Learning Commons Policies and Procedures

    Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    Students who would like to work or read in a quiet environment are also welcome before school starting at 7:30 am, provided they sign up using the Google form to account for their attendance.  This can be done the day before after 9:00 am or the morning of before 7:00 am.  Enter through Jefferson Square and check in with the staff members on morning supervision.  
    After school, student are welcome to remain in the Commons until 3:30 pm, provided they have a pass from a JJHS staff member.
    • Most books may be checked out for three (3) weeks; Rebecca Caudill, Mock Newbery and Mock Sibert titles for two (2) weeks.
    • Reference materials may be checked out after school for overnight use. They must be returned by 8:00 am the next morning. Be careful – these are expensive books!
    • Students may have two (2) items checked out at any time, but only one each of the book 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.
    • In addition to print titles, students may check out two eBooks through Sora, formerly OverDrive.  The default checkout period is 7 days, but that can be adjusted to 14 or 21 days depending on the reader.
    • Bring books to the circulation desk located at the north end of The Commons. Students are encouraged to have their I.D. cards to check out materials. Students can use the self-checkout station or have a staff member do the scanning.
    • 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. Reminders will also be sent to your student email account which is a good reason to check that everyday. Don’t wait for the overdue notice to be distributed during Language Arts!
    • Return books to the slot at the circ desk by Mrs. Kotsovos or the large book drop at the north end entrance under the sign in.
    • 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, please come to the circ desk to make the transfer.
    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!
    • Books turned in late will be charged a fine. A grace period of 5 days is built in to allow for absences, special events, or plain old forgetfulness. On the sixth day, a flat $1.00 fee per book is charged to the student's account.
    • Overdue notices will be issued via email to your district account. So get in the habit of checking your student Gmail!
    • It is your responsibility to come to The Commons to pay your fine.
    • If you have an unpaid fine, you will not be allowed to check out any other materials until you settle your account. 
    • 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.
    • Book Reserve: Log in to Atriuum to put a book on hold. We’ll notify you via your LA teacher when the book you want comes in, and Atriuum will send you an email if you choose the electronic option - another reason to check your school email!
    • Printing documents: Students have access to two black & white printers in The Commons.  The one on the north end is named "Reference Lab Printer" and the one in the center by room 235 is named "Computer Lab Printer." Be green!  Check your pagination and make sure you're only printing what's absolutely necessary.
    • Collaboration booths:  Working on a group project? Use one of the big screen monitors at the booths on the north end of The Commons.  See Mrs. K or Mrs. Sherry when you sign in.
    • Need a charge?  There are many outlets around The Commons including at the collaboration booths, the high bar in the center hallway, the south side tables, and at the station inside the  IT203 office.
    • Please sign in at the station next to north entrance when working in The Commons unless you are visiting with your entire class.  Please check in with library staff and let them know what you’ll be working on.
    • You MUST have a pass from a teacher whenever you’re here on your own (during, or after school).
    • If you completed the Google form to visit the Commons before school, you must check in with the morning supervisors in Jefferson Square and then with Mrs. Sherry or Mrs. Kotsovos when you get upstairs.
    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) are 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 . Remember, 8th grade only.
    • Award Nominees are on the display shelf near the north exit.
    • Genre spotlight shelf near the north entrance highlights themes throughout the year.
    • Newspaper: Look for the Daily Herald on the table located on the table in front of the circ desk.


    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.

    Electronic Resources

    • 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. Passwords to access these resources are listed in the back of your student assignment notebook.
    • 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.
    • Two patron stations in the Commons are designated as “On-line Catalog Only,” but Atriuum CAN be accessed from any device with internet access. You'll see the link in the left navigation on this page, and there's also a direct link on the blue Student tab accessible from any page on the Jefferson website.  Be sure to bookmark it on your Chromebook!!
    • On the Jefferson webpage, use the Student Tab or the Resources/Library channel on the top navigation to access the subscription databases and other great resources like NoodleTools and Newsela.



    All Jefferson students and staff have the right to use the Learning Commons productively, so:

    • Make informed and INTELLIGENT choices about your behavior, especially in regard to the level of your voice.
    • Demonstrate RESPECT for materials, equipment and personnel of the Learning Commons. Remember to push in chairs and return them to their original table.
    • In order to keep upholstered furnishings looking their best, students are not allowed to have food or drink in the Commons.  Water bottles are the only exception. And yes, that means NO gum.
    • Enter and exit through the appropriate doors and stay to the right. Don’t block traffic during non-class times.
    • Maintain a "one person per seat" ratio, no matter which seating option you're using. That means one person per chair and two people per couch. No sitting on (or lying under) the tables, please.