Welcome! Our goal in the media center is to create an environment that inspires students to pursue their interests and expand their horizons through reading, to become effective users of information and ideas, and to develop college and career readiness skills that enable them to become independent, lifelong learners.
TESTING SEASON IS UPON US
Here are some tips from Albert.io to help you prepare for your exams:
1. Prepare things the night before. At VHS, that involves charging your chromebook to assure that it's fully charged for your exams.
2. Get a good night's rest and go to bed full and hydrated.
3. Wake up your mind and body with your favorite songs to get your brain processing information and warming it up to start remembering information.
4. Wear appropriate attire to keep your body comfortable and minimize distractions.
5. Eat a smart breakfast to keep hunger from distracting you.
History - from Ancient and Medieval to Modern World History; Bloom's Literature and Facts on File Issues and Controversies. Check them out with this username and password. USERNAME: buffalofl PASSWORD: books
BARNES & NOBLE MY FAVORITE TEACHER CONTEST
Submit a 500 word essay, poem, or thank-you letter describing how a teacher has influenced your life. Explain why you admire and appreciate your teacher and submit to Mrs. Whittaker by March 2nd. Learn more and access the application form here.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ESSAY CONTEST
Grades 9 - 12: Submin a 500 word essay about an African-American scientist, inventor, scholar or educator and his or her influence on Florida. The winner will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. The deadline for your submission is March 2nd. Learn more about this outstanding opportunity here.
FLORIDA SHINES - Experiencing test anxiety? Want to increase your test scores? Check out Florida Shines for tips on these and other topics. Learn more at FloridaShines.org
- FLORIDA TEENS READ PROGRAM - have you read a FTR book this year? You'll be able to vote for your favorite soon. The voting window is open from March 1 - April 13, 2018 so check out or reserve a FTR book today.
- THE WINNER OF THE 2017 YALSA TEENS' TOP TEN BOOKS - Click this link to learn the winner of this teen choice list.
- YALSA TEEN BOOK FINDER - log into your app store and download this new app for a database of nearly 4,000 YA books..
This is your connection to our media collection. To access your personal media account, email the media specialist at email@example.com for your password. Click the Destiny link above and follow these steps:
1) Click on The Villages High School link
2) Click on Login (in the top right corner)
3) Enter this info: Username: Student ID # Password: Emailed to you from Mrs. Whittaker
Destiny - Click on the Destiny link and then select the Destiny Discover tab in the left column. Select a book to read online or enter your Destiny username and password to check it out.
Project Gutenberg - over 42,000 free eBooks to read online or download.
ACT & SAT TEST PREP RESOURCES
These online resources connect you with study guides, practice exams, and tips to help you succeed.
Top 50 Strategies for ACT Test Day - 50 essential strategies that can help you earn more points on the ACT from Chegg
SAT Test Prep - 3 full-length practice tests, 1400+ practice questions and more from Chegg
ACT Test Prep - 3 full-length practice tests, 1400+ practice questions and more from Chegg
SAT, ACT & PSAT PREP- practice questions, simulated full-length tests, and test analytics designed by experts to help test takers improve thieir scores from Fabmarks
Official SAT Practice - from CollegeBoard and Khan Academy
Top 50 Strategies for ACT Day - strategies as well as resources to help students prepare for the ACT and SAT.
Veritas Prep's Free SAT Study Resources - take online SAT practice tests, watch free SAT lesson videos broken down by subject, and explore the math, reading, and writing strategies to improve your score.
Sparknotes SAT - skill-building for the writing, reading & math sections of the SAT plus test-taking strategies & vocab-building tools
ACT Test Prep -the official ACT test site with free ACT question of the day, practice questions, and test tips
Prep Center for the ACT - two complete online practice tests with explanations for every question, problem-solving videos and other ACT preparation resources
SAT Test Prep - access free sample SAT questions, free full SAT practice tests, and the official SAT student guide
Varsity Tutors - free diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day to help you prepare for your ACT, SAT and PSAT exams.
Mometrix Academy – SAT prep video reviews
AP US History Study Guide from Gilder Lehrman - everything needed to excel in AP US History
History PowerPoint Presentations - AP US History, AP World History, and AP US Government
SPANISH RESOURCES FOR HOMEWORK & RESEARCH
Infotrac provides students with Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines. Pick up the username and password at the media center and then log in at http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb . Scroll down to the database Informe Academico to access articles.
READING - FICTION & NONFICTION SOURCES
Search these lists for your next outstanding book.
College Bound Reading - revised every 5 years, these lists will help you round out your reading as you prepare for college entrance exams and courses.
Fictfact - follow your favorite series and know when new books are released
The Bookseer - type the title and author of the book that you just finished and see what the wise one recommends to you
What Should I Read Next - type the title of the book you just read and find your next book
Reading is a joy, a privilege and the right of every student. As you select the library books that you will read, please understand that every book is not the best choice for every student. If a book is unappealing or offensive to you, in any way, please return it and select another. You know which reading materials best serve you and your own standards, reading levels, and beliefs. Just remember these wise words spoken by someone once upon a time. "Dinosaurs didn't read. Now, they are extinct!"
Watch this brief video before writing your research papers.
DIGITAL REFERENCE RESOURCES
Infotrac – magazines, newspapers and reference resources with reliable, accurate information (username and password are available in media center)
Brittanica School - access the Encyclopedia Britannica through this link (username and password are available in media center)
Image Quest - images to enhance reports and presentations (username and password are available in media center)
Annals of American History - 2,100 entries from 1493 to the present; speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, photos and multimedia (username and password are available in media center)
Academy of Achievement - biographies about leaders and visionaries who have helped to shape our world
Biography Base - collection of 5485 biographies
JURN - search academic articles in the arts, humanities, business, science and medical fields; for best results, use quotation marks around search terms
Infotopia – a search engine with trusted websites.
World Factbook – information on the history, culture, government, economy and geography of 267 countries.
Florida Electronic Library – go to Clever and login with your windows username and password
State of Florida iTunes U – resources on Florida culture and history.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - digital resources, such as maps, clip art and photos.
Writing Rescue Guide for College Students - new! Writing style guides, citation tips, and basic rules for successful college application & scholarship essay writing
Owl Purdue – MLA and APA formatting style guide
EasyBib - bibliography and citation generator
Citation Machine – a guide for creating MLA and APA formatting
Students often request books that are "the next in the series," and we award service hours if parents purchase books. We also accept book donations based upon the needs in our collection, and service hours are awarded based on the books' retail value and condition. Here are several titles that are at the top of our wish list:
*All We Have Left by Wendy Mills * Broken Crowns by Lauren DeStefano
* Generation One by Pittacus Lore * Hostage Run by Andrew Klavan
* Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman * Tower of Dawn by Sarah Maas
*Yellow Brick War by Paige Danielle * The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
* Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull * The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
*Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Hann * The Adjustment by Suzanne Young
MEDIA CENTER POLICIES
We have established the following policies to encourage students to uphold our core value of stewardship as they use media center resources:
* Three books may be checked out for two weeks and renewed for another two-week period if there are no other requests for them.
* Late books and overdue fines will restrict signing out additional items.
* The replacement cost will be charged for lost or damaged books.
* Late books will be charged $.05 per day after a five day grace period.
* There is no charge for black and white printing; color printing is 25 cents per page. Students may print before and after school and during their lunches.
* Students are asked to be respectful of others and use the media center as a place for reading, studying, and conducting research in a quiet atmosphere.
NEED A QR READER APP?
Learn about our new Parent Involvement books with a QR Reader app. Find directions on downloading the app under the Media Center PDF Documents.
PI HOUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2017-2018
1. Earn 15 minutes for each unit (there are 6 units total) towards informational hours for taking the Digital Citizenship and Safety Course which is available in both English and Spanish.
2. Earn 30 minutes towards informational hours for articles at this site: Mindset Videos and Resources for PI Time. Credit till be awarded to only one parent for a maximum of 4.0 hours per household.
3. Earn informational hours by reading a Parent Involvement book to earn two informational hours per book after successfully completing a 10 question quiz. We've added the following books to our collection:
- Values of the Game by Bill Bradley
- From Chump to Champ: How Individuals Go From Good to Great by David Benzel
- The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman
- Bold Parents, Positive Teens: Loving and Guiding Your Child Through the Challenges of Adolescence by Karen Dockrey
- Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen through the Dangers of Driving by Tim Hollister
4. Earn service hours by purchasing books listed under STUDENT REQUESTS.
Take advantage of our daily 7 a.m. opening to check out books, print papers, get assistance with Chromebooks, or play chess & checkers with friends. Evening hours are as follows:
Mondays & Fridays until 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays until 4 a.m.
Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents
Christopher Columbus Essay Contest - Topic, essay format, and award info
New PI eBooks - March 2016 - Our newest additions in eBook format
QR Reader Download - Directions for downloading a QR Reader
Spanish Books for Informational Hours - Earn 2 informational hours for each book quiz
Spanish Resources for Homework & Research - Magazine & newspaper articles for current topics.
VHS PI Informational Books - Complete list of print and eBooks
Media Center LinksWebsite on Plagiarism - Explains and reminds students about plagiarism rules