Meet the GMS Librarian: Mike Walker
BIO: I was born in Long Beach, CA, on April 13, 1955, to parents who had left Arkansas during the Great Depression. We moved to Texarkana, AR, when I was 7, so I call that city my childhood home. I've lived in Gravette and worked in its school system since 1984. I originally taught high school English here, then later made the move to the library. I love reading, writing, and books, so the library is a "good fit" for me!
I have a BA in English from OBU, a MSE in English from OBU, an Ed.S. in Higher Ed. from U of A, a M.Ed. in School Library Media from SAU, and have done some post graduate at ORU.
I work to make the GMS Library a welcoming place for our students that will encourage a love for reading and a place where our teachers can find the resources they need to enhance their lessons.
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the GMS Library
The Gravette Middle School Library is open to our students and community Monday - Friday from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm.
We are always more than willing to assist you with any library questions and/or needs you may have.
School Library Goals
Our goal is to enable students to become information literate and effective lifelong readers.
Our program provides educational and technological opportunities to students and staff addressing their needs and abilities. It is the goal of our library media program to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and to encourage leisure use of worthwhile materials.
Accelerated Reader and STAR Testing
Do you need an Accelerated Reader book? No problem! Our books are marked and include quiz numbers, points per quiz, and reading level. We use the STAR Test for reading level placement. Mr. Walker or Mrs. Newbill are always available to lend a helping hand.
What can you do as a parent? Make it a point to know what your child's reading level and reading goals are. Reading is very important to your child and it takes practice, so make sure that they are reading every day. Remember it does not have to be just books. It can be newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, or street signs. Be sure to visit your school library on Meet the Teacher Night at the beginning of the school and on PTO nights. Reading is something that your child will do every day from now on.
Library books issued to students are the responsibility of the students and their parents. Any book lost or damaged must be paid for by parents/guardians before the student is allowed to check out additional books.
GMS AR Reading Contest
This library sponsors a reading contest that lasts the lenght of a school year. At the end of the year, the three students with the highest number of Accelerated Reader (AR) points win prizes -- usually a computer tablet or ereader.