot from shaking. We will intro and close the lip dub with aerial shots recorded using our drone. The students have been working hard performing run throughs with the equipment to work out timing, lighting, shots etc. We have been planning the route and organizing the student sports, clubs and activities."

Student council has been instrumental in organizing the sign ups for the different groups and the decorating for the lip dub. To register for the lip dub, club presidents and sports captains should visit the following link: http://www.mtoliveboe.org/mohs/departments/motv.php?MOHS-LIP-DUB-18

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