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Virtual Office Hours
The office hours for the library are:
10:45 am - 11:30 am
2:45 pm - 3:05pm.
The team is called Nathan Hale Library Office Hours.
To join this team, you need to email Mrs. Tetschner for a code. Once you have the code, you are good for the rest of the year!
Thanks. I hope to visit with you soon.
Mrs. Tetschner is currently reading...
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by
Publication Date: 2019-01-08
On Gabriel's twelfth birthday, he gets a new bike--and is so excited that he accidentally rides it right into the path of a car. Fortunately, a Black man named Meriwether pushes him out of the way just in time, and fixes his damaged bike. As a thank you, Gabriel gets him a job at his dad's auto shop. Gabriel's dad hires him with some hesitation, however, anticipating trouble with the other mechanic, who makes no secret of his racist opinions. Gabriel and Meriwether become friends, and Gabriel learns that Meriwether drove a tank in the Army's all-Black 761st Tank Battalion in WWII. Meriwether is proud of his service, but has to keep it a secret because talking about it could be dangerous. Sadly, danger finds Meriwether, anyway, when his family receives a frightening threat. The South being the way it is, there's no guarantee that the police will help--and Gabriel doesn't know what will happen if Meriwether feels forced to take the law into his own hands.
Mr. Moriarty is currently reading...
City of Ghosts by
Publication Date: 2018-08-28
From #1 NYT bestselling author Victoria Schwab comes a sweeping, spooky, evocative adventure, perfect for fans of "Stranger Things" and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.A New York Times bestseller!Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn't like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.So things are already pretty strange. But they're about to get much stranger.When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift," she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil -- and herself.And she'll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.#1 NYT bestselling author Victoria Schwab delivers a thrillingly spooky and action-packed tale of hauntings, history, mystery, and the bond between friends (even if that friend is a ghost . . .).
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Greetings From Mrs. Tetschner
I miss you, miss you, miss you, and miss you... but I am glad to be back supporting your learning virtually as the school's librarian. I will be collaborating with your classroom teachers to help you with reading and researching. So, look for me to be visiting your Microsoft Teams classrooms. I also will be available through virtual office hours. And, I will always be up for giving you some good book recommendations. (See the box above.)
Feel free to contact me via my email or during my office hours if you need some assistance from your friendly librarian!
Never stop reading,
The Mission Of Nathan Hale's Library
The goal of Nathan Hale's library is to help students become strong and strategic readers.
The goal of Nathan Hale's library is to help students become effective and ethical users of information.
The goal of Nathan Hale's library is to help students become confident and cutting-edge users of technology.
Tricky Words Of The Week
Guards, seize (capture) that noisy canary and make it cease (stop) its annoying chirping.
Available on Sora Overdrive: It's the NBA Finals. Mrs. Tetschner recommends...
The Crossover by
Publication Date: 2014-03-18
New York Times bestseller ∙ Newbery Medal Winner ∙Coretta Scott King Honor Award ∙2015 YALSA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults∙ 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers ∙Publishers Weekly Best Book ∙ School Library Journal Best Book∙ Kirkus Best Book "A beautifully measured novel of life and line."--The New York Times Book Review "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
Publication Date: 2018-04-02
New York Times bestseller ∙ ALA Notable Book * "An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood."--Kirkus, starred review From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to. A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.
Travel Team by
Publication Date: 2004-10-07
Mike Lupica sinks a three-pointer with this #1 New York Times bestselling basketball novel for any kid who has been told he's not good enough. Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court--but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured. Travel Team is an inspirational tale in the tradition of The Bad News Bears and Hoosiers. It will leave readers of all ages cheering. "In a story every bit as exciting and tear-jerking as any novel or movie in its genre - Hoosiers, Mighty Ducks, The Bad News Bears - Danny gets his chance at glory. Lupica . . . has the knowledge of the game and the lean prose to make this a taut, realistic story not just about the game but about heart, character, and family. A winner." -Kirkus Reviews "Lupica . . . sets the scene for on-court action, and delivers play-by-play descriptions . . . that will thrill basketball buffs. Genuinely affecting." -Publishers Weekly
Publication Date: 2013-11-05
Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too.nbsp; When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow basketball player. Suspense builds like a slow drumbeat as readers start to smell a rat in Ryan Hartwell, a charismatic basketball coach and sexual predator. When Levi reluctantly tells Jonas that Hartwell abused him, Jonas has to decide whether he should risk his future career to report the coach. Pitch-perfect basketball plays, well-developed characters, and fine storytelling make this psychological sports novel a slam dunk.
Black and White by
Publication Date: 2006-11-02
Marcus and Eddie are best friends who found the strength to break through the racial barrier. Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past the stereotypes and come out on top. They are inseparable, watching each other's backs, both on and off the basketball court. But one night--and one wrong decision--will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship . . . and their future? An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Quick Pick "Top Ten" IRA Children's Book Award (Young Adult)
Publication Date: 2013-12-03
In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard for Marion High, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down. Besides, the coach is old school. He thinks D-Bow needs to work on his game, his shot, and his attitude. That means bench time. And that's when Hamilton Academy, the elite school in the suburbs, comes sniffing around. They want D-Bow for the next three years. His mom wants no part of that. But his father needs a job, and Uncle Kid, who is a bitter ex-star at Marion High, has his own plans. Yeah, there's a pretty girl and a best friend in the mix. Plus plenty of basketball action and suspense just like high school boys like to read. Kevin Waltman, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, was a high school player and remains a huge basketball fan.Next is his third YA novel. His first two, both from Scholastic, areNowhere Fast (2002) andLearning the Game (2005). Kevin is an instructor at the University of Alabama where he lives with his wife Jessica, their daughter Calla, and their dog Henry.
Common Sense Media's Wide Open School
Common Sense Media rates movies, tv shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their family.
Common Sense Media supports K - 12 schools with everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens.
The link above is to a Common Sense Media program called Wide Open School. Wide Open School helps families and educators find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning. Every day students can access free, high-quality activities across all subjects, all in one place.
How To Use Sora Overdrive
The method used to log in to Sora Overdrive has changed.
You no longer need a special username and password. From now on, you will log on to Sora the same way you logged on to computers at school. The username is your OPS email, and the password is your student number.
Eventually, everyone will access Sora Overdrive through Clever. Until then, here are some places you can find the link to Sora.
1. Nathan Hale's website.
2. Nathan Hale's Library Website. Follow this "click" path.
(1) Go to Nathan Hale Middle School's website.
(2) Click on "library" on the menu bar.
(3) Click on the light blue button that says Sora Overdrive.
(4) Select Omaha Public Schools
(5) Select "student"
(6) Username = OPS email
(7) Password = student number
3. Click on the link at the bottom of this box.
You have room on your virtual shelf to check out 3 books, and you can put 5 books on hold. The longest a book can be checked out is two weeks before it needs to be returned or renewed. Digital books that have not been renewed will be returned automatically.
Here is the link...
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Reading Strategy Of The Week
This week's reading strategy is called Question and Critique. This strategy can work with both fiction and nonfiction.
According to reading teacher Jennifer Serravallo, readers have an important job as they read -- not to just soak in the story or information, but also to have ideas, to think, to question, to wonder, and even to critique what the author says.
With this strategy use these three symbols to question and critique what you are reading. If you can write in the margin of the book, great! If you can't write in the margin of the book, use Post-it-Notes.
? = I wonder more about this because...
No! = I don't agree with what is being said here because...
! = I'm having a strong feeling about this because...
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).
Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).