One for the Record Books

February 2018

Photography Display @ SNJH Library

Students in Mrs. Galvan’s photography class recently displayed their best work at Sharyland North Junior High library. Darvin Koenig welcomes and encourages students to display their projects at the library.

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Shimotsu Students Enjoy Author Presentation

by Zulema Bewley

Joan Bauer Presentation: Our students were very excited to attend the Joan Bauer presentation. Her book Soar has unforgettable characters and an engaging plot. Equally engaging was her presentation. She commanded her audience with her vivacious personality and willingness to include students in her dialogue. We were very happy and thankful to have been invited.

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O. Garza Elementary Hosts Spring Book Fair

by Samantha Silva

O. Garza students were able to support their library during our annual Spring Book Fair held February 12th-February 16th. Students were excited to add new books to their home libraries. Throughout the week, when students purchased a book, they were eligible to enter into a book raffle. Every afternoon two-three tickets would be drawn, and the winning students were able to receive either a free book or poster of their choice. Thursday, February 15, O. Garza also held a Family Literacy Night inviting all parents and students to visit the book fair, AR test, and read together. The book fair ended Friday, February 16th. Thank you so much to our students, parents, and staff members who supported the library during this fundraising event.

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SA3 Students Reminded About Spring Safety

Senior Library Office Aide Ana Quintero created this display to educate her peers about dos and don'ts for a safe Spring Break. Teens may find themselves in a difficult situation or experience negative peer pressure during Spring Break. It is great to remind them of best practices now.
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Joan Bauer Author Visit

Students from Jessie Jensen were selected to attend a special author presentation on February 15th. Students also received a copy of her latest book, Soar. Mr. Ramos facilitated the field trip for his students.
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B. L. Gray Librarian Speaks at Casa De Palmas Centennial Function

by Wenndy Pray

The Casa De Palmas Hotel is one of McAllen's treasures. Established in 1918, it is the oldest hotel in McAllen and an historical landmark. It is also where I first joined the workforce. I was incredibly honored to be invited to speak and share about all the success my experience at this hotel has afforded me. I also shared about meeting author David Bowles and how his book Ghosts of the Rio Grande Valley features a story about the hotel. The hospitality industry left a lasting impression on my professional beginnings, and the Casa De Palmas Hotel helped instill in me the skills necessary to be a successful educator. The now Marriott Renaissance Casa De Palmas Hotel will officially be 100 years old later this year. If anyone in the community has any pictures displaying this hotel's great history, please forward them to hotel's sales office. Pictured is Mrs. Pray and her mother, Hilda Ortiz. Mrs. Ortiz, accountant, has worked at the hotel in many capacities since 1989.

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PHS Host Special Olympics

"It takes teamwork." Janie B. Flores volunteers with Mr. Guzman and Mr. Aleman to ensure a successful event for Special Olympics.
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Family Tradition

One of the greatest joys for SHS Librarian Nicole H. Cruz is working at the same school as her husband Paul Cruz. Mr. Cruz teaches biology and coaches girls basketball and softball. Another joy is having her daughter Anastasia as a student, too. Anastasia was one of many students who was selected to attend a special author field trip. Her English teacher Mr. Ruben Garza selected her based on her grades, attendance, and class participation. Mr. Garza took this photo of the Cruz family at the Varsity Girls Basketball Parent Night.

photo credit: Ruben Garza

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RD Martinez Celebrates World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day was a great success at RD Martinez Elementary. Librarian Oneida Aleman invited guests to read. "We had amazing visitors that read to our outstanding students. Tim Smith, local weatherman celebrity, and Nicole Cruz, Sharyland ISD Lead Librarian, shared books with students and staff."

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Olympic Winter Games at JHS (STEM Ski Challenge)

by Monica Silva

In the library, we explored the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Students learned about South Korea, what the country did to prepare for the Olympics, the symbolism behind their tiger mascot, the events, and some athletes. Students then were challenged with a STEM activity to create a skier with skis using popsicle sticks, aluminum foil, and tape. Students were able to race the skiers among themselves.

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Bentsen Students Attend Author Field Trip

by Jose Guerrero

Bentsen students took a fabulous trip to the Pharr Event Center to hear an inspirational speech by author Joan Bauer. Mrs. Bauer gave students an insight to her love of reading and writing. The author’s presentational style made every student feel their voice had value making the event memorable and heartwarming. Bentsen students took away that their love for reading is driven by authors like Joan Bauer that put all their heart and hard work in making books that inspire students to overcome hard challenges.
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Technology Parent Trainings at SNJH

SISD Instructional Software Specialist Alfonso Mendoza, Jr. teaches parents about technology during one of the recent meetings at Sharyland North Library Lab.

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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace is in love with a boy and a wolf; they are one and the same. Yes, Sam is a werewolf; he turns wolf as soon as the cold winds of winter start to blow and stays that way until it warms up the following spring. When it is determined that the wolves are becoming a threat, the local townspeople start hunting them down. Will Grace be able to save Sam before it is too late?

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Shimotsu Library Volunteers Make a Difference

by Zulema Bewley

Shimotsu Library Volunteers: Parent volunteers were treated to a "Sweets and Coffee" social as a small gesture of appreciation for their help at Shimotsu library. Shelving books, setting up and taking down the book fair, labeling books...there are many tasks that run more efficiently with the help of our selfless volunteers. Mrs. Bewley is very grateful.

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B. L. Gray Scholars Enjoy A Morning with Author Joan Bauer

by Wenndy Pray

Scholars with great reading habits, excellent attendance, and teacher recommendations attended a morning with author Joan Bauer at Bogus Ford Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. Children's Plus, Inc. and Nora. A. Galvan, PSJA Library Director, MLS coordinated to invite select districts in the Rio Grande Valley. B. L. Gray students received a copy of Bauer's book Soar. We are incredibly grateful to have been part of this exclusive event.

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Robots @ the Jensen Library

Ozobots made learning fun at the Jessie Jensen library. Mr. Ramos shares the tips with his 2nd grade students.
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SHS and SA3 Students Ask Joan Bauer Questions

Students from Sharyland High School and Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy enjoyed a field trip to hear author Joan Bauer speak on Thursday, February 15th. Students were able to pose questions to her about writing, motivation, and publishing. All the students wrote thank you notes to Joan Bauer and to Children's Plus Inc. for their generous sponsorship of this regional event.
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Joan Bauer Presentation

by Monica Silva

The top 20 word count readers in 5th and 6th grade were selected to attend a field trip to see and meet author Joan Bauer. She interacted with the students and had them create a character for a book, she spoke about her book Soar, and had a question and answer session. Each student received a copy of her book and were grateful for the opportunity given to them to attend this special field trip.

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PHS Students Meet Author Joan Bauer

Pioneer High School students were able to attend a field trip on February 15th. Their librarian Janie B. Flores provided the guidance for the trip. She also purchased a book for each student.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

"One for the Record Books" was recognized by the Texas Library Association for a PR Branding Iron Award in 2016. Submit photos and stories by the deadline each month to be included in "One for the Record Books." Please make sure any students are not on the "Do Not Photograph List" before submitting their photos for publication.