One for the Record Books
Wenndy Pray, Sharyland High School ELA teacher and SHSU Library Science Grad Student
I had been contemplating pursuing a master’s degree in Library Science for over a year. With the encouragement of my husband, family, and two very supportive librarians, I took the leap of faith and applied at Sam Houston State University. After traveling abroad with students this summer, I returned to my first six hours in the program. I’m so glad I did! I’m learning so much about the field and how my personality and prior career experience fit the career to a “T”. I first started in the hospitality/customer service industry in 1997 before becoming an educator in 2008. Becoming a librarian is the perfect merger of these two worlds. I’ve had several opportunities to incorporate new technology, reading techniques, and projects with my students. I just completed my networking project for Teen Read Week. This career choice has catapulted me into my future; I will graduate in the spring of 2017 but anticipate working as a librarian before then!
Teaching Instructional Resource Use to Analyze Student Needs for Biology EOC Exam
Education Foundation Grant Received
MackinVIA Lesson @ BL Gray Junior High
Wernecke Elementary hosted October District Librarian Meeting
Thanks to Karen Meadors and her assistant principal Lela Culberson for visiting with us.
Bentsen Rewards Readers with Magic
Bentsen's first AR celebration was magical. Students were amazed with magician's performance which energized their commitment of meeting their reading goal. Students very much enjoyed the performance and took their excitement to the classroom which also motivated the students that didn't make their goal.
SNJH Library Provides a Quiet Study Environment During Lunch
Iron Lung Replica
The developer of the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk was born in New York, New York, on October 28, 1914. He received his medical degree from New York University in 1939. In 1942, he began working for a former teacher, Thomas Francis, Jr., to produce influenza vaccines, a project that would continue until 1949. In that first year with Francis, Salk served as a research professor and began a three-year project sponsored by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, also known as the March of Dimes. Infantile paralysis is another name for polio, a disease caused by the poliomyelitis virus. Source- "Polio." Linda K. Bennington, CNS., Rebecca J. Frey, PhD., and Leslie Mertz, PhD. The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe. 5th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2015. 9 vols.
Mrs. Maggie Gonzalez, former Jensen Principal, Visits Library
Mrs. M. Gonzalez, former Jessie Jensen Elementary principal, read aloud to students. She also distributed books to some of eager readers.
South Texas Literacy Coalition’s 2015 Literacy Excellence Award for School Librarians
Wernecke Library Fundraiser a Success!
November is American Diabetes Awareness Month
Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes
and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
It is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®!
PINK OUT PEP RALLY
Teacher Monica McIver and April Torres team up with her to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian
Black Box by Julie Schumacher is the story of one family’s struggle through depression. It is told through the eyes of the younger sister Elena, who feels she is responsible for trying to fix whatever it is that is happening to her older sister. The author does a great job of showing how depression affects not only the victim, but also those around her. This would be a great choice for students who have a brother or sister dealing with depression. An author’s note at the end of the book gives insight into why Schumacher wrote the book, and she provides a web address for those wanting to learn more about depression.
Fire and Halloween Safety Tips @ RD Martinez Family Reading Night
Teachers win TexQuest Trivia Challenge
Angie Culberson, SHS Science Teacher
Won a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.
Veronica Cantu, Shimotsu 1st Grade Teacher
Won a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.
Tanya Guerra, SHS English Teacher
Won a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. She is pictured with student Brandon Molina.
Hinojosa Elementary Vocabulary Parade
The first annual, “Scholars Say NO and Parade Their Knowledge” vocabulary parade was held at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary on Friday, October 30, 2015. In preparation for the vocabulary parade the students read the story, “Miss Alaineus” A Vocabulary Disaster” by Debra Frasier. Students selected a vocabulary word and dressed as their word. Students demonstrated their creativity and more importantly, everyone will be learning new vocabulary!
Wernecke Donates Books to HEB
SISD Librarians Attend Region One Fall Media Conference
All secondary librarians and three elementary librarians attended along with three SISD library school students. Pictured with the librarians is Len Bryan, TSLAC School Library Program Coordinator.
The Spooktacular Scholastic Book Fair @ RD Martinez was a hit with students and staff
PHS Book Club works Concession Stand
2013 SHS Graduate Maeka de la Torre Speaks about College Success
Maeka de la Torre is a native to the Philippines and moved to the United States at the tender age of seven. She graduated from Sharyland High School in 2013. Maeka was ranked 6th in her graduating class of over 700 students. Ms. de la Torre was a former senior library aide. She was invited to speak to students about college success by SHS Librarian Nicole Cruz.
Maeka is a member of the Prime Time UTRGV program and majoring in Pre-Medical biology and minoring in chemistry and medical humanities. She is on track to graduate with her Bachelor of Sciences in 2016. She will continue on to medical school at either UT Houston or UTMB Galveston. She is also an intern at the International Museum of Art & Science.
She reminded students that college is about time management, studying, effective communication, and taking advantage of every opportunity to succeed. She said the true test of success in life is not intelligence, exterior beauty, or who you know; it is about grit.
Photo: Maeka, dressed like a movie star from the black and white film days, speaks to Damian Gaouette about medical school choices and their shared passion for Ready Writing UIL.