Ms. Racheal Derrick
Librarian
Racheal Derrick
662.890.8745

Library Wish List Ongoing 

  • 3 x 5 index cards
  • bookmarks
  • gently used or new books appropriate for preschool-5th grade
  • gently used or new kid friendly magazines
  • gently used or new jigsaw puzzles
  • gently used or new board games or card games
  • new or used Christmas cards
  • new or used calendars (kid friendly) / any type of calendar

Monday, March 30, 2020

Overpark Mustangs,

You are missed and loved! Can't wait to see your sweet faces again! And I can't wait to hear about what you've been reading. I plan to update my website each Monday to give you lots of resources to keep you having fun while learning and reading and writing at home.

Ms. Derrick 

Read in three different places in your home/yard this week and share on our Overpark Elementary Facebook page.
OES Mustang Challenge March 30

A little about Ms. Derrick

Education:

I graduated from Collierville 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. 

I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program pursing a degree in cognition and instruction.

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 begin 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

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

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 

 

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:// 


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 


Learning or Having Fun?

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 

Library Shelf Game

http://www.mrs-lodges-library.com/shelver/

Dewey Decimal Game

https://www.quia.com/cc/7265.html

Hour of Code

https://hourofcode.com/us/learn

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Typing Practice and Learning to Type

https://www.typing.com

https://www.nitrotype.com

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 

 

Some of Ms. Derrick's Favorite 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 

 

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 


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/ 


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