The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 27, 2003


School Council highlights library and media center

The Carlisle School Council summarized its final report for the year to the Carlisle School Committee on June 17. This year the council hoped to acquaint the Carlisle community with several programs that make the school special and unique, specifically the school's media and library center.

The report illustrates the differences between the school library and the town's Gleason Public Library. The libraries share the same goal to encourage reading and literacy skills, but additionally the school library and librarian assist children in developing research skills. Therefore, there is the focus to support specific grade units of study complementing student coursework. The resource materials are also used to help the children develop and explore the necessary technology skills. The children are encouraged to work collaboratively in a program that is developmentally appropriate and relevant to the course material.

Sandy Kelly has been the school librarian for four years. She has a masters' degree in education and has been certified as a media specialist.

The School Council is a state-mandated group consisting of the principal, parents representing each grade level, teachers and at least one community member with no children in the school. They are elected yearly and report to the school committee at the end of the year. Their goal is to support the principal in the adoption of educational goals, identification of educational needs and in the formulation of the school improvement plan.

The final report was given to the school committee by parent Elaine Bojanic. Bojanic co-chaired the School Council Committee, whose members included Principal Andy Goyer, Wendell Sykes, Andrea Proctor, Sharyl Stropkay and teachers Karen Morse, Skip Avery and Joan Beauchamp.

A copy of the report can be obtained by calling the school.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito