Skip Navigation LinksCherry Creek School District > District News > CMS and SHHS libraries earn “highly effective” designation;CCHS library coordinator named Librarian of the Year
Print this page

CMS and SHHS libraries earn “highly effective” designation;CCHS library coordinator named Librarian of the Year

Congratulations to Campus Middle School and Smoky Hill High School. They have been honored as “Highly Effective School Library Program Schools” by the Colorado Department of Education. They join Buffalo Trail Elementary, Eaglecrest High School and Cherry Creek High School as Highly Effective School Library Program Schools in the Cherry Creek School District.

Attaining Highly Effective School Library Program status is a tremendous honor that is difficult to achieve. Schools are evaluated in 18 different categories, including school leadership, administrative support, reading development and special programming.  They must demonstrate that school and library staff members work collaboratively to improve student achievement through quality instruction using the 21st century skills.

SHHS Library Staff3.jpgAt Smoky Hill, that includes working with all students at all grade levels and with all teachers across all content areas. During fall semester alone, library staff members taught more than 250 classes on information literacy and research techniques.

“Not only did we see freshmen four times during FAST, our freshman orientation program, we see them two or three times in social studies and two or three times in English, so they’re getting a lot more practice,” said Kyle Harmon, library coordinator at Smoky Hill.

Very few schools receive the Highly Effective School Library Program School designation each year; those that do serve as role models for other schools and libraries across the state.

“The bar is intentionally set very high for this honor; you should be very proud of this accomplishment,” said Judy Barnett, Highly Effective School Library Program Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education.

Cropped Evelyn Scott with award.jpgIn other library news, Evelyn Scott, the library coordinator at Cherry Creek High School, was honored as the “Librarian of the Year” by The Education Center at the Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala on March 6. The event honors Black educators in the state of Colorado who exemplify high standards of excellence in education.

Scott said the award affirms the important work she and other librarians do every day.

“In the age where we have so much technology, some people think libraries are a thing of the past,” Scott said. “But our skills are needed more, not less. We have to stay on top of trends, have resources available and know how to use them. The most important thing is to be able to help students, parents and teachers.”

Posted 3/11/2015 1:58 PM
Copyright © Cherry Creek School District #5, 4700 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 | 303-773-1184
Cherry Creek School District No. 5 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Cherry Creek School District No. 5 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.

You are now leaving the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) portal. Please note that CCSD does not control nor can it guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness, or appropriateness of any content contained on web sites and/or pages outside of the official CCSD portal. The information or opinions contained on these web sites and/or pages do not necessarily represent the views of the CCSD.

With access to the internet comes the availability of material that may not be of educational value or appropriate for students. While at school, CCSD has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate or harmful web sites. However, on the internet it is impossible to control all materials and limit all access to information that has no educational value. CCSD firmly believes that the valuable information and the interaction available on the internet far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of CCSD.