One for the Record Books

April 2015

SISD Library Volunteer of the Month

Alejandro Garza is a sixth grader at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary and a dedicated library volunteer. Mrs. Moreno, the librarian at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary says, “I am impressed daily with Alejandro’s work ethic and sense of responsibility at such a young age. I know he will accomplish any goal he sets for himself.” Alejandro helps in the library before school and after school, all while having excellent grades, competing in UIL events and being a million word reader.
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O Garza Library on a Saturday morning

O Garza Elementary invites families every Saturday to come read and test with their child. The students and parents enjoy the extra reading time while they spend some quality time together.
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Letters About Literature State Finalist

Salma Sandoval-Ruiz, SHS junior, wrote a letter to Rick Riordan. Riordan was born in San Antonio, Texas. His book, The Lightning Thief, was made into a movie. Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of Percy Jackson & the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.
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Letters About Literature State Finalist

Selena Aguirre, PHS Senior, wrote a letter to Kathryn Stockett. Kathryn wrote the best selling book, The Help. Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. The Help was the critically acclaimed movie which lead to a 2012 Academy Award for Octavia Spencer as Best Supporting Actress.
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Dr. Seuss Illustrator Contest

Students at Wernecke Elementary were challenged to create a new book cover for a Dr. Seuss book. Two winners were selected from each grade level. The students received a $10 Target gift card as their prize. Mrs. Ramos is the librarian at Donna Wernecke Elementary.
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HEB Plus Partnership for READ ACROSS AMERICA

Ms. Zulema Garza partnered with HEB Plus. She volunteered to read for an hour at their store. Her students were invited to attend. Customer children also gathered for the fun.

Treats, crafts, and goodies were distributed to participants.

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TLA Diversity and Inclusion Conference Stipend Winner

Mrs. Janie B. Flores, Pioneer High School Librarian, was selected as one of three recipients of the Junior Library Guild's Diversity and Inclusion TLA Stipend Award. She will receive $500 to help defray the expenses of attending the Texas Library Association Conference in Austin this April. According to a recommendation letter, " Mrs. Flores has always had a passion and determination to assist the underdog. Whether in the reading classroom or later when she became an elementary librarian(and now a high school librarian). She looks for ways to get the quiet students engaged. She has a keen sense of observation and a gift for conversation. Maybe her best quality for being able to pull students on the fringe of academic success into the spotlight is her ability to listen." Congratulations Mrs. Flores!
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Benefits of Joining the Region One Library Coop

Our district saves more than $80,000 by joining a the Region One Library Coop. All SISD librarians present lessons on effective use of online Region One resources to students, parents, and teachers. If you don't know your campus credentials, ask your librarian! Campus Administrators, please support the library budget proposals.
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Women in History Display

SHS teachers: Wenndy Pray, Mary Jo Brisnahan, and Ana Garza along with SHS paraprofessional America Hoy pose in front of the Women in History Display. To highlight March as Women in History Month SHS Librarian Nicole Cruz and SHS Library Assistant Gina Sanchez created a display showcasing women from our families who made a difference. Mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and aunts and their stories of overcoming obstacles were on display to provide motivation to the women of the future our SHS Lady Rattlers!

Link to the Sharyland Times feature article.


http://www.sharylandtimes.com/news/978-women-s-history-month-sharyland-high-staff-tells-their-stories

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SA³ English Teacher Pamela Reyes

Pamela Reyes-Buentello submitted a beautiful story about her aunt for the Women in History Display. She was also interviewed for the Sharyland Times article. Carol Dracy, SA³ Science teacher, also participated by sharing a photo and story. Nicole Cruz serves the students and staff of SA³ as their librarian.
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Shary Library Student Volunteers

These young ladies love the John H Shary library, and their librarian Sharron Guzman appreciates them. The students range in age from 3rd grade to 6th grade. They assist at the library almost every morning. Mrs. Guzman says, "What a great way to start the day!"
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Did you know?

Nydia Martinez serves Sharyland ISD as an Occupational Therapist. Ms. Martinez has worked in the district since 2003. She has been an Occupational Therapist since 1980. She especially enjoys working with children with special needs. She loves working in Sharyland because she gets to work with children ages 3 to 21 with a wide variety of disabilities. She graduated from Texas Woman's University in Denton and Houston in 1980. She has worked most of her life in the Rio Grande Valley. She grew up here.
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SISD Librarians Learn

Zulema Garza, RD Martinez Elementary Librarian, presented on Information Ethics at the March 12th District Librarians Meeting. Her presentation was created with piktochart. Piktochart is a free online presentation tool which also includes infographics, reports, and banners. Zulema shared information from the websites www.commonsensemedia.org and http://www.plagiarism.org. Thanks Ms. Garza! Job Well Done
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Shimotsu Elementary Celebrates Read Across America

Zulema Bewley knows what kids like to read. She planned fun events during Read Across America, Dr. Seuss celebration week. This kindergarten student poses in a Cat in the Hat costume. Her 6th grade students (below) entered Seuss Trivia responses for a prize drawing.

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Bentsen Celebrates Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Students were ready to show their Thing1 and Thing2 spirit during Read Across America Week.
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FESTIBA

Sally Hartman, BL Gray Junior High Librarian, attended the Librarian & Educators Day at FESTIBA. She was pleased to hear Valente Rodriguez , famous Rio Grande Valley born and raised actor speak. Rodriguez starred in the George Lopez show. He plays the role of the school principal in the movie, McFarland USA.

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Valente Rodriguez

Valente Rodriguez poses with members of the South Texas Literacy Coalition. He was born in Edcouch, Texas. He was the last of eight children in a family of migrant farm workers. As a child, he worried his parents because he spent all of his spare time reading and studying. Later he would become the first person in his family to graduate from high school and go to college.
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Librarians are involved in community outreach through the Relay for Life

The Cruz family participated in the Relay for Life. Nicole is the Lead Librarian for Sharyland ISD. Paul is a SHS biology teacher, girls basketball coach, and Head Varsity Softball Coach for the Lady Rattlers. Anastasia is a 7th grade student at Sharyland North Junior High School. Sharyland ISD is all about family.
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SNJH Diamondbacks Know the Sweet Taste of Giving Back

On March 12, the SNJH teachers and administrators baked and donated cakes for an auction. The students and staff were able to visit the library throughout the day to place bids. This event raised $1,200 for the Relay for Life. Way to go Diamondbacks!
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Draw Write Now

Bentsen Elementary students used Draw Write Now to learn how to illustrate books. The students read a nonfiction book and then drew and wrote notes from the information presented.
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Administrators READ

Romulo D. Martinez Elementary Administrative team knows the importance of reading. Zulema Garza encouraged her team to pose with Cat in the Hat @ the library during READ ACROSS AMERICA week.
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The Cat in the Hat Visits Martinez Elementary

Martinez Elementary students had a visit from the Cat in the Hat and the HEB Reading Buddy. They were treated to a story and goodie bags.
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Cat in the Hat fans

Cat in the Hat fans come in short, medium, and tall sizes at Jensen Elementary Library! Students were encouraged to celebrate Dr. Seuss along with Librarian Mr. Ramos during READ ACROSS AMERICA.
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Hallmark isn't the only choice when it comes to birthday cards

Students show us why The Cat in the Hat is a timeless treasure. Students at Bentsen Elementary made birthday cards for Dr. Seuss. Thanks Mr. Guerrero, Bentsen Librarian, for sharing their artwork with all.
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Librarian Portrait

PHS Librarian, Janie Flores, was presented with an original pop art portrait by the Pioneer High School Art Club in appreciation for all that Mrs. Flores does to support and showcase their art work. Proving once again how talented and compassionate our PHS students are!
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Selecting Books

Garza Elementary students can find just what they are looking for at their library. With all the colorful and fun book characters on top of the shelves as their guide.
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Parental Involvement is Key

Reading together and family time is so important. Parents at O Garza Elementary know how to start and end each day on a positive note. Thanks to extended library hours and Family Reading events at Jessie Jensen Elementary!
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Want your library events, lessons, displays, and incentives, highlighted in "One for the Record Books?"

Submit stories and photos to Nicole Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian by April 29th.