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Join the AAJHS Virtual Book Club!  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

The library is hosting its second virtual book club of the year!  Our second book is "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs.  

Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Our club meets, reads, and discusses using Google Classroom so students can participate anywhere and anytime.  
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Looking forward to building together!


The AAJHS Library host its second AAJHS Lego Club on March 7th.  Our next club meeting will be April 4th from 3:00-4:00 in the library.  You can sign up to attend March 26-April 3.  Come flex your engineering muscles and get creative with Legos!


LEGO Club Student   LEGO Club Student   LEGO Club Student
  LEGO Club Student   LEGO Club Student  



On Friday, April 13th, the library transformed into a museum to participate in International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Seventh grade students visited throughout the day to experience survivor stories, view artifacts, learn about the events before, during , and after WWII, and watch a documentary on the survivors and liberators. This is the third year our library has honored this day and the effects are always lasting upon the students.

Holocaust Remembrance   Holocaust Remembrance
In April, Danish's Bug & Butterfly Show visited the library to show 7th graders a variety of insects they have collected over many years all over the world.  
Bug & Butterfly Show Bug & Butterfly Show


Mrs. Piper's 9th graders designed, engineered, and built chairs completely out of cardboard!  Our readers are enjoying sitting on them with their favorite book.   Mr. Santone and Mr. Caminiti took a break on them as well.  


Mr. Santone
           Mr. Santone
Mr. Caminiti
                                   Mr. Caminiti
Cardboard Chairs Student in Cardboard Chair Student in Cardboard Chair
Student in Cardboard Chair Students in Cardboard Chair Students in Cardboard Chair

Thanks to an AASD Foundation Grant, Mr. Davis's 8th grade Western Industrial class "visited" Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May, NJ.  They experienced Mr. Jim Stephen's program "Past vs. Present" using the PolyCom Videoconference system in the library.  This program looks at everyday items and discusses its 1800s equivalency. 

This virtual field trip will be taken every marking period this year.  In this photo, we learned about the abacus and how it was used.  Now, it is the calculator and cell phone that do this job!

Mr. Davis' 8th Grade Class visit Cold Spring Village

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.
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!  

  April 2018

 Our Spotlight Reader for April is 8th grader, Harley S.  Harley comes to the library every day after lunch.  She enjoys reading science fiction because it talks about space and she loves space.  If she ever writes a story herself, it will be a book about a girl who is trapped in her dream and can’t get out.  Her own writing reflects her love for science fiction.

Other than reading, Harley enjoys singing.  Her advice to struggling readers is if you don’t understand something in a book, reread the part you’re struggling with.

         Come check out our amazing science fiction selection in the AAJHS Library!