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Bejamin A. Bewley
by Zulema S. Bewley
Benjamin A. Bewley, son of Mark and Zulema Bewley, will be graduating in May 2021 from Sharyland High School. Benji has been a student at Sharyland ISD schools since kindergarten. He plans to attend Texas A&M University in fall 2021 and has been accepted into the College of Engineering.
Cassandra Ann Ramos
by Patricia Ramos
Cassandra Ann Ramos, daughter of Albert and Patricia Ramos will be graduating May 7th, 2021, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Concentration in BA-Teacher Cert English 7-12. She will be graduating from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Ramos are very proud of their daughter and wish her the best in her future career path and continuing education goals.
B. L. Gray Librarian Is Recruited As A Texas Tech University Doctoral Student
by Wenndy Pray
When I first learned of the opportunity to grow as an academic and further my efforts in research, teaching, and learning, I couldn’t believe that I was at the threshold of something great. As the first in my family to have earned a master’s degree, I am filled with joy and promise at what I can accomplish and contribute. I am incredibly honored to have been recruited by Texas Tech University as a Ph.D. student. More excitedly, I have accepted a four-year Graduate Recruitment Fellowship offer to pursue this doctoral degree in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. My Ph.D. studies will concentrate in Language, Diversity, and Literacy Studies. I’m excited to start my doctoral pursuits in the fall!
SA3 Student Awarded $500 Scholarship
SA3 Senior Jorge Cepeda had this to say about his involvemment in the BCM Club since his freshman year. " The BCM club has mostly had a gradual impact on me. The first thing that happened to me was a significant change in my mood which improved my life. Our sponsor always finds fun ways to keep the club engaged with not just books but life topics. Being a part of this club has given me the courage and opportunity to join other clubs because with the BCM club I began to grow into the person I am today." Jorge will be attending UTRGV in the fall of 2021. He plans to major in Enivronmental Science. We wish him the very best.
Gold Medal Readers Provide Testimony to Importance of Libraries
by Jose Guerrero
After a school year of online reading and testing, Bentsen students still shined through in the library by making Gold Medal Reader. These students were self-driven and in their quest of making their goal. Bentsen Elementary had over 20 students making Gold Medal Reader, which is only half from previous years. This is a clear reflection on how important it is in putting a book in a student's hand. Today, online resources are essential in the educational process but it's clear that they are not the replacement of having a book in one’s hand. Am happy to say we also had over thirty students in our Century Club. Overall, this school year, students missed the customary visits to the library and touch and feel of library books. Hopefully, this can be a school year in which we all can adapt and appreciate how valuable libraries are.
New Insight Gained at Sharyland North
by Darvin Koenig
Mr. Koenig recently attended an informative webinar offered by LibaryPass, a company which curates high-interest, immersive digital content that helps, K-12, Public, and Academic libraries expand their reach and engagement without breaking their materials budget. Here is a brief synopsis taken from the promotional email.
In an increasingly visual world, there is a growing understanding and appreciation for the unique role comics, graphic novels, and manga play with engaging readers of all ages and abilities. The comics medium offers a broad range of genres, perspectives, and visual styles that appeal to students of all levels—from reluctant to accelerated; the trick is identifying the right titles for each reader, and knowing how to use them as reading support tools.
Congratulations Shimotsu Students!
by S. Zulema Bewley
Four students from Shimotsu Elementary are being recognized for their work at the Texas Youth Creators Awards virtual ceremony during the Texas Library Association 2021 Conference:
Selah G.--1st in Color Photography, grades 6-8
Selah G.--Honorable Mention in Black & White Photography, grades 6-8
Rebecka Sarahi A.--Honorable Mention in Color Photography, grades 6-8
Stefania R.--1st in Color Photography, grades 3-5
Radvin P.--Honorable Mention in Black & White Photography, grades 3-5
Poetry: Drum Dream Girl:
by Patricia Ramos
For National Poetry Month, Mrs. Ramos gave some poetry lessons and used Mackin Via to promote poetry books to her students. One of the selections the students really enjoyed was Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music By: Margarita Engle. The students loved the beautiful illustrations by Rafael Lopez in the book and the inspiring message of perseverance.
State TYCA Finalists for SHS & SA3
Every year the librarian for both SHS and SA3 encourages students to participate in the Texas Youth Creators Award state competition for media production. Mrs. Cruz hosted monthly Creativity & Design Contests this year to inspire students to think and create out of the box projects. Some of the 23 entries she received also came from class projects and CTSO projects for regional and state competitions. The students rise to meet the district motto of "Excellence is our Tradition." This year we had 7 projects as state finalists. For the 2nd year in a row Sharyland High School swept the video recording category with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place wins! Way to go Rattlers and Cobras!
National Library Week @ Pioneer High School
by Elizabeth Moreno
To celebrate National Library Week, I collaborated with the principal, administrators and the cafeteria staff to host a Pop Up Library. I created posters of the different book genres such as “Scary Reads” and “Romance”, along with corresponding QR code bookmarks. The Pop Up Library was set up in the middle of the cafeteria where students could browse the collections and grab a genre bookmark. Students loved that they could scan the bookmark and have access to a chosen collection of books, then simply click on their favorite book cover to check it out. Students could also enter the “Pop Up Library Contest” to win a goodie basket. Students had a great time at the “library” and all while maintaining the important safety protocols. There was such a positive response from students and staff that I’m looking forward to creating more Pop Up Libraries in the future!
B. L. Gray Student Wins Texas Youth Creator Awards Bob Bennet Best Of Show
by Wenndy Pray
"John Paul spends free time drawing and creating as a way to relax from schoolwork. He never imagined his drawing would represent his school and win a state award." says Mrs. Anthea Garza-Calvillo. John Paul's winning graphic design portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King was awarded the Best of Show distinction because of its intricate craftsmanship. If you zoom into the graphic, you'll see it's drawn entirely of the letters M, L, and K! John Paul served as library ambassador as a seventh grader, something few students get to experience. He's been a library advocate ever since. He supports every contest and creative opportunity offered by his library. "With wholehearted gratefulness we thank you, his dedicated librarian, mentor, and advocate, for this unforgettable moment. The endless outlets for literature and art programs you make available for students to explore is phenomenal. We have never met a librarian that devotes so much to her scholars and colleagues," expresses Mrs. Garza-Calvillo. I am honored to have been John Paul's librarian and congratulate him on this amazing recognition. He is bound for amazing things.
Reading is Rewarded
by Aldaberto Ramos
Jensen Elementary gave out AR shirts to our top AR Readers for this year!
April was Poetry Month!!!
by Oneida Aleman
RD Martinez students celebrated by joining a poetry contest using Flipgrid to share wisdom, uplifting ideas, and language that promotes reflection. The focus was to use poetry as a tool for positive thinking. Students saw the importance of using poetry to impact the reader and share ideas. It was great to see our students share their talents!!!
Virtual TLA 2021
by Thanya Montemayor
The Texas Library Association Annual Convention was hosted virtually this year. Although, I do miss being able to attend in person, I am glad that we were still able to learn and interact with each other. I liked the availability of on demand sessions as well as the live ones. There were technical difficulties and some waiting involved but I could tell it was being worked on promptly. I am looking forward to going back and catching the presentations that I was not able to see.
Garza Students Celebrate National Poetry Month
by Samantha Wheat
O. Garza students have been learning about different types of poetry for the month of April. On April 14, 2021, first through third grade students, both virtual and face-to-face, worked together to create acrostic poetry. Students took one word or phrase, and created a poem that reflected that phrase or word. First grade wrote about Spring. Second grade wrote about being kind. Third grade wrote about what they thought about when there was a heat wave. The lesson was done using Google Slides and Google Meets. We are very proud of our students ability to collaborate and create poetry.
JHS Platinum Readers
by Monica Silva
We are extremely proud of all these students for reading over 1,000,000 words for the 20-21 school year. Even though our school year was different than all previous ones, they continued to be enthusiastic about reading. A special shout-out to Jenna Johson and Adam Moss who were our top two readers with over 3,000,000 million words. We must continue to encourage all kids to read, so that they will find that one book that makes them lifelong readers.
"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book." Frank Serafin
by S. Zulema Bewley
Shimotsu Elementary had another successful UIL Academic season. Mrs. Bewley, Shimotsu librarian, has been a UIL Number Sense coach since the school opened in 2007. This year students practiced through online meetings but did attend competitions on campus. As a small gesture of appreciation for their dedication during this difficult year, Mrs. Bewley presented all her students with goodie bags.
Library Journal Virtual Winter Summit
by Darvin Koenig
Mr. Koenig took the opportunity to attend this event which featured library leaders at all levels who discussed lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and shared actionable ideas on how to incorporate them into your post-COVID strategy.
The following is a brief description of the event taken from the LJ website:
The coronavirus has forced systems to reexamine their services and policies from scratch, leading to gains in accessible events, workforce flexibility, increased urgency around staff safety and a view of internal and patron-facing issues through an equitable lens. With live events, coworking, and other space-sharing staples coming back online, librarians are looking for guidance on ways to navigate the continuing practical and emotional challenges, weather the associated economic fallout, and come out the other side stronger than before.
Upstart Innovative Programming Award 2021
"The blend of working remotely and on campus throughout a pandemic has presented some challenges, according to Nicole Cruz. But the Sharyland High School lead librarian has been steadfast at adapting programs to fit the evolving student needs. One such program is the Alumni Snapshot Campaign — an initiative highlighting Sharyland ISD graduates, which allows younger generations a glimpse into the lives of those that have come before them." Progress Times
I'm very humbled and honored to receive this amazing honor and recognition. It all goes back to celebrating student success and being supportive of our students long after they leave our school libraries.
Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Collaboration
by Elizabeth Moreno
The ELA teachers wanted my help to make the reading of “Night” by Elie Wiesel even more meaningful for students. I reached out to The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and they were able to work with our schedule and to present to our students virtually. In collaborating with THGC, I later learned, that one of the presenters, Christian Acevedo, was a former alum of Sharyland ISD, which gave me such a sense of pride for our district. On the day of the virtual presentation, the students were so engaged and had such great questions. The presenter, Dr. J.E. Wolfson, Director of Education for THGC, was so knowledgeable and had great in depth responses to all of the student questions. We all learned so much! To help the students further explore this topic, I created and shared a wakelet with links to Holocaust artifacts, oral history, interviews, virtual museum visits and more. I am so looking forward to many more collaborations.
B. L. Gray Book Club Historian Made Honorary Library Ambassador
by Wenndy Pray
Madison Hernandez made B. L. Gray Library history this year. She is the first student to ever be inducted as an honorary library ambassador. Her efforts in curation, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, presentation, and digital citizenship have been exceptional. She is the first student outside of the library ambassador program to have become a Wakelet Ambassador and has pursued other certification opportunities to enhance her professional growth. She is now a Screencastify Master Screencaster Jr., Master Screencaster, Screencaster Genius, and Skilled Submitter. She’s a knowledge ambassador and promotes learning by sharing her experience with others in various formats. Congratulations, Madison! Check out her Wakelet profile to learn more.
National Library Week at RD Martinez
by Oneida Aleman
During National Library Week, RD Martinez students used Jamboard to share what they miss the most from not visiting the library. Students commented on their time spent at the library, sharing books with their friends and settling down to read a good book. Students also shared how books hold the potential for opportunities by allowing them to be transported to different times and places. Overall they miss the welcoming atmosphere that libraries provide. After reading several posts it is easy to see that libraries are essential and necessary in forming and molding young minds.
Garza Student Places in TYCA
O. Garza’s very own Jimena Garza, first grade, competed in the Texas Youth Creators Awards. She submitted a piece for both the Black and White Photography and Color Photography divisions for PK-2nd grade students. Jimena’s black and white photo, titled “Free Ride”, earned second place, and her color photo, titled “Beautiful Butterfly in my Garden”, earned an honorable mention. We at Garza are so proud of Jimena’s accomplishments.
SA3 & SHS Students needed for 2022 Battle of the Books teams
Do you like to read? Do you like to meet new people? Do you like to engage in discussions about thought-provoking topics? Then reach out to Mrs. Cruz and let her know you want to join the Battle of the Books team for 2021-2022. She coaches two teams. New members are encouraged to join. Contact her at email@example.com
Fun and Rewards:
by Patricia Ramos
Students enjoyed Seuss dress-up either virtually or in-person at D. Wernecke during Read Across America Week. Our students always enjoy fun activities and do a great job of getting involved! They have also been doing a great job of meeting their reading goals! Students have enjoyed receiving their incentives for a job well done!
JHS Library Choice Boards
by Monica Silva
The last few months, I have created reading choice boards for our students on National Days for each month. They included a read aloud for that national day and an activity to go with the read aloud. Teachers were able to integrate some of these activities in their daily lessons as well. Choice boards cater to different learning styles, increases intrinsic motivation by all age groups, and allows students to express what they've learned in a creative manner.
by Thanya Montemayor
Ruben Hinojosa Elementary students had a great Earth Day 2021. They listened to Here Come the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter. We discussed the world’s garbage problem and different ways that garbage is disposed of correctly and incorrectly. I followed up with the student’s favorite post-activity: drawing! They drew an Earth in the shape of a heart that they would then color at a later time.