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Media Center

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Media Coordinator: Ms. Mary Potter

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday through Friday, 7:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Students are welcome to visit the Media Center with their class or individually during the school day with a pass from their teacher.

24-Hours a Day/7-Days a Week/365-Days a Year Access:

  • Access Destiny, our Online Public Access Catalog, to search the catalog, read our eBooks, and access student account information via Destiny. Students are encouraged to keep track of due dates and renew their library books per library policies from home using their student accounts.
  • is a free, trustworthy, and reliable source for information provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. It consists of group of subscription online databases for student research and includes full-text journal articles, newspaper articles, eBooks, and other reference materials. Please see Ms. Potter in the Media Center to obtain the password.

Regular ELA Class Visits:

  • All SFCMS students visit the Media Center regularly on a two-week rotation with their ELA (Reading) classes to check out books and for Digital Citizenship lessons taught by Mary Potter, the SFCMS School Media Coordinator. These Digital Citizenship lessons support the Essential Standards for Information and Technology skills for grades six through eight, which can be found at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website.

Open Media Center After School:

  • Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Open Media Center is a safe space for students to read, work on homework and group projects, or use the technology and other resources the Media Center provides after school.
  • Please arrive on time to Open Media Center and have transportation home pre-arranged.
  • Students who stay with Ms. Potter after school on Wednesdays must be signed out in person from the Media Center. Students who have not been picked up by 3:45 p.m. will relocate to the Main Office to wait for their rides. For safety reasons, walkers and bike riders must have a letter on file with the school office indicating that the student has permission to leave campus one hour later than their usual departure time.

Basic Rules and Expectations for the Media Center:

  • Please be respectful of others in the library by remaining quiet and calm.
  • Sixth graders may check out two books at a time. Seventh and eighth graders may check out three books at a time.
  • Books are checked out for one month and can be renewed once.
  • A fee of $0.05 per book per school day is charged for any overdue books.
  • Students with an overdue book or late fees must return or renew their books and pay any fees before checking out other materials.
  • All overdue fines and lost book fees must be paid by the end of the school year.

2017-2018 Media Center dates:

  • August 28, 2017: First Day of School; Media Center Reopens to Students for Checkout
  • September 12, 2017: Battle of the Books Interest Meeting in the Media Center, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
  • September 14, 2017: Gaming Club Interest Meeting in the Media Center, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
  • November 27 to December 1, 2017: Scholastic Book Fair held in the Media Center
  • December 9, 2017: Barnes & Noble Book Fair at the 121 Glensford Drive, Fayetteville, NC location
  • March 5, 2018: County-level Middle School Battle of the Books Competition
  • May 31, 2018: All Library Books Due to the Media Center for End-of-Year Closeout

Media Center News:

  • Media Coordinator of the Year: SFCMS is proud to announce that our own Mary Potter has been named Cumberland County Schools’ 2017-2018 Media Coordinator of the Year!
  • New Makerspace: Did you know that SFCMS now has a makerspace? Students are encouraged to explore and create during Wednesdays’ Open Media Center afternoons. The space currently includes Spheros and iPads, littleBits circuitry, a green screen, origami, and duct tape supplies. However, thanks to the support of the community at our first-ever Barnes & Noble in-store book fair, we have raised over $900 to grow our makerspace to include additional building and coding resources. Make and create in the makerspace!
  • Reading Rocks 2017:  Many thanks to everyone who supported this year’s Reading Rocks! literacy and fundraising campaign. By the conclusion of the campaign on December 1, 2017, we raised over $2,200!! Everyone’s donations are greatly appreciated, and 100% of the donations stay at our school and will be spent on student-use iPads and books! This year, SFCMS raised funds through a school-wide dance, a grade-level “money war,” and a basket raffle. We are also especially thankful to the following individual donors who helped us through their direct donations: Silver-Level Sponsor, LifeLink Medical Group, PLLC and Bronze-Level Sponsors, John & Catherine Pollard and Liliana & Lamont Cephas. Thank you! We look forward to continuing to celebrate literacy all year both in and out of the classroom!

Battle of the Books at SFCMS:

Published by Mary Potter on January 30, 2018
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