• Digital Escape Room Challenges!

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 4/12/2017


    I really like Open the Pool!

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  • Video Games in the library!

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 3/21/2017

    Increase your digital literacy and Internet skills while playing games that are actually pretty fun!  



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  • Robot Apocalypse!

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 3/1/2017

    Save us from the robot apocalypse!

    After school, Monday 3/6, a team of up to 10 students will need to work together to save the planet from the dreaded fate of robot world domination.  The robot plans to annihilate us by getting rid of all of our technology.  He only needs 40 minutes to do it.....unless we can foil his plans in time.  Sign up in the library Thursday or Friday to be allowed to participate.  It's a high-pressure, hands-on, brains-on, exciting event that will give you a rush of adrenaline and satisfaction afterwards if you are successful.  What can be more satisfying than saving the planet?  If you're into escape rooms and mystery rooms, this event is for YOU. 

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  • For Warrior Cats Fans!

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 2/13/2017


    If you love the Warrior Cats, visit this lovely fan page and explore the world, see the books, take interactive quizzes on the books, and play Warrior Cats games!  If you're viewing this page from school, copy and paste the URL into the Chrome browser before you get frustrated.  :)

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  • Completed the puzzle!

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 2/1/2017

    7th graders with their completed puzzle

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  • Story game...

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 2/1/2017

    This is something you can do during your study hall in the library!  Use the Chrome browser and copy and paste this link into the URL.  Have fun!


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  • Activities!

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 2/1/2017

    Activities in the library!

    • Shelfie Scavenger Hunt
    • Coloring
    • Coding
    • Keyboarding practice
    • Puzzles
    • Chess
    • Mad Libs
    • Logic games
    • Freedom to create
    • Origami
    • Books, books, books!
    • Learn how to get audiobooks for free on your own devices!
    • Practice your 50 states (7th grade especially!)
    • Educational computer games and programs
    • Book club!
    • Explore old yearbooks (and recent ones, too!)
    • Read the newspaper
    • Read magazines (lots!)
    • Charge your mobile devices
    • Borrow a Kindle or Nook and read an e-book!
    • Learn something new!
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  • Essay Contest! Win Prizes!

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 1/3/2017

    "Family Life" Essay Contest:  You could win gift certificates and a dinner gift certificate!

    Contest Period: 

    The contest period will end on Friday, March 10, 2017.


    Beginniing in 1970, technology began making huge strides in our family lives.  Cellular phones, personal computers, and home video entertainment systems, just to name a few, became available for our use and enjoyment.  Discuss and give examples of the effects that these new technologies have had in your own family life. 


    All essay submissions must be postmarked no later than March 10, 2017.  Submissions postmarked after March 10, 2017 will not be accepted.  Essay submissions must be complete and mailed to: 

    Scottish Rite Essay Contest

    Utica Masonic Building

    251 Genesee Street

    Utica, NY  13501-3401

    Length of Essay: 

    Grades 4-6:  150-200 words     Grades 7-12:  200-350 words


    Essays for all grade levels may be typewritten, printed, or neatly hand written iin blue or black ink, double-spaced on plain or lined paper, by the applicant.

    Cover Page:

    A cover page MUST be secured to the essay and contain the following information: 

    • Student's last name, students first name
    • Name of teacher (or librarian)
    • Teacher's contact email address
    • Teacher's phone number
    • Teacher's original signature
    • Name of School
    • School Address
    • Student's grade


    Work must be original.  Plagiarized material will be disqualified.  Research and a bibliography are not required.  However, supportive facts, statements, or data must be footnoted.  All essays will be judged by a panel selected by the Committee. 


    To print this information and to get a fill-in-the-blank cover page ticket, click here.

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  • Letters About Literature Contest Work Session

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 11/22/2016

    Are you planning on entering the Letters about Literature Contest?  Remember, winners can receive up to $1000 in cash!  If you plan to participate, you are cordially invited to the library after school Wednesday, November 30 from 2:30- 3:00.  During this gathering, students can discuss with each other and Mrs. Horwat their ideas, ask any questions about the details of the contest, receive advice or tips, and even have work time to begin or finish your entries.  Light refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there!

    P.S.  Be sure you have permission to stay after school that day BEFORE you attend. 

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  • Code A Thon 2016!

    Posted by Julie Horwat at 11/10/2016

    Code A Thon

    Code a thon: A national coding competition (no experience necessary!)

    When:  Monday, November 14-Friday, November 18

    What:  students all over the country will learn to code enough to program a monkey to collect bananas in a variety of levels.  Each sucess earns you points, and schools compete for the most points.  If you have coded before (Hour of Code, Scratch, etc.) this will be a breeze to learn and a challenge to win.  If you've never coded before or are wondering, "What is coding, anyway?", you will learn and be able to compete as well.  You'd be competing against other students who have just learned, also.  Either way, it will be fun, and I'd love for HPMS to win! 

    How to participate: 

    Sign up in the library! Participants will come to the library Monday to learn what to do, and then students can participate from any computer throughout the day (school hours only--up to 3 pm) for the whole week.  The library will be open to all coders on Monday!  Hope to see you there!

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