JISD Library Services Newsletter
JISD Writes Together Superintendent's Voice of Excellence Award Winners
Dr. Ball and Mrs. Thompson, Lead Librarian, presented awards to 3 students and 2 classes for the inaugural year of the JISD Writes Together Superintendent’s Voice of Excellence Award!
Congratulations to Ms. Switaj’s (Judson Middle School) and Ms. Lacey-Cipriano’s (Veterans Memorial HS) classes for 1st place Class Collaborative Writing. Ms. Switaj's class also won the Superintendent's Voice of Excellence Award for Class Collaborative Writing.
Ivy Keane-Dawes (Kitty Hawk MS) - 1st place essay & Superintendent’s Voice of Excellence Award for Middle School
Sofia Garza (Veterans Memorial HS)- 1st place essay & Superintendent’s Voice of ExcellenceAward for High School
Jessyca Goldman (Veterans Memorial HS) - 1st Place poetry
JHS @ The Texas Library Association Administrators' Conference
Also represented from JISD at the Administrators' Conference were:
From Veterans Memorial High School, Assistant Principal Sandra Arellano and Librarian Pamela Thompson
From Hartman Elementary, Principal Monica Rodriguez, Assistant Principal Melissa Martinez, and Librarian Sara Pena
Administrators that attended also received FREE entry to the entire three-day virtual conference, so they were able to attend many educational presentations and author visits including Matthew McConaughey, author of Greenlights.
If you are an administrator that would like to learn more about librarians and how we can impact student achievement on your campus, tell your librarian that you would like to attend IN-PERSON in 2022 in Ft. Worth!
JISD Reads Together
It is NOT too late to participate in the JISD Reads Together Program!
Stop by your library to pick up a copy of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora or find it on Sora.
Click HERE for a Choice Board on Arturo Zamora.
Go on a Journey to Miami with Pablo Cartaya as he shows you his inspiration for the book (2 min).
· Read The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya.
· Submit a quick video telling us your take on the book via FlipGrid.
· Submit a question for the author's visit via FlipGrid.
· Join our virtual author visit on Tuesday, May 20th @ 10 a.m. (see your librarian for the Zoom code as we get closer to the date)
JISD Community Cookbook
Provide a story, a complete recipe (including ingredients and directions), and a picture (optional). The picture, if you choose to share it, doesn't have to just be of the food. It can be of you and your family preparing it.
JISD YA Book Club
Join us for our last book club discussion of this year on May 11th @ 4:30. We are reading Just Wreck It All by N. Griffin. The book is available in print at all 3 high schools and in e-Book format in Sora. See your librarian for the Zoom code.
BYOBook Adult Book Club
Looking to connect around great books, better friends, and big ideas, join us on Monday, May 24th for our final adult book club of the year. We'll be discussing Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.
Jewish American Heritage Month Booklist S'more by Katrina Simmons, ESE
Asian American & Pacific Islanders Month Choice Board by Rosalinda Adame-Moylay, WHMS
Asian American & Pacific Islanders Month Booklist S'more by Raelene Tschirhart, WHS
Mental Health Awareness Month Choice Board by Mariya Ortiz, JHS
Mental Health Awareness Month Booklist S'more by Pamela Thompson, VMHS
Upcoming Summer Reading Opportunities
High School Read Woke Rumble
The competition will be made up of two parts; a quick-fire, quiz-style competition over 5 pre-selected books followed by big picture questions about any Read Woke book. Students will be required to use evidence from any of the books they read to support or refute the chosen statement in a UIL impromptu style response. There is not a required number of books that should be read, but the more you read, the better!
The pre-selected titles below may be found in print at your school library, in Sora in e-book and audiobook formats (using the San Antonio Public Library partnership for some titles), and in print at SAPL.
The 5 pre-selected books are:
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
They Called Us Enemy by George Takai, Justin Eisinger, Steve Scott
Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
How it all Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi
The Read Woke criteria are titles that:
- Challenge a social norm
- Tell the side of the oppressed
- Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
- Seek to challenge the status quo
- Shed light on an issue that many may not perceive as being an issue
Battle of the Books 2021
We look forward to returning to a team competition in person in 2022!
Will you have a 5th-grader next school year, or will you be teaching 5th-grade next year? Get started reading the new books this summer! See the button below.
Programming @ YOUR JISD Libraries
Celebrating School Library Month @ VMHS
Since our last publication, we have added:
The Life of Pi
The American Flag
David from the David Shannon picture book series
The 4 houses of Harry Potter
Earth Day & School Library Month @ CVE
Earth Day @ Hartman
Dinosaurs @ Copperfield
Fun @ Hopkins
Fifth-grade students battled it out, book-style, during the Battle of the Books competition, ending with a celebration for their hard work. Half of the team made it to Round 2!
Hopkins finished out the month of April by reading The Word Collector by Peter Hamilton Reynolds and collecting all of our favorite words to prepare for his virtual visit on May 19. We can't wait!