Friday, January 19, 2018

January Is Food for Fines Month at the Public Library!


If you haven't been to the Uxbridge Free Public Library lately because of fines, visit in January with a food pantry donation to have your fines forgiven!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

February 8 Book Club Meeting: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

The next Book Club Pick is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. All are welcome to join in the discussion after school on Thursday, February 8. If you need a copy of the book, talk to Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. So begins this expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?"

Join us at all Book Club's meetings this year to discuss these books chosen by UHS students:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January Newsletter


The January Newsletter is here, and this month it features:
  • Book Club picks for the rest of the school year, as voted by students in the club
  • details about the MSLA Bookmark Contest
  • Upcoming Anime/Manga Club dates
  • and more!

Friday, December 29, 2017

January Anime/Manga Club Meetings

Join Anime/Manga Club after school on the following days:
  • Friday, January 5
    We'll be screening the first few episodes of Fate/Stay Night.
    Snowed out. We'll watch Fate/Stay Night another time.
  • Friday, January 26
    We'll be teaming up with Mrs. Dzivasen for some Japanese cooking.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2018 MSLA Bookmark Contest

1st place 2015, honorable mention 2016, and
honorable mention 2017 designs by Krysten Boyer (UHS'17)

Calling all UHS artists - it’s time to create a design for the Massachusetts School Library Association’s annual bookmark contest! The theme this year is “Your School Library: The Heart of the School,” and both digital and traditional art entries are accepted.

As a school, we can only submit one design to the contest, and designs are due to Ms. Charpentier by Monday, February 12. All submitted designs will be displayed in the school library, and one design will be chosen to be submitted to the contest.

Visit the library or maschoolibraries.org/contests.html for the rules, entry form, prize info, and to see past winning designs, including several by Krysten Boyer, UHS’17!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Links for Mrs. Ahern's E and G Block Clases

Finding Good, Current Sources
    • The website might have been updated recently, but that doesn't mean that the sources are current. 
    • If there are no sources, then not only do you have no idea how old the information is, you also have no idea where it came from.
    • (Current is here defined as dating to 2012 or later - information about health topics is dangerous if it's out of date!)
  • Figure out what organizations keep statistics on your topic, and then search their websites. Go straight to the source.
  • Use search operators to narrow your search faster! Below are examples of Google search operators. If you prefer another search engine, the operators might be slightly different, so check their support pages and search tools.
    • "binge drinking" gets you pages with that exact phrase - not just those two words separately
    • 2013..2017 gets you websites that mention any number between 2013 and 2017
    • site:nytimes.org gets you results only from a specific website (you can also type just parts of a URL - for example, adding site:.edu to a search gets results only from websites with .edu in the URL, without being more specific)
    • -toddlers eliminates pages with a result you aren't looking for (useful if your topic has a few different angles, and you're only looking at one)
    • You can get fancy with this by combining search operators - try something like site:pewinternet.org teens digital addiction 2013..2017.
Citing Your Sources
  • Go to the Citation Help tab above for guides and more resources. Remember, you need to cite everything you use - pictures are information, too, since they help to communicate with your audience. (And find the actual source of images you find using Google!)
Recommended Resources

Thursday, December 14, 2017

January 11 Book Club Meeting: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The next Book Club Pick is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. All are welcome to join in the discussion after school on Thursday, January 11. If you need a copy of the book, talk to Ms. Charpentier or visit the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

From Goodreads: "There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either you’re his true love ... or you killed him. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year. His name is Gansey, and he is on a quest that has encompassed three other boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem, but now, she’s not so sure anymore."

Book Club is currently voting on books to read next semester; stay tuned for more info on upcoming meetings!