Ms. Racheal Derrick
Librarian
Racheal Derrick
662.890.8745

Library Wish List

  • 3 x 5 index cards
  • bookmarks
  • books
  • gently used or new jigsaw puzzles
  • gently used or new board games 

About Ms. Derrick 

Education:

I graduated from Colliverivlle High School in 1995. 

I graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in English in 1998 and a Master's of Arts in Teaching degree in 2002. 

Experience:

I began my teaching career with Mrs. Love at Chickasaw Elementary.  I taught third grade there for five years.  Next, I worked as a TST Intervention Coach, and then I taught fifth grade for five years at Overpark. I have also been a private tutor for about 15 years.  In 2019, I begin my third year as librarian at Overpark.

Bio:

Dear New Friends and Students,

  Welcome to our library at Overpark Elementary School.  I am so excited to beign a new year, and so honored to have you as part of my life.  I have one son named Steven who is a student at Center Hill Middle.  I have lived in Olive Branch for about seventeen years. 

  I enjoy hometown sports like Memphis Tiger basketball and Memphis Redbirds baseball, and I love watching all of my Mustang former students play at the middle school and high school.  I also love traveling, reading, and watching movies.  My favorite hobby is to read a book, and then watch the movie that goes with it to compare and contrast the two.

  I want to equip my students to Believe anything is possible, Achieve the goals they set for themselves, and be Leaders among their friends and communities.

  You will find that I have an open-communication policy. I appreciate comments, suggestions, and feedback at all times.  I know that by working together parents and teachers can truly give children the best experience possible.  I expect this to be a safe, productive, and really fun year.

  Sincerely,

Racheal Derrick

Class Schedule

Ms. Derrick's Schedule  2019-2020 

7:55 - 8:25  Cafeteria/ Breakfast Duty or  Gym/ Choir Duty 

8:30-9:15  4th grade (preschool Wednesdays)

9:20-10:05  3rd grade

10:10- 10:55 2nd grade

10:55-11:25 Cafeteria/ lunch duty

11:30-12:00 Open Circulation

12:00-12:45 Planning/ Administrative

12:45- 1:30 1st grade

1:35-2:20 kindergarten (library helpers 2:00-2:20)

2:25-3:10 5th grade 

3:15-3:45 car rider duty / front line K-2

 

 

Helpful Links 

Public Library

Olive Branch Public Library

Mrs. Teresa Spiers is the children's librarian.

http://www.firstregional.org 

Book Awards
Newbery Medal

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal 


Odyssey Award for Audiobook 
http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/odyssey-award-excellence-audiobook-production 

American Library Association Various Awards 
http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/browse/bpma?showfilter=no 

Finding Good Books to Read Next
Scholastic Book Talks

From the Scholastic website. There are videos and articles to read.

http://www.scholastic.com/librarians/ab/booktalks.htm#F 

American Library Association

Newbery and other award lists included

http://www.ala.org 

Favorite Books for Fifth Graders 
http://www.greatschools.org/cgi-bin/showarticle/678/ 

Goodreads Best Books for 5th 
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/5th-grade 

Carol Hurst Best Books for 5th 
http://www.booksintheclassroom.com/gradeindex.php?grade=Fifth 

The Reading Nook Best Books for 5th 
http://www.thereadingnook.com/fifth_grade/ 

Adolescent Literature 
http://www.adlit.org/ 

Nerdy Book Club 
https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com 

Guys Read Website 
http://guysread.com/ 

Find a Book MS

Using Lexile or Grade Level to find appropriate books

https://fab.lexile.com/fab/MS/ 

Online Books More to Choose From
Project Gutenberg

Resource from our public library with additional books to read online.

http://www.firstregional.org/accessebooks.html 

Book Reviews
Common Sense Media Book Reviews 
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews 

The Literate Mother

Type in the name of a book to find parental reviews and ratings for the book. Info such as language, violence, etc....

http://www.theliteratemother.org/ 

Book Clubs for Kids or Adults
American Library Association Book Club Suggestions 
www.ala.org/tools/atoz/book-discussion-grpshttp:// 

Magnolia Award
Magnolia Award

The Magnolia Award is a children's choice book award decided upon by the children in MS.

http://www.usm.edu/childrens-book-festival/magnolia-award 

Reliable Research Links
Reliable Research Links 
http://www.collegedegree.com/library/financial-aid/25-online-resources-for-reliable-researched-facts 

About Education Research Links 
http://homeworktips.about.com/od/researchandreference/a/internet.htm 

Overpark Elementary Library Destiny
OES Library Catalog Search Destiny 
https://dcsms.follettdestiny.com/cataloging/servlet/presentbasicsearchform.do?restoreFromCrumb=1&tm=TopLevelCatalog&l2m=Library+Search&formSignature=Initialize&formName=cataloging_servlet_BasicSearchForm&breadCrumbIndex=97678 

Intellectual Freedom
Intellectual Freedom ALA 
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom 

Freedom to Read
Freedom to Read

ALA Freedom to Read Statement

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/freedomreadstatement 

Brainpop
Brainpop

Kid friendly video lessons with online quizzes, games, and puzzles.

http://www.brainpop.com 

Scholastic
Storia

Online books

Wimpy Kid Books are Online!

https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoriaLogonForm 

Authors
Margaret Peterson Haddix Home

Margaret Peterson Haddix is a very popular author with fourth and fifth graders.

http://www.haddixbooks.com 

Andrew Clements Home 
http://www.andrewclements.com 

Gordon Korman

Gordan Korman is a great writer with suspensful stories.  Beware that some of his books are for an older audience.

http://www.gordonkorman.com 

Elizabeth George Speare

http://www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org/birthbios/brthpage/11nov/11-21speare.html 


Louise Erdrich

Not all of Erdrich's books are suitable for an elementary audience. 

http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/2905/Louise_Erdrich/index.aspx 

MS Dept. of Ed Public Reports

To view OES or district report card: select the assessment for which you would like to view.

To view OES or district accountability reports: click accountability and choose "district and school-level results

http://ors.mde.k12.ms.us/ 

Jeanne Duprau

http://www.jeanneduprau.com/index.shtml 


Gary Paulsen

http://www.randomhouse.com/features/garypaulsen/ 


Roland Smith

Warning: there are normally 1-2 curse words in his books.

http://www.rolandsmith.com/ 

Katherine Paterson

http://www.terabithia.com/questions.html 


Lois Lowry

http://www.loislowry.com/ 


Poetry
Poetry for kids

All about poetry for kids

http://www.poetryforkids.com 

Writer's Digest Poems for Kids 
http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/poems-for-kids 

Twitter
@TweetDCS_OES 
http://www.twitter.com 

Lunch Calendar and Online Payments
Lunch Calender and Online Payments 
http://www.desotocountycn.org/Menus/tabid/2721/Default.aspx  

ABCYa Games
Fifth Grade Games

Really fun and user friendly site covering many subject areas.

http://www.abcya.com 

Multiplication
Multiplication Practice 
http://www.multiplication.com 

Math Help
Kahn Math Videos

Great, short videos on lots of math skills.

http://www.khanacademy.org 

Math Drills

Printable math drills of all sorts. 

http://www.math-drills.com