One for the Record Books

August 2016

SISD New Librarians

Wenndy Pray and Monica Silva joined the SISD Librarian Team. Both librarians received a two hour training and bags filled with supplies from Lead Librarian Nicole Cruz on Tuesday, August 2nd. Welcome to the team!
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Shimotsu Staff Receive Online Resource Training

Three resources: Britannica, EBSCO Explora, and MackinVia e-books were shared with Harry Shimotsu faculty at the library. Librarian Zulema Bewley turned around her training from Region One for her teachers. These resources provide curriculum support and technology integration vital to TTESS assessment and student learning.

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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Tariq Johnson has been shot and killed. Another young black life snuffed out before its time. The shooter is a white man. The community is upset. Many people have their story of what happened. Why are the stories different? Through the perspectives of Tariq's family, friends, and community, the author Kekla Magoon shows the reader how we don't always know the whole story. A timely read as our country struggles with racial tensions.

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BL Gray Junior High Library

B. L. Gray's new librarian Wenndy Pray started her library's makeover! Inspired by Pinterest, she made the design her own by improvising the use of fonts, colors, and sizes. She wants to give the library a clean, inviting feel - something for all disciplines to gravitate to. "I know the library is not where I want it to be yet," she adds, "but Rome wasn't built in a day."

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David O. Garcia Memorial Library

Sharyland Pioneer High School held a Bronze Unveiling ceremony for the David Garcia Memorial Library on August 11, 2016, with over 60 persons in attendance. It seemed like a mini-reunion to Librarian Janie B. Flores since 5 out of the 6 in the photo graduated from Mission High School during the 1970s.
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Sharyland High School Back to School BCM Club Social

Who hosts a club meeting before school starts? The BCM Club officers and sponsor Nicole Cruz did. BCM stands for Books Comics Movies. The officers met twice during the summer to plan this club kick-off. The club also had a Dairy Queen fundraiser on August 4th. The year ahead looks promising for this active group.
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Tell Us What You're Reading....

At O. Garza Elementary we are trying out an interactive bulletin board that will encourage students to tell each other what books they are currently reading and enjoying. Third through sixth grade students who have read a great book only need to grab a sticky note from the librarian, and write the title and author. Then, they place the sticky note under their grade level. If a student needs an idea what to read next all they have to do is visit our bulletin board for a few great book suggestions.

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Back to School TexQuest Professional Development

RD Martinez Elementary teachers and staff were given a "hands-on" refresher course on the updated TexQuest information by school librarian Zulema Garza. The presentation was given using Pear Deck, an interactive and live classroom lesson. The teachers and staff were engaged and able to practice using the digital resources.

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New Tween & Teen Section @ Donna Wernecke Elementary

Patricia Ramos, librarian at Wernecke Elementary re-vamped the teen section for 6th grade by purchasing new shelves and décor for this section. Her 6th graders love having this collection of books. They collaborate with Mrs. Ramos to add new titles and really enjoy giving recommendations to their peers.

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Welcoming Students to the Library On "Meet the Teacher" Night

All students who stopped by to meet the new librarian received a free book and bookmark. Students were excited to receive a new book.

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Jensen Elementary Library Lesson

Getting started with the new school year. Mr. Ramos is teaching students how to self-check-in and self-checkout for the school year. Students learn how to self-check their books in order to assist their librarian.
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Chalkboard Art

Librarian, Elizabeth Moreno, collaborated with her Counselor to provide affordable art for the library. The solution was, Chalkboard Art. Luckily, Mrs. Moreno did not have to search far for an artist. Mrs. Christina Sabedra, Counselor at Hinojosa Elementary, created the fabulous art for the library. They hope to further this idea by submitting a grant for more chalkboards! Great imagination and teamwork!!

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Bentsen Library Environment

Mr. Guerrero is pleased with setting up the library and giving it a fresh look. Students are always happy to visit the library and seeing the new changes throughout the school year.

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The Librarian is Currently Reading...

Mrs. Silva, O Garza, will have a rotating bulletin board showing her students what she is currently reading. The bulletin will have a photo of the book, a summary, and what AR reading level and interest level the book is labeled. Mrs. Silva’s current read is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. A movie based on the book will be released on October 21st.

Additionally, there is a photo of Mrs. Silva’s son, where she will be posting what books they are currently reading together before bedtime. Their current bedtime stories are a part of a series by Lisa McCourt titled I Love You, Stinky Face and Goodnight Stinky Face. Both books follow the theme of a mother weaving a bedtime story that answers her son’s many, many bedtime questions.

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New Chrome Books Courtesy of Shimotsu SPTSO

Through a generous donation from the Shimotsu SPTSO 60 Chromebooks (2 COWS) were purchased. The COWS will be checked out to teachers through the library.

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Shelfies Promotion is a HIT with Pioneer Staff

PHS Staff submitted selfies with their favorite book or reading material to motivate students to read for pleasure this coming year.
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Boo Hoo Breakfast Hosted at RD Martinez Library

The first day of school was kicked off with a BooHoo breakfast for our new pre K and Kinder parents. The breakfast was hosted in the RD Martinez library. Zulema Garza, librarian, presented the parents with information on how to access our webpage and all its resources.

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New Beginnings

Mrs. Ramos and library aide, Mrs. Leal are looking forward to implementing some new technology into their lessons this year and in helping the students become more technology minded when it comes to research and reading.

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SHS World Geography Class Visits the Library

Mr. Yustino Hong brought his 1st and 2nd block World Geography class to the library during the first week of school. Mrs. Cruz covered student email, Google Drive, and MackinVIA within a 90 minute lesson. Each student was able to send an email, create a drive folder and share with Mr. Hong, and learn how to access their MackinVIA account.
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1st Grade Collaborative Library Lesson @ John H Shary

Students learning how to take care of their library books. They are being engaged by sorting cards into the appropriate group of "Yes, of Course!" or "No, Never!."

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Jensen Library Bulletin Board

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Region One TexQuest Mini Conference Attendees

All SISD librarians attended the August 12th Region One training. The TexQuest Mini Conference featured Britannica, EBSCO, Gale, TeachingBooks,Net, and SIRS Proquest vendor trainers. Ann Vyoral from Region 20 also provided librarians with guidance and suggestions on ways to promote the resources.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

Please submit photos connected to library lessons, displays, outreach, and programming to Nicole Cruz by the 25th of each month.