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Henderson Middle School
Media Center 
 
HMS 2020 Summer Reading List
CLICK HERE to download a list of suggested middle school summer reads.  It includes popular and recent fiction and non-fiction titles.   
Have a great summer...Enjoy! 
 
Image Source: happy summer sun. Clip Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 31 Aug 2017.
eBooks & More!
Due to school closures many of our library vendors are providing free access to thousands of their eBooks and other resources to assist our students who are learning from home.  This is in addition to the resources provided by the school district.  CLICK HERE to visit the a page listing newly added links and instructions to access.  There will be more to come, check back for new additions.
 
Also, are you looking for FREE online fun things to do?  CLICK HERE to download a comprehensive list of online museum tours, zoos, story telling, author websites, math fun, science fun, music, art, mindfulness, and much more.    
Stay Calm and Keep Reading!
 
 
The Henderson Middle School Media Center is the information hub of the school.  We provide academic support to our students and teachers in the form of print materials, online resources, literacy enrichment, information literacy instruction in the context of the curriculum, and technology support.  We promote reading for information and pleasure and strive to ensure our students become effective producers and users of ideas and information.  
 
Our library contains over 18,000 books and provides access to mulitple online research tools, eReference books, a computer lab, printers, interactive LCD displays for group instruction, moblie laptop labs, digital cameras, and other audio/visual devices and classroom technologies.  
 
Library Hours
Monday-Friday from 8:25am-4:25pm
  • Students may come BEFORE SCHOOL starts beginning at 8:25am.
  • Students may come AFTER SCHOOL (after their dismissal) and stay until 4:25pm.
  • Students may come to the library DURING CLASS as long as they have a pass from their teacher. 
 
Media Center Staff 
Rob Mason - Media Specialist
678-874-2933
Vickie Binns - Library Assistant
678-874-2979
HMS Reading Bowl Club
 
The HMS Reading Bowl Team had a successful season in 2019-2020.  The Cougars took 1st Place honors in the DeKalb County competition and 3rd Place at the Metro Atlanta Regional competition.  
 
Henderson Middle School sponsors an Reading Bowl Team which competes in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.  The team is selected from students who participate in the Reading Bowl Club which begins in September each year.  Reading Bowl students read ten books and practice questions each week in preparation for the competition.   
 
HMS Reading Bowl Club Info
  • The club meets on Fridays from 7:45am -8:45am in the Media Center beginning in September.
  • The Team is selected from club members in late November or early December
  • Team members are selected on several criteria including:  number of books read, meeting attendance, participation in meetings, accuracy of answering practice questions, and a try out quiz.
  • Team members will continue practices throughout December and January leading up to the first competition
 
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl 19-20 Dates
  • DeKalb County Competition:  Saturday January 25th, 2020 at Arabia Mountain High School
  • Metro Atlanta Regional Competition:  February 8th at Clayton State University
  • North Georgia Division Competition: Date and Location are TBD
  • State Competition: March 28th at University of Georgia 
For more information contact Mr. Mason or CLICK HERE to visit the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl webiste.

 Student Reading 

Research Resources

 Click on icons below to access online resources

 
Destiny Catalogue  
Search for books and other resources in the HMS Library
(To log in:  Username is student's 7 digit "s" number with the "s", e.g. s1234567. Password is mydestiny.)
 
 
 Sora by Overdrive
Read ebooks and listen to audiobooks with the Sora by Overdrive app! Download the free app for iPhone or android, or click on the Sora icon above or in Clever. Choose Dekalb County Schools and log on with your s number and password. The setup code is "dekalbga". You can also add Dekalb County Public Library to Sora and read thousands of free ebooks from the DCPL.  
 
CultureGrams 
Research facts, figures and cultures from around the world!
(For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge) 
 

In Context Middle School
Student centered research database on broad range of topics 
(For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)  
 
 
In Context Science
Student centered research database focused on science
(For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)  
 
 
 eReference Books from GALE
Online access to eReference books on a broad range of topics
(For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)  
 
 
Imagequest
Provides access to millions of copyright cleared images provided by DCSD
(For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge) 
 
 
APM Music
Over 800,000 tracks of music from all musical genres for use by DCSD students & teachers without copyright restrictions.
(For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)  
 
 
World Book Online
Research database for middle school and above
 (For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)

Banco de Contenidos aulaPlaneta from World Book
Una base de datos completa en español diseñada para hablantes nativos de español, estudiantes bilingües y participantes del programa ESL / ELL. 
(comprehensive Spanish-language database designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL/ELL program participants.) 

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos from World Book
La herramienta de referencia óptima en español para investigadores principiantes.
(Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal Spanish language reference tool for beginning researchers.) 
 
 
Worldbook eBooks
Access to over 2500 non-fiction and fiction eBook titles.  
(For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)
Titles may also be accessed in Destiny 

 
 
Explora 
Online encyclopedia for middle and high school research.
Password: "beeline" thru 1/8/2021
 
 
Galileo
Collection of databases for all levels of research provided by the GA State BOE
Password: "beeline" thru 1/8/2021 
 
EasyBib
Online tool for creating citations (free to use but contains ads)   
 
 
Pebble Go Next
Database for next level researchers
(For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)
 
 
Pebble Go 
Database for beginning researchers
 (For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)
 
BrainPOP Homepage
Brain Pop
Educational activities, gaves and videos
 (For login see Mr. Mason or teachers have access to passwords in Verge)
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