Saturday, December 13, 2014

What Your College Application Decisions Won't Tell You | Patrick O'Connor

Many of our students have already completed their college applications and will be hearing soon if they have been accepted or not.  This can be very stressful!  It can be exciting or it can be disappointing.  Last week I a young man was in the Media Center when he found out and he let me know that he had been denied.  He was obviously hurt and I hurt for him!

This article offers a good perspective on the process - a college's decision to accept or deny you tells you nothing about:

  • succeeding at that college
  • your ability to have a happy life
  • the article to learn more!

As you do hear - whether you are accepted or denied - talk to others about it!  Tell your teachers, parents, and family.  We accept you and know your value!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is what you say or post impacting your college acceptance?

Ever wonder who is looking at your 'social media page'?   "Is HE looking?"  "Is SHE looking?" 

A parental unit is undoubtably looking...a 'grand' parental unit may be, too.  You can feel them breathing down your neck, right?  LOL  

It may come as a surprise, however, that college admissions counselors may be looking.  A recent poll said, 
"Of the 403 undergraduate admissions officers who were polled by telephone over the summer, 35 percent said they had visited an applicant’s social media page — a 9 percentage point increase compared with 2012." 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

An Epic Chart of 162 Young Adult Retellings | Blog | Epic Reads

"Read your way through this list of 162 young adult books that are retellings or re-imaginings of popular classic literature, myths, fairy tales and Shakespearean plays." (Source:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The College Degrees And Skills Employers Most Want

Need a little good news?  An article from Forbes offers some.  

"The hiring picture is improving for the college class of 2014. According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are planning to hire 8.6% more graduates for their U.S. operations than they did from the class of 2013."

The article goes on to list the top college degrees and skills employers are looking for in students.  Don't know what you will want to major in?  You might look at the list and see if one of the top ones is of interest to you.  That would be a great start!



Monday, October 20, 2014

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten Books

Teens' Top Ten List from YALSA
Each year in April the 'Teens' Top Ten' books are announced.  I (Mr. Jones) am using the lists to select new books to order for the Media Center.  I can't wait to see how YOU like them.  Here is a little more about the lists...
"The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week at; the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week."
To see the 2014 years list was was announced in April and earlier years, visit the Website.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where the jobs are: Hot prospects for college grads

USA Today report on choosing the right field in college
(photo source: USA Today)

It may seem a little early for high school students to think about what to major in college?   It really isn't though.  You certainly don't need to WORRY about it while you are in H.S. but it doesn't hurt to think about it and to learn about options whenever you have the option.  
Many COLLEGE students, themselves, struggle with their choice of major and it can be quite frustrating.  It can also be quite expensive (more about that later).
Ask a parent, a friend's parent, teachers, etc. questions about their college majors and their career choices.  I know myself I majored in a degree that I never worked in and over the years I learned how a different degree would have benefited me more. 
Look into careers that use your skills and reflect your interests.
Here is a recent USA Today Report entitled, 'Where the Jobs Are: How to get Hired - Choose the Right Field in College' that goes into details as to what the future job market will likely look like.
There is too much to even begin highlighting BUT I will point out a passage on STEM jobs:
"STEM jobs - those requiring a mastery of science, technology, engineering or math skills - are overwhelmingly in high demand and will account for about 38% of all high-skill jobs created; they are also typically among the highest paid."
There is also a lot of information about Health Care Jobs.
Check it out -
* What are the costs of changing degrees?  Here are a couple of articles about the topic -

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

College football star's novel story - Videos - CBS News

CBS - "College football star's novel-story"

"When Kathy Rackley told Malcolm Mitchell - a wide receiver at the University of Georgia - about her book club, she had no idea who he was, or what would happen next..."  

Check out the video to find out what Malcolm calls his 'greatest accomplishment'...

There's an eBook for THAT!

Did you know that the Laney H.S. Media Center has a collection of over 100 non-fiction eBooks that would be fantastic for that Senior Project or other project that is hanging over your head OR for simply reading. 

The eBooks can be looked at by you alone or by a 100 of your closest friends at the same time so there is no worry about the book being checked out when you need it.  

You can search within an individual book or across all the books for a keyword just like you do with Google.

SO, what are you waiting for?   Check them out!   You'll need a password, but that is easy.  Just email Mr. Jones, ask your English teacher OR take a guess (the password is pretty easy).

Mr. Jones or one of his assistants will be glad to give you a 5 minute tour.  See them in the media center.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

SUP or Stand Up Paddling , anyone?

Have you ever tried Stand Up Paddling or SUP?  It might just enjoy it!  If you like being around the water and being around boats and nature you might REALLY like it.   It is a great watersport for some of us that may not be athletic enough or simply not adventurous enough for surfing.  It isn't difficult and you can do it in the tamer channels OR out on the ocean.

Because you do it on top of the board and for the most part stay out of the water you can do it much of the year.   The water cools down later than the air so you could do it into NOVEMBER, maybe later!   Conversely, the water warms up later than the air so it may not warm up until April.

There are many places to rent a board.  Typically, they charge $20 for an hour. 

Curious?  Check out this 'Getting Started' video from home (YouTube is probably blocked for you at school).
'Stand Up Paddling TV' channel has other good instructional videos- and even 'fitness and yoga' videos in their playlist.

The media center doesn't currently have any books on stand up paddling but will soon.   In the meantime, check out what the public library has.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

IKEA invites you to 'experience the power' of a book - a 'real book' - their printed catalog!

We are surrounded by technology and computerized devices and it is easy to take for granted the practicality of the printed book. presents a video in which 'IKEA Channels Apple in a Hilarious Ad for Its New Catalog ‘Bookbook’ Enjoy...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Planning for College

Whether you are a Senior, Junior, Sophomore OR even a Freshman, it is never too early to think about plans for a college education - two important questions to consider include:
The sooner you start looking into your options the better.  Be sure and don't overlook help that is available through the school's Student Services and the Media Center.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Google Drive or Docs

The next time you go to Google Drive you may see something a little different - introduction of 'Documents' which looks alot different than what you've been seeing.   You can still use the original Google Drive by going to this address -
Google DRIVE -

Here are the new areas -
Some explanations:
Accessing Google Drive -

Get started with the Docs editor home screens -

Using Google Chrome?  Edit Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides -

What To Read Next? OR What Are Others Reading?

What is that bestselling book like?

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips | Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

This article has lots of good advice for those going to college BUT also for those going to high school - and not just because of #14.  : )

The author says, "Whether you're beginning your first year or returning as a seasoned upperclass(wo)man, I hope I can provide some practical advice as you embark on a new academic year. You see, we professors want all of our students to succeed. We want you to learn and grow and thrive, both academically and socially."  The same could be said for students at Laney H.S.!

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

Highest-Earning Majors to Consider When You Go Back to School - ABC News

It is never too early to begin thinking about what you'd like to major in.  ABC News and introduced a list of  the "highest-earning U.S. jobs by their average salaries".  Science and medical fields led the way.

CareerCast used information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and its 2014 "Jobs Rated" report.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Need a break? Try Google Search's 'Atari Breakout'

Time's up!   Back to your research.  : )

Friday, August 15, 2014

Learn how to do 'Hands-Only CPR'!

You never know when you might be in a situation where someone needs YOU to do CPR.  
Watch this brief video and learn how easy it can be!

"Ken Jeong suits up in new Stayin' Alive video to promote Hands-Only CPR."

 Visit American Red Cross for more...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

How much do you know about 'information literacy'?  'TRAILS' is a great place to find out! 

"TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. There is no charge for using TRAILS."