What is a Learning Commons?
Welcome to the Learning Commons at Plainville High School. Our goal is to create a centralized and collaborative space for instruction, teaching and learning.  Students, teachers and staff have direct access to print and online resources and innovative technologies.  The key to the Learning Commons is flexibility. There are areas for tutoring, group work, reading, presentations/performances, individual study, class instruction, and research and technology support.  This is a  concept for a school library that will evolve to meet the ever changing needs of our students.

The Learning Commons program supports Plainville High School's core values of Honesty, Effort, Achievement and Teamwork. The 21st Century Skills - communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and character are promoted through work with individual students and classroom instruction.

How can I use the Learning Commons?
The Learning Commons contains over 20,000 print and eBook volumes, 44 newspapers and magazines, and an audio/video and digital book collection that support the curriculum and meet the personal interests of the students at Plainville High School.

Printing services are available to students before, during and after school.  In addition, extra Chromebooks are housed in the Learning Commons that can be borrowed if needed (See student handbook for consequences for multiple offenses).

The Learning Commons is also the location of the Homework Zone. Tutors are available each day after school to assist students with their homework.

All students can come directly to the library during study halls.  

When is the Learning Commons open?   
Monday through Thursday  7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday  7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Who works in the Learning Commons?
Deb Pikiell, Library Information Teacher

Michele Tavernier, Library Paraprofessional    

How many books can I borrow?
We have a 6 book limit, but let us know if you need more for a particular project just lew.  Materials should be returned or renewed within 4 weeks.

What is the philosophy of the Library Information Department?
“All students must be able to use information and technology effectively to live, learn and work successfully in an increasingly complex and technology-based society” (CT Framework).  To be prepared for a future characterized by change, students must learn to think critically, draw conclusions to make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and be able create and communicate new knowledge.  They must also develop the skills to pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

Students become active learners through interaction with information.  Learning how to locate, access, evaluate and use information from a wide variety of print and digital resources is referred to as Information Literacy.  The classroom teacher and  the library information teacher work together to provide multiple opportunities for students to develop and practice these inquiry based skills.

The Library Information & Technology Literacy Department believes that reading is a fundamental skill for learning, that ethical use of information must be taught, and that all students must have equitable access to books and reading, to information and to information technology.

The philosophy of the Library Information & Technology Literacy Department is adapted from the position on Standards for the 21st-Century Learner held by the American Association of School Librarians (2007) and the Connecticut State Department of Education Information and Technology Literacy Framework (2006).

What is the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)?
Plainville Community Schools provides electronic information systems for improving teaching, learning, and managing. These systems shall be used by members of the school community in accordance with policy and procedures established by the school district and laws enacted by state and federal governments. The following acceptable use [procedures] policy (AUP) [apply] applies to supervised and independent use of [stand alone computers, networks, and the Internet] all forms of technology. It does not attempt to articulate all access scenarios and users behaviors.

For the purposes of this AUP, the definition of information systems is any configuration of hardware and software, which provides users access to information stored electronically. The configuration can be a single unit or multiple units networked together. Networks include computer hardware, operating system software, and stored text and data files, regardless of source and content.

Users shall be defined as any person who utilizes these information networks. Users include all students [and], district employees and members of the Board of Education. It may also include other persons outside of these groups who, in the course of using district facilities, require access to the systems.

The Plainville Board of Education expects all users of its technologies and electronic information systems to demonstrate responsible, courteous behaviors. Responsible behavior includes abiding by the law and the terms of the AUP with regard to privacy, confidentiality, security, and intellectual property.

Student Code of Conduct

Plainville Community Schools expect students to demonstrate the following behaviors associated with responsible use of its information systems.
1. Protect your password/log-on from others. Do not leave any station unattended unless you log off.
2. Be courteous in your communications. Avoid sending or displaying comments or images that are harassing, intimidating, obscene, and/or discriminatory. These kinds of communications may be considered a crime, pursuant to Public Act 95-143 and other statutes. Also avoid sending messages that breach confidentiality.
3. Maintain the integrity of files and data. Do not modify or copy files from others without consent.
4. Treat information created by others as their intellectual property. Abide by copyright laws and fair use guidelines.
5. Abide by Board of Education regulations, administrative guidelines, and state and federal laws with regard to software loading, copying and use.
6. Refrain from abusing, modifying and destroying district hardware and software.
7. Use the network responsibly. Do not intentionally disrupt its use. Refrain from developing and passing on programs that impede other users or damage a computing system (e.g., viruses, worms, and global mailings, hacking).
Use technology resources for the educational purposes for which they were provided. Do not use them to play games, conduct personal business, or promote political and religious causes.
8. Report problems with your files/account promptly to a teacher or member of the Information team.
9. When on the Internet, demonstrate these additional behaviors:
· Find materials, which are related to assigned learning activities.
· Do not access and/or participate in chat rooms, newsgroups, bulletin boards, listservs, MUDs, MOOs, etc., unless supervised by a staff member for a pre-approved instructional activity.
· Do not access or download inappropriate and obscene materials.
· Do not reveal identifying information about yourself (e.g., name, address, phone number, etc.)
· Report immediately any incident or contact which seems suspicious to a teacher or member of the Information team.
10. Recognize that the district will monitor all activity on its information systems and take appropriate disciplinary action against users who have violated the conditions of its AUP.
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