One for the Record Books

November 2016

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Wernecke Library Fundraiser Success

If you are looking for a successful fundraiser, speak to Patricia Ramos. She is the school librarian for Donna Wernecke Elementary. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Fundraiser did awesome this year. The Wernecke Library made a profit of 4,584 dollars! Mrs. Ramos is so happy and excited. Students who sold at least 10 items received incentives.

Congratulations to the students of Wernecke Elementary!

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SA3 / SHS Field trip to the McAllen Book Festival

On Saturday, November 12th, Nicole Cruz, SA3 and SHS librarian, took 18 students on a field trip to the McAllen Book Festival at the McAllen Public Library. Students were each able to get a free book, attend author sessions, receive a personalized "on demand" poem from local author Victoria Lopez, and meet the Newbery Award author Matt de la Pena. The festival featured more than 20 published authors and poets. One SA3 student and 3 SHS students were honored at the festival for their poems or prose.
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Story time @ Jessie Jensen Elementary

The retired teachers organization came and read to Jensen students.
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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.

BL Gray Library Mannequin Challenge

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!

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Shimotsu Remarkable Readers

These are Remarkable Readers from 4th and 5th grade. Take a look at how many words they have read in such a short time!! The signs Ana and Ashwin are holding speak for themselves.
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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.

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“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.

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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.

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Bentsen Gold Medal Readers

Bentsen’s top readers have been reading and reaching their reading goals. These students have read over million words and have reached over 100 points in Accelerated Reader. Bentsen already has over 5 Gold Medal Readers. Congratulations Bentsen Top Readers!
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Storybook Pumpkins

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

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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.

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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.

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Pioneer High School Writes Thank You Letters to Veterans

Army Sgt. Armando Flores collected over 600 letters, notes or cards for soldiers overseas from Pioneer High School supporting the "A Million Thanks" letter-writing initiative. PHS Senior Alexis Sanchez enjoyed assisting with the Veterans Day event.
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Rattlers Read @ Sharyland High School

Boys read. Zackary Clemons was recently recognized as our "Caught Reading" winner of the week as were Camila Casanova, Joselyn Vazquez, and Diego Bernal. Students are "Caught Reading" by classroom teachers or library staff. Prizes are sponsored by the BCM Club. Books Comics and Movies held a Scholastic Book Fair to help motivate Rattler Readers earlier this year. Sharyland High School was recognized as a top 10 Campus for Using MackinVIA to Access eBooks two consecutive times this year. Students from Ana Garza's class enjoy working jigsaw puzzles during free time.
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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

Illuminae

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!

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Newbery Award Winning Author Matt de la Pena poses with Zulema Bewley

Mrs. Bewley attended the McAllen Book Festival in the afternoon on Saturday, November 12th. She first attended to her UIL participants in the morning. She was able to hear this inspiring author speak about his book, Last Stop on Market Street.
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Veteran's Day

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.

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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!

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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.

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Book Characters Come to Life at Hinojosa Elementary

Library patrons dressed up as their favorite book characters at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary Library.

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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

"One for the Record Books" was recognized by the Texas Library Association for a PR Branding Iron Award in 2016. Submit photos and stories by the deadline each month to be included in "One for the Record Books." Please make sure any students are not on the "Do Not Photograph List" before submitting their photos for publication.