320 5TH AVE SE, MELROSE, MN 56352       320-256-4257     SMSMELROSEMN.ORG

Last Update 1/13/2020

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Our Media CENTER

Our MEDIA Center & Specialist are AMAZING


At St. Mary's Catholic School, we LOVE our media center and specialist, Briana Worms. With lots of computers, Smart Boards in every class, iPads, and 12,000 library books (9,600 titles), we're able to offer the resources and technology to build the skills students need to succeed in high school, college and beyond.

In addition, we help develop proper online etiquette and safety skills.  Check out a few facts below. 

Media Use in the Classroom and at SMS
Type of Media
FACTS About Its Use in the Classroom
#s/Use at St. Mary's School
  • 3.9% of schools have one computer/student

  • 59.7% of schools have laptops for students




  • Students using iPads saw a 20% increase in math test scores in one year vs. those using traditional textbooks .

  • An iPad game, Motion Math, boosted math test scores of 5th graders who regularly played the game for 20 minutes per day over a 5-day period by 15% on average.



  • Smart Boards are easy-to-use, interactive tools that let students and teachers collaborate and show their work real-time

  • The modern equivalent of a whiteboard



  • Research by the Institute of Education (IOE) found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in [various] maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.

  • 25 computers in the SMS Media Center

  • Each SMS teacher has own laptop

  • One iPad for every SMS teacher

  • Grades 4-6: one Chromebook for every student

  • Pre-K-Grade 3: one iPad for every student

  • Extras available for check-out




  • Smartboards in EVERY SMS classroom

  • Used with document cameras, let students display homework, capture pages of textbooks, images, etc.




  • Nearly 12,000 books, about 9,600 titles

  • •SMS’ mission: to offer students many literary choices to foster a love of reading


Project America, Market Data Retrieval, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Open Colleges-March 2015, CNN Tech, Game Desk, Institute of Education