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AAJHS Book Fair

AAJHS will be hosting its 5th Scholastic Book Fair!  The fair will be open to students November 29th - December 6th.  Students will be scheduled to visit the fair through the English class.  Please look for a fair flyer with a slip stating when your student's shopping time is scheduled.   

Want to shop with your child?  Have an out - of - town relative that would like gift ideas for your child?  You can also shop online at the link below from November 24th - December 11th!  All items are shipped free to the school.
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Join the AAJHS Virtual Book Club!  Check out a copy of "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio and get a "Wonder" bookmark.  Follow the instruction on the bookmark to join the club using Google Classroom.  I will be posting videos, discussion topics and much more!  You can post to the group too as we read and enjoy this GREAT story together.  

Looking forward to reading with you!

Mrs. McCaulley
Virtual Book Club!
Local author, Lori Closson, spoke to 7th graders about the writing process.  The students are writing a children's book that takes place in a specific biome and are using their research of that biome within their book."
Lori Closson, local author speaks to AAJHS 7th graders about the writing process.
Mrs. O'Roark's art students hide their original artwork bookmarks in some of the library books.  The student that checks the book out will not only receive a great story, but also an original piece of art to keep!"
Mrs. O'Roark's art students hide their original artwork bookmarks. Mrs. O'Roark's art students hide their original artwork bookmarks.
Mr. DePiro's 7th graders took a virtual field trip to Penn Museum in Philadelphia thanks to an AASD Foundation Grant.  The students learned about the significance of mummification to the Egyptian people.  They also learned the phases of mummification on a mock cadaver."
Mr. DePiro's 7th graders took a virtual field trip to Penn Museum in Philidelphia thanks to an AASD Foundation Grant.
Thank you AASD Foundation! 
Writer Paul Voloponi works with AAJHS writers.

Thanks to an AASD Foundation Grant, award winning author, Paul Voloponi, visited the library and met with Mrs. Lewis's 7th graders.  He gave them feedback on one piece of their own writing. 

The students also learned about the writing process and different writing techniques, such as alliteration.  

It was an amazing experience for our young writers!

AAJHS Spotlight Reader
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Each month, the library will select a library patron to feature as its Spotlight Reader. 
This student will be featured on the library bulletin board, on the AAJHS listserv, and in an episode of Junior Paw Productions. 

We’re proud of our library patrons!  


November 2017 

Our Spotlight Reader for November is 9th grader, Kelly B.  Kelly’s favorite genre is fantasy because things out of the ordinary happen in fantasy stories. 


If she wrote a story herself, it would be fantasy because she would love to have the opportunity to create a setting where the story would take place.  She’d like the freedom to make the setting anything she wanted. 


Other than reading, Kelly likes listening to music, talking to friends, and ice skating.



We have a TON of great fantasy books for you to enjoy! 

From Harry Potter to Percy Jackson… stop in and check out our amazing fantasy section at your AAJHS Library!