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Marcia R. Garza Elementary Library 5th & 6th Six Weeks

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Student presents at Texas Library Association's state conference in Austin

Our student, Daniel Riojas 5th grader, was selected to speak at the Texas Library Association's Bluebonnet Luncheon in Austin. A first in PSJA history, Marcia R. Garza Elementary was randomly selected to represent district 4 of Texas at the luncheon. Daniel Riojas was chosen after reading the most books from the 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet list. Daniel got to present the award winning author and illustrator their plaques in front of an audience of over 400 attendees.

Millionaire's Club Tours Scholastic Warehouse

What better way to celebrate reading than to check out where the books come from? Our Millionaire's Club (47 students) got to head over to the Scholastic Warehouse where branch manager Steven Angulo showed the students around and got them pepped up about reading. A special thank you to Steve and his generous gift to our students! Students went the Main Event at the end of the event to celebrate.

Mini Word Reader Program a big success

It was my first year starting the Mini Word Reader Program at our school. I noticed last year that there was a need in the lower grades to help students build their stamina and read longer books. It is very rare to have 1st-3rd grade millionaires due to the amount of reading required to reach a million words. In order to bridge this gap, I started a new program specifically for 1st-3rd graders called "Mini Word Readers."

In order to participate students had to meet the following requirements:

  • maintain an 85% average
  • 1st graders who read 100,000 words
  • 2nd graders who read 200,000 words
  • 3rd graders who read 500,000 words

In total this year we had 33 students complete the challenge, which I am very impressed with. (Compare this to our millionaire numbers which were 47 students completing the challenge in 3rd-5th graders)

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Coding at the library

What is coding?

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others introduce students to the basics of writing a computer code. Computer codes are usually written in text, but using the website students will use blockly to drag and drop blocks of commands together to form instructions.

What is a program?

A program is a set of instructions that tells a computer what to do.

What did the students do?

Students at our library learned the basics of computer science /coding with a user friendly drag and drop interface called blockly at The students wrote programs for their own Frozen game, Angry birds game or flappy birds game.

Was it a success?

Over a two week period 42 students completed the "Hour of Code" and received a completion certificate. Great job Huskies!

Why is this important?

The number of computer jobs is rising three times faster than the number of computer science graduates. This is a chance to empower our students with skills that could use in their future careers.

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Frozen - Hour of Code Introduction

Librarian presents at state conference

This year, I was so excited to be able to present at the Texas Library Association's conference in Austin, Texas on using ipads and new technology in the library. I worked with a great time of colleagues: Laura Quiroz-Torres from Anaya Elementary, Dalina Cavazos from Arnold Elementary, and Diamantina Garcia from Cantu Elementary.

Amy Marquez, Librarian

My name is Amy Marquez and I'm the librarian for Marcia Garza Elementary. I love reading and I can't wait to get our students excited about reading as well. We have a gorgeous new library with books to fit every interest. I love incorporating technology at our library and student activities. Stop by our library to visit us soon. Library hours are 7:30-8:00 and 4:10-4:30.