Learning Village Library featured in School Library Journal

Over on School Library Journal today, STAB Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens and I are talking about Foiling Fake News, a unit we developed for fourth graders to help them to put their digital literacy and computer science skills to the test. We had a blast while helping our fourth graders to sharpen their critical thinking […]

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Coming Soon: Girls Geek Day

Girls Geek Day is coming – and you’re invited! It is more important than ever that we take the lead in educating, encouraging, and empowering young girls. According to Tech-Girls.org, less than 20% of computer science graduates are women. Shocked? I was, too. But the more I looked into it, the more I read that women […]

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Pop-Up MakerSpace Tomorrow, 9/15!

St. Anne’s-Belfield families, don’t forget! Tomorrow morning, Ms. Wilkens and I are offering students a chance to visit outer space in the Learning Village Library. To honor Mae Jemison and her visit to the University of Virginia next week, we will be opening the library early for students to participate in space-themed robotics, engineering, and […]

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Thank you, Johnson PTO!

The times, they are a changin’. And I was shocked to see just how fast when I introduced a checkout system on a Chromebase computer earlier this year, which needed to be operated by a mouse. Students of all grades struggled with how to hold the mouse, click the button, hold the cursor still, and […]

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Visiting Author: Chris Barcomb

This week, kindergarten and first grade students got a visit from a very special guest – Chris Barcomb, who is a medically retired officer from the Albemarle County Police Department, a talented author, a comic book aficionado, and so much more! Mr. Barcomb is the author of the brand new Superior Sam series, and today […]

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This Month in Photos: January 2016

January has been one wild month. Robots, dogs, mustaches… we’ve seen it all. I don’t think I can even begin to describe this one well enough… so I’ll let the pictures do all the talking! Hold on tight… It was a warm Fitz-welcome back from winter break with my new name all over the library […]

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Luna the Therapy Dog visits Johnson

We had a special four-legged visitor on Thursday, and she had ALL of our tails wagging! Stacy Diaz, teacher at Walker Upper Elementary School, is the owner and handler of some very special dogs – and she shared one of these amazing pooches with us on Thursday morning in a special presentation. Luna and Ms. Diaz […]

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Coming Soon: Johnson STEAM Team!

Fourth grade parents, heads up! This afternoon, STEAM Team flyers will be coming home with your students. The first session will only be open to fourth graders, but the plan is to open the club to younger grades soon. Check out an electronic version of the flyer below for details. Return your completed flyer to […]

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2015 By the Numbers

It’s time for our traditional By the Numbers post! I love the way that this annual post allows me to look back  on the calendar year to celebrate all that we have accomplished and make goals for the year to come. 2015 has been a spectacular year, and I was so happy to share it […]

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NBC29 visits Johnson’s 2015 Hack-a-Thon

This morning, reporters from NBC29 stopped by the Learning Leopard Library to find out all about our Hack-a-Thon. They crashed a third grade Choose Your Own Adventure Code Party, where third graders get to choose their mission for the day – code your Minecraft characters to build houses? Program your own Flappy Bird game? Write your […]

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