Learning Commons

Learning Commons

Welcome to the St. Mary CSS Learning Commons!

"A Learning Commons is a vibrant, whole-school approach, presenting exciting opportunities for collaboration among teachers, teacher-librarians and students. Within a Learning Commons, new relationships are formed between learners, new technologies are realized and utilized, and both students and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways to learn."
-Together for Learning, School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons

Meet the Team

  • Ms. M. Frysztacki
  • Mr. A. Morra
  • Mrs. S. Priestman (Parent Volunteer)


  • Monday - Thursday 8:45 - 4:00
  • Friday 8:45 - 3:00

Programs & Services

And much, much more!

Coming Soon...

Our Hack Lab will soon be up and running. It will feature a 3D printer, green screen, and many more amazing opportunites for students to explore new learning tools.


  • Anime Club meets Thursday after school
  • Writer's Club meets Wednesdays after school

 Loan period and renewals

Books can be borrowed for two weeks, but may be renewed an unlimited number of times unless another student has a hold on a particular book. Once books are charged as overdue, fines per book will be applied per school day. There is no charge for weekends.

Lost and damaged books

Lost, vandalized and accidentally damaged books must be paid for or replaced. Students who lose, vandalize or damage library books are responsible for their replacement. Any outstanding debts to the library must be paid in full before the student will be permitted to purchase a prom ticket.

Accelerated Reader Program

An accelerated reader program is provided and administered by the Learning Commons or Library. An additional orientation session is provided to Grade 9 students, outlining how the Accelerated Reader program works and offers strategies for making wise book choices.

A STAR reading assessment is done with every accelerated reader student in order to determine their reading level as they must read books that fall within this level for the Accelerated Reader program.

For a list of available novels and their quizzes, please go online to www.arbookfind.com

As part of the course work in all English classes (except 12U), students can participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. In order to earn the 5% allotted to AR, students must pass a minimum of three quizzes based on books they have read. In addition, students must accumulate a minimum number of points as outlined below:

Grade Level

Course Level


Grade 9 and 10


25 points

Grade 9 and 10


10 points

Grade 11


30 points

Grade 11 and 12


15 points

All quizzes are completed in the Learning Commons (Library) Centre and signed by the teacher-librarian (or designate). Taking quizzes is an individual activity, not for pairs or groups.

All protocols for computer use in the library are as follows:

  • Students must sign up for a computer at the circulation desk by displaying their student ID card.
  • Students may only take quizzes with the teacher-librarian's knowledge and permission.
  • Students may not have books, pens, pencils, paper, cell phones, etc. at the computers during an AR quiz.
  • Students may not take an AR quiz until the STAR reading assessment has been completed.

White Pine Forest of Reading Book Club

Students are invited to join our St. Mary White Pine Book Club! Read a great selection of books by Canadian authors, join in lively book chats, attend a Battle of the Books competition, and have fun at our final school board White Pine Celebration. All are welcome! Visit the Library Learning Commons for more information.

Opportunities to volunteer

Students wishing to fulfill their community service hours are welcome to volunteer in the school's Learning Commons/Library.


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