PSJA Memorial ECHS

Library Newsletter: August/September 2015

Welcome Back!

It's been a great start to our school year and once again, we have been very busy at the Wolverine Library! We look forward to working with you this year and invite you to visit us and take advantage of all of the resources YOUR library has to offer!

Congratulations to Our Top BRIGHT Summer Readers!

Our top readers were recognized at a district-wide celebration that was held on September 24th. Our top readers were: Samantha Salomon (12th), Lizbeth Ramos (11th), Roxanna Sanchez (10th), and Kyara Valdez (9th). Thank you Ms. Castillo for joining us at this event. Samantha Salomon was the top reader her four years at PSJA Memorial! Great job, everyone!

Extended Library Hours

The Wolverine Library is excited to once again provide extended hours for our students. After there were many students who were requesting the library stay open late to do homework, our Principal, Mr. Garza, agreed to extend the hours. Our library hours are as follows:

**Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

**Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


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By using MackinVia, you can now access all of our databases (except for Discovery Education) with only one username and password! It makes doing your research so much easier. Also found on MackinVia are more eBooks and helpful links. Please email me or come by the Wolverine Library for the username and password.

Author Visits

In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, PSJA Memorial ECHS was honored to host two authors. On September 18, poet Dr. Steven Schneider, author of Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives/Fronteras: Dibujando las vidas fronterizas visited with the GROWL Book Club and English classes.

On September 25, author Viola Canales also visited with our students. She is the author of The Tequila Worm, Orange Candy Slices, and The Little Devil and the Rose: Loteria Poems. She is also the winner of the Pura Belpre Award.

We would like to thank Mrs. Nora Galvan, PSJA ISD Library Coordinator, for making these author visits possible!

Battle of the Books

Will you be a member of our next Battle of the Books Team? This will be the third year that PSJA Memorial ECHS will participate in the Battle of the Books. Please come by the library for more information!

Texas Teen Book Festival

PSJA ISD had the opportunity to take students from each of the high schools to the Texas Teen Book Festival at St. Edwards University Austin, Texas on Saturday, September 26. Eight lucky GROWL Club members had the chance to sit in on young adult author panel discussions, get books autographed and meet other teens from all over Texas.

Once again, we would like to thank Mrs. Nora Galvan, PSJA ISD Library Coordinator, for providing such once in a lifetime opportunities for our students!

Congratulations Wolverine Millionaires!

Marta Vega

10th Grade

Roxanna Sanchez

10th Grade

Top Readers for the 1st Six Weeks:

Marta Vega: 250.9 Points

Roxanna Sanchez: 157.9 Points

Juana Torres: 107.7 Points

Aisha Ortiz: 106.6 Points

Victor Rodriguez: 106.6 Points


Top AR Classes for the 1st Six Weeks:

S. Velarde 5/6B: 422 Points

M. Elizondo 1/2B: 317.5 Points

A. Barrera 3/4B: 310.8 Points

E. Boahene 1/2A: 299.9 Points

Great job!

School AR Results for the 1st Six Weeks:

Wolverines earned: 5,114.3 Points

Wolverines read: 38,053,224 Words

We're off to a great start!

GROWL Book Club News

The GROWL Book Club held its first meeting on September 3rd. The informational meeting attracted over 100 interested members!

The selection for September was Paper Towns by John Green and members met on October 6 to discuss the book. A big thank you to Paulina and Yahaida for creating the PowerPoint with the questions and leading the discussion during A lunch. Also, thank you Jose and Aylin for leading the discussion during B lunch. It was great hearing everyone's opinions and feelings about the book.

The GROWL Book Club Is Currently Reading...

Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

From Destiny Online Catalog Summary

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 29.