Welcome to The Commons!

  • Even though Jefferson isn't yet open to students, all Patriots have access to the resources of the Learning Commons!  Students can read and listen to books in Sora and do research using our subscription databases.  Checking out LC books is possible by reserving them in Atriuum.  And of course, students are encouraged to email Mrs. Sherry and Mrs. Kotsovos with any questions they may have. 

    Below you will find our operating policies and procedures during eLearning, but the best place to access all the information you'll need is the JJHS LC course in Canvas.  Videos, slide decks and tutorials are there to help students make the most out of our resources.


    Login in to the JJHS LC Canvas course

    How to check out LC books during eLearning 

Policies and Procedures during eLearning


    During eLearning, Mrs. Sherry and Mrs. Kotsovos are available by email from 8-3 each day.  Please email us if you have a question!  Most days, we'll actually be in the LC, so you can also call us at 630-420-6367. 


    • Starting on the first day of school, students may check out two eBooks through Sora
    • The default checkout period is 14 days for all electronic titles.  This can be changed, but only through Overdrive. Contact Mrs. Sherry if you have questions about this.
    • Starting on September 15th, students can check out actual books from the LC! (See below for curbside pickup info!)
    • The checkout period for all books during eLearning is 3 weeks.
    • Students may have two (2) print books checked out at any time, but only one each of the current awards titles.
    • You can renew a book if no one has reserved it – unless it’s a Mock Newbery or Rebecca Caudill nominee.
    • Only 8th graders may check out YA books.


    • Reserve a book on Atriuum.  Here's how!
    • Watch for the email confirming it's ready.
    • Stop by JJHS any day during regular school hours (7 to 3:30) to pick up your books which are separated by grade level and arranged in alphabetical order by the patron's last name.
    • Follow the Pickup Procedure
    • Be sure to note the DATE DUE for materials.  Students are responsible for keeping track of this, which is easy to do by logging into Atriuum and checking your account in My Items. Reminders will also be sent to your student email account which is another good reason to check that everyday. 
    • New reserves will be checked out on Monday and Friday afternoons and held for one week.  After that, they will be checked back in for others to use.
    • Return books to bin inside the Main Entrance (Door 1) vestibule.  You will receive an email confirmation when it gets scanned in.  Please contact us if you do not receive this email within 5 days.
    • Don’t check out a book and give it to a friend. This only causes trouble. If you wish to pass on a great read, tell your friend to put it on hold instead. 


    Log in to Atriuum to check what you have out and when it’s due.  Your ID# is your user name, and your last name (all lower case, but otherwise as it is entered in Infinite Campus) is your password. That way, you’ll avoid any of the following hassles!
    • Overdue notices will be issued via email to your district account. So get in the habit of checking your student Gmail!
    • If you have an overdue book, you will not be allowed to check out any other materials until you turn it in. 
    • If you lose a book, you have to pay the replacement cost of that book. Paperbacks cost about $6.00. Hardbacks start at $15.00. You can also purchase the exact ISBN of the book you lost as a replacement.
    • Books more than 30 days overdue will automatically be checked into lost.  Students (and parents!) will then receive an email fine notice for the replacement cost of the book.
    • If you find a book within 30 days after you have paid for it, your money will be refunded, minus a $2.00 processing fee. No refunds outside that time frame since we've likely replaced the book already.


    • Almost 3,000 eBooks and eAudio books are available through Sora, formerly known as OverDrive. Use your Atriuum credentials to log in.
    • Use the subscription databases to find quality information for research projects.  
    • The district provides access to many other digital resources, including online textbooks,  WeVideo, creative platforms, and content-specific applications like IXL.  Be sure to try them all!
    • NoodleTools is our district's choice for research and citations.  Login with your Google account to get started on your next research project!
    • Visit these pageson the LC Canvas course (you'll need to login) to find out more about:


    • Use our on-line public access catalog (OPAC), Atriuum, to find information about our  Learning Commons materials. Search by author, title, subject, key words, series, or call number. Be sure to write down the call number so that you can find the book on the shelf.
    • Atriuum can be accessed from any device with internet access. There's a direct link on the left navigation, the homepage for the Canvas course, and there's also a direct link on the For Students page on this website.  Be sure to bookmark Atriuum on your Chromebook!!
    •  Use the homepage of the LC Canvas course to access databases and other great resources like NoodleTools and Newsela. Here on the Jefferson webpage, you can also get access to these resources through the left navigation here or on the For Students page.


    On the results screen for the OPAC, you'll see the location of what you're looking for.  Here's an overview of what's where. 

    North End/Fiction side:

      • Hardback fiction (FIC) is arranged by author and can be found in two long shelving aisles, A-L and K-Z.
      • Paperback fiction (PB FIC) is along the wall in the north class area.
      • Young Adult (YA) books are located in between the  main fiction shelves.  They have green spine labels. Remember, 8th grade only.
      • Award Nominees (Rebecca Caudill and Mock Newbery) are on the display shelf near the north exit.
      • Genre spotlight shelf near the north entrance highlights themes throughout the year.

    South End/Nonfiction

      • There are two clusters of regular nonfiction organized by Dewey classifications, 000-699 and 700-999.
      • Biography (92) and collective biography (920) are along the far south gray wall. Remember, biographies are organized by the last name of the person who is the subject of the book.
      • Graphic novels (741.5) are on the shelf between 235 and the IT203 office.
      • Spanish books (FL) are on their own shelving unit nearby, just south of the center hallway and high tables.
      • Reference (REF) books are located in a single unit close to the graphic novels.
      • Archived copies of former award nominees are under the high top tables along the east wall.  These are great for reading with a friend or even small group, and are available for regular checkout. 
      • Story Collection (SC), Picture Books (PIBK and LA),  Lexile Leveled books (LL) are located on the east wall near the center hallway.
      • Books in various world languages (WL) including Chinese, French, German and Korean are also on the east wall before you get to the high tops. Flags on the spine indicate the language.
      • Award Books:  Mock Siberts are on top of the 001-699 nonfiction shelves.


    All Jefferson students and staff have the right to use the Learning Commons and its resources productively, so make informed and INTELLIGENT choices about your behavior.
    • Demonstrate respect for materials, equipment and personnel of the Learning Commons. No Cheetos when reading an LC book!
    • Please turn things in on time, and turn in eBooks ahead of time if you finish early. The next Patriot in line will be grateful.
    • When you call or send an email, remember you're not texting or sending instant messages.  A little grammar goes a long way (and your LA teacher will hear about well-crafted communications!)