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BOB - Google Classroom

posted Jun 15, 2017, 5:38 AM by Gabriel Grana

Are you interested in Battle of the Books? Did you participate last year? Are you frustrated because our practices weren't consistent? If you answered yes to any of these, then please email Mr. Graña for a code to our Google Classroom page, where students will be adding questions and having discussions about the titles. 

Graphic Novel Creation Playlist

posted May 10, 2017, 10:41 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated May 10, 2017, 10:43 AM ]

Check out some exceptional videos to help you create your very own graphic novel! More videos will be added regularly. 

Poetry Month in the Library!

posted Apr 19, 2017, 5:52 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 10:30 AM ]

April is Poetry Month!

On May 12th we'll be hosting the 8th Grade Poetry Café during all regular 8th grade periods, and we will be carrying on the tradition of using student poems as the backdrop for our poets. 

We're calling on all poets to submit an original poem to the library for display! Poetry allows us to express our truths in our own, authentic voice, and the library wants to celebrate your ability and need to express yourself. 

Rules and Regulations:
  • Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, May 10th by 3:30
  • Poem should be an original work. Plagiarism will result in immediate disciplinary action.
  • No handwritten poems will be accepted (if your poem requires unique formatting, please see Mr. Graña for help in formatting)
  • Submit to Mr. Graña or Mr. McCauley preferably via Gooogle Docs or email
  • If you'd like your poem printed on a specific color of paper, then please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate!
  • Poems should not exceed 2 pages in length
  • Language should be kept school appropriate
  • By submitting a poem, you agree to have it displayed and stored for future use at Smith Middle School - YOU WILL ALWAYS BE CREDITED AS THE AUTHOR. If you’d like it to be taken down after the contest or in the future in order to enter it into another contest, just please send an email with your request. 
Poetry Café Details:

Date: Friday, May 12th
Time: 8th grade schedule (8:20-9:12; 10:07-12:36; 2:22-3:10)*
Location: Smith Middle School Library Media Center 
DONATIONS: We usually serve light snacks (popcorn, Trail Mix, Chex mix) and beverages (water, lemonade, ice tea) and would love some donations to help support the event. These can be brought to Mr. Graña in the library. 

*In the past, a few additional classes have opted to come read poems as well. Please check with your son/daughter if this is the case. The longer stretch of time [10:07-12:36] includes 3 class periods). 6th and 7th graders can sign up to potentially read during their recess periods if time allows. In the past this hasn't been an issue, so please come see Mr. Graña to sign up!

Battle of the Books

posted Apr 17, 2017, 6:37 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 6:38 AM ]

The following are the remaining Battle of the Books practice dates for the year:

Monday April 17 

Tuesday April 18 (after school)

Thursday April 20 

Monday April 24

Wednesday April 26

Ready for next year? YUP! Unlike in years past, we've already acquired the remaining titles for next year's competition! We'll hold an early interest meeting in May for students interested in participating next year. We'll discuss summer reading strategies, plan CONCRETE DATES for next year's meetings, and even the possibility of extended summer checkouts for the titles on the list.

Meeting date: Monday May 8th, from 3:15 - 4:00 in the library 

Makerspace Idea Committee

posted Apr 17, 2017, 6:31 AM by Gabriel Grana

The Makerspace Idea Committee has been working hard, and we've got another exciting event being planned! Please check back here for updates.

Our next committee meeting will be on Thursday, April 20th from 3:15 - 4:30. Please talk to Makerspace Committee members on your grade level if you'd like to share ideas! Come to the library if you'd like to know who they are. :)

Readers Around the World

posted Jan 20, 2017, 6:01 AM by Gabriel Grana

Click the link above to check out some stunning photos of readers around the world! We'll start taking photos of readers in the library and around Smith, too! If you want to take part, email me ggrana@chccs.k12.nc.us and I'll post your photo on the library website, in the library, and on the library social media accounts through Twitter and Instagram @smithmsmc.

Attention Parents: The Makerspace Needs You!

posted Jan 12, 2017, 12:47 PM by Gabriel Grana

Calling all Makers!  Are you a creator?  Are you a tinkerer?   Do you love coding, engineering, design and DIY?  So do our students!

MakerSpaces help teach kids critical thinking skills and encourage creativity.  And they are lots of fun!

The Smith Library is expanding its MakerSpace, and we are looking for parent and community “Maker Mentors” to inspire and enlighten the next generation of Makers!

Star Wars Week!

posted Dec 12, 2016, 7:52 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 7:53 AM ]

It’s Star Wars Week in the Library!

Join us for a variety of Star Wars related activities, or just indulge in the ability to create something! Rogue One: A Star Wars story is about a group of rebels that must join forces to steal the plans for a weapon that could threaten the galaxy, but really it’s about people working together to stand up for themselves. Another common theme in the Star Wars stories is the idea that everyone has greatness within them. 


To explore that idea, we’re holding a Star Wars build challenge. Create something that would fit in the Star Wars universe with whatever materials you are most comfortable using! You could create new characters, droids, monsters, creatures, spaceships, songs. You can draw, paint, write song lyrics, use Garageband to compose a song, use cardboard, design a 3D object, use computer bits from our UnMakerspace, make a photo mosaic… the options are endless. It’s all about channeling your own creativity in a directed way. 

For inspiration we’ll have a series of Star Wars photos and trailers showing on the Smartboard during recess periods.  Or check out a STAR WARS book, including Ahsoka, Lost Stars, and The Force Awakens.

We’ll also have the following Star Wars related activities going all week long:




Star Wars computer games

Lego Star Wars computer games

Pixel Art using Piskel 

ThisIsSand.com - create Star Wars landscapes

code.org Star wars

We'll also have puzzles, coloring pages, and other activities


Lego Star Wars Games:


Disney Star Wars Arcade:


This is Sand:


Pixel Art:


3D Design





Star Wars Website - including games, apps, soundboard, & other Star Wars related fun


You may also continue to use any of the Makerspace or Arts Day websites. 

3D Design

posted Dec 7, 2016, 7:55 AM by Gabriel Grana

Music Monday!

posted Dec 5, 2016, 7:36 AM by Gabriel Grana

Welcome to Hour of Code week!

Music Monday links:

(And drawing, because why not.)

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