One for the Record Books

February 2015

School Librarians Make a Difference

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SISD Library Volunteer of the Month

Mr. Gauge Gonzalez is a dedicated parent who volunteers much of his spare time at John H. Shary Elementary. Almost every morning before work, he stops by the library to help shelve books. Last school year he was named Volunteer of the Year by our SPTSO where he currently is parliamentarian. Mr. Gonzalez and his wife help out with other activities around our school. "We are so grateful for the dedication of wonderful volunteers like Gauge Gonzalez," said John H. Shary Librarian Sharron Guzman.

Projects on Display @ RD Martinez Elementary Library

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Selena Aguirre Reads to Students With Love

Selena Aguirre selected a new picture book, Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch, and contacted several teachers for a storytelling extravaganza during her Library aide class. Volunteering opportunities come up daily...but it takes a very special person to freely give back to her school and fellow students. Selena is a senior at Pioneer High School and hopes to help others as a Social Worker after graduating from college.

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Digital Storytelling Festival: AASL

Contest Focus

The focus of entries will build on the 2015 School Library Month theme, “Your School Library: Where Learning Never Ends.”

  • How does your school library and/or your school librarian help you learn new things?
  • How do the resources (print and digital) of your school library enhance learning?

  • How do the skills acquired in the school library enable learning?

  • How has/does the school librarian encourage learning? Encourage your students to participate. Submission deadline is by midnight on March 6, 2015. For more information visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2015/storytelling

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Shimotsu Librarian Zulema Bewley Teaches History through Literature

In anticipation of Black History Month, 5th and 6th grade students at Shimotsu enjoyed learning about racial integration using the books Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (Scholastic Press, 1999) and Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman (Holiday House, 2006).

Penny Payte McLeaish LRC Shelving Donated to Elementary Libraries

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Main Event AR Celebration

B. L. Gray's most improved and top readers enjoyed a mid-year field trip to Main Event Entertainment center in Pharr. Sally Hartman, BL Gray Librarian, wishes to thank Mr. Rob Neagle BL Gray SPTSO President and Main Event General Manager as well as Elizabeth Ibarra, Sales Manager for the Main Event for making the student field trip run smoothly.

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Lydia Gomez Shares Reading Passion with PHS Students

A familiar face is now part of the English Department at PHS. Lydia Gomez is teaching two English I Pre-AP classes and two English CP classes. Prior to teaching at PHS, Mrs. Gomez served as the counselor's secretary at SHS and taught ELA I at McAllen Memorial High School. She is an avid reader. Currently, her students are reading Night by Elie Weisel on loan from the Penny Payte McLeaish Library.

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SHS Mastermind Victory Benefits Penny Payte McLeiash LRC

Daisy Abraham, Christopher Koenig, and Samantha Young won in the 2nd round of the KRGV Masterminds competition. $100 was donated to the Penny Payte McLeiash Learning Resource Center! Way to go students!
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Jirovec Family Enjoys Garza SPTSO Meeting

Nicole Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian, presented on AR Home Connect, AR Book Find, and library resources to the Garza Elementary parents on Tuesday, January 27th. Mr. & Mrs. Jirovec pose with their children Dominic in 1st grade and Lily in PreKinder. Mrs. Jirovec uses AR Home Connect to track Dominic's AR progress.
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Sharyland High School HOSA students attend Medline Plus Presentations

Presentations were held at the Penny Payte McLeaish Learning Resource Center on using MedlinePlus resources on Tuesday, January 20th. Nena Garza, Cynthia Aldape, and Carlos Gil brought their classes to the lecture hall for two separate sessions. The 60 minute lesson focused on the importance of guiding community members, family, and friends to accurate health information. Presenters included retired medical librarian Debra Warner, STISD librarians Ann Vickman and Lucy Hansen, and Dr. Cindy Olney, Acting Assistant Director of Program Evaluation for the National Library of Medicine.
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SNJH Students Practice @ the Library

The SNJH library is used for UIL practice Monday-Thursday after school. Mr. Koenig is the UIL Spelling and Listening Skills Coach. The North UIL team placed 1st at the K-White Middle School UIL meet.
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Laura Guerra Poses with her former AP English teacher Liza Cantu

Laura Guerra is a 2014 Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Recipient. She spent the fall 2014 semester studying in Rome, Italy. She visited Sharyland High School on Friday, January 16th and spoke to more than 200 students about breaking through barriers, pursuing their dreams, and how to be successful at college. She also shared her experiences as a Gilman Scholar spending the fall semester in Rome, Italy and traveling extensively throughout Europe.
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Texas Bluebonnet Voting @ Shimotsu Elementary Library

Third grade students at Shimotsu are seen casting their ballots for their favorite Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated book.

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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

All SISD Librarians are encouraged to submit news articles and photos for publication in the monthly One for the Record Books Smore.