JEMS Library News

1st Six Weeks Newsletter, 2021

JEMS Library is BACK!

It is good to be back, Buck Country! I am so excited that we were able to finally see each other back on campus this year. The library had such a successful 1st Six Weeks and it's all because of YOU! Check out all the cool things that happened in our library!

Library Lessons

Students visited the library to learn about library procedures and updated policies. Thank you to all the teams that brought their students so they could get reacquainted with their library! Students were also taught how to login to MyON, Epic, MackinVia, Accelerated Reader, and STAR tested for their reading levels.

  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 1 (Information Literacy), Strand 2 (Inquiry), Strand 3 (Reading), Strand 4 (Digital Learning), (Strand 5: Safe & Nurturing Environment)
  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor,

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Library Offers BookDash Service!

Our library is now offering a fun book delivery service! Students who reserve a book online using Destiny Discover will have their book delivered by the librarian or library ambassadors during class. We're excited to see how many requests we get the 2nd Six Weeks!

  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 1 (Information Literacy), Strand 2 (Inquiry) Strand 3 (Reading), Strand 4 (Digital Learning), (Strand 5: Safe & Nurturing Environment)

  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen

PSJA Summer Reads Winners

Congratulations to Z. Morin, D. Aguirre, and N. Torres for being our 2021-2022 PSJA Summer Reads Winners! Students were celebrated at the Annual PSJA Summer Reads Ceremony which took place virtually on September 28, 2021.


  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 3 (Reading)

  • ISTE Standards: Digital Citizen

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PSJA Reads Book Club Winners

Congratulations to Eva, Camila, and Edgar for winning some awesome PSJA Reads Book Club items! Students who participated in the summer book club activities were entered to win fun prizes. Congrats, students!

  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 3 (Reading)

  • ISTE Standards: Digital Citizen

Pokemon Card Distribution

Thanks to a generous donation from First Book, our library was able to give away over 100 Pokemon card packs! This was a great way for us to begin promoting library programs, gaming club, and all the fun activities that our library enjoys yearly!


  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 5 (Safe & Nurturing Environment)

  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner

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Thank You, MagiKids!

Our second application for MagiKids Kits was accepted! Thanks to MagiKids, our library has grown its Magic the Gathering card collection. Students interested in learning this strategic card game will begin building their own decks and learning simple to advanced game strategies!

  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 5 (Safe & Nurturing Environment)

  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner

Library League Gaming Club

The library received a very generous donation of not one, not two, but THREE Nintendo Labo Kits! Students in our gaming club have begun organizing the kits and will be exploring how to assemble the items for gameplay during our next meeting.


  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 1 (Information Literacy), Strand 2 (Inquiry), Strand 4 (Digital Learning), Strand 5 (Safe & Nurturing Environment), Strand 6 (Leadership)

  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner, Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator

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Maker Monday

Our first Maker Monday was a huge success! This month students created patterns using perler beads and created their very own keychains. Thank you to everyone that attended!

  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 5 (Safe & Nurturing Environment)

  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner, Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Creative Communicator

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Banned Book Week Trivia

Congratulations to our Banned Books Week trivia winners! Students who participated in the daily trivia the week of September 27th were entered into a raffle to win some cool library prizes.

  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 3 (Reading), Strand 4 (Digital Learning), Strand 5 (Safe & Nurturing Environment)

  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner, Global Collaborator

Banned Books Week Trivia Raffle Winners!

JEMS Library Ambassadors: Cohort 7

Congratulations to the following students for being our JEMS Library Ambassadors for this school year. This is our seventh cohort/year 7 of awesome student leaders! Students who participate in the Library Ambassador cohort assist the librarian with library management, programming, events, and more. 6th Grade: Aide C., Camila C., Sophia H.; 7th Grade: Keylly R., Camila G., Lilibeth P.; 8th Grade: Natalia T., Jimena H., Siomara H., Addison A.
  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 1 (Information Literacy), Strand 2 (Inquiry) Strand 3 (Reading), Strand 4 (Digital Learning), Strand 5 (Safe & Nurturing Environment), Strand 6 (Leadership)
  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator

Library Stats

We had a VERY successful 1st Six Weeks! The library was busy, busy, busy! Thank you for stopping by the library for all your research and book needs. We can't wait to see what the 2nd Six Weeks has in store!

  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 1 (Information Literacy), Strand 2 (Inquiry) Strand 3 (Reading), Strand 4 (Digital Learning), Strand 5 (Safe & Nurturing Environment)

  • ISTE Standards: Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator

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AASL Knowledge Quest Article

A huge thank you to AASL's Knowledge Quest for allowing our library to share its story. This is the second article to be highlighted in a national library journal.

  • Texas Library Standards: Strand 6 (Leadership)
  • ISTE Standards for Educators: Leader, Facilitator, Analyst

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Upcoming Events

Make sure to check out our upcoming events. We can't wait!
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JEMS Librarian - Mrs. K. Quilantan-Garza, MLS

Mrs. Karina Quilantan-Garza, or Mrs. Q. as the students and staff call her, is the library media specialist at Jaime Escalante Middle School. Her library has gained regional, state, and national recognition for its programming and social media presence. Mrs. Q. is certified in Google, Microsoft, Apple, and many other applications and uses her expertise to assist her students and staff in the learning process. She currently serves as the TCEA LIB-SIG Vice President and is a Texas Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List/Media Virtual Presence Award Committee Member. When Mrs. Q. isn't saving the world one book and megabyte at a time, she loves to read mystery/graphic novels and play video games on her comfy couch. For more information about how Mrs. Q. can help you, please reach out to her using the contact information below. Happy Reading!