Message from the Principal

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Coming soon to North Collins Elementary, The Learning Commons! What is a learning commons? A “learning commons” is a space where staff and students can gather to explore, research, and create like never before! The new NCES Learning Commons will be built inside the existing elementary library.

Through a generous grant of nearly $60,000 from the Evelyn Falk Foundation, we will create a new, exciting space for staff, students, and the community to use. We will begin by updating the vast majority of the book collection. After an exhaustive review of the books by Mrs. Jasinski, Mrs. Baumler, and Mr. Kaplan, it was determined that the average age of the collection was over 27 years, and only 7% of the collection was from 2014 or newer. It was obvious that the collection needed a complete overhaul. Thanks to the Falk Foundation’s generous grant, we will be purchasing over 1,500 new books for our Learning Commons! As the new books come in, we will also be “genrefying” our collection. We will no longer use the Dewey Decimal System to organize the books, we will be grouping materials by the genre or topic. This change will make it easier for students to find what they are looking for and increase circulation. We have also invited the Department of Information Sciences at the University of Buffalo to partner with us. UB Library Sciences students will come to North Collins Elementary School to assist us in this transition. We will also be changing the layout and furniture of the learning commons to make the space more comfortable for our learners.

As if that wasn’t enough, we will be adding a dedicated Makerspace area near the computer lab! This space will include new lab tables, stools, and materials for students to show off their creative side! Students and staff will be able to work in an active, problem-based learning area fully stocked with craft materials, a 3D printer, video/image creations tools, and over $10,000 in various maker kits and related activities. Many of the maker kits will be mobile so that teachers can take the sets back to the classroom as well where they can more easily be integrated into existing class assignments.

Keep an eye on our website and in the Perspective for more information on the big unveiling of the new North Collins Elementary School Learning Commons! We are so very excited to be modernizing the heart of the school and are so very grateful to the Falk Foundation for this opportunity.

 

 

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