The New York Times describes FreeRice.com as “a rolling SAT vocabulary quiz”. For each word you get right, Free Rice donates 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. Challenge your student to a quiz session.
Archive for March, 2008
We have added something new: Soundzabound provides royalty free web-based music. Students, staff and faculty can use this for a variety of projects without worrying about copyright issues. Use in videos, podcasts, power point presentations, assemblies, plays; at sporting events, and as background music… the list goes on. Contact Cheryl Steele for information on how to access database.
2006 Olympic Gold Medal snowboarder Hannah Teter and award-winning author Justina Chen Headley to visit Overlake on April 2ndThursday, March 20th, 2008
Hannah and Justina have been touring high schools and middle schools across the country on their Positive Turn tour, pumping up teens to be today’s change makers and throw themselves into community service. They’ve also offered up the Go Overboard Challenge Grant–$12,000 to fund the best youth-led ideas to change the world. (www.burton.com/GoOverboardGrant). Click on U.S
They will conduct an assembly for Overlake’s Middle School on April 2, between 10:15-11:15 in Discovery Hall. Check out their Youtube channel, for a video of Hannah and Justina introducing their challenge grant.
The site also includes videos of them reading excerpts from Justina’s book. Both of Justina’s books will be available for purchase on student accounts, and they are recommended for age twelve and up.
About Hannah & Justina
Hannah won the 2006 Olympics in snowboarding halfpipe when she was just 18, and she donated every penny of her Olympic winnings to create her own non-profit group benefiting AIDS orphans in Kenya. Justina is an award-winning author who ties community service to every book I publish. Her debut novel NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (AND A FEW WHITE LIES) won the 2007 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Hannah could have stepped out of her newest novel, GIRL OVERBOARD, not just because she’s a snowboarder, but because she, Justina’s main character, found her power off the mountain by doing community service. It’s that message that they’ve been carrying around the country. A number of teachers and administrators have emailed them, calling the tour the best presentation they’ve ever had at their school–for engaging students in an important message.
Check out the winning stories from the Library’s Middle School Write-A-Line contest! Link to the Library webpage, and look under “Middle School Activities.”
The environment can’t decide how its resources are best used–that’s up to us . Whether you want to be environmentally friendly, or are curious about what green living entails check out the resources compiled by The King County Library.
Faculty Favorites, also known as Books I Have Loved, is a list of Overlake’s teachers’ and staffs’ favorite books from the past year. Check it out here. Link to list