Family Hour of Code, Tuesday, Dec. 8

Hay Springs School will be holding a Family Hour of Code on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 7 pm until 8 pm in the Main Floor Computer Lab.  This is a time for families to discover what their students are discovering.   There will be activities for all ages, both online and offline.

Hour of Code events are held during Computer Science Education Week.  During this week over 78,000 Hour of Code events will be held around the world.  Coding is accessible for everyone.  Students will be enjoying various coding activities during the week. Tuesday evening is a time for the rest of the family to see what it is all about. In addition to activities for all ages, we have also asked the Robotics group to setup and demonstrate their robots.

Don’t hesitate to join us.​

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Library News and Events

Library News and Events

Links of the Month

December’s calendar of links (starting on Dec 1) includes easy crafts for Christmas, snack recipes, ideas for outdoor fun and more.  One site is the PNC 12 Days of Christmas site which explores the fluctuating cost of the gifts featured in the song the 12 days of Christmas.  The format of the PNC 12 Days of Christmas site changes each year.  This year the PNC has created a life-size bank made of gingerbread in Philadelphia.  Visitors to the site can take a virtual tour of the gingerbread bank. Click here for the calendar. or click on the MRS. MATTHEWS link on the HSHawks homepage.


Book Fair

The book fair was a success. Many books from the fair were added to the school collection and have been enjoyed by the students.  These include both fiction and nonfiction book for all ages.

MS/HS titles include: Vietnam War : heroes, The mark of the dragonfly, The sky is everywhere, Red thread sisters, Nightmares!,

Elementary titles include: Judy Moody, mood martian, Shadow of the shark, Captain Underpants and the sensational saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot, The Joplin tornado, 2011

Picture book titles include: Prince Fly Guy, Click, clack, ho ho ho!, Oskar and the eight blessings, The Little Shop of Monsters, Beep! beep! go to sleep!

A more complete list is on Mrs. Matthews’ homepage.


Family Hour of Code

Hay Springs School will be holding a Family Hour of Code on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 7 pm until 8 pm in the Main Floor Computer Lab.  This is a time for families to discover what their students are discovering.   There will be activities for all ages, both online and offline.

Coding is a popular word for programming or computer programming.  It is simply creating instructions telling the computer to perform certain tasks. It can be as simple as telling the computer to draw a square or as complicated as moving around a course and picking up objects to running a subway system.

At the same time coding teaches problem solving, analysis, and synthesis.  To write the required programming the project must be analyzed and broken down into smaller parts.  When each part is solved then the parts are put back together completing the project.

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Come To Our Book Fair Oct. 19-27th

boxesYes, it is Book Fair time.  The online fair has been open since Wednesday and will be open until October 31st. Click here for the online fair. The online fair has a greater selection of books for all ages.  Purchases will be delivered FREE to the school.

These are some of the boxes of books just waiting for eager readers.  Stop by the library and see what wonders the boxes will reveal.

Picture Books!  I Survived stories — Captain Underpants — Dork Diaries — Minions  —  Skippyjon Jones  — Ever After High — Magic Tree House — Judy Moody — Pete the Cat  —  Fly Guy

Library News

Things are happening at the library – Dot Day (kindergarten and first grade), Author Visit – Buck Wilder (elementary grades), Book Fair (everyone)

Check them out on Mrs. Matthews home page.

Author Buck Wilder Presentation

Buck Wilder will be coming to Hay Springs

on September 22, 2015 for KG-5th Grades

He will have books for sale and to autograph.


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Free Summer Audiobook Program

AudiobookSYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. Starting again May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

Spring Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair is fast approaching.  We will open the store in the library on Monday, March 16 after school.  Students will receive flyers about the books and view a preview video the week before the fair.   The video will also introduce some of the authors including Tammi Sauer who wrote Nugget & Fang about a shark and a minnow, and Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan.

Students will preview the fair on Monday and Tuesday during their library time.  However, sales will only be made after school hours.

We will again have the online book fair for those unable to attend the fair in person or just looking for a different selection.  The online fair will be available from Wednesday, March 11 until Tuesday, March 24. All orders from the online store will be shipped free of charge to the school. They will be shipped 7-10 days after March 24.  The online book fair can be found at


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Sixth Grade Book Trailers

bookwormLooking for a new book to read? Check out these book trailers by the sixth grade for some new ideas. The sixth graders used Movie Maker, Creative Commons or Public Domain images, and Creative Commons music to make their trailers. Click on each link below to watch the trailer!

Camp, Counting By 7s, Divergent, Famous Last Words, Joey Pigza, Joey Pigza(again!), Joey Pigza(last one!), Joey Pigza(another one?!?!), The Cay, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas(again!), The Hunger Games, The Little Vampire Book 2, and Warrior Cats: Into the Wild.

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Fall Book Fair

2014-10-20 04.53.59The Book Fair was a great success.  Thank you to the many parents, grandparents, and others who purchased books for their students.  We were able to add more than 50 books to our library collection and the preschool collection.  In addition to books, we are able purchase  from the Scholastic Resource Catalog.  We recently purchased some science equipment for the preschool and primary grades. This equipment is made for easy use by little hands.

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