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  • 2016-17 Hour of Code @ Ray

    Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only one in four schools teach computer science. Good news: this is changing! If you've heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.

    With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

    Ray School is participating for a 2nd year to help make Hour of Code even bigger. During the first semester of 2016 - 2017 every class will have an opportunity to experience a programming activity, either online or unplugged. Through the Ray Library programming we are including Hour of Code before, during & after the official Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11. So get ready, learning to code teaches us to be critical & creative thinkers; honing our ability to 'think outside the box' to solve challenges. Everyone can benefit from learning the basics of coding. 

    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 3:44 PM by L. S. Collins
  • 2016 Cardboard Challenge Project
    During first semester students experience the power of science & math connections in creative play through our Cardboard Challenge project. We will investigate, experiment with & ultimately create a student centered project composed of a cardboard box & other recycled, re-purposed materials. Using inspirational video series from Imagination Foundation: Caine's Arcade & Science at Play, students will gain more understanding of creative possibilities. Students will also use CPS SOAR online catalog, the Ray Library website and my Pinterest: Cardboard Challenge collection of ideas for more knowledge about material properties, simple machines, how to instructions and more.
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 3:43 PM by L. S. Collins
  • "Coded Creations": Save the New Date!
    Ray Cardboard Challenge Update: Students in grades 2 - 7 are super busy in Library class creating unique games & other products based on cardboard and other recycled materials. Students are working in teams & asking parents' permission to bring in materials to supplement what I have collected for them. We have a new, extended date for our culminating event, Coded Creations will be held: Thursday, October 29th, 4:00 - 7:00 pm. This change allows students more Library time to collaborate & work on their peroducts. Students in grades K & 1 will have the opportunity to work with classmates & family members to make a cardboard creation @ the Coded Creations event. Some students in 8th grade are helping promote & assist in the event. While grades 2 -7 are being assessed on their team work; any student is welcome to also produce an extra creation at home & bring it to Coded Creations. Please bring extra items on the day of the event, as storage is limited.

    So, save this date: Coded Creations: Thursday, October 29th, 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Bring your materials, or creations you made at home to add to our collection of games & interactives. We 'll have a MakerSpace in the cafeteria from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Then we'll take our creations & transition to our PlaySpace to the atrium from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. This will be a time for creative play!
    Posted Oct 30, 2015, 12:02 PM by L. S. Collins
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Ray Cardboard Challenge 2015


  • More Diversity in Youth Literature
    Posted Jul 18, 2013, 9:41 PM by L. S. Collins
  • Chicago Teachers Union Stands Up for Schools Dear Parents & Students,We would like to express our profound gratitude for your support in our fight for quality public education and a fair contract.Parents, students, teachers ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2012, 7:02 PM by L. S. Collins
  • Intellectual Freedom in the School Library The following information, reprinted from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Intellectual Freedom Committee Brochure: "Access Denied", provides critical insight to the ethical selection of materials available in our ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2012, 5:26 PM by L. S. Collins
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  • corroborate cor·rob·o·rate verb \kə-ˈrä-bə-ˌrāt\cor·rob·o·rat·edcor·rob·o·rat·ingDefinition of CORROBORATEtransitive verb: to support with evidence ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2012, 6:04 PM by L. S. Collins
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    Posted Apr 1, 2012, 5:58 PM by L. S. Collins
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    Posted Apr 1, 2012, 5:34 PM by L. S. Collins
  • episode ep·i·sode   noun   \ˈe-pə-ˌsōd also -ˌzōd\Definition of EPISODE1: a usually brief unit of action in a dramatic or literary work: asa ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2012, 5:58 PM by L. S. Collins
  • elaborate elab·o·rate   verb   \i-'la-bə-,rāt\elab·o·rat·edelab·o·rat·ingDefinition of ELABORATE -transitive verb1: to produce by labor2: to ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2011, 9:36 PM by L. S. Collins
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Library Class Announcements

  • Ray Literacy Night is December 3rd. Don't Miss It! Celebrated, award winning illustrator, Jan Spivey Gilchrist will present her wonderful collection of books and her professional literary experiences here at Ray from 5:30 - 7pm. Participants will create a ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2013, 11:28 AM by L. S. Collins
  • Celebrate Culturalooza Introducing a new end of the year special event at Keller: “CULTURALOOZA”  An Experience of Student Books & Cultures Thursday, June 13, 2013     The 2nd annual Young Authors Book Fair ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2013, 3:28 PM by L. S. Collins
  • Young Authors Books! Young Authors book production for 2012 - 2013 was very successful! As in past years, we began the writing process in Library class; and students must allocate time to work on ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2013, 4:28 PM by L. S. Collins
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