One for the Record Books

August 2017

Back to School Librarian Workshop

Librarians learned about building diversity in the library collection, new presentation tools including nearpod, Google Slides, flipagram, Google sites, Buncee, Canva, and Google Classroom. They shared Growth Mindset examples, completed a professional development survey, planned to set library goals using the evaluation tool and Future Ready Librarians framework, and shared input regarding the Learning.com online safety lessons.
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Front Row: Patricia Ramos, Nicole Cruz, Assistant Superintendent Carolyn Mendiola, and Darvin Koenig. Back row: Elizabeth Moreno, Monica Silva, Oneida Aleman, Wenndy Pray, Samantha Silva, Zulema Bewley, Jose Guerrero, Janie Flores, and Albert Ramos

PHS Staff builds teamwork at Europa!

Mrs. Janie Flores and her colleagues enjoy a great day of team building. Janie serves all Pioneer High School staff, students, parents, and faculty members.
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eBooks: Resources for SISD students and teachers

On August 3rd, a summer professional development was held at the Penny Payte McLeaish Library. The presenter was Nicole Cruz, SISD Lead LIbrarian. All participants learned about more than 3 different eBook sources and formed an action plan on how they integrate the resources into their teaching strategies.
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Texas Bluebonnet Committees Meet at TLA Annual Assembly

The group picture is of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection and Program Committees. It was taken at TLA Annual Assembly in July. Mrs. Zulema Bewley, Shimotsu Librarian, serves on the selection committee. This summer she read more than 175 books. The committee discussed 125 titles during their two days of meetings.

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Google Certified Level 1 Librarian

Mr. Darvin Koenig participated in two days of training for Google Level 1 Certification. He challenged the exam. He is now certified Level 1. Mr. Koenig serves Sharyland North Junior High School as their campus librarian.
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College Readiness: Using Gale TERC and other resources

On July 27th a summer professional development session was held at the Administration Annex. It was open to teachers 7-12th grade. The focus of the workshop was building college readiness awareness and applying the awareness to classroom intervention. Participants formed an action plan of how they would facilitate college readiness in their classrooms this school year. SISD Lead Librarian Nicole Cruz presented this session.
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Meet the Teacher Night @ John H. Shary Elementary

Meet the Teacher Night was a great success here at John H. Shary. Many students visited the library and were very excited to begin the new year by reading. Each student who came by to meet the librarian received some free books. We are looking forward to having another great school year.
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B. L. Gray Librarian Completes Library Science Graduate Studies at Sam Houston State

Wenndy Pray graduated from Sam Houston State University on Saturday, August 5, 2017. She maintained a 4.0 average and was awarded five scholarships in her two years at SHSU. One of the scholarships was granted by the Texas Association of School Librarians. She was one of five candidates in Texas to be awarded and will be recognized by the Sharyland school board on Monday, August 28. “Next to my family, I’d like to thank my mentor Nicole Cruz,” says Mrs. Pray. “She has truly gone above and beyond to provide a solid foundation in my new profession.”

Wenndy Pray

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Independent Investigation Method-Research Summer PD

Librarians are ready resources on each campus to assist students and teachers with the research process. Several SISD librarians took the opportunity to attend a summer PD session hosted by Patricia Rendon from Region One.
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Rapid Review by SNJH Librarian Darvin Koenig

NEED by Joelle Charbonneau

You may have had someone in your life tell you that there is a difference between a want and a need. Charbonneau’s latest thriller explores that concept as she delves into the human psyche. The setting is Nottawa, a small town in Wisconsin. There is a new social media site specifically for high school students called NEED that promises to grant your need requests in return for completing tasks for the site. The tasks start out simple enough, but soon there are unintended consequences and bad things are happening to people. How far are these students willing to go to get what they think they need?

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Texas Bluebonnet Bulletin Board

Zulema Bewley, Shimotsu Elementary Librarian, created a Read Blue bulletin board to encourage participation in the Texas Bluebonnet Program. She also sponsors a book club that focuses on the Texas Bluebonnet titles.
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B. L. Gray Librarian Is Granted Outstanding Student Award

Sam Houston State University alumnus and B. L. Gray Librarian Wenndy Pray was exclusively selected by the SHSU Library Science Department as the only Outstanding Student Award recipient for the 2017 Spring semester. The LS Department is comprised of professors in the field who select students based on GPA, work ethic and quality, and other attributes. It was the consensus of the committee to select Mrs. Pray for this award. “I can honestly say that hard work pays off,” affirms Mrs. Pray. “Having a growth mindset in the midst of expectation has been a rewarding experience. I am grateful to have been chosen for this award.”

Wenndy Pray

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Growth Mindset Display

Lori De La Garza, SHSU graduate student, is receiving internship credit for assisting district librarians. She created a Growth Mindset display at Sharyland High School. She also learned how to set the calendar in the library circulation system, taught the librarian how to use Recap, and learned about the various roles a high school librarian has.
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JHS Library Revamp

Our JHS library received a little revamp this month. JHS Librarian Monica Silva works with wonderful teammates and friends. They took time from their Saturday to come help her paint the library for our students. We also have put up new signs for our different sections in the library. Monica used bright, big letters to catch our patrons' attention so they could locate books easier. Students loved it when they walked in on Meet the Teacher Night!
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Paige Fleming wins a $15 Chick Fil A Gift Card

Nicole Cruz, Sharyland High School librarian, presented to the new teachers at Day 2 of SISD New Employee Training on August 14th. Mrs. Cruz focused on sharing how librarians are information guides, instructors, grant partners, professional development trainers, and much more. She had the new teachers play a Kahoot game at the end of the session. Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
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Registration @ Pioneer High School

PHS Library Staff collects late book fines and payment for lost books at registration. They welcome both students and teachers back to school.
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Read Your Blues Away!

All district librarians participated in a Junior Library Guild webinar on August 21st. The webinar focused on building diversity in the library collection. Various free online tools were shared. Deborah Ford remarked how it seems like book vendors are now taking the liberty to place blue covers on books that are tearjerkers. Janie Flores, the librarian at Pioneer High School, developed this clever display to entice her students to read.
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Sharyland High School Volunteers

Sophomore Anastasia Cruz and freshmen Gerardo Gracia had a huge task to start. They volunteered to rearranged more than 5,000 library class sets. After the district vertical realignment this spring, SHS librarian knew that she needed to organize the books by grade level so teachers could easily spot the titles available to them. Both students donated more than 10 hours of work to this project. Special recognition and thanks also to 2012 SHS alumni Ameera Asif and library assistant Virginia Pena for completing the task.
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E-Books and Research Resources Training @ Shimotsu Elementary

E-Books and Research Resources were the topics of the presentation that Mrs. Zulema Bewley did for a staff development training at Shimotsu Elementary. She shared many tips and strategies on how to access and utilize the resources.
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Digital Citizenship Display at BL Gray Junior High Library

SHSU intern Lori De La Garza volunteered at B. L. Gray Jr. High and created a display to promote digital citizenship. "I'm grateful to have her in the library," said librarian Wenndy Pray. Digital responsibility is at the forefront of internet safety concerns. This display would help promote awareness with students. "She helped with settings in the library automaton system, barcoding campus Chromebooks, and interacted with library student volunteers." Mrs. De La Garza was happy to help and is looking forward you learning and continuing her library science studies at Sam Houston State University.

Wenndy Pray

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Rattler Nation Reads

Coach Ron Adame and his team pose with the required PreAP, Honors, and AP English novels. SHS librarian Nicole Cruz visited many teams to remind the students to start the school year off on a positive note by getting their assignments completed. First impressions are important to scholars and athletes.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

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