One for the Record Books

January 2017

Wernecke Reading Warriors

At Wernecke Elementary, we have many students who have achieved rewards for all of their reading efforts! They have been recognized during their lunch periods for earned AR shirts and Ninja Reader tags. Featured in the photo: 5th-grade students Thanks to Patricia Ramos, librarian, for planning fun ways to reward readers.

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"Reading is Dreamy" @ RD Martinez Elementary!

Students celebrate their AR success with pajamas and games at the library!

Reading is dreaming with your eyes wide open.

“When in doubt, go to the library.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Texas Youth Creator Awards Participants

PHS students submitted their media projects to TLA’s Texas Youth Creators Awards in early January. The students are looking forward to adding an award to their resume in April. Charles Brenner, media teacher, said, “Thank you (Mrs. Flores, PHS librarian) for finding avenues to showcase our students!”

Mr. Brenner's 1st Block Students

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Pioneer High School Students not in a media class

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2nd Annual Alumni Panel Hosted @ Sharyland High School

Librarian Nicole Cruz and Counselor Carol Santiago started inviting 2016 and 2015 SHS graduates to participate in the 2nd Annual Alumni Panel in November. Both educators planned the event which focuses on College Readiness and gives current students an opportunity to ask college students questions. This year 14 Sharyland High School Alumni from private and public universities and colleges as well as in-state and out of state schools participated. More than 800 SA3 and SHS students attended the event which took place on Wednesday, January 11th. SHS Principal Carolyn Mendiola said, "We want students to know that they have choices in going to school. It’s OK for them to go to college locally and it’s OK for them to leave the state. They have choices but they need to get some kind of post-secondary education.”
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New Books Fly Off the Shelves at Sharyland North Junior High!

On Thursday morning January 19 Mr. Koenig put out 20 new books. By the end of the day on Monday, January 23, there were only 3 left!

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Reading Can Be Sweet!

O. Garza students celebrate their AR achievements with cupcakes and devices in the library. The attendance at this incentive party was fantastic. Our O. Garza students are working towards and achieving their AR reading goals. Thanks to our librarian Samantha Silva for organizing this celebration.

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B. L. Gray Librarian appointed Parental Involvement Liaison

As the library evolves, so does the librarian's role. As a result, librarians wear many hats, thus opening different platforms to promote what the library offers the community as well as the school. Here, Wenndy Pray promotes library services to parents at a monthly SPTSO meeting. She shared how parents who attend will learn how to operate and take advantage of the internet resources SISD libraries have to offer. In this photograph, she promotes an upcoming training to be given by SISD Lead Librarian, Nicole Cruz.

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Dessert Social @ Shimotsu Thanks Volunteers

These are some of the dedicated Shimotsu volunteers enjoying coffee and dessert. It is an annual tradition of Mrs. Zulema Bewley to thank them for helping her in the library by having a dessert social.
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JHS Library Scavenger Hunt

To learn where to locate different books in the library, students engaged in a scavenger hunt. Students learned where to locate books like poetry, mammals, biographies, and many more. While on the scavenger hunt, students were practicing their problem-solving skills and learning the value of teamwork in a fun and engaging lesson.

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Camp Read-a-Lot: Location-Hinojosa Elementary Library

The students who met their AR goal for the third six weeks at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary were invited to attend “Camp Read-a-lot” by Mrs. Elizabeth Moreno, the librarian. Students enjoyed snacks, “bug juice”, reading around the “campfire” and making crafts.

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Bentsen Students Team Work

Students from sixth grade have teamed up with student from first grade to make reading count. Sixth grade student work together with first grade struggling reader. Both students are both motivated to read and making reading count. Its a great TeamWork!!!

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Letters About Literature

Three Sharyland High School students entered the Letters About Literature Competition. Librarian Nicole Cruz visited classrooms, hosted an after school letter writing workshop, and engaged students at the library. Ana Guerrero, Samantha Dimas, and Francesca Turgeon stepped up to the challenge. Each had to select an author and write to the author about how reading his/ her play, book, or poem impacted them or changed their view of themselves or the world. Congratulations to these three students!
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RD Martinez Elementary students visit the library for research assistance after school.

Ms. Z. Garza helps Heidi and Juan with their Google slide presentation for their 6th grade project on South American countries. Library databases are used to find the information and to help students identify factual sources for their assigned country. Students learn how to cite their information, present it using Google slides, and share the work.

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Wernecke Volunteer is Truly a Blessing

We have been blessed to have a volunteer coming in twice a week to read to kinder-2nd-grade students in the library. Mr. Jerry Morrow does an absolutely amazing job of reading with excitement and expression!

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Library Aides Take Pride To The Next Level

Three library aides take advantage of a special schedule during Career Day to make the library shine for the new year. Office aide Kayla Moron (left) and library aides Luis Gonzalez (top right) and Nathalie Alanis (bottom right) learn about another aspect of service and discovered a newfound respect for B. L. Gray's custodial staff. As part of the library aide program, students not only learn how to shelve books, about the Dewey Decimal system, and how to check out books; they also learn to take pride in their place of work - the library. This semester, B. L. Gray Library will host 12 volunteers who personally requested to be a part of the program.

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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

House Arrest

Timothy's baby brother, Levi, was born with a condition that requires him to a trach in his neck so he can breathe. His father left because he could not deal with it. His mother works, but they are still barely getting by. Levi needs expensive medicine. In a moment of desperation Timothy steals a credit card to buy the medicine. Now he has been assigned House Arrest, has to see a counselor once a week, has to keep a journal, and has to stay out of trouble for one year or he will be sent to Juvie. Author K.A. Holt has written an exceptional work of fiction that is based on true events that happened in her life with her own son.

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Reading @ Shimotsu

One of Zulema Bewley's favorite things is reading to students. In this photo she is reading the story A Spoon for Every Bite by author Joe Hayes to a group of 4th grade students. You can tell by their excellent posture and learning readiness that the students are enjoying the story.
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Career Day at John H. Shary

Our library hosted a breakfast for our wonderful parents and community members that came to our school to promote their careers to our students. Students were engaged with interesting presentations and hands-on activities. It was another successful Career Day at John H. Shary Elementary.

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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

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