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Settling in to the new SWIS Library
Posted 10/27/2016 02:35PM

Everyone has been enthralled watching the progress of the library renovation. As students venture in to browse and borrow, for their lessons, at lunchtime, or after school, they've enjoyed weekly surprises. In particular the new furnishings have been a highlight as children discover comfortable places to sit and read, study, or talk quietly with friends.

The shelves of the SWIS library are steadily being stocked with thousands of brand new books that arrived last week. The boxes are unpacked and there's fiction aplenty for young and old, graphic novels, picture books and non-fiction to quench inquiring minds. It will take a while to process the entire order, but as we know all good things are worth waiting for. We are particularly grateful to the parent and student volunteers who have been extremely generous with their time and energy unpacking boxes and shelving books.


In other news, all students in Grades 3-10 have recently completed an online Literacy Pro Reading Comprehension Assessment to calculate their Lexile level. This is a measure of reading ability that can be used to select reading material that is at an appropriate difficulty level. Student progress can also be tracked over time. Literacy Pro can be accessed via the SWIS Library website where students can choose from an extensive library of digital books, each with an accompanying comprehension quiz. This is yet another reading resource available to SWIS students. There's really no excuse not to be reading!


在开学至今的短短八周时间里,图书馆发生的变化让人难以置信。每个人都似着迷一般,时时关注图书馆,并沉浸在图书馆翻修工程的喜悦中。尤其是学生,无论每周何时来图书馆探索冒险:借阅课期间,图书馆课期间,午休时间,或者放学之后,都会有意想不到的惊喜。尤其是新家私的到来,更是锦上添花,孩子们可以坐下来阅读、学习,亦或与朋友轻声交谈。

新书柜已稳稳落地于SWIS图书馆,摆满了上周刚到的数以千计的新书。翻修前打包的旧书也已开始被陆续放回书柜中。图书馆大量的小说,足以满足不同年龄阶段人士的需求,除此之外,还有漫画、绘本,以及社科类图书,种类丰富到可以填满大家探知的欲求。虽然摆放图书使其井然有序需要一个过程,但是,正如我们所知,任何值得拥有的东西,一定是值得等待的。在此,我们也特别感谢给予我们帮助的家长和学生志愿者,感谢你们非常慷慨地付出时间和精力来整理、摆放图书。


另一则消息是,三至十年级的所有学生近期都完成了一份在线的阅读理解能力测评。该测评可以有效评判出学生的兰斯阅读级别(Lexile level)。测评是一把标尺,可以衡量学生的阅读能力,进而帮助他们选择相应难度的阅读资料。同时,这一测评也可以有效地实时追踪学生的学习进程。测评可通过SWIS图书馆官网登录。图书馆官网的扩充资料,如电子书等,也是供学生阅读的好资源。对SWIS学生而言,这一测评同样也是很好的阅读资源,不容错过!

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