One for the Record Books

January 2016

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SHSU Library Science Student Oneida Aleman

I am extremely excited to be completing my Master’s program at Sam Houston State University for Library Science Summer of 2016. I graduated from Texas A & M Kingsville with a BA in Science. Later I began my master’s program Spring of 2015. I am currently a 4th grade teacher at Martinez Elementary. Teaching with wonderful coworkers has been a tremendous blessing. I can honestly say that they are my second family. Needless to say I have worked with amazing children. My passion for reaching out to every child has motivated me to continue my education.

Sam Houston State University has provided countless real-life learning opportunities as well as job expectations of a school librarian.

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Curriculum Connections @ Sharyland North Junior High

The photo is of Mrs. Cross and some of her 8th ELA students in the library. One of the students is holding the book The Wave by Todd Strasser. They came to the library to work on their Holocaust project since they read Diary of a Young Girl. When I found out what they were working on, I suggested this book as a tie-in to extend their learning. As a result Mrs. Cross will be reading the book to her class.

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Book Recommendation for Mrs. Cross, 7th grade ELA teacher from Mr. Koenig

Call Numbers: F Str

The wave

by Strasser, Todd. - 2005. - Copies: 3 of 5 available Lexile: 770

Fictionalizes an actual event in a California high school classroom. The high school students in Ben Ross' history class think that Nazism couldn't happen again, so the teacher begins an experiment to see if he can convince his students to create a Fascist society. The experiment is successful, and nearly everyone trades their individual freedoms for the will of the movement called The Wave. Only two students recognize what's going on and try to stop it before it's too late.
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Student Engagement Using BYOD @ BL Gray Junior High

Mrs. Hartman received many smiles after playing a "Kahoot" Christmas Trivia activity.

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2015 Pioneer High School Film Fest

Students from Mrs. Laura Trevino-Torres’ media technology classes created short and longer films to exhibit during the event. Eric A. Montelongo served as the Master of Ceremonies, describing each film briefly and recognizing its director and assistants. Mr. Montelongo stated that the projects revealed the “fun time and energy” the students experienced as they participated in their projects. Mrs. Trevino-Torres concluded the event by thanking the courageous students who submitted their entries and encouraged all of them to continue creating their films and revealing them in the final film festival scheduled for May 2016.

Custodian Ruby Garcia made popcorn for the students and invited guests, prompting a comment from the MC…”True heroes don’t wear capes!” Later, Ms. Garcia expressed that she was truly touched by his acknowledgement.

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Online Safety Lesson @ SHS Library

All athletic teams were brought to the library the first semester by their coaches to complete the Learning.Com mandatory lesson. Mrs. Cruz, SHS librarian, and Mrs. Pena, SHS library assistant, were instrumental in organizing the instructional times. The Bi-District Football Varsity team is shown below using both the library training lab and the main area to complete their lessons.
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Book Bites by Samantha Silva, O Garza Librarian

Title: Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

Authors: Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanie

Illustrator: Claudia Davila

Age Range: 10-14 year olds

In 1993, Michel Chikwanie was five years when he was taken from a soccer field near his school in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa by militia soldiers. He and all the children playing that day were stolen from their families and made to become child soldiers. For weeks Michel and the other children are forced to take drugs, fight, and kill for a cause they do not understand. Michel was able to escape the soldiers, and reunite with family. This powerful story does its best not to just tell Michel’s story, but to explain the people and events occurring in Africa at the time including the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Claudia Davila’s illustrations are simple, beautiful and colorful. The illustrations and story together tell Michel’s story in a very relatable and understandable way.

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No Better Gift

What better gift can a parent give a child than a book or a good story? Parents at Hinojosa Elementary were given a great opportunity for holiday shopping at the Scholastic Book Fair held on campus. Mrs. Elizabeth Moreno hosted the event at the library.
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Holiday Spirit Shines @ Wernecke Family Reading Night

On December 8th, Santa and H.E.Buddy visited with Wernecke families to make our night festive and special! The children were able to have their faces painted, were given a free book of their choice and could have their picture taken with Santa. It was a wonderful night filled with joy and reading! Thanks to Mrs. Patricia Ramos and all her Santa's helpers for making this night a success.

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Bentsen Elementary Students were taught and entertained by SHS TAFE members

TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators) students from Sharyland High School volunteered to read Christmas stories and sing Christmas songs to Bentsen Elementary kinder students. The sponsor for the TAFE club is SHS English teacher Tanya Guerra. The TAFE students made a game to play with the students and gave each student a bag of treats to participate. The game and story helped students learn concepts left and right and their left and right hands.

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Perfect Reading Spots Found @ John H Shary Reading Night

Students find their perfect spot to open a good book and jump into the story. Staff, students, and parents always find the right place to read during the Family Reading Nights.
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One Hour of Code @ Martinez Elementary

RD Martinez participated in the Hour of Code. Students created accounts on hourofcode.org and listened to videos and instructions on how to code. Minecraft, Star Wars and Frozen were popular themes students used to learn how to code. Thanks to the planning and instruction of RD Martinez Librarian Zulema Garza!
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Shimotsu Alumni Donates Time to Library


Leslie Maldonado, a former Shimotsu student and UIL Number Sense team member for Mrs. Zulema Bewley, stopped by to say hi and help shelve books . Leslie is now a freshman at Texas A & M University in Kingsville double majoring in Natural Gas Engineering and Chemical Engineering.
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Not to Late to Enter

If you have students that love to read and write, this competition is for them.

Click on the link above to get more information and deadlines for submission.

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SISD Parents Provide Feedback for Tejas Star Book List

Teresa Gonzalez, Federal Programs Parental Involvement & SCE Director, invited Mrs. Cruz to share information about the Tejas Star Book List with district parents. Mrs. Cruz, Tejas Star List Chair, provided information to the parents about the selection criteria for this prestigious list. She shared the nominated books. The parents provided feedback on the titles within small groups.
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BL Gray Toy Drive

B. L. Gray Student Council Sponsors Michelle Hinsley, Katie Koeneke and Principal Lori Ann Garza proudly stand with Student Council's toy drive campaign. This annual toy drive benefits the Vannie E. Cook Cancer Clinic. Mrs. Hartman enjoyed assisting students in setting up the toy display around the tree.

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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

Why Do We Fight: Conflict, War, and Peace by Niki Walker is an extremely informative book that will cause you to think. She begins the immense task of answering the title’s question by breaking down global conflicts into their basic parts: you have two sides, you have the source of the conflict, you have their relationship going into the conflict, and you have how they are handling their dispute. Walker makes it relevant by bringing the global down to the local level, for example, she opens the section on sanctions by asking the question, “What if someone was spreading rumors about you behind your back? What could you do to get him to stop?” In only 75 pages, the author does an exceptionally thorough job of helping the reader to understand this complex issue.
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Kahoot not just for Academic Review

Ask Sharyland High School Softball Head Coach Cruz about Kahoot? He uses the tech tool in both his biology and athletic blocks. Initially all teachers were introduced to this tool by SHS Dean of Instruction Jennifer Martinez. Coach Cruz had some additional implementation sessions with SHS Librarian Nicole Cruz a.k.a. his wife. Now he uses it all of the time. "It is a very interactive way to get all students engaged. My softball team loves this form of game situation reviews." Coach Cruz commented.
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Pioneer High School Library and Classroom Holiday Decorations

The David O Garcia Memorial Library was the location for the faculty / staff holiday breakfast on December 18th. The library was decorated for the month of December by PHS Librarian Janie Flores and library assistant Maribel Morales.

The last photo of the nativity scene was plumped up with recycled newspapers to create a 3-D effect. It was done by students in Rocio Cavazos’ ESL class and included continuous Christmas music flowing from the manger.

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Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser

Our library fundraiser was a sweet success. The Reading Rattlers Book club students help organize the doughnuts for parent pickup.
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SNJH Science Academy Utilizes Library Resources

One of our Science Academy classes doing a Bring Your Own Device activity in the library with the quiz making software Kahoot. Those students who did not have their own device were participating by using the desktop computers.

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All Aboard-the Polar Express @ Bentsen Elementary

Lloyd and Dolly Bentsen Elementary Principal Ms. Boyd challenged her staff to a door decorating contest. The 5th and 6th grade teams decided to decorate not only the doors but the hallway as well. The Polar Express was selected as the theme. Abby Jones, freshmen Pioneer High School student, drew the scale of an original picture from the book and then painted for about 12 hours. Her mother, 6th grade teacher Kelly Anderson Jones, painted with her about 5 hours. Abby really wanted to do it for my students. Give them something to enjoy. Abby is also in band, plays basketball and is an active member of FCA along taking challenging PreAP class work.

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Hour of Code at North Junior High Library

During the week of December 7-11, several classes went to the library to take part in a global movement that is reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Computer Science helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats at www.hourofcode.com

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Principal Viera Reads the Polar Express

The Polar Express Arrives at RD Martinez Library
Mrs. Viera read aloud The Polar Express to our students. The students enjoyed the story, chocolate milk and cookies and received their own silver bells. We believe at RD Martinez Elementary.
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STAR Reading Diagnostic Test

December marks the half way point so it is time to measure reading growth. Students at Shimotsu Elementary complete the STAR reading diagnostic test three times a year. Mrs. Bewley, Shimotsu Librarian, coordinates and directs this testing at the beginning of the year, at mid-year, and at the end of the year.
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Career Day @ Martinez Elementary

Students at RD Martinez enjoy Career Dat at the library. Speakers from different professions engage our students with stories, advice and explanations on their different careers
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Parents Create Holiday Decorations

This holiday wreath was made out of children's books. One of the Shimotsu Elementary parents, Mrs. C. Morales, crafted it and donated it to the library.
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RD Martinez Family Reading Night Volunteers

Our SHS and SPHS library volunteers are our extended family. These students are the children of fellow teachers here at our campus.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

Please submit photos, stories, and news about library events, programs, lessons, or reading incentives to Nicole Cruz by the 25th of each month.