December 14, 2016

News & Updates

How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before its June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon? 

--Dr. Seuss

Regina Retro

Yearbook: 1961

Original Caption: Jacqueline Hahn files and Judy Miller cuts a stencil electronically, while (front to back) Mary Kay Brennan, Sharon Risser, Susan Wink, Mary Kay Houndt, and Lynne Stuermer transcribe shorthand notes.

Visit the RDHS Yearbook Archive by clicking here.
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This week's magazines are available on the coffee table in the LRC.


The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007) by Brian Selznick

Call Number:  GRA Selznick
Availability: click  here

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. 
-- Goodreads

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl

Call Number: FIC Dahl
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Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life! 
-- Goodreads

Day of Tears  (2005) by  Julius Lester
Call Number:  FIC Lester
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On March 2 and 3, 1859, the largest auction of slaves in American history took place in Savannah, Georgia. More than 400 slaves were sold. On the first day of the auction, the skies darkened and torrential rain began falling. The rain continued throughout the two days, stopping only when the auction had ended. The simultaneity of the rain storm with the auction led to these two days being called "the weeping time." Master storyteller Julius Lester has taken this footnote of history and created the crowning achievement of his literary career.

Julius Lester tells the story of several characters including Emma, a slave owned by Pierce Butler and caretaker of his two daughters, and Pierce, a man with a mounting gambling debt and household to protect. Emma wants to teach his daughters-one who opposes slavery and one who supports it-to have kind hearts. Meanwhile, in a desperate bid to survive, Pierce decides to cash in his "assets" and host the largest slave auction in American history. And on that day, the skies open up and weep endlessly on the proceedings below.

Using the multiple voices of enslaved Africans and  their owners, Julius Lester has taken a little-known, all-true event in American history and transformed it into a heartbreaking and powerfully dramatic epic on slavery, and the struggle to affirm humanity in the midst of it.  -- Goodreads

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The Marshall Memo

The Archdiocese of Chicago subscribes to a research publication called The Marshall Memo of which there is a new issue each week. Each issue features a curated round-up of important ideas and new research in the field of education for K-12 schools. This most recent issue features recently published articles in major print media as well as academic journals on social emotion learning, teaching empathy in the classroom, teaching classic novels in a new way, and much more.  Here is a link to the most recent issue.

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