Welcome to GCS Learning Commons' home!
 
Our Mission
 

The mission of the Guardian Catholic School Learning Commons is to nurture young minds into critical thinkers with digital citizenship skills who develop a desire to be lifelong learners in the technological world by supplying diverse collections of enriching resources for informational needs and providing services that facilitate the learning and teaching needs of our students and teachers while supporting the Diocesan standards.

Our Story
 

In the summer of 2017, we were blessed with a new 21-century school building, a new school name, and joined two cherished schools into one dream.  The clean slate to design and construct a new school inspired us to take on the name Learning Commons for our new school library.  A learning commons is a school learning community where learners can use the best resources and technologies to participate in active learning and collaborative thinking while building their personal expertise.  Our's features technology rich spaces with flexible seating for large and small group collaboration or individual learning; areas for quiet reading, writing, and reflection; bookcases of books for leisure reading or research; and a future makerspace to include a Lego wall and supplies to create, build, make, and innovate.  Every student's future looks bright at GCS's Learning Commons! 

Read Every Day! Just Take 20!
Just Take 20

Our digital library of eBooks and eAudiobooks are in Destiny Discover.  Search our catalog and check out using your GCS Destiny account (same as Renaissance login).  Browse for digital books in the other digital libraries available to ensure you always have a book or an article to read.  Reading 20 minutes a day will keep your reading skills sharp if you are an advanced reader.  Reading 20 minutes a day will build your vocabulary and reading comprehension if you are a beginning or intermediate reader.  Students using Google Classroom should go to Media Lib Classroom to view all our virtual library displays, participate in optional learning activities, and find information about GCS's reading program.  In 2020-2021, GCS is Riding the Read-a-Coaster!  Join us and happy reading!    

Visit FL DOE's Just Take 20 for Families to discover the importance of a child reading 20 minutes every day.  Read anything--a book, magazine, cereal box, signs--It's about exposure to words!

Search Our Catalog
 

Destiny is our online catalog where our patrons can browse our print and digital resources. There are various ways to browse the catalog, but some interactive ways are Destiny Discover and WebPath Express. Destiny is accessible via an iPad, other mobile devices, or a computer with Internet access, and the school issued iPads have apps for accessing Destiny Discover for digital materials.  Patrons must login to their Destiny account to access the collections.  Visit Mrs. Rice's Google Classroom, Media Lib, or her library blog, Reader's Corner, for tutorials to use Destiny and it's features, read library news, and lots more!  If you need help with your account login, contact Mrs. Rice below.

 
Book Care
 
News
 
Q1 Top Classes for Riding the Read-a-Coaster
Digital Libraries

 Click on icon to visit the site.

Accelerated Reader 360
Use your Renaissance student login.

For grades 3-8. 

Find an article to read and take the quiz.

 
Scholastic BookFlix
Login to your Destiny account and find our BookFlix login credentials in Destiny Discover's News section.
 
Mackin Digital Library
UN: GCS2020 and PW: eagles

No need to enter our school name.

Click here for help videos. 

 
Jacksonville Public Library

 

You need a Jacksonville Public Library card to use their digital libraries. 

Click here to apply for a library card. 

 
SSYRA 2020-2021
 
Jr. (Gr. PK-2)
Gr. 3-5
Gr. 6-8

 Visit your Media Lib [Google] Classroom, click Classwork, and select the SSYRA virtual library material posted to access an SSYRA book for your grade's category.

Explore with Links to Learning!
 
magnifying glass for AR Bookfinder Website
Jacksonville Public Library link
Common Sense Media link
 
NASA Kids Club link
Fact Monster link
 
Science News for Students link
Starfall link
ABCYA link
Time for Kids link
National Geographic Kids link
National Geographic Education link
Bill Nye link
Energy Kids link
Lego link
Calendar

Mrs. Rice's Blog
 
Reader's Corner blog
 
Follow Us
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Contact the Media Team
 

April Rice

Media Specialist

April Rice

Emily Kelley

Media Paraprofessional

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to help each student attain their potential through high quality Catholic education in a Christ-centered environment that inspires each of us to think, learn, achieve, pray and serve our communities.