PCHS: Modernist Open Concept School Library to an Innovative Learning Commons
PCHS Listening to Students and Meeting Needs for Technology
PCHS Comic Book Club & Option Class
PCHS Library Learning Commons
The goal of the school library is to support both the staff and students in the lifelong process of learning by encouraging reading and by developing effective users of information.
The library at PCHS is fully automated, with 2 terminals
dedicated exclusively to our Online Public Access Catalogue
(OPAC). We offer students an excellent collection of English and
French fiction and non-fiction in print and electronic format,
as well as a growing Spanish collection.
Our collection includes:
More than 18,000 books with an up-to-date reference collection
subscriptions to many contemporary magazines
Several research databases including Infotrac, an Online Periodicals Database – Ask the librarian for the access codes!
Access to OverDrive Digital library and 860+ ebook titles
17 computers offering Internet access, word processing and a variety of software.
Students are encouraged to save to their Google accounts
scanner, 2 laser-jet printers (1 colour printer), a photocopier, headsets
12 Kobo eReaders
green screen kit
permanently installed SmartBoard
We also offer:
Seating to more
than 175 students at any one time
for Secondary I
instruction at all levels
intended to support the curriculum and enhance
instruction with an emphasis on Google Search
The library is an important educational resource. It is intended
to be an inviting place where students can read and study in a
quiet atmosphere conducive to learning.
Our statement of Rights and Responsibilities has been developed
in an attempt to safeguard the library collection and to
acknowledge the rights of students and staff wishing to make use
of the services and resources the library has to offer.
The library functions as a multi-media information resource
center supporting education. It is not a social club. In that
spirit, students wishing to use the library must have something
productive to do. They must be behaving in such a way that
allows other students to be productive. We encourage students to
use the library for study, recreational reading and for access
to computers and other media.
It is forbidden to bring food or drinks into the Library.
Any student wishing to borrow items from the library must have a
valid PCHS I.D. card. There is a $5 processing fee when a lost
card must be replaced. Students may not lend their cards to
other students, or borrow material for other students.
Material in the general collection is loaned for two-week
Reference material is loaned overnight under special
circumstances and must be returned by 7:45 the following
Any student wishing to use a computer must register in the
logbook and present:
The "Technology Permission" form signed by
a parent and the student - found in the
A valid PCHS I.D. card
Use of the Library
Before and after class all students are free to use the library.
During the lunch period students wishing to use the library must
have work to do or material to read.
During class time, students wishing to use the library must
present a library pass signed by the teacher or a valid gold
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS
Digital Rights and Responsibilities
Digital citizenship involves understanding the social, ethical
and legal issues relating to all aspects of technology, in order
to use it appropriately and effectively. There are rights and
responsibilities that go hand in hand with being a good digital
citizen. The rights and responsibilities listed below apply to
all users of the Lester B. Pearson School Board network.
I have the RIGHT to:
I have the RESPONSIBILITY to:
• learn and work in a safe,
secure environment free from harassment *
• use the school board network
• be respected as an individual
• express opinions, ideas and
keeping in mind the rights of others
• have my digital identity
• have managed access to the
• report any action interfering
with a safe
learning environment to the appropriate
• contribute to a positive
culture of learning
• use school/centre space and
well as personal devices, in an appropriate,
responsible and respectful way
• respect others and their right
• practice safe, appropriate and
responsible use of information and
• protect my personal
information and that of
• engage in technology use for
purposes and respect for educational value
* Please refer to the definition of
harassment as defined in the
Lester B. Pearson School Board’s Policy on Safe and Caring
Schools (pages 5-6). In the context of digital rights and
responsibilities, examples of harassment would include, but are
not limited to: cyberbullying, posting, publishing or displaying
any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually
oriented, threatening, racially offensive, sexist or illegal
** The internet refers to the worldwide
system of computer networks, linked by a broad range of
electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies
Conditions of Use of the Lester B. Pearson School Board
TECHNOLOGY PERMISSION FORM
Pierrefonds Community High School is fortunate to have access to technology such as computers, mobile technologies, audio visual tools, etc., which includes internet and email capabilities. We believe it is important for students to learn the responsible use of these valuable resources, which will greatly enhance their learning environment.
Although our school board uses practical means to screen out
inappropriate material, there is always a possibility that
students may come across text or images that are not consistent
with our educational goals and values. While providing students
with protection from accidental exposure to such materials is
impossible, we believe that the benefits of using this medium
far outweigh the risks. We invite all parents who are concerned with internet safety to consult the following site on the Lester B. Pearson website: http:esd.lbpsb.qc.ca/internet_safety.htm
The use of the school’s technology equipment and network is a right accorded to all students, however, they are expected to conduct themselves responsibly and politely. Attached is the LBPSB Digital Rights and Responsibilities. We encourage you to discuss this with your child, and hope that you will also find them beneficial if your child is using technology at home.
I have reviewed the guidelines herein with my child for acceptable use of digital communications & technology, and we agree to abide by them. We understand that any violation of these rules will result in sanctions as outlined in the Appropriate Use of Digital Communications and Technology Policy.