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Fenwick Book Club

The Fenwick Book Club met this week for their regular monthly meeting. Refreshments included the usual brownies and water. With Halloween in mind, there were orange frosted cupcakes, pretzels in spider web packages and sugar cookies shaped like pumpkins.

Of course they also discussed this month's books. Instead of repeating it all, take a look at the book club meeting flier that went out to remind current members and attract new students to the group. Titles flew for next month's choice but the group decided on Simon Vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The plot is centered around a blackmail plot and the unraveling of the mysterious identity of the blackmailer. There is so much more going on, however. Take a look at the book trailer ....

and click here for an online article written by the book's author.

Because it's October, and because we are so close to Salem, the group decided to take a few minutes to try their hands and imaginations to the crafting of the shortest horror stories ever written. The group turned for inspiration to the web where a few of the classics are posted. And then, there is Hemingway's six word short story ""For sale: baby shoes, never worn." to consider.

Students were shy about signing their work but a few gathered their courage and submitted what they had. For example, Brianna Harding wrote, "That wonderful smell of something burning. Then I looked down and realized that the smell was my skin." And Grace Goodell wrote, "I woke up. I looked in the mirror." The pieces are intended to let the reader take it from there. What's your idea of scary?

The group also joined the Fenwick Book Club Group using an app on their phones to connect with each other. The group feature of the app will make communication easier, facilitate regular reminders about upcoming meetings, allow for circulating titles of books being read and other points of connection between members outside of the regular meeting times.

The next meeting of the Fenwick Book Club is November 14, 2018 immediately after school. Take a look at the complete schedule of the Fenwick Book Club and consider stopping by. New members are always welcome. See below for the next meeting of the Fenwick Book Club:

  • 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


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.

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.

This Year's Author Visit


There's no place like home!

A Fenwick grad returns to her roots to spread the good word about how her high school experience changed her life.

So much is always going on at Fenwick that it's exciting to see when someone stops the show. Hannah Tinti, class of '90, brought students to their feet with her own story of how she came to write this year's All School One Read, The Good Thief, now in its 20th printing.

Hannah Tinti '90, Co-Founder & Executive Editor of One Story magazine, author of Animal Crackers, The Good Thief and most recently The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley sandwiched a visit between teaching writing workshops at the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat in Alaska and a Master Class at Hedgebrook in Tuscany to meet with the Fenwick community on Wednesday.


After the author's engaging presentation, students joined her on stage to perform several of the skits created over the summer as optional reading projects. A reception in the O'Rourke Library concluded this special visit.

Posting on Twitter, Hannah said, "Felt good to spend yesterday talking with teens about the importance of books, libraries & teachers that can change your life".

The One Read Summer fun with reflection projects (left on this page) continues with student entries to contests where their hard work can be considered beyond the walls of their high school.

The skits mentioned above were selected from a couple of dozen written by students over the summer. Thanks to the students who performed as well as the script writers that gave them such great material to work with.

Short skits written over the summer by Nicole Johns and Meghan Hazard were selected to be performed.

Under the direction and

leadership of Dr. Tropeano's the students performing the skits were:

  • Lydia Simpson
  • Francesca Foti
  • Maggie Dunn
  • Mitchell Collins
  • Tessa Tropeano
  • Jordan Rochna
  • Maggie Dunn
  • Brendan Mirra

Tinti's One Teen Story, an offshoot of her award winning One Story online and print magazine, provides a place where teens can submit the short stories they wrote over the summer to compete with other teens across the country for publication.

Freshmen who wrote letters to the author have the opportunity to submit their work to Letters About Literature, a competition for publication sponsored by The Massachusetts Center for the Book and The Library of Congress.

And for the students who elected to retell the story of The Good Thief by creating an original photography exhibit to retell the story, the Art teachers here at Fenwick have options for them to compete. The publishers of The Marble Collection, Teen Ink and others are just waiting to showcase student work.

Fenwick is entering its 14th year with its All School One Read Program.

Suggestions for summer 2019-2020 book are already adding up. Do you have an idea for a fiction or non-fiction YA (young adult) book we could be considering? Send your ideas and comments to Diane Smith via email dms@fenwick.org or give her a call at 978-587-8350.




Bishop Fenwick High School Yearbook Collection

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

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