Posts Tagged ‘Upper School Media Center’

Christmas Books & DVDs Available For Checkout

December 4, 2015 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

IMG_0392 (2)We have many Christmas items on display in the Upper School Library/Media Center.  Here are some recommended novellas:  Davis Bunn’s Tidings of Comfort and Joy and One Shenandoah Winter;  Sigmund Brouwer’s Pony Express Christmas; Francine Rivers’ The Shoe Box; Randy Singer’s The Judge Who Stole Christmas; and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Holding Heaven. Many Christmas short story collections are also recommended such as  Christmas in My Heart by Joe Wheeler (we have several volumes). Whether you steal a few minutes to yourself to read these stories or read them to your family, they are sure to get you in the Christmas Spirit. Also available are several recently produced Christmas DVDs including The Nativity Story. Have a blessed Christmas from the Upper School Library/Media Center staff.

Lamplighter Award Voting Party

April 23, 2015 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

IMG_0617The Upper School Library/Media Center had their Lamplighter Award Voting Party during lunchtime on Wednesday, April 22. Middle School students have been participating in this program that nominates 10 books for the students to read. These books contain stories and information that covers the world.  The books recognize family values and ethical behavior. Students that read at least 5 of these selected books were to the Voting Party. Those who read all 10 books are given a medal. The book with the most votes: The Blue Door by Christa Kinde.

A special thank you goes to Bonnie Thompson for overseeing this special reading program.

Congratulations to the following participants, we are sure your life has been enriched by your efforts:
Top row: Jessica McKenzie, James Fears, Hannah Brown, Alice Park, Audrey Aguiar, Amanda DeStefano
Front row: Arianna Loucks, Mia Hibler, Aija Keyes, Abbey Rowe, Hanna Newberry. Not Pictured: Chelsea Brown

We hope to see all of our middle school students participate next year. Please stop by the upper school library/media center for a list of books for next year that they can start reading this summer! Way to go Lamplighter Lions!

#ParentChat Resources Available Online

Adam and MattThank you to all of our parents and guests from local churches and schools who attended #ParentChat, our event for parents on Social Media and Internet Safety. Matt McKee and Adam Duckworth gave an extraordinary presentation. Matt also spoke to our middle and high school students in chapel and Adam will return in March to speak to our upper school.

It is our hope and prayer that everyone at WA would continue to gain wisdom and discernment about the responsible and safe use of social media and the Internet. If you were not able to attend, take a moment to check out helpful resources at

We are also very grateful to our sponsor, Celebration Cruise Lines, for underwriting this event.

Lamplighter Award Reading Program

LamplighterAn exciting program that the upper school library/media center offers to the middle school students is the Lamplighter Award Reading Program.  The mission of the program is to encourage middle school students to read books with wholesome values, uplifting characters, and edifying themes that inspire children toward positive goals.  These current books are selected by a committee of readers from participating schools. Students that have read 5 or more Lamplighters are invited to a Pizza and Ice Cream Sundae Lunch in April and then vote for their favorite book.  Each vote is then submitted to the national voting website.  Students that read all 10 of the Nominees are given a medal for their accomplishment. This year our voting party was on April 25th, 2014. Below is a list of the students that participated (those with an asterisk read the complete list and received a medal):

  • *Audrey Aguiar (Grade 6)
  • Abigail Rowe (Grade 6)
  • *Chelsea Brown (Grade 7)
  • *Hannah Brown (Grade 7)
  • Danielle Douglas (Grade 7)
  • *Christine Kamm (Grade 7)
  • Syene Kulendran (Grade 7)
  • *Arianna Loucks (Grade 7)
  • Jessica McKenzie (Grade 7)
  • Sarah Mursell (Grade 7)
  • Alice Park (Grade 7)
  • *Treson Scalf (Grade 7)
  • *Sydney Yu (Grade 8)

Parents please encourage your son or daughter to participate in this program. Summer is a great time to start reading the Lamplighter Nominees (many are available already in the public library).  Click on this link and you can download the 2014/2015 Lamplighter list.

Book Review Of One Wintry Night

Wintery NightA fun December idea that was presented to me when my children were little was to wrap a Christmas book for each of the days before Christmas. Over time I accumulated enough books to do this.  Some were small and inexpensive.  But some were notably special. Each night before bed one of my kids would be selected to pick a book out of the basket of wrapped books.  That same child would unwrap the book and we would read it together as a family.  One of the really special books was One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham (illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson). This book has enough content that it would need to be stretched out over several nights (perhaps read the smaller ones in addition on these nights).

What is so special about this book? It starts out telling of a young boy who has lost his way in the mountains.  He finds his way to a log cabin and a helpful woman that lives there.  The next morning he wakes to discover he is unable to make it home on his own. So, the woman in the log cabin decides to tell him the Christmas story. She starts at the very beginning. “Almost 2,000 years ago,” she says and proceeds to tell many details leading up to Jesus’s birth and beyond.  The artwork is beautiful and eye-catching, one would not want to miss seeing page 48 (a most amazing depiction of a lion). Two copies of this title are available in the Lower School Media Center.

Written by Bonnie Thompson, Upper School Media Specialist


Book Review Of The Last Plea Bargain

November 20, 2013 Posted in: Academics Tags: ,

last plea barginThe 2013 Christy Award Finalist in the Suspense category: The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer. Even if legal novels are not your first pick, this novel is worth checking out. The reader will gain a better understanding of the legal system as a result, as well as become captivated by the twists and turns and surprises that this novel presents. The main character, Jamie Brock, is a lawyer that has never plea-bargained in a case. But, she finds herself in a difficult situation that may cause her to reevaluate the principles that have guided her career.

Written by Bonnie Thompson, Upper School Media Specialist

Book Review of Lion of Babylon

Lion of BabylonI have to admit that at first glance this book would not be my first pick for reading material.  The book cover hints at Middle East warfare and this is an area that I know very little about.  But, every person that I spoke with that had read Lion of Babylon had given it a thumbs up.  Another convincing factor is that book two in the series:  Rare Earth received the 2013 Christy Award for Suspense.  For these two reasons, I found myself reading and being captivated by book one of this series. The main character, Mark Royce, is a likeable character with which the reader immediately has a connection.  It is made known that he took care of his wife in her dying days and lost his job as an agent because of it.  He must be good at what he does because now they are calling him back in to find some missing Americans that were last seen in Baghdad.  Bunn helps the reader gain an understanding of this region of the world.  An especially touching scene is a secret worship meeting that Mark Royce attends along with a new Iraqi friend that is stunned by the experience. So what about book two in the series?  Next on my reading list!

Written by Bonnie Thompson, WA Upper School Media Specialist