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Welcome to the DMK Library!

About Mrs. Abed
I am the library media specialist and reading intervention teacher at Daniel McKee Alternative School. I have a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Trevecca Nazarene University and a B.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University. You may contact me at abede@rcschools.net or (615) 890-2282.
Class Schedule
1st period: 6th/7th grade ELA
2nd period: Independent Studies/HS RTI Reading
3rd period: Library
4th period: Library
5th period: Library
​6th period: RTI Reading (7th grade)
Quick Links
DMK Online Catalog (Find Books)
Research Links (from Tennessee Electronic Library - for students)
Common Beliefs
  1. The school library is a unique and essential part of a learning community.
  2. Qualified school librarians lead effective school libraries.
  3. Learners should be prepared for college, career, and life.
  4. Reading is the core of personal and academic competency.
  5. Intellectual freedom is every learner’s right.
  6. Information technologies must be appropriately integrated and equitably available.
 Shared Foundations
  1. INQUIRE: Build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems.
  2. INCLUDE: Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community.
  3. COLLABORATE: Work effectively with others to broaden perspectives and work toward common goals.
  4. CURATE: Make meaning for oneself and others by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance.
  5. EXPLORE: Discover and innovate in a growth mindset developed through experience and reflection.
  6. ENGAGE: Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and an interconnected world.

Recent Posts

Author Visit 2
On Friday, March 17, Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights, gave a presentation and signed books at DMK. For a few weeks leading up to his visit, the middle school students have been reading his book during RTI in literature circles, so they were excited to meet him. Brooks was very entertaining, made everyone laugh, and gave several book recommendations and writing advice. It was a successful author visit!
SE-YA 17
Selected students went on a field trip with Mrs. Abed and Mrs. Phillips to the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival at MTSU on Friday, March 10 where they had the opportunity to listen to panels of authors discuss their books, ask questions, and personally meet the authors to get their books signed. It was a fun day! Four new books have been added to the DMK library from SE-YA Book Fest.
Author Visit 1
Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated, Astray, and Smash & Grab, visited DMK on Thursday, March 9 to give a presentation and to sign books for students. It was a great success! Several students are now reading Gated.
Poetry Out Loud 17
Hannah represented Daniel McKee Alternative School at Poetry Out Loud this year on Saturday, March 4. She recited two poems on stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and did a fantastic job! We are so proud of her performances! Two DMK students came to support her as well. Great job, Hannah!
Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights, will be speaking at DMK to the middle school students on Friday, March 17 during 5th period.

About My Seventh Grade Life in Tights: Dance studios are for sell-outs. Or at least that’s what Dillon’s dance crew keeps saying. But when a chance to compete at the biggest dance academy in the state falls in his lap, he has to decide what’s more important: sticking to his crew’s rules or freestyling his way into solo greatness.

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