Monday, December 17, 2018

Sphero Challenge

Last week the Imperatore Library held our second annual Sphero Challenge in honor of Computer Science Education Week. Students in the middle and upper school participated by coding a robotic ball through two challenges, a simple figure eight and a more complicated maze. This took a lot of patience and perseverance as many teams experienced frustration with various aspects of the Sphero and the course. See some photos and videos below of the challenge.

10th grader Joey programs the tough course.

Jake, John, Jonah, and Stasiu attempt the tough challenge.

Two middle school teams try to get final points on the last day of the challenge. 

The Simple Figure Eight Challenge:

The Tough Maze Challenge:

If you didn't get to participate this year, look out for Sphero Challenge 2019!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Author Sayantani DasGupta Visits 6th Graders

The sixth graders were fortunate to have author Sayantani DasGupta visit them last week in the Imperatore library. Her book series, Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, is a fantasy adventure story that is based on Bengali folktales.

When talking about her motivation for writing the first book in the series, The Serpent's Secret, Dr. DasGupta referenced the lack of diverse representation in middle grade fantasy books. This quote from Toni Morrison, "If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it" is something that has driven and inspired Dr. DasGupta. She brought up the importance of books that are windows (a glimpse into a new experience), mirrors (a reflection of your own experience), and sliding glass doors (a gateway to enter a new world) for readers.

The sixth graders greatly enjoyed Dr. DasGupta's interactive presentation. Library copies of her first book were all immediately snatched up! Look out for the second book in the series, Game of Stars, which comes out in February and read more on Sayantani DasGupta's website.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Write Night Fall 2018

It was a celebration of writing in the Imperatore Library on Tuesday, November 13 during the 5th annual Fall Write Night. If you haven't been able to witness this event, it is a great chance for budding writers to share their work among students and faculty. The night begins in the library main space, where English Department Chair Fred Daly invites a few writers to read their pieces to the whole group. Then, all participants move to smaller breakout sessions where they get the opportunity to share with their peer groups. Lastly, the group comes together again in the main space to close out the evening with a few more presenters.

Some of the pieces shared may be included in our school literary magazines, Open Roads (middle school) and Calliope (upper school,) so look for those publications in the spring. Thank you to all participants for sharing your work!

Grace ('19) kicks off the event as the first student to read her piece

Calliope editor Ken ('19) shares his work with the full group.

Jared ('20) snaps his fingers to a beat as he reads his poetry.

Anne ('19) reads her work to the breakout group of juniors and seniors.

Sixth grader Matias shares the piece he wrote for his English PBL

Eighth grader Sabrina reads her work to the 6th-10th grade breakout group.

Seventh grader Kristen shares her work with the full group.

Emma ('19) closes the evening with her creative piece.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Domino Rally

Students gathered in the library after school on Monday, November 5 to build elaborate domino structures in hopes of one massive knockdown. Great perseverance was practiced as smaller sections were occasionally knocked down but the students just picked up the dominoes and started over again. While we didn't end up with one massive connected strand of dominoes, several smaller projects were built and captured on video. Thanks to everyone who participated. Check out the photos and a video of all the fun had below!

Jack and George use a wooden plank to bridge the gap between the bookshelves. 

Delilah and Victor keep a color scheme in mind as they set up their domino sets.

A group of middle school students work to combine two domino strands.

A group of upper school students combine several strands of dominoes.

Several complex strands of dominoes were set up across tables and countertops.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The National Book Award Longlists have been announced! The books are broken out into five separate categories: Young People's Literature, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Translated Literature. See how many of the books you can read from this list before the winners are announced on November 14. Many of these books on this list are in our library so come check one or two out!

The Poet X         There There         We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sixth Graders Interview Author Kristin Levine

For the past four years, sixth graders in Ms. Macone's English class have been reading The Lions of Little Rock, and afterwards, have gotten the opportunity to Skype with the author.

The sixth graders read about the author Kristin Levine, who has written four books (pictured above), and brainstormed additional things they would like to know. They came up with questions ranging from the writing process to historical people and events like the Little Rock Nine and the Lost Year to specifics about the book's characters. Once the class votes on their favorite questions they would like to hear be asked, they are ready for their Skype Interview with Ms. Levine in the library. As students ask their questions, they deepen their connection to the book and get a glimpse into what it's like for authors to write, edit, and revise. This culminating activity has become a great way to end the year.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Middle School Celebrates Poetry Month in the Imperatore Library

All the seventh and eighth grade students celebrated National Poetry Month this April by holding their culminating presentations in the Imperatore Library.

In the seventh grade, students wrote original poems in English class and then shared their work with the entire grade during their Poetry Cafe.

Over the past few weeks, the eighth graders have studied the work of a published poet, analyzing the deeper meaning of their chosen poem. They each memorized that poem and performed it in front of their peers during the Poetry Recitation. Enjoy a few photos of each event below.

7th Grader Ben

7th Grader Javi

7th Grader Emily

8th Grader Julia

8th Grader Naz

8th Grader Jack

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sports Writer Thomas George Comes to DE

The Imperatore Library was fortunate to host sports journalist Thomas George, father of DE senior Anthony, for a lunch time talk on Monday, April 23. Besides writing for publications such as The Denver PostDetroit Free Press, and The New York Times, Mr. George is also the published author of three books, his most recent being Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble on Starting Rookie Quarterbacks.

Anthony introduces his father, Thomas George.
He talked to enthusiastic sports fans and future potential journalists about the path of becoming a sports writer, offering advice on how to start out in the field. Reiterating the point that good readers make good writers, Mr. George challenged students to seek out award-winning pieces of journalism and analyze what makes them great. He consistently returned to the ideas of hard work, learning to listen, and cultivating excellence, encouraging students to rise above mediocrity regardless of their areas of interest. Engaged students were able to take away some concrete steps for their future aspirations.

Thomas George speaks with each student about their future aspirations.
If you have an idea for a guest speaker that you'd like to see in the library, come talk to Mrs. Shaurette or Mr. Petkus.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Write Night Spring 2018

It's April, which means it's also National Poetry Month and time to celebrate student poets during our spring Write Night. Middle and upper school students and faculty gathered together in the Imperatore library on April 11 where participants read original works of poetry that ranged in tone and topic from light and humorous situations to weighty social and identity issues. Check out some of our poets below.

Eli, Class of 2018

Anya, Class of 2023

Jifang, class of 2018

Charlie, Class of 2022

Jordan, Class of 2021

Kyle, Class of 2019

Jess, Class of 2022

Krish, Class of 2022

Michael and Joe, Class of 2022

Write Night is a biannual event, so if you weren't able to make it this time, we hope to see you next year!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Author Sue Macy Speaks About Forgotten Women in Sports History

For Women’s History Month and Health and Wellness Week, the Imperatore Library was fortunate to host author Sue Macy who spoke about women in sports history. 

Throughout history, people have formed ill-conceived notions about the ability of women to play sports. Some thought competition was bad for a woman’s state of mind. There were early basketball games where men were not allowed to watch women play because it was thought they should not see females perspire. Ms. Macy spoke with groups of health and wellness classes in grades 6-9 about stories like these and how things have changed over the years. She also spoke about a number of groundbreaking women that broke barriers like Jackie Mitchell who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and the members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who played during World War II.

If you want to read further about other important women in sports, check out the biographies of Ora Mae Washington, Althea Gibson, Toni Stone, Babe Didrikson, Peggy Fleming, and Billie Jean King.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Domino Rally

On Monday, the Imperatore Library turned into Domino Central as students and teachers from the middle and upper school set up elaborate constructions and then they watched in glee as each one was knocked down. Several participants came up with really creative ideas. See some photo and video highlights below!

Dominoes take over the library!
Groups work together to build domino segments.

(Video Credit: Victor Appavu)

(Photos and Video Credit: Carrie Shaurette)