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AUTHOR HANNAH TINTI (1990) VISITS CAMPUS

THE GOOD THIEF Author Visit

Join us on September 26 in the Fenwick Auditorium when Author Hannah Tinti '90 will visit and share her life's journey from graduating from Fenwick to successful author. Tinti will also take this opportunity to see student's related projects and make herself available for any questions or ideas students wish to share..

Doors open at 9:45 and all members of the Fenwick community are invited to attend.


Fenwick Library News & InfoBites

Each year, the Fenwick library makes new resources available to teachers and students. Taking a few minutes to search through the databases to remain current with the content, tools and other features that continue to evolve from year to year is not as easy as it sounds.

One of the acknowledged features of information in this second decade of the 21st century is its exponential growth. A shortage of time and an excess of demands, anticipated and otherwise, makes it difficult to keep track of it all. The trick that helps us avoid becoming overwhelmed? Try chunking things into smaller bites, reviewing and taking in a little at a time.

The Fenwick library works year round to keep existing resources vital to the work faculty does with our students. Periodically the library announces new and changing items worthy of your time and attention. To make sure these great resources don't go unnoticed and to optimize their use among teachers and students, the library will post a small bite a couple of times a month to encourage your interest and stimulate your curiosity.

Below are a series of info bites designed to keep you informed about library activities and resources. For example, Infobite #1 focuses on videos and how the library works to keep them current, relevant to the curriculum and available from on campus and outside of school.


Bite # 1

517 new titles were added to our On Demand subscription over the past month.

View your newly added titles: Click here to view a full list of the new titles just added to your collection. WARNING...Only Fenwick students, faculty, staff and parents have access to our subscription databases. If you are among our active community members, send an email to Ms. Smith, Fenwick Library Director dms@fenwick.org for the login and pwd.

The backstory on our Classroom Video On Demand subscription database…

Using online content for academic purposes is different than when we're at home just playing around on the web for fun. Of course, as users of online content we need to be questioning and evaluating what we're looking at all the time. In the classroom, however, it becomes even more important because we will be using content in an arena where scholarship, judgment and integrity represent us in serious ways.

YouTube is a popular and visual representations of content can really enhance our academic work. That being said, students need to learn how to evaluate a content rich video from a reliable and credible source, cite correctly using a standardized format, take excerpts and select appropriate quotes. One way Fenwick provides exposure to quality videos and guides students in the use of transcripts and the evaluation process is to include vetted content in classroom and research options. Video On Demand is a subscription service available to Fenwick students after they login to the library portion of the school's website. Classroom Video On Demand is a streaming video website, dedicated to delivering high school video subject matter related to the curriculum, with material appropriate for basic through AP courses.

Fenwick Book Club

The next meeting follows the Summer Vacation so get ready to join us for our discussion of One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake and for some the focus will be on Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six.

Members will be busy with Summer Reading assignments related to upcoming English classes and, of course, the Summer One Read for 2018. This year everyone is reading The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti and working on reflection projects related to the story in the book.

Three + books? Actually there's usually more than a couple of titles being discussed. Members of the Fenwick Book Club are always seeking the genre and book (s) that they like best. We select a book or books for everyone to read and discuss but sometimes members move off into unexpected directions. The end result is that the meetings are always interesting and an eclectic list of suggestions always emerges.

O'Rourke Library & Information Center is a landing spot for teens who find more than just words in the fiction and non-fiction books being explored. Reading is at the heart of all that the Book Club does so when reading time opens up, we're on it.

Let's start with a look at the trailer for The Good Thief. The 3 1/2 minute video gives us a feel for how " A Dickensian cast of characters in 19th century New England come brilliantly to life in this wondrous debut novel about an orphan boy and the colorful conman who claims to be his brother. Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting talents writing today."

The Good Thief

Hannah Tinti is a successful author of three books but her real claim to fame around here is that she's a Fenwick graduate. In a recent interview Tinti was asked what authors got her interested in short story writing. She said, "I went to Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody. I had some great teachers there, and one of them gave us the collected stories of Flannery O'Connor. I'd always read work before where the characters were people who I was sympathetic to instead of someone I wouldn't want to hang out with." Tinti was teaching a literature course at New York University at the time and very interested in giving to others some of what Fenwick gave to her.

More information about Fenwick's 2018 One Read Experience can be found by clicking here.

Back to the business of the Fenwick Book Club...

The group is excited about its new found series by Kendare Blake. The author promises a series of four books. The third in the series isn't available until September 2018 and that seems to be part of the excitement. Over the summer, book club members will be spending rainy days and quiet moments by a favorite lake, tree or beach with the first two books in this series.

  • 1st there was Three Dark Crowns
  • Then there was One Dark Throne
  • And next there's Two Dark Reigns -- This title will be released on September 4, 2018

Here's a book trailer done by Becca's Books. The presentation style is similar to how the Fenwick Book Club members share their love of a good book.

Just under six minutes of enthusiasm for this new series...

A very different type of fiction brought to everyone's attention as reading time opens up is Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy. He writes realistic fiction, a genre Clancy makes as interesting and adventurous as the wildest of fantasies.

Rainbow Six takes readers to more than a few countries while building suspense. John Clark is a Navy Seal newly named as the head of an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. It's a thriller like no one but Clancy can weave. He offers readers a blend of realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp excitement.

Consider joining the Fenwick Book Club in the fall. It's a great mix of students from all four years and a place to build friendships that last a lifetime. Here's the schedule for the 2018-19 academic year.

  • 9/19/18 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm
  • 10/24/18 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm
  • 11/14/18 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm
  • 12/14/18 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm
  • 01/16/19 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm
  • 02/13/19 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm
  • 03/13/19 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm
  • 04/10/19 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm
  • 05/15/19 Fenwick Book Club 2:30 pm

Over the course of the school year the Fenwick Book Club reads and goes on local field trips, reads and invites authors or other special guests, reads and enjoys refreshments, reads and links movies with source books and above all this group loves to read.

Fenwick Book Club members recognize that there are many avid readers on campus who are not able to commit to club membership. Those students are, especially during days off and vacations,, interested in what the club members are reading and interested in reading and recommending titles. Informal exchanges with those we've come to think of as auxiliary members, help to keep reading interests high.




Summer Reading 2018

Make reading part of your summer

  • Cultivating good reading habits puts us in charge of our own learning. Besides, with practice, reading becomes relaxing and fun. Imagine looking forward to the reading part of your assignments.
  • Have you heard about the "Summer Slide?" Learning or reading skill losses during the summer months are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient students. (scholastic.com

The Summer Reading Program at Fenwick (details below) includes both a Community One Read and a list of books from the English Department. Questions a comments during summer months may be sent to Diane Smith @ the O'Rourke Library using email dms@fenwick.org

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Fenwick Reading Program

Community One Read (Everyone!)

The goal of our summer One Read is to encourage our students to read and provide them with a positive experience. We believe in this as a whole school community; and as such, require everyone, faculty and students alike, to read one book that we will share together in a number of ways.This year’s One Read is The Good Thief. This is the 13th Anniversary of our One Read program and we've selected a book that delivers an experience that is fun and interesting for students.

Requirements: All students are required to read The Good Thief & another book (s) from the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List. Students will be tested in the fall on the English Department Reading List choice and are required to complete a One Read Project over the summer that demonstrates reading and reflection of the One Read Book. The projects are:

  • Letter to the Author -- Freshmen Only
  • Photography Project
  • Service to Blog Project
  • Skit to Stage Project
  • One Teen Story Creative Writing Project

This is more than just an exercise this year. Hannah Tinti will visit the school in late September to meet all of you and tell us more about her life's journey from graduating from Fenwick to successful author. She'll see your projects and make herself available for any questions or ideas you want to share.

Completed projects are due to Homeroom Teachers on the first day of school in September (09/05/18). Once assessed, the grades will be forwarded to the Religion department in time to be included with the first quarter scores for report cards.

Click here for the 2018 One Read General Information Sheet

Class of 2022

Every grade level reads the same Community One Read. For 2018 the book is The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.

ONE READ PROJECTS: There is a special creative reflection option for Freshmen Only titled " Letter to the Author." Freshmen are also allowed to do, instead of the Letter to the Author, one of four creative reflection projects related to the One Read.

The project is due on the 1st full day of school in Sept. 2018 (09/05/18).

IMPORTANT: In addition to the One Read book and project, every grade level also has a reading assignment from the English Department. Students are either selecting from the English Department's Summer Reading List or doing a special Honors English Assignment.

Summer Reading Lists, One Read Project Descriptions, Frequently Asked Question Sheets and the Project Grading Rubric are posted below:

Click here for a 2018 Letter to the parents of incoming freshmen

Click here for a 2018 Project Description and Sample Letter to the Author.

Click here for a 2018 Letter to the Author Frequently Asked Question Sheet.

Click here for the 2018 One Read Project Grading Rubric

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service Contact sheet (applies to the Service to Blog Project)

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for College Prep ENG I students

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG I Honors

Freshmen (class of 2022) may elect to do, in place of the Letter to the Author, one of the other three One Read Projects:

Click here for the 2018 One Read Service to Blog Project Description

Click here for the 2018 One Read Service to Blog Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Description Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Skit to Stage Project Description

Click here for the 2018 One Read Skit to Stage Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Teen Story Creative Writing Project Description Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Teen Story Creative Writing Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet


Class 2021

Every grade level reads the same Community One Read. For 2018 the book is The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.

ONE READ PROJECTS: There are four different One Read Projects. You only need to do one. Keep in mind that the author of The Good Thief will be visiting the school at the end of September. Hannah Tinti will have access so she can see first hand the impact of her book on us..

NOTE: Your One Read project is due (to your Homeroom Teacher) on the 1st full day of school in Sept. 2018 (09/05/18).

IMPORTANT: In addition to the One Read book and project, every grade level also has a reading assignment from the English Department. Students are either selecting from the English Department's Summer Reading List or doing a special Honors English Assignment.

The English Department Summer Reading Lists, One Read Project Descriptions, Frequently Asked Question Sheets and the Project Grading Rubric are posted below:

Click here for the 2018 One Read Project Grading Rubric

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service Contact sheet ( applies to the Service to Blog Project. )

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for College Prep ENG II students

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG II Honors

Click here for the 2018 One Read Service to Blog Project Description

Click here for the 2018 One Read Service to Blog Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Book to Life Photography Project

Click here for the 2018 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Skit to Stage Project Description

Click here for the 2018 One Read Skit to Stage Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Teen Story Creative Writing Project Description Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Teen Story Creative Writing Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Class 2020

Every grade level reads the same Community One Read. For 2018 the book is The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.

ONE READ PROJECTS: There are four different One Read Projects. You only need to do one.. Keep in mind that the author of The Good Thief will be visiting the school at the end of September. Hannah Tinti will have access so she can see first hand the impact of her book on us..

NOTE: Your One Read project is due (to your Homeroom Teacher) on the 1st full day of school in Sept. 2018 (09/05/18).

IMPORTANT: In addition to the One Read book and project, every grade level also has a reading assignment from the English Department. Students are selecting from the English Department's Summer Reading List.

The English Department Summer Reading Lists, One Read Project Descriptions, Frequently Asked Question Sheets and the Project Grading Rubric are posted below:

Click here for the 2018 One Read Project Grading Rubric

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service Contact sheet (applies to the Service to Blog Project)

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for College Prep ENG III students

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG AP Language and Composition students

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG Literature and Composition students

Click here for the 2018 One Read Service to Blog Interview Project Description

Click here for the 2018 One Read Service to Blog Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Book to Life Photography Project

Click here for the 2018 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Skit to Stage Project Description

Click here for the 2018 One Read Skit to Stage Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Teen Story Creative Writing Project Description Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Teen Story Creative Writing Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Class 2019

Every grade level reads the same Community One Read. For 2018 the book is The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.

ONE READ PROJECTS: There are four different One Read Projects. You only need to do one.. Keep in mind that the author of The Good Thief will be visiting the school at the end of September. Hannah Tinti will have access so she can see first hand the impact of her book on us..

NOTE: Your One Read project is due (to your Homeroom Teacher) on the 1st full day of school in Sept. 2018 (09/05/18).

IMPORTANT: In addition to the One Read book and project, every grade level also has a reading assignment from the English Department. Students are selecting from the English Department's Summer Reading List

The English Department Summer Reading List, One Read Project Descriptions, Frequently Asked Question Sheets and the Project Grading Rubric are posted below:

Click here for the 2018 One Read Project Grading Rubric

Click here for the 2017 One Read Service Contact sheet (applies to the Service to Blog Project.

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for College Prep ENG IV students.

Click here for the 2018 English Department Summer Reading List for ENG IV Honors students.

Click here for the 2018 One Read Service to Blog Interview Project Description

Click here for the 2018 One Read Service to Blog Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Book to Life Photography Project

Click here for the 2018 One Read Book to Life Photography Project Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Read Skit to Stage Project Description

Click here for the 2018 One Read Skit to Stage Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Teen Story Creative Writing Project Description Sheet

Click here for the 2018 One Teen Story Creative Writing Project Frequently Asked Question Sheet

Mission

The O'Rourke Library and Mission Statement

The mission of the library is to support the curriculum of Bishop Fenwick High School. The librarians make available print and non-print materials that meet the students’ diversified needs. The librarians also assist the students in developing independent skills in using the library for research and recreational reading.

The library is integrated into the school in the following ways:

  • Conducting classes focused on research and life long learning skills for students for efficient and responsible information use
  • Providing hands-on experience in the use of reference materials
  • Providing access to Summer Readings & Projects
  • Presenting booktalks to students to stimulate recreational reading
  • Providing pathfinders, bibliographies and lists of specialized materials
  • Home of the Fenwick Book Club
  • Providing computers, printers, and copiers for use of teachers and students.
HOURS (school academic year calendar)

Monday-Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Book Club

O'Rourke Library History

O'Rourke Library History

The Bishop Fenwick High School library is dedicated to the O’Rourke sisters, Sister Madeleine Louise and Sister Julienne, blood sisters and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Sr. Madeleine was professed as a Sister of Notre Dame in 1920, and Sr. Julienne in 1938.

Sr. Madeleine Louise arrived at Bishop Fenwick in 1963 after thirty-six years in Japan teaching at a Notre Dame High School. Sr. Julienne joined her at Bishop Fenwick in 1967.

They worked together for 28 years and made the Bishop Fenwick Library one of the busiest rooms in the school. Both sisters retired from Fenwick in 1979 to the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester, MA. Sr. Madeleine passed away in January of 1986 and Sr. Julienne in January of 2001.



Bishop Fenwick High School Yearbook Collection

Click here to view the Fenwick Yearbook collection from the 60's to today!

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