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                                         Mrs. Baker

Horn Lake Elementary


I want to take the time to introduce myself.  My name is Joni Baker, and I want to tell you how excited I am to be your child’s librarian this year!  I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1980, with a BSE in English and Business. I began my teaching career at Southaven High School, where I taught English grades 9-12. It wasn't until later in my career I discovered my love of the library. Since then, I have been the librarian at Southaven High School and now at Horn Lake Elementary.  I enjoy my job and I love the opportunity to get to know each of my 550 students.  The most rewarding part of being the librarian is watching students grow as readers from year-to-year. I enjoy watching them read for enjoyment and for the desire to learn new information.  


Our library is based on the fact that every student has individual needs that must be met in order to create the most meaningful opportunities possible for them to learn and grow through reading.  I want to work with them to make sure that your child receives the best possible learning experience.


My goal is to help build lifelong readers and learners by helping students develop their reading skills with awesome reading materials, opportunities to practice reading, and to conduct meaningful research.


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                         Disciplinary Policy                     

 During this school year, it is essential that we work together at home and at school to make this year a success. I will do all that I can, to see that your child has a wonderful experience each day they come to the library, and I am sure that I can count on every parent to ensure this success.

As an activity teacher, I work closely with your child’s teacher to communicate any behavior concerns. My discipline plan monitors your child's behavior each time they come to library. Each student will receive warnings to correct the problem behavior, but if the problem persists, the student will receive a “Think Slip,” where they will have the opportunity to reflect on the problem behavior and learn the skills to correct their behavior. The goal is for each child to have a positive experience and avoid having to take home a “Think Slip.” Do your best!

 I know that as parents you will want to be involved in correcting your child's inappropriate behavior. Hopefully, we won't even encounter these problems this year, but by working together we can make sure that each child receives a great learning experience!

Contact Information

The best way to contact me here at school is either through e-mail at or by calling the school office at 662.393.4608.  I check my e-mail once a day and will reply to any e-mails or return any phone calls that are received.

The most important thing is that we communicate with each other for the benefit of your child’s school success!



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While reading is a very important skill to master, we must be responsible for guiding them through the other learning experiences that can’t be achieved through a book.  

 · Treat others the way you would like to be treated - with respect and kindness.

· Follow through to complete all jobs.

· Work to become independent by carefully following written and oral directions.

· I want them to become self-confident and organized by giving their best efforts in all that they do.

· I want each student to learn and care for their classmates in order to create a welcoming community of learners.