One for the Record Books
Wernecke Library Fundraiser Success
Congratulations to the students of Wernecke Elementary!
SA3 / SHS Field trip to the McAllen Book Festival
Story time @ Jessie Jensen Elementary
B. L. Gray Librarian records first ever Library Mannequin Challenge
"There was something about this particular trend," relates Mrs. Pray, "that I knew could communicate something positive about the library." Mrs. Pray send out an invitation through the library's Remind feed at 7:00 AM on Friday morning. The first 30 that were allowed to participate executed an awesome challenge by posing in ways that promoted library services. "This was my first time editing with iMovie; it was definitely fun!" Students said it was an awesome experience, and they can't wait to pose again to help NJHS in their food drive.
Diabetes Awareness Day Collaboration
Nursing and Library staff coordinated efforts to provide supplies to test up to 30 staff members for diabetes on Monday, Nov. 14th, World Diabetes Day. Staff was encouraged to wear blue in awareness of this deadly disease. Staff members include Nurse Melissa Iracheta, Monica Balderas, Liz Wheeler, Daniela Martinez, and Nurse Kristin York. The library also donated a gift card to encourage participants to come in and get tested!
Shimotsu Remarkable Readers
UIL at North Library
SNJH Library is home to UIL Spelling and Listening Skills practice since the Librarian, Mr. Koenig, is the UIL Coach for both of those events. North placed 1st at the first UIL Meet of the year. Four of Mr. Koenig’s students received either trophies or ribbons.
“If You Give A Reader A Cupcake” AR celebration
Students at RD Martinez Elementary decorated their own cupcake and enjoyed their sweet treat with a movie. The event took place in the library and all students who met their AR goals for the 2nd reporting period attended this sweet event.
Keep Calm and Code On
Students at John H Shary were exposed to coding. With the level of interest in learning to code, it is important to make coding accessible to children. It opens the mind to creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students enjoyed writing code to interact with objects and characters on the computer.
Bentsen Gold Medal Readers
O. Garza Elementary students and staff participated in our first Storybook Pumpkin Challenge! Students were asked to decorate a pumpkin at home with their parents that represented their favorite storybook character. Our teachers also participated by creating classroom character pumpkins! We were so thrilled with the amazing artistic and creative skills our students have shown
Critter Science @ the Hinojosa Library
Fourth and Fifth grade students learned about Critter Science Investigations in the library. Students used animal characteristics to determine which animal skull they investigated.
B. L. Gray Librarian dressed up to read South Texas folklore – then meets the author!
Mrs. Pray dressed up as La Catrina and read to seventh grade students from Xavier Garza’s The Donkey Lady Fights La Llorona And Other Stories. “Students were riveted!” recalls Mrs. Pray. Mrs. Pray read “Selfies” and “Can I Keep Him?” to commemorate the dead for El Dia De Los Muertos. She talked about remembering our soldiers and shared fond memories about pets that have passed.
On November 12, 2016, Mrs. Pray attended the McAllen Book Festival and met author Xavier Garza! She sent the picture on the library’s Remind feed and the students were ecstatic! She plans to have a field trip to next year’s book festival.
Pioneer High School Writes Thank You Letters to Veterans
Rattlers Read @ Sharyland High School
Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian
This love story/science fiction thriller is set in outer space. It begins with an attack in which a biological toxin is released. After the evacuation it is discovered that those exposed to the toxin eventually are transformed into Zombie-like beings. To make matters worse for the survivors the Artificial Intelligence of the lone battle carrier takes over control of the ship and starts making decisions which it believes are in the best interest of the fleet. The decisions are of course based on the programming which instructed the AI to protect the fleet. Not only is this a fantastic story, but the author pushes the edge by telling the whole story through debriefing notes, personal journal entries, log entries, ship to ship communications (think e-mail and text messages), transcripts of audio recordings, and the data records from the Artificial Intelligence!
Newbery Award Winning Author Matt de la Pena poses with Zulema Bewley
John H. Shary's Library was honored to host a brunch for our veterans after our Veteran's Day Assembly. We had over 70 veterans in attendance with their families. We were honored to serve the great heroes of our country.
The Many Roles of the School Librarian
From voting to help students learn about our voting process, to hosting a book fair, to UIL coordinator, to Career Day, to Veteran’s Day, Ms. Zulema Garza, school librarian, helps RD Martinez students and staff with the many events planned for our community. RD Martinez Elementary Rocks!
Lunch Period at the Library
Several students enjoy spending their time in the library after they have eaten lunch in the cafeteria. They read their library books, do homework, and use the computers.
Book Characters Come to Life at Hinojosa Elementary
Library patrons dressed up as their favorite book characters at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary Library.