• Rentschler, D.Mrs. Debbie Rentschler


    Supervising Teacher, Smart Desk
    Sponsor of UNICEF club
    Sponsor of the Library Media Assistants club



    I received my Bachelor of Arts in English and my Master's of Library Science degrees from the State University of New York [SUNY] at Buffalo. I have worked as an elementary librarian in the Buffalo, New York Public Schools and the Ann Arbor, Michigan Public Schools. I have also worked as an elementary and middle school librarian in the Beaverton, Oregon Public Schools. In Pennsylvania I have worked as an elementary librarian in the North Allegheny and the Keystone Oaks school districts, and as a middle school librarian at the Peters Township school district. I have worked as the high school librarian at Upper St. Clair since 1999.

    Phone: 412-833-1600 ext.2525 Email: drentschler@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Courses Taught:

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    Library Orientation: Review of all library services including the library holdings, circulation policy, databases, and behavioral expectations [presented to all 9th graders and new students to the high school].

    Library/Teacher Collaborations: The library supports all departments within the high school by providing print and online resources to support the curriculum. Information skills are taught in conjunction with classroom teachers' lessons. Librarians then present classes on how students may best access print, online, web, and ebook materials for their class projects. Bibliographic instruction according to the Modern Library Association [MLA] is also provided along with instruction on how to apply legal principles and ethical conduct related to information use.

    SMART DESK (Course#959): Smart desk is an independent study provided by the Upper St. Clair technology department. Students utilize their knowledge of computers to assist in fixing district technology issues. There are also many opportunities for learning experiences and independent projects.

    For more information… https://programofstudies.uscsd.k12.pa.us/app/#/list/3097

    2 Semesters, 1 Credit

    Activities Sponsored:

    UNICEF Club: The library sponsors Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF every Halloween to give students an opportunity to not only trick or treat for candy, but to also collect donations to support UNICEF's goals of helping children. Donations are used to provide child immunizations and vaccinations, clean drinking water and sanitation, nourishment to prevent malnutrition, access to quality education for all children, protection against childhood malaria, and protection again child exploitation and trafficking.

    Library Media Assistants: LMA's are students who volunteer their free mods to help out in the
    library. Some of their responsibilities include helping out at the front Circulation Desk by welcoming users, handing out supplies, circulating books and doing occasional "library business" errands around the school. Students may receive National Honor Society, IB, and other community service hours for their participation.