McDavid-Jones Elementary was built as two separate schools, so it has the unique circumstance of having two separate libraries. Because we do have two separate libraries, our web master couldn't create two library pages under the Library Heading. Therefore, to see information on the K-2 or 3-5 library, click on Clubs and Organizations and in the box titled --choose a club/organization, click on the drop down arrow and choose the appropriate library.
The mission of the McDavid-Jones 3-5 Elementary Library/Media Center is to develop independent lifelong learners who can discover information by using the many resources available to them through our Media Center.
The McDavid-Jones 3-5 Elementary Library Media Center operates on a flexible schedule and is open each weekday from 8:00 to 2:15 for students and from 7:30 - 2:30 for teachers. The Media Center uses an automated catalog system named "Destiny" which can be accessed from all computers in the school including those located in the Media Center, Computer Lab, and individual classrooms. Students and teachers may use the Destiny program anywhere in the building to generate a list of desired materials and then email this list to the Media Specialist. These materials will then be pulled and prepared for the individual to pick-up.
Students may check out books for a period of one (1) week. Fines are not charged for overdue books; however, students with overdue books will not be allowed to check out additional books. Students must pay to replace lost or damaged books. Students who make a 100 on an AR test will be allowed to check out 2 books, one of which does not have to be an AR book.
In addition to the flexible scheduling hours listed above, classes are scheduled into the library on a rotating basis for formal lessons covering grade level appropriate information literacy skills. Teachers may request additional class time for special projects or research. The library media specialist and classroom teacher will plan collaboratively to ensure that all class sessions support and extend the goals and objectives of the classroom.
Our students take Accelerated Reader tests through a web-based program called Renaissance Place. Also, included in RP is the STAR Reading test and STAR Math test. These tests are used to evaluate where students are based on skill levels. With Renaissance Place, students have access to any test that RP has created. While students must take their tests at school, they may read and test on books that they have in their own home library, the public library and the school library. To check and see if the books they are reading from home or that they are checking out at the public library are AR, go to http://www.arbookfind.com/.
Home Connect: Parents can also keep up with their students' AR and STAR reading test scores by going to https://hosted240.renlearn.com/79853/HomeConnect/Login.aspx and logging in with the student's username and password. Since MCPSS has purchased this resource, all students will use their 10-digit State number as the username. Most of our students will use their lunch number as their password. (A few of our teachers chose not to follow this system.)