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Summer is a great time to read. Your teacher librarians have put together a summer reading list with 60 books from which to choose. The books are divided into 5 different categories representing a number of different genres and reading levels.







Don't feel like you need to stick to any one list. Pick from them all! Set reading goals for yourself as the summer begins. For instance, maybe you want to choose 10 books to read over the summer. Maybe one per month is enough for you. Perhaps you want to try to work you way through all of the books. Wow! That would certainly be ambitious. It's up to you. Whatever you choose, remember that reading is a great way to relax and recharge!

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Do you listen to podcasts? If so, you might be interested in Loud in the Library, a new podcast by FHPS district teacher librarians Chris Patrick and Tracy Chrenka.

The podcast will be published on the 15th of each month during the school year and will feature an interview with a different author or illustrator during each episode. The podcast will also contain other information regarding books, reading, and literacy.

You can find the current episode as well as future podcasts athttp://loudinthelibrary.com/

You can also subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes library. And it will soon be available in the Google Play store.

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In March 2016, district juniors will be taking the SAT. That leaves plenty of time to get ready. Fortunately, there are many great free online resources to help prepare for success. The Michigan Electronic Libraryoffers SAT Practice Tests. Simply visit www.mel.org and click on the Practice Tests link to the left of the page.

At the college preparation center, students can learn more about the SAT and work through practice tests. Students need to sign up for a free account in the LearningExpress Library before beginning. Students are then able to study at their own pace during their own selected times. 

Another free option for students, is SAT prep through a partnership between CollegeBoard and Khan Academy.

Between these resources, a good night's sleep, and a healthy, nutritious breakfast on the day of the test, you're bound to succeed! Happy studying!

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It’s that time of year again. Summer time! Time to relax and pick up a good book. 

But how to find that perfect read?

Start by checking out this year’s FHPS Media Summer Reading List, where we’ve listed a total of 60 titles for readers of all ages.

For a smaller download, select the Summer Reading List 2015 in PDF format.

If you'd like the interactive version, which includes audio and video, download either the Summer Reading List 2015 Interactive PDF or the Summer Reading List 2015 EPUB file. This will take more time to access, but once downloaded you will have the interactive capabilities.

Whether you choose a book from our list, or find one on your own, we’d like to know about it. Send us a Tweet or post a picture to Instagram. Use the hashtag #fhpsreads. All summer participants will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card from Schuler Books.

And remember, a large number of the titles listed are available from the FHPS Media Center’s Overdrive collection! 

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The data and information that you leave behind on webpages and on social media services such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, or Facebook makes up your digital footprint. You should know that the information you provide may be stored with or without your knowledge  - intentionally or unintentionally.

Once a video, photo, or message is uploaded to a website or social network, or sent to a mobile device, it can be nearly impossible to retrieve or delete. With this shared information, other people can duplicate it, share it without permission or take a picture or screenshot of it, so even if the owner deletes it, it may not be gone completely. 

Learning to manage your digital footprint is a critical skill to have today and includes how to search for information about yourself and how to share information responsibly. To learn more about managing your online reputation, check out Google's Support Center.

Watch the following video created for A Platform for Good (a fosi.org project) to hear teen perspectives on the importance of digital reputation.

"Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Introduction." Google for Education: Google Digital Citizenship: Introduction. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2015.

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Are you the next Steven Spielberg? Why not find out by submitting one of your original film creations to the Kent County Teen Film Festival.

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Thanks to the incredible artistic talents of two Forest Hills high school students, FHPS Media has a new logo! Recent Eastern grad Kailey D and current Central high school student Christine R took our challenge and turned it into something special.

Last year, when we unveiled our new website, this was our logo:

We decided that we wanted something new and original, so we approached our high school art classes with an idea. The student who could come up with the best new logo design for FHPS Media would see their creation on our website. As if that wasn’t enough, we also offered a small monetary prize.

We were looking for a fresh design that melded traditional with 21st century learning. We had several excellent entries from our three high schools, but were particularly impressed with the works of Kailey and Christine. In fact, we liked them both so much that we asked them to work together to combine their logos.

Fortunately for us, they agreed, and their collaborative efforts resulted in our brand new FHPS Media logo. You can find it on our website as well as on our social media sites.

Thanks Kailey and Christine!

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out the diverse collection of eBooks and audiobooks on our Overdrive Shelf, now is the time to do it! 

Through a generous grant from the Forest Hills Education Foundation and several individual building purchases, our Overdrive Book Shelf has almost tripled over the past several weeks. We currently own 678 titles, and that number will continue to grow. We now own a variety of titles, with something to appeal to just about everyone. 

One of the great things about Overdrive is that it is compatible with so many different devices, 

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The FHPS Media Centers are looking for a new logo and we think that you might be the person who can design it for us. Submit your new FHPS Media logo before spring break for a chance to have your logo featured on the media center website, to win the respect and admiration of parents, teachers, and fellow students, AND for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

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