One for the Record Books
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.
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.
Book Recommendation for Mrs. Cross, 7th grade ELA teacher from Mr. Koenig
Call Numbers: F Str
by Strasser, Todd. - 2005. - Copies: 3 of 5 available Lexile: 770Fictionalizes 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.
Student Engagement Using BYOD @ BL Gray Junior High
Mrs. Hartman received many smiles after playing a "Kahoot" Christmas Trivia activity.
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.
Online Safety Lesson @ SHS Library
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.
No Better Gift
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.
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.
Perfect Reading Spots Found @ John H Shary Reading Night
One Hour of Code @ Martinez Elementary
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.
Not to Late to Enter
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SISD Parents Provide Feedback for Tejas Star Book List
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.
Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian
Kahoot not just for Academic Review
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.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser
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.
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.
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
Principal Viera Reads the Polar Express
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.