PSJA Elvis J. Ballew CCTA Library

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back, PSJA Elvis J. Ballew CCTA Library Patrons!

It is WONDERFUL to be back! A Library Google Classroom has been created for you to join. It houses access to eBooks, library reading programs, library activities, and library announcements. Please browse to know the latest library news and to obtain usernames and passwords for library resources and reading programs.


PTI teachers also have access to a Library Google Classroom from PSJA Elvis J. Ballew CCTA Library.


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Library Google Classrooms

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Bright Summer Reader Program

Students, if you read in the summer, you qualify to participate in the Bright Summer Reader (BSR) Program.


The BSR form is located in your Library Google Classroom. Please fill out the form and email it to me by September 25th at lisa.hernandez@psjaisd.us or submit it via Library Google Classroom.


The students who read the most pages in their grade level (9th-12th) will be recognized as the TOP READER and will receive AWESOME prizes. :)


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High School Battle of the Books

Be a member of our High School Battle of Books Team!


The 5 required books are:

1. 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater (MackinVIA eBook)

2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Presently, the library do not have an eBook. Sorry!)

3. Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais (MackinVIA eBook)

4. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (MackinVIA eBook)

5. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (MackinVIA eBook)


You can checkout Battle of the Books eBooks via MackinVIA by logging into your backpack.


The high school team that wins the district competition will advance to compete at the regional level.


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MackinVIA - Over 20,000 eBooks and Numerous Educational Online Databases

MackinVIA https://www.mackinvia.com/.


For username and password, please email lisa.hernandez@psjaisd.us


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MackinVIA Student Backpacks

MackinVIA student backpack have been created for students.


1. Log into MackinVIA

2. Click on the Log In button which is located in the upper right hand corner.

3. Input your credentials. Username: StudentID# and Password: StudentID#

4. Click on the backpack icon to see options.

5. Start browsing and checking out books.


With a MackinVIA backpack account, you can checkout ebooks, mark favorites, take notes, and request ebooks.


See images below to guide you.


If your credentials are not recognized, please email lisa.hernandez@psjaisd.us


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myON - Thousands of eBooks!!

myON Steps


1. Log into your myON account using Clever.

2. As a new user, complete the Interest Survey.

3. Take the Lexile Placement Assessment. (Please take your time.)

4. In two week intervals, Benchmark Assessments will be administered. (Please take your time.)

6. Take note of your new Lexile Score.


IMPORTANT: When you finish reading a myON ebook, please MAKE SURE to Star Rate the book. Then, SUBMIT the rating. By submitting the rating, a test on the book will appear. Please note that not all myON ebooks have a quiz.


If a myOn ebook does not have a quiz, Accelerated Reader might have one available.


For your Accelerated Reader username and password, please email lisa.hernandez@psjaisd.us .


Two Smore eNewsletters have been created with steps on how to access myON. Click on the links below.


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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is ready to access.


1. Click on the web address: https://global-zone08.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/239158

2. Click on the I'm a Student button.

3. Input your username and password (Please email lisa.hernandez@psjaaisd.us for your username and password.)

4. Once you log in, click on the orange Accelerated Reader icon to access tests.

5. Search for book titles.

6. Take tests.

More Library eBooks

Additional library eBooks are available to students and staff members and can be accessed at https://my.bigtimbermedia.com/login/ .


Please email lisa.hernandez@psjaisd.us for username and password.


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Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Level 2

School Librarian Lisa Hernandez became a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Level 2.

Click on the link below to read a district article featuring librarians becoming Google certified.



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Bus WiFi - District Intiative

If you need Internet access at home, please read the flyers below. Our school district is offering WiFi to students.
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Computer or Technical Issues?

If you experience computer or technical issues, please read the flyer below.
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PSJA Elvis J. Ballew CCTA Social Media

Just a friendly reminder to join our school's Facebook and Instagram social media platforms to learn of the latest school news and updates. Links are available below.