S: Chameleon Academy 2011-12
BC: Chameleon Academy Charter School Media Center 2011-2012
FC: Chameleon Academy Collection | 2011-2012
1: The mission of Chameleon Charter Academy is to ensure that each student performs at his/her highest academic level through a creative, rigorous and diverse curriculum, and that each student develops and showcases his/her unique artistic talent and ability. | Mission Statement: | The mission of the Chameleon Charter Academy Media Center is to inspire a life-long passion for reading, learning and creating. We believe that the media center is the hub of our school, where students, staff, and families find resources, tools and support to ensure high academic achievement, to instill a thirst for knowledge, to promote innovation and creativity, and to develop personal growth.
2: Media Center Objectives
3: Provide open and equitable access to resources. Provide resources and instruction that foster creativity, and that support and develop our learners’ strengths, gifts and interests, with a strong emphasis on music and art. Provide state of the art technology to enhance, broaden and create excitement about the creative process. Provide professional resources for teachers so that they may meet student needs and inspire students to further develop their talents.
5: Some Correlating Georgia Performance Standards in Art / Music VA8MC.1 Engages in the creative process to generate and visalize ideas VA8MC.2 Identifies and works to solves problems through authentic engagement (thinking, planning, and experimenting) with art methods and materials, exploring the nature of creativity. VA8MC.3 Demonstrates how artists create and communicate meaning in artworks. VA8MC.4 Participates in aesthetic dialogue about his or her artwork and artwork of others VA8CU.1 Discovers how the creative process relates to art history. M8GM.2 - Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music: students will learn to perform an instrument in as a solo, or in duets, ensembles, band or orchestra. M8GM.3 - Reading and notating music: students will learn to read and annotate music.
6: Social Studies Standards | ABC-CLIO Databases | S8H10 The student will evaluate key post-World War II developments of Georgia from 1945 to 1970. SS8H11 The student will evaluate the role of Georgia in the modern civil rights movement. SS8H12 The student will explain the importance of significant social, economic, and political developments in Georgia since 1970. Geographic Understandings SS8G1 The student will describe Georgia with regard to physical features and location.
7: Science Standards: | S8P1. Students will examine the scientific view of the nature of matter. S8P2. Students will be familiar with the forms and transformations of energy. S8P4. Students will explore the wave nature of sound and electromagnetic radiation. S8P5. Students will recognize characteristics of gravity, electricity, and magnetism as major kinds of forces acting in nature.
8: Selection Policies | Selection Objectives: The media center will obtain resources that correlate to state and national standards such as the Georgia Performance Standards, AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner and the Common Core Standards. In addition, we will provide resources that meet the needs and interests of our unique student population. | Responsibility for Selection: The District Board of Education is responsible for the collection. The media specialist, guided by district and school philosophy and mission statements, and the media committee, will select resources that align with these philosophies, standards, and our students’ unique needs and interests. Textbook materials will manage by the assistant principal, while media program materials will be managed by the media specialist.
9: Selection Criteria | Materials are selected by: Content: do they correlate with standards or meet the needs and interests of our students? Scope: Does the material offer depth of coverage needed on a topic? Date: Is the material current? Philosophy: Does the material align with our mission and goals? Quality, durability and popularity: Is the material well reviewed? Will it last? Is it popular among students and does it have an educational purpose? Format: Do we have a variety of print, nonprint and electronic resources, in order to present information in a variety of ways? Value to the Collection: does the material add value to the collection?
10: Gifts Gifts are welcome, and will be included in the media collection if they are in good shape, and meet the goals of the collection and the school’s philosophy. Controversial Materials If a patron formally questions the inclusion of a specific library material, he/she must fill out a request for reconsideration, which will be reviewed by the media committee. Request for Reconsideration See the Request for Consideration Form in our media center handbook.
11: Our Current Collection | Our current collection has a wealth of materials, but is becoming dated. Our historical fiction collection is dated, and we do not have enough materials featuring African American protagonists, or by African American authors. Also, we need updated materials in art history, music history and physical science (the focus of 8th grade GPS). We have an abundance of material on Georgia History through Galileo, and many Georgia authors are featured in our collection. However, further information linking Georgia history to United States history is needed. ABC-CLIO databases will fill this gap. Our students have a keen interest in graphic novels, and we are in short supply. Finally, while our students are creatively gifted, many students are behind in their reading ability. Supplementing our collection with high interest/low reading level materials should help students develop their reading skills. | See the attached spreadsheet for the new selected items for Chameleon Media Center.