What's New @ the Library

October 2017

Caught Reading Students Make Pumpkin Decoration and Win Free Book

More than 15 students were recognized for being "readers." Students were given an invitation to come to the library 10 minutes before their lunch began. Students could choose to make a decorated pumpkin using nail polish, distilled water, and their imagination. Each winner was also given the chance to select a new book for their personal collection. How can students be "caught reading?" Any SHS or SA3 staff member can give a student a sticker. Students bring the Caught Reading sticker to the library. Library staff and office aides also catch students checking out books for pleasure and "just because it looks interesting." Do you need Caught Reading stickers-call extension 1106.
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TSI Print Study Guides

Thanks to the SHS Dean of Instruction Jennifer Martinez and her secretary Yesenia Trevino! They ordered TSI testing practice guides. The library has 3 new TSI titles to help our students prepare for college readiness. There are 5 copies of each book. The books have been processed and are ready to check out.

Do you have struggling readers? Or students who live with earbuds attached? Instead of listening to music, what if they start listening to books?

According to research published in the School Library Research: Research Journal of the AASL, Classroom use of audio recordings has long been a viable instructional intervention for struggling readers (Carbo 1978; Gilbert, Williams, and McLaughlin 1996). The increased interest in using such an intervention could be directly tied to the increased access and popularity of audiobooks. Technological innovations, combined with the marketability of audiobooks, have led to a drastic increase in the offerings of traditionally print resources through electronic media, including audiobooks. YES... we have audiobooks. Come to the library to find them.
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What can you do?

We have a display of books to raise awareness about the frequency of domestic violence. Take a minute or two to share the importance of finding advocates for victims with your class. Know the facts, raise awareness, and support community agencies who assist victims.
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New Charging Stations @ the library

Students come to recharge their mental batteries during lunch as well as their mobile devices. Students can be ready for that afternoon class for Google Classroom or Kahoot or Quizlet.
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Alumni Snapshot Campaign

DYK-one of our 2017 SHS graduates is now attending Princeton? Abraham Cruz Pena is a proud Princeton Tiger. His framed alumni portrait is on display outside of Estela Salinas's classroom. Do you have a connection with a 2017 graduate? Please send them a reminder to send a photo of to Mrs. Cruz. The photo should be of the 2017 graduate on their college campus. This is one way we encourage our Rattler and Cobra scholars to be College Bound.
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DYK-BCM Club Meets Monthly

The BCM Club had their first meeting on September 20th. The next meeting will be October 18th. Field trip permission slips to the McAllen Book Festival and $10 membership fees will be due. Our BCM Club is participating in the Go Center Trunk or Treat event. We are collecting candy donations, too. Mrs. Cruz is the sponsor. We have students from SA3 and SHS participating in the club.
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Exercise Your Freedom to Read

Help your students. Take them to the library. Schedule a class trip to find books for enjoyment or for learning. Did you know some students won't come to the library on their own? We need to encourage library use. Schedule a class visit today. Mr. Ruben Garza and his students have come to check out books and use Google Classroom.
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POWER UP Caption Contest

Got to play to win! How many of your students understand the term-caption?

Explain what a caption is and share the directions to our caption contest with them. Faculty and staff can play, too. DEADLINE to enter is October 12th by 4 pm.

Submit your caption via Twitter-Use the Hashtag

#LibraryBritannicaIQ and tag @Cruz23Mac Include your caption and first and last name.

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AP Practice Guides Donated

Thanks to English teacher Johana Rodriguez. She donated more than 6 Cracking the AP Practice Guides to the library. The books have been added to the collection and processed.

Send those AP students to the library for print and online resources.


Do you need assistance with Turnitin? Remember to check out the easy tutorials and guides in the Google Classroom from the September 26th professional development or just call Nicole @ ext 1208.
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Computer lab or Mobile lab reservations

Did you forget to schedule a lab? Check with either Michell Garza or Pam Saenz.

michellgarza@sharylandisd.org or psaenz@sharylandisd.org They will be happy to schedule you into a lab if it is available. Best course of action is to plan ahead and use Eduphoria Facilities and Events to ensure your dates are saved. Don't forget we have two computer areas at the library. We have the main computer area and the library training lab.

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New websites added to LINKS

Mrs. Cruz has added links to Career Cruising, Apply Texas, Read180, and Achieve 3000. This makes it easier for kids to stay on track and be future ready! Do you have a link or video that you want uploaded? Just email ncruz@sharylandisd.org
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Password Problems?

Please quiz your students on their new password. We are still assisting more than 20 students daily with passwords. These students have been in school for 6 weeks. It takes valuable instructional time to call the library or send the student for password retrieval. Memorizing passwords is a life skill.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Mosaics

Student work is always welcome at the library. Come and check out the Martin Luther King Jr. art created by Ms. Laura Colegio's Speech students. The message is peace, love, acceptance, civil rights, activism, pride, and more. Do you have student work to share? Talk to Mrs. Cruz or Mrs. Pena about using a display case.
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Online Safety Lessons

Thank you to all the teachers who have already brought their 4th block to one of the labs for the SISD online safety lessons. If you want access to see the grades for your students, email ncruz@sharylandisd.org

Mrs. Cruz will send you the Google link. Our goal is to have these lessons 100% complete by the end of the month.

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Got News?

Your librarian has a degree in journalism and loves sharing outstanding news with our larger SISD community. She is happy to interview students and submit press releases to Rocio Landin. Here are two outstanding students and their accomplishments. Do you have a student who had a unique summer experience or goes above and beyond to provide community service. Send him or her to the library.
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Sharyland High School Senior Juan Colegio Attends J Robinson Wrestling Camp at the University of Wisconsin

Juan Colegio, senior Sharyland High School wrestler, spent the summer at an intensive wrestling camp in Wisconsin. Now entering their 40th anniversary year in 2017, J Robinson Wrestling Camps have trained more than 45,000 wrestlers with a teaching philosophy that focuses on developing technical skill, physical preparation, building mental toughness, and life skills. In 2017, 123 former JROB campers became state champions and 426 more placed at state.

James Penbrook, Sharyland High School Head Wrestling Coach, said “Colegio faced an incredible challenge at JRob. He faced 3 grueling workouts a day for 28 days straight with a great attitude and determination. I couldn't be prouder of him and expect great success for his senior season and for his future. A young man with this type of dedication will go far."

Sharyland High School Senior Adrian Ortega Interns at Johnson Space Center

While most incoming high school seniors are working part-time jobs during the summer, playing summer league sports, or gearing up to write college essays when school begins, one Sharyland High School student had a very unique experience. Adrian Ortega was selected to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars. Funded by the Texas legislature, HAS is an interactive online learning experience highlighted by a weeklong program at Johnson Space Center. Selected students are encouraged to study math, science, engineering, and computer science by interacting with engineers at the Johnson Space Center.

Adrian says, “Making the decision to apply for HAS was quite possibly the best thing I could have done in my life! I was really unsure of whether I should apply or not, but in the end I did and am glad of my decision because it opened my eyes to what I truly want to pursue as a career. My goal is to go to college and study to become a scientist or a researcher one day. This STEM based program guided me towards making that decision.”

Adrian is a member of the Mighty Rattler Band, National Honor Society, and the President of the BCM Club. BCM stands for Books, Comics, and Movies. He is also a member of the Robotics Team. Nicole Cruz, SHS librarian states, “Adrian has been a frequent library patron all four years. He is an outstanding scholar and avid reader. I know he will definitely be successful with his future endeavors. He exhibits all the Rattler Core Values-leadership, excellence, pride, responsibility, and respect.”

Adrian is in the back row. He is the 4th student from the left wearing a baseball cap.

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Tech Support

If you need help with technology, you can place a tech request via Eduphoria. If you don't have Internet access or access to a computer, call the library. Either Mrs. Pena or Mrs. Cruz will assist you. Library extension 1106 or 1208. Do you need us to follow-up on a request placed earlier this year, just send an email to us. We'll be glad to help.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SHS and SA3 Librarian

Your librarian is here for you and your students. She can't help you if she doesn't know what you need. Email or call with any request.
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