One for the Record Books
SISD New Librarians
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.
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.
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."
David O. Garcia Memorial Library
Sharyland High School Back to School BCM Club Social
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jensen Elementary Library Lesson
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Shelfies Promotion is a HIT with Pioneer Staff
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.
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.
SHS World Geography Class Visits the Library
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!."