One for the Record Books
Sam Houston State University Library School Student and Shimotsu Elementary Teacher
I am proud to say that I was born in the Rio Grande Valley although I didn’t get to stick around for very long. My father joined the Air Force when I was two years old. We lived in San Antonio, TX, Biloxi, Mississippi and Wiesbaden, Germany before finally returning to McAllen after his retirement. I graduated from the Teacher Academy in Edinburg (now known as BETA) and received my BA in Psychology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. I have been working at Shimotsu Elementary since my graduation in 2007. I had the pleasure of helping to open the school, and I have been a 4th grade math teacher ever since. I am currently owned by two very silly Chihuahuas and a sweet Dalmatian I rescued from Palm Valley Animal Center. Some of my hobbies include book club (The Bookshelf Babes), playing softball with the city of McAllen (Smokin' Gunz), taking my dog to the dog park, karaoke, listening to Adele's new single on repeat for hours, traveling, and attending Cowboys, Spurs and Texas Rangers games. I am currently working on my Masters degree which is long overdue. I chose Library Science because it merges my love of working with kids and my love of books.
What fairy tale character are you most like and why?
It’s really hard to choose a character because the versions of fairy tales we know now differ very greatly from their original versions. Since most of the original stories are dark and disturbing, I'll stick to modern interpretations. When I'm really tired (especially in the morning), I want to be Sleeping Beauty. Can you tell I'm not a morning person? My love of books and my fascination with having a library like the one in the movie leads me to Belle. I hope to live up to her character. She's spunky, spirited, and has a good heart.
If you could only have one book available to you for the next 5 years, what book would that be?
EASY! Pride and Prejudice. I read it every year around Christmas time since I was in high school. I love all the characters and the drama. The pomp and circumstance. Mr. Darcy! That's all I have to say about that.
What author, living or dead, would you like to meet?
I would like to meet J.R.R. Tolkien. The man came up with a whole universe with languages, creatures, and rules. I would love to talk to him about his inspirations. I'm sure he would have a lot of awesome things to say.
Is there a book that you would like to see turned into a movie?
I would love to see Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein made into a mini series. I think it is too amazing of a book to cut down into a movie. I really grok this book!
Librarians Attend UTech Making a Difference Conference @ Region One
BL Gray Library Perfect Setting for District Librarian Meeting
MasterMinds Check for PHS Library
Shimotsu Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Mike from Monsters Inc.
Book Bites by Samantha Silva, O Garza Elementary Librarian
Astrid is a 12 year old girl who doesn’t quite fit in with the other girls in her school. Even her best friend, Nicole, seems to not get Astrid like she used to. When Astrid decides she’d like to join a roller derby summer camp she tries to get Nicole to join, but is devastated when Nicole would rather learn ballet dances over derby moves. Astrid decides she can’t tell her mom about Nicole bailing on her, because then her mom won’t let her go to the derby camp. Astrid decides to continue letting her mom think that Nicole is going to roller derby camp, and does her best to learn and practice. Roller derby is a lot tougher to learn then Astrid expects. Keeping up with the older girls feels almost impossible, and keeping her mom in the dark feels even worse. Soon Astrid finds it difficult to balance the toughness of derby life, the loss of her best friend, and the looming threat of middle school. She almost decides to give up, but then all her hard work starts to pay off.
This graphic novel not only teaches the reader about roller derby, but it also wonderfully captures what it’s like to find yourself growing apart from your friends. Jameson’s artwork is simple and beautiful with full color illustrations. Roller Girl is also a part of the Texas Bluebonnet Awards for 2016-2017.
Youth Creative Writing Winners
Jane Schaffer Writing Method Workshop Hosted at SNJH Library
On Tuesday, November 16, ELA teachers attended a full day training on the Jane Schaffer Writing Method. The library provided the perfect location for this professional development session.
Some Books Are Worth Melting For
Sargent Marrero Receives Letters for Troops
Over 800 letters were written to the Troops during Veterans Day at Pioneer High School.
Students were able to write a letter of thanks during their 4th block class on Wednesday, November 11th. Sgt. Marrero distributed them among 6 deployed units on Monday, November 16th.
RD Martinez New Furniture
Wernecke Faculty Recognized in Veteran's Day Speech
Google Expeditions Brings Virtual Reality Into Actuality At Sharyland High School
The visit was also made possible through the support and assistance of Dr. Robert O’Connor, Mrs. Carolyn Mendiola, Mr. David Culberson, Ms. Athit Farias, Mr. George Culberson, Ms. Tisha Dalhlberg, and Mrs. Virginia Pena.
SNJH had the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon in the library.
Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian
Opposing armies in trenches taking turns singing Christmas Carols may sound like something you would only read about in a work of fiction, but, in fact, it took place in December 1914. Truce by two-time Newberry Honor book author Jim Murphy is the miraculous story of hundreds of thousands of soldiers defying direct orders in order to engage in a joint celebration of Christmas during the first year of World War I. With the use of primary sources such as soldiers’ journals and photographs Murphy tells this amazing story with great detail. Just in time for the Christmas season, I am betting that many will want to add the reading of this book to their annual traditions!
Rattlers are Readers at RD Martinez Elementary
Family Reading Night @ John H Shary Elementary
Luis Guerrero Serenades Librarians
SISD Librarians Send Well Wishes to Sharron Guzman
Glucose Screenings at Pioneer High School Library
Award Winning Illustrator Carolyn D Flores Appreciates SHS Senior Ah Hyun Kim's Art Work
PHS Students Learn about the Dangers and Consequences of Sexting
Homeland Security Special Investigations Agent Christopher Sullins delivered a fast paced, energetic presentation on the dangers of sexting. Student groups were Baseball and Tennis athletes, three CTE classes and a Law Enforcement class. The students were focused and learned valuable lessons about Internet use and its dangers.
Hinojosa Thanksgiving Luncheon
PHS Pumpkin Fest
The PHS Book Club decided to give back to its school community by inviting our special needs students and their teachers to a pumpkin decorating festival in the library. Each PHS Book Club member was paired with one student, assisting in computer image selection, painting and decorating. It was difficult to tell who was having the most fun, the students or the staff!
Amazing SNJH Spellers
Mr. Koenig's 8th grade spellers took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the Mission Junior High UIL meet! Pictured L to R: Pauline Ramos (2nd), Joseph Gaytan (1st), Jackie Olivarez (3rd). Mr. Koenig is the SNJH librarian.