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  • Book Fair May 20-September 4

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 5/20/2020 11:00:00 AM

    We are having a Virtual Book Fair.  Click on this link: McAuliffe Book Fair to browse the Book Fair.  Any purchases will be sent directly to your home, if your purchase is at least $25, shipping will be free! 

    A great way to keep reading and support the IMC!

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  • The New Hunger Games is out today!

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 5/19/2020 12:25:00 PM

    The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes is out today!  I cannot wait to read it!  It is a prequel, which means it happened before the series started.  Want to know more about how Panem formed?  The book focuses on Coriolanus, as an 18 year old high school student.  Here is an article to tell you a little bit about it https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/books/review/hunger-games-prequel-ballad-of-songbirds-and-snakes.html


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  • Magic Tree House Home Adventure

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 4/27/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Do you like the Magic Treehouse Series of Books?  Do you want to go on an adventure?  Check out this site: https://www.magictreehouse.com/go/

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  • Do you want to be an author? Ebook contest

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 4/23/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Emory University is holding a contest for students to write an ebook about COVID.  They would like to publish a factual book about COVID to help younger students understand what is happening right now and to reassure them.  If you are interested, there is more information at https://ebookcovid19.devpost.com/.

    Email me if you need help with research and getting started.  Mrs. Valgenti email

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  • Earth Day has gone Digital!

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 4/22/2020 8:00:00 AM

    You can still celebrate earth day!  It has gone digital, go here to check it out!

    Earth Day

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  • Need a Book Recommendation?

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 4/21/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Do you need a suggestion about what to read next?  Having trouble with ebooks?  Or your password?  You can still "come" to the IMC, just send me an email Mrs. Valgenti's email. 

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  • Robotics Club Virtual Meeting today!

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 4/6/2020 12:50:00 AM

    Don't forget Robotics Club, we have a meeting today at 1 PM.  Check your email for details. 

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  • Reliable Information

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/30/2020 9:00:00 AM

    What is reliable information?  It is information that you can trust to be factual, current and non biased.  How do we tell if information is reliable or trustworthy?  The first step is the who. 

    Who wrote the information?  Many times students say if it is a .org, a .edu or a .gov you can trust it.  If it is a .com you cannot.  I don't agree with that.  What if the .edu you are using was written by a 2nd grade student?  Maybe it is a smart 2nd grade student, but do you want to trust your grade to a second grade student?  Same thing with a .org.  All that means is that the author of the website is an organization, which can be biased or it can be a company that wants to sell you something. 

    So how do we know the who?  We research it.  Look around the website, is there a person's name?  If no name, an organization?  An organization can be a who as well.  If there is, open up a new tab and research the person or organization.  Are they an expert on your topic?  For example, a Medical Doctor (MD) is a great person for health information.  Research the who until you find out if you can trust them for your subject, that is important.  A doctor may be a great source for health information, but maybe not such a great source for baseball tips.  

    If you are looking for information on the best baseball glove, you would want to find someone who plays baseball.  In this instance, be careful they are not trying to sell you something.  For example, Rawlings would tell you that their gloves are the best, even if Wilson has a better glove.  Check both sources, Rawlings and Wilson to find out what they have to say.  This is called bias- when they are trying to influence you to feel or think a certain way.  Of course Rawling wants you to like them best, so you buy their gloves! 

    When you are researching, for school or for personal reasons, be a responsible researcher.  Consider the source, make sure you trust them, if not, move on and find another source!

    How to Know If a Source Is Reliable by Shmoop

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  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/26/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Right now I am reading a nonfiction book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind about a boy who built a windmill in his hometown in Africa.  He did this using books and scrap parts (trash!) he found in a junkyard.  It made me think of the Robotics Club.  I bet you all could build a windmill!  Let me know if any of you build one!

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  • Primary Sources- Journaling

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/24/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Primary Sources are first hand accounts of an event.  Some examples are: 

    • Speeches
    • Newspaper articles from the time
    • Oral history
    • Photographs
    • Journals, diaries and letters.

    Most of the time, we use primary sources for our research. This is because they allow you to interpret the information instead of using information that has been interpreted by someone else.  But right now you have the opportunity to create a primary source. 

    Consider keeping a journal during this time.  The article in the link has some options for getting started (about halfway down) Journal Article.

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  • Electronic Access to Books: 

    Christa McAuliffe eBook Collection

     Click here to access the Library Catalog  

    Click on Sign in- use your Student Id as both the Username and Password


    Your search screen will look like this.  Type in ebook. Be careful not to type in ebooks (there will be less results).  Find a book and click open. If someone else is reading it, it will say checked out. 


     Video Instructions to Access eBooksHow to get an ebook

    Jackson Public Library eBook

    “Even when the library is closed, you can still borrow & enjoy your favorite books. Free downloads of audio books & eBooks to your favorite devices including the Kindle are now available 24/7. This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library”

    Link to eBooks at Jackson Public Library

    Gutenberg Project

    The Gutenberg Project provides access to 60,000 free ebooks.  You don't need any special software (apps) or hardware (like a Kindle or Nook).  Just download and read. 



    Any problems?  Email Mrs. Valgenti and she will help you out!



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