One for the Record Books

March 2016

John H Shary Library Volunteers

At Shary Elementary, Mrs. Covey and Mrs. Bazan are two very dedicated library volunteers. Almost every Friday and any other day they can help out, these two ladies assist at the library organizing and shelving books. Mrs. Guzman is so grateful for the extra help that they provide from the goodness of their hearts.

❤️We Love Our Volunteers!❤️
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101 Days Smarter!

Ms. Guerrero's 1st grade students celebrates 101 days of school with the 101 Dalmatians theme in the library. Ms. Z. Garza, RD Martinez librarian, joins the fun by reading a book about 100 days at school.
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Region One Spring Extravaganza

Adalberto Ramos and Eva Ramos attended the Spring Extravaganza at Region One on Friday, February 19th. The morning session featured John Schumacher who is the Scholastic Ambassador for School Libraries. He was very inspiring and entertaining. He featured many books via discussions and book trailers during his presentation and really stressed the importance of letting kids read what they love and making the library a happy place with a positive experience. both librarians from Jensen and Wernecke really enjoyed the presentation.
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Olivia visits Ruben Hinojosa Library

Parents and students were happy to take photos with Ian Falconer's popular children's storybook character Olivia. Olivia made a guest appearance at the Family Reading Night.

Hinojosa Librarian Elizabeth Moreno invited College Transition students Miguel Herrera, Carlos Zarate, and Freddy Garcia to assist Olivia with greeting library patrons.

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SNJH Spellers Place 1st and 2nd @ District Spelling Bee

Congratulations to SNJH Spelling Coach Darvin Koenig. Two of his students finished 1st and 2nd respectively at the SISD Spelling Bee on Friday, February 5th. Pictured with Mr. Koenig are 1st place – Joseph Gaytan and 2nd place – Jackie Olivarez. Mr. Koenig is the librarian at SNJH. Daius Haft placed third. He is a student at Hinojosa Elementary. His coach is Bertha Castillo.
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Red Carpet Night @ the Penny Payte McLeaish Library

Students, parents, SISD employees, and guests from other school districts celebrated the remodeling efforts on Tuesday, February 9th. Part of the festivities included a ribbon cutting ceremony. SHS administrators, and SISD Central Office Staff joined librarian Nicole Cruz along with SISD Maintenance Director Mark Dougherty who was selected to make the official snip. The remodeling efforts included new carpet, rearranging shelving, new university banners, and paint.
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PHS Teacher Submits TexQuest Input Wins Gift Card

Congratulations to ELA 1 teacher Angelica Vazquez for winning a Sonic gift card from the PHS Library.

Ms. Vazquez reviewed several database websites and submitted her input to TexQuest on resources to be included in Region One resources next year.

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Texas Bluebonnet Voting

Students at Shimotsu Elementary participated in the voting process. These students were able to vote for their favorite Texas Bluebonnet title the last week in January. More than 150,000 students in grades 3rd-6th participated in the voting process. The book, When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop, written by Laban Carrick Hill won.
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Families Read Together at Garza Elementary

The Garza Family Reading Night was held on Tuesday, February 9. Our parents, students and staff were welcome to visit our library so that they could browse our book fair and work on their Accelerated Reader goals. We had wonderful volunteers who helped make our book fair and family night a great success. Mrs. Emmy Trevino who helped with our book fair, and Mr. Marco Vasquez who helped shelve books throughout the night. Thank you everyone for making our Family Night and our book fair such a success. O Garza Librarian Samantha Silva

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RD Martinez Elementary Library celebrates Digital Learning Day!

Students celebrate Digital Learning Day at the library with lessons on digital citizenship and preventing Cyberbullying. Ms. Garza, librarian, introduced the lessons through brainpop videos and discussions. Students logged on to learning.com and completed their lessons. At RD Martinez Elementary we Are CyberSmart, CyberSafe and provide CyberSupport.
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PHS Book Club Provides Community Service

Five PHS Book Club members read popular children’s books to young patients at Edinburg Children’s Hospital this past Monday, President’s Day. Renee, the hospital’s Child Life Specialist, commended the students for taking time from their busy schedules to bring a little cheer to the children. Pictured from left to right: Janie B. Flores, PHS Book Club sponsor, and members Kelly Regino, Rocio Villalobos, Vanessa Martinez, Casse Alaniz, and Edward Barrera. Edward truly enjoyed the experience and hopes that it will become a repeated event for the Book Club.

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BL Gray Wins District UIL Meet

Dictionary and Listening Skills students placed in the top 5 in both grade levels and in both events. Way to go RATTLERS! Thanks to the dedication of all the coaches and staff. Mrs. Hartman coaches UIL Dictionary and Listening Skills.
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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

One by Kathryn Otoshi

Kathryn Otoshi has written a very clever book about bullying. The characters are all colors. Red is the bully who likes to pick on Blue. The other colors all like blue, but none of them do anything to stop Red. Finally, a new character arrives who knows how to handle Red, and he teaches the other colors how to take a stand against bullies.

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Mrs. Bewley Prepares her students for Kathryn Otoshi's visit

Award winning author / illustrator Kathryn Otoshi will be visiting six Sharyland ISD campuses in April. Shimotsu students are very familiar with her stories because during library time Mrs. Bewley reads to them. Students listen attentively as she reads the book, Two.
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UIL Super Spellers

The 8th grade spellers swept 1st-3rd place at the Mission Jr. High meet. Pictured are Pauline Ramos (2nd), Joseph Gaytan (1st), and Jackie Olivarez (3rd). They also swept at the District UIL meet with Jackie Olivarez placing 1st with a perfect score, Joseph Gaytan placing 2nd with only 1 wrong, and Pauline Ramos placing 3rd with only 4 wrong out of 110 spelling words! Congratulations to Darvin Koenig, SNJH UIL Spelling Coach and his UIL participants!

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Sharyland High School 101 Best Books for the College Bound

Floralexa Ambriz peruses the recommended reads for the college bound students at the Penny Payte McLeaish Library. "I've been reading several of these books on my own. My Dad is a reader. He recommends great books to me all the time." "Book displays are like birdseed feeders in trees, if you have the seed, the birds will come," states librarian Nicole H. Cruz.
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Scholastic Book Fair @ O Garza Elementary

Oilvero Garza, Sr. Elementary had our spring book fair during the week of February 8th- February 12th. Our spring theme was Peace, Love and Books. We loved the enthusiasm that our students had during this time. We were thrilled to help our students grow find books that fit their interests for their personal libraries. O Garza Librarian Samantha Silva

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BL Gray Dictionary Skills and Listening Skills Students Ready for Competition

Sally Hartman, BL Gray Librarian, serves as the BL Gray UIL Dictionary and Listening Skills Coach. Her UIL students placed at every invitation meet this year. Part of their winning tradition was to take a "lucky group selfie" prior to entering the competition room.
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PHS Book Club Members and Sponsor Janie Flores Pose for a Silly Photo

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RD Martinez Library Loves the Staff!

The staff at RD Martinez Elementary was treated to Starbucks and Kolaches courtesy of the library. Ms. Garza, the librarian, set up early and the staff enjoyed "Treats for Sweets" as their Valentine's Day gift.

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SHS Teacher Awarded SHSU Scholarship

Wenndy Pray is a first-year SHSU graduate student and an English teacher at Sharyland High School. After inspiring students to channel their persuasive techniques to improve their writing for years, she decided to take her own advice and apply for her first scholarship. SISD Lead Librarian Nicole Cruz wrote a letter of recommendation for her as well. She was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in January. Excellent writing skills pay off! Go Bearkats! In her time off from teaching and studying, she enjoys the beauty of nature. Mrs. Pray is photographed on one of the hiking trails at Lost Maples Texas State Park on February 14th.

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RD Martinez Reading Rattlers Book Club students are Blogging!

Librarian Ms. Garza encourages her 3rd/4th grade students to blog about their books. Students enjoy blogging about the books they are reading and what they plan to read. Blogging is fun, safe and it exposes the students to skills needed in technology.
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SHS Teacher Laura Colegio Purchases a book for every student in her Reading 1 Class

"My parents always gave me a few dollars to buy books during Scholastic Book Fairs when I was a child," Ms. Colegio remembered. "There may not have been money for many other things, but my parents found money for books." I want these students to have a book of their own. Ms. Colegio brought her students to the library to find just the right book.
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Shimotsu Students Create Art based on stories

Kindergarten students create art after hearing the book, Two, read aloud by Shimotsu Librarian Zulema Bewley. Students were given paper and the prompt draw a picture of “Me Being a Good Friend” Students had to illustrate themselves doing something that showed they are good friends.

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Scholastic Book Fairs Aren't Just for Elementary Students

SHS Librarian Nicole Cruz wasn't sure what to expect when she completed the financial paperwork to host her first Scholastic Book Fair in seven years. "I didn't know if high school students would support a fair." Students and staff did support the fair. The purpose of the fundraiser was to promote literacy and to raise funds for senior book club member scholarships and continued library improvements.
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What is President's Day?

Students at BL Gray Junior High learned the importance of President's Day by assisting teachers and staff with decorating their doors. Each teacher chose a president. Mrs. Hartman choose President Barack Obama. Students are seen by her library doors with copies of books available on the 44th President.
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RD Martinez Elementary Loves UIL

Ms. Z. Garza, RD Martinez librarian, coaches 5th/6th grade UIL Listening Skills. The students had a successful year places at all events, including 1st place by 5th grade student Sophia Perez. Congratulations to all the students for a successful UIL year.
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Record # of Projects Entered in the Texas Media Awards

Sharyland High School had a record number of projects entered in this year's Texas Media Awards competition. Twenty-two projects involving twenty-three students were submitted. Librarian Nicole Cruz partnered with the following teachers: David Trammell, Juan Saenz, Patricia Coleman, Robert Barbosa, and Laura Colegio. We are so proud of our RATTLERS! Best of luck on your projects.
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Readers Are Super Heroes at RD Martinez Library


Students celebrate a week of friendship for Valentine's Day week with dress up days. At the library, students enjoy their super reading powers!
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Welcome to the Shimotsu Library

The library door was decorated with love for Valentine's Day at Shimotsu. Librarian Zulema Bewley found just the right saying to welcome her students, staff, and parents to the library.
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Teachers (Librarians) Are Heroes Basketball Game

RD Martinez librarian Ms. Zulema Garza was honored at the SPHS basketball game by former 3rd grade student, Dayanara Montalvo, now a sophomore at SPHS. Dayanara remembers Ms. Garza as a motivational teacher that inspired her to succeed.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

Submit stories, photos, lessons, displays, or outreach programming to Nicole by the 24th of each month for inclusion in this SISD library newsletter.