One for the Record Books

March 2017

Introduction to the Library at Sharyland North Junior High School

No campus tour is complete without a visit to the library or a welcome by your new school librarian. Sharyland North Librarian Mr. Darvin Koenig addressed incoming 7th-grade students during 6th-grade orientation. Mr. Koenig makes every student feel welcome and how to connect kids with amazing literature.
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Read Across America Week @ Bentsen Elementary

Bentsen celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss birthday by having dress up days, drawing contest and special guest readers throughout the week. Students enjoyed eating green eggs and ham on Dr. Seuss birthday. Bentsen would like to thank Mrs. Gongora and Mrs. Montalvo for reading Dr. Seuss books to Bentsen students. Read Across America always energizes students to read more and re-reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books. Librarian Jose Guerrero was instrumental in planning events.
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FESTIBA Top Reader School - John H Shary

John H. Shary Elementary was honored to receive a Top Reader Award at the Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) on Friday, March 3rd. Shary Elementary was one of the top four recognized for their Top Readers. Shary Elementary was presented with a plaque by Dr. Dahlia Guerra and Dr. Ida Acuña-Garza. Author Duncan Tonatiuh, Winner of the Pura Belpre Award, presented our school with a signed autograph of his book The Princess and The Warrior. We are very honored and proud of all of our student’s success and achievement in reading.

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Sharyland High School Play -Anna in the Tropics Advances to AREA

On Tuesday, March 21st the cast, crew, and directors of Anna in the Tropics competed at Bi-District Competition for One Act Play. The play advanced to Area Competition. The next round of competition will be held at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. Kudos to the entire cast. SHS/ SA3 librarian Nicole Cruz serves as the Assistant Director. She has learned a lot from Director Christopher Fernandez and really enjoys working with the student actors.
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Dr. Seuss Week @ Donna Wernecke Elementary

Librarian Patricia Ramos, students and staff at Wernecke Elementary enjoyed a week full of fun during Dr. Seuss week. They enjoyed teaming up to wear Seuss shirts, dress up as Seuss characters, and Mrs. Ramos had fun baking Seuss inspired cupcakes for her staff.

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B-I-N-G-O time at RD Martinez Elementary Library!

Our students celebrated their AR success with a Bingo Game at the library. Students enjoyed time together and played to win prizes.

Great job students! Readers are Leaders!

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PHS Lip Sync Video Winners

The David O. Garcia Memorial Library honored the Lip Sync Video Winners on Thursday, March 9th, with a goody bag and photos. The students beamed with pride as their video was named and they were photographed with their teammates. Librarian Mrs. Janie Flores created this competition to foster creativity and encourage attendance. She also shared this idea at the last district librarian meeting.

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Seventh Grade Student Promotes Reading Through Storytime at B. L. Gray

Abbigail Gauna visits the library in the morning at least three times a week. Once a week, she conducts her own version of story time. "I like to browse and see what's fun to read. Sometimes, my peers just need to hear the first few words to get hooked on a book." Abbigail loves to read and share great stories. "There's nothing like witnessing students take their love of reading and passing it on," says B. L. Gray Librarian Wenndy Pray. "I just received over 200 new books to improve the collection," she adds, "and I can't wait for Abby to get a hold of some of these to share." B. L. Gray library opens at 7:30AM every day.

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O. Garza 4th 6 Weeks AR Celebration

O. Garza students celebrated earning their 4th six weeks AR goals. Students were treated to a movie, popcorn and juice during the celebration. Our Golden Readers, one class from each grade that had the most students meet their AR goals, were also given an extra 30 minutes of free time. They played board games, read, or played with devices during their Golden Reader time.

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Shimotsu is named FESTIBA Top Reader School

These are 6th-grade students waiting to be recognized at the Festiba Top Reader School event, March 3. Mrs. Zulema Bewley is the librarian at Shimotsu Elementary.

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Joe Hayes Captures Jensen Readers Attention

Joe Hayes, world reknown author and storyteller, visited Jessie Jensen last month. Mr. Ramos had a full-house at the library. Students used their five senses to tap into the stories that Mr. Hayes told them. They also sharpened their listening and audience respect skills.
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UIL Academic Recognition @ Ruben Hinojosa Elementary

Hinojosa Librarian Mrs. Moreno, along with Mr. Sanchez, Assistant Principal, presented UIL awards to students and invited parents and family to attend. Mrs. Moreno served as UIL Coordinator for Hinojosa Elementary this year.

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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian


This is a modern day Fahrenheit 451 except the corrupted ones are Librarians instead of Firemen. Jess Brightwell lives in a world where the owning of books is prohibited. Instead the Great Library is in control of what books are allowed to be read by the masses. Luckily, those who don't agree with this situation can obtain books from the Black Market; however, it is a very dangerous business for those like Jess's family who are involved in the smuggling of books. When Jess's father sends him to be a spy inside the Great Library his loyalty will be tested like never before.

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RD Martinez Elementary Celebrates Read Across America Week!

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Students at RD Martinez Elementary celebrated a week of literacy activities with dress up spirit days and guest readers.

A Big Thank you to the following Reading Rocks Stars for taking time from their busy day to read to our students.

Dr. Carla Zuazua-Garza – Director of Assessment, Research and Development

Teresa Gonzalez – Federal Programs/SCE/Parental Involvement/Director

Cuahutemoc Paz – Director of Elementary Curriculum

The Mission Fire Department

Nicole Cruz – SHS/SA3/SISD Lead Librarian

HEB Reading Program

Pamela Montalvo – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Athit Farias – Instructional Software Specialist

Elizabeth Gongora – Bil/ESL Coordinator

Patricia Viera – RD Martinez Elementary Principal

Diana Rojas – RD Martinez Elementary Assistant Principal

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Pioneer High School Students Enter Letters About Literature Competition

Four PHS students made it through Preliminary Rounds in the Letters About Literature – Texas competition. Mariela Trevino wrote to Lurlene McDaniel, Andrew Moss to Aldous Huxley and Ariana Silva to Mitch Albom. The fourth student wrote to John Boyne. All are students in Coach Jesus Oviedo’s AP English III class.

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Shimotsu Students Read Texas Bluebonnet Titles

Getting an early start: These are 5th-grade students holding some of the chapter books that are on the 2017-18 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Students have until January 2018 to read at least five books before voting.

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UIL Success at SNJH

The SNJH library is home to UIL Spelling and Listening Skills since Mr. Koenig coaches both events. This year at District the 7th grade spellers placed 1st, 4th, and 5th; the 8th grade spellers placed 4th, 5th, and 6th; the 7th grade Listening Skills participants placed 1st and 4th; and the 8th grade Listening Skills participants placed 1st and 6th. The photo is Mr. Koenig with 7th grade 1st place speller Nalani Reyes.

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B. L. Gray Library Aides Promote Library Resources

Nathalie Alanis and Shiza Khan make a great team in the library during second period. For the month of March, they decided to promote National Nutrition Month with a creative dining table display. They researched the library collection to educate their peers on the importance of food choices and created a flyer displaying food fun facts on vegetables and companies like Starbucks. To locate these fun facts, they used Encyclopedia Britannica, a resource provided to the district by Region One.

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Thank you Donna Wernecke SPTSO

Mrs. Ramos would like to thank the SPTSO organization at her campus for the beautiful new sofas that were purchased for her library! Students and staff LOVE the new look!

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Moon Jump Madness @ Ruben Hinojosa Elementary

Students who met their AR goal for the fourth six weeks were invited to attend a Moon jump Madness Celebration.
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Read Across America Week @ John H Shary Elementary

John H. Shary celebrated "Read Across America Week" with many events and activities during the week of February 27th -March 3rd. Students, teachers, parents, and volunteers enjoyed wearing their Mixed-Matched Clothe on Monday, Top-Hat Tuesday, Wacky Socks Wednesday, Theodore Thursday (dress-up as your favorite character), and Funny Food Friday with Green Eggs and Ham. We had upper-grade students reading to the lower-grade students, played Dr. Seuss Bingo, and had a Dr. Seuss Character Parade to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. It was a great week that was lots of fun.

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Sharyland High School Participates in Read Across Texas

Doug and Cindy Young addressed JROTC, US History, World Geography, and English students from Sharyland High School, SA3, and Pioneer High School on Friday, February 17th at the Penny Payte McLeaish Learning Resource Center Lecture Hall. This presentation was tied to the Read Across Texas Program that Librarian Nicole Cruz applied to be part of this school year. Sharyland High School is the only high school in the state to participate in this unique reading program. This year's theme is Veterans.

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O. Garza Celebrates Spring with Bluebonnet Award Winners

Garza students are celebrating the blossoming of spring with new books! Students were thrilled to read brand series books; including favorites like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Berenstain Bears, and Goosebumps, and Bluebonnet Award-winning books from the 2017-2018 award year. Mrs. Silva makes sure the library is a welcoming place for all staff and students.

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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

"One for the Record Books" was recognized by the Texas Library Association for a PR Branding Iron Award in 2016. Submit photos and stories by the deadline each month to be included in "One for the Record Books." Please make sure any students are not on the "Do Not Photograph List" before submitting their photos for publication.