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Welcome to ISD's Learning Commons!

ISD Learning Commons

Winning Entry for Book Cover Contest
Student building Grand Canyon
ISDy News Show Set
Examples of ISD Pumpkin Characters
2022 Battle of the Books Team
Students' Electricity Project 2022
March Madness Winner 2022
Students building with KEVA planks

The ISD Learning Commons is a place for exploration, research, and creativity. With areas for storytime, reading, quiet study, lively collaborative work, innovation and technology, the Learning Commons meets the needs of every student and teacher at ISD.

Learning Commons Staff

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Jeannine Madoff, Media Specialist

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Cheryl Robbins, Media Assistant


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Chris Harris, IT Support Technician



Learning Commons FAQs:

What's the difference between Media and the Learning Commons?  The Learning Commons is the space itself, while Media is the curriculum being taught.  Thus, your child has Media classes in the Learning Commons each week.  In the past, the room itself had been called the Media Center, but the district changed that terminology years ago in order to better encompass all the different types of curriculum, events, and activities that take place in the space.  All kinds of learning occur in this common space.

When is a book overdue?  The student may keep a book out for 3 weeks. Reminders will go out to parents after 4 weeks. With younger students, we encourage them to return their books each week to build good habits.

What do we do if a book is lost? First, please look again and ask your child to join in the search if they haven't already. Then simply let our Media Assistant Mrs. Robbins know (, and she will advise you of the replacement cost.  You can either replace the book yourself or pay the replacement cost.

Can I volunteer to help shelve books?  Yes, this year we would love to return to having library volunteers.  Please email Mrs. Robbins if you are interested.

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2022-23 Letter from Mrs. Madoff:

The start of the school year is always very exciting for the ISD Learning Commons! We plan for traditional, much anticipated annual programs and think creatively about introducing new ones.

This year we will, of course, be continuing with our popular annual Book Character Pumpkin Festival in late October and this time, we will be inviting parents to visit the Learning Commons to see the amazing entries themselves!

The 5th Grade Battle of the Books has begun!!! GPS Library Media Specialists have selected 10 wonderful acclaimed books for fifth graders to dig into. Here is the list. If your child is excited to participate, please let me know and I will nudge them along with each of the books.  The district-wide competition starts in November!

We will continue to have many virtual author visits this year and have booked the return of celebrated Kate Messner as our author-in-residence for the spring!

Please keep your eye out for my frequent missives titled "From the Learning Commons," in Mrs. Firmender's Friday S'Mores. That's where you will find out about upcoming Learning Commons events, as well as the weekly collaborative Media Classes taking place throughout the year.

Best wishes for a wonderful new year!


Mrs. Madoff