Our Holy Family Catholic School has an extensive Media Center collection for students PK-8th grade that include print and digital books and magazines. In addition, we have subscriptions to databases such as Britannica Online and Brain Pop. Equally important, our Media Center reflects the school’s goal to provide a Catholic Christian environment, and to ensure that students and faculty become effective users of ideas and information.
Media Curriculum —Media as a subject does not have current Florida Standards at this time, however we incorporate the Language Arts and Technology Standards in our lessons. For the lower grades PK-2nd our focus is on selecting books for optimal reading growth and enjoyment. Beginning in 3rd grade students begin to learn about reference resources, searching for and evaluating information, copyright and avoiding plagiarism, Internet safety and netiquette, and are introduced to a variety of genres of literature. Our overall goal is to encourage all students to become lifelong readers.
Beginning September 2015 we will be reintroducing the Renaissance Learning - Accelerated Reading Program for all grades. This reading incentive program provides feedback and monitoring of each student’s reading growth. Renaissance Learning keeps record of each student’s reading comprehension through online quizzes taken by a student for each book read. Result and summary reports provide students, teachers, and parents the ability to follow reading progress throughout the year.
About the Media Specialist, Mrs. Gibbs -- Education /Experience: M.A. in Library and Information Science and is a K-12 th Certified Media Specialist- She has worked as a Library/Media Specialist at Holy Family Catholic School since 2004. Prior to that she was a substitute teacher, stay at home mom, Children’s and Young Adult Librarian for Dade County Public Library System, and at the beginning of her career as an instructor Librarian at Florida International University in Miami.
“I have two wonderful daughters, and 3 cats. I was born in Cuba, speak Spanish fluently, and have been living in the states for 52 years. My favorite pastime since childhood is reading. My favorite book is Jane Eyre. My favorite food is: anything with cream cheese. My favorite movie is Sandlot. My favorite thing about being a school librarian is watching the rapt look on the faces the students sometimes get when I am reading them a story out loud that they like.”
The Media Center is open every school day from 7:30 to 3:30pm, except for Fridays when we close at 2:00pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to visit any time during open hours to select or return books or do research, as per classroom teacher permission.
We invite you to explore the Media Center Website, link is on the left, or click link below to view all of the information offered there. As always, suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
Media Center Website