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— About the Beckham Media Center —

Mission: The mission of the Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary Media Center is threefold: to provide, to promote and to instruct.

The media center aims to provide the Beckham family with current, quality materials that will complement our programs and enhance the value of our students’ education, promote reading as a worthwhile and pleasurable activity, instilling in our students a love for the printed word, instruct our students in the most successful methods of seeking and acquiring information, and encouraging the pursuit of knowledge as a lifelong objective.

Collection: The media center collection consists of over 12,000 items, including print and non-print materials and audiovisual equipment. Students are able to check out books and magazines as well as recorded audiobooks and videos.

Programs: The Beckham media center actively promotes the Accelerated Reader program. This reading comprehension/motivation program uses computerized which allow students to accumulate points and participate in rewarding activities. This year, AR’s program will be web-based; it’s theme is “Reach for the World – Read!”

The Beckham Elementary Student Television News are conducted from the media center’s TV studio every morning. Fifth grade students are selected every grading period to conduct on-air broadcasts.

Every year, the Beckham students in grades 3, 4 and 5, are invited to participate in the Sunshine State Young Readers Award. This statewide reading program is designed to motivate students to read good fiction. Fifteen recent fiction titles, previously nominated by students in our state, are placed on the Sunshine State list each year.

Our 2007-2008 Sunshine State program program will begin on October 1 and run through the end of March. The books on the list will be available at our media center, but can also be found in public libraries and bookstores. Because the demand is great, we encourage parents to make use of the public library for some of the Sunshine State books.

Policies and Procedures: The Beckham media center functions on a flexible basis. Students visit the media center for a variety of purposes. These include checkout, storytime, instruction and research.

Students in grades PK – 1 visit the media center for story time and book checkout once a week. Students usually check out one book, and whether the book is taken home or left in the classroom is left up to each teacher’s discretion.

Students in grades 2 – 5 may check out up to two books or magazines each time they visit the media center. Teachers are encouraged to send their students in small groups, allowing sufficient time to browse and to receive assistance from the media center staff. Second grade students are also encouraged to come as a class for story time.

A student with an overdue item will not be allowed to check out until the item is returned. If a student loses or damages an item, he/she is responsible for the cost of its replacement. Overdue notices and bills for replacement are sent periodically. This aspect of media center policy is important beyond the simple act of maintaining the collection. WE WISH TO FOSTER RESPONSIBILITY AND TRUSTWORTHINESS IN OUR STUDENTS BY EMPHASIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF CARING FOR COMMON PROPERTY AND TAKING CHARGE OF ONE’S OBLIGATIONS. We ask parent cooperation in this important endeavor.

Parents are encouraged to visit the media center and check out books for their children. Media center hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. daily.

Students will also visit the media center for research or instruction. Research projects will have undergone careful planning and collaboration between the the teacher and the media specialist.

When accompanied by an adult, students are welcome to use the media center computers after school until 6:00, p.m.

— Questions? Need Help? —

Please Contact the EKB Media Center: slopez@dadeschools.net