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The KSS Learning Commons was not full of teens today but staff. The Library staff was hosting our 10th annual Summer Reading Reception. A luncheon in the library where teachers, admin, support staff and guests all gather to browse new materials, borrow books and socialize with a light lunch. Often it is a pot luck affair with avid library supporters pitching in plates or service. We have door prizes, demos, and casual fellowship. This year we had a ‘literary lunch’ where all the food had a literature connection. Pink ink punch from Dr. Seuss to Papa Hemingway tuna and Frances Mayes lemoncello cake. …
The recent AVID Readers Club meeting, in the KSS Library, was a benchmark and celebration of the current novel pick- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.
The novel involves a rich storyline from a WWI era. Teacher-librarian, Sharon Bede and English teacher, Cathy Heymen, served up tea, scones, hard tack, canned corn beef and chocolate honouring the foods of the era.
Vice-Principal Karen Macguire served up canned meat ( Spam ) to the horror of our readers! Students selected a list of titles and meet monthly face to face as well as blog their reading experience.
The 2nd semester has kicked into gear with a bang and the KSS Library is already experiencing strong patronage. With Gr 10 orientations and a variety of class projects and the wave of students working independently or in small groups, the demand on space and teacher-librarian service is high. Please check the bookings calendar and preview the Bulletin TV for seating.
The 2011 BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association Conference kicked off last Thursday with the Awards Night. Our own teacher Mr. Smith was one of the recipients to be acknowledged by his peers. Ms. Bonnie McComb introduced Mr. Smith to the crowd as the 2011 President’s Award winner. Yeeha!
KSS read in classrooms and around the school. Office staff and admin wore DEAR tshirts all day and read during the hour. Three classes in the Library read the school Newspaper ‘Censor This’ which created a special DEAR edition to mark the event.
Steve Jobs began a journey of creativity and success in a Grade 4 classroom. His Grade 4 teacher lit a spark of inspiration that burned bright until yesterday. He not only gifted the world with amazing tools but he shifted the board office models from suit to turtlenecks. Despite obvious character flaws and conflicts, as we all have too many, Apple led the wave of creative .com enterprises like Google. His CEO leadership gave an entire generation a sense of design, creative potential and imagination. His marketing savvy was only equaled by his keen acumen in understanding engineering and the consumer. Steve’s keynote presentation skills are a thing of beauty. Like the Apple logo itself, Jobs have left us with many iconic gifts.
“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people––as remarkable as the telephone.” [Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]
“The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it’s going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.
“It’s like when IBM drove a lot of innovation out of the computer industry before the microprocessor came along. Eventually, Microsoft will crumble because of complacency, and maybe some new things will grow. But until that happens, until there’s some fundamental technology shift, it’s just over.” [Wired, February 1996]
“When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” [NBC Nightly News, May 2006]
And One More Thing
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
We will miss your gifts Steve!