Palmview High School Library

1st Semester Newsletter

Welcome, Lobos!

We kicked off the 2018-2019 school year with a tremendous bang! The library has definitely been busy with countless student visits, technology checkouts, book checkouts, AR testing, lessons, club meetings, and much more this 1st Semester.


We have seen a total of 18,972 students this first semester, have had 660 sign ins during our Book Club Meetings, and checked out a total of 11,070 books!


Read on below to find out what Palmview High School Library has been up to.

September Displays

Library Changes

This year we made improvements to the library by adding Library Signage as well as some pop of color through the various pieces donated to the library. The signage makes it easier to locate different areas of the Library: Fiction, Non Fiction, and Biographies. The letters were created and installed by Library Staff, and the various art pieces were created by our Art students. Thank you, Ms. Jackie Moran, for the artwork you provided to the library. The pop of color really transformed the library!

Library Orientations

Library Orientations are an excellent way to welcome students back to school. This year, Library Orientations were conducted through the World Geography and World History classes. The students were introduced to our Online Databases such as MackinVia and Capstone Interactive, were taught how to use our Online Catalog System to search for titles, were informed about the Reading Renaissance Reporting Periods, and toured the Library.

Book Club: Literary Lobos

Palmview High School Book Club, Literary Lobos, kicked off the year with their 1st meeting on Thursday, August 30th, 2018. Ever since then, they've been hosting a Book Club Meeting every Thursday at the Library from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


Students range from 9th grade to 12th grade. Members read the various Region 1 Battle of the Books Competition Titles (The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Warcross by Marie Lu, and Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett), and they quiz on a weekly basis to demonstrate comprehension of the assigned pages.


The meeting wraps up by students discussing the book while enjoying some chocolate chip cookies and coffee- an excellent way to kick off their morning. Up to date, we have had a total of 442 student visits with roughly 25 active Book Club Members.

Banned Books Week 2018 was celebrated on September 23rd-29th. Its main objective is to bring together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in a shared feeling of support for the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some might consider unorthodox or unpopular.


According to ALA (American Library Association), the books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools around the country. Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.


Palmview High School celebrated our "FREADOM" by hosting daily activities in the library throughout the week from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Daily activities included: door prizes, green screen fun, coloring, creative writing, and button making.

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October Displays

The 3rd Annual Border Book Bash: "Celebrating Teens and Tweens of the RGV" was held at Raul Yzaguirre Middle School in San Juan on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Attendees got to participate in Book Jenga, Sidewalk Chalk Competition, Cosplay Competition, Meet & Greets with award winning, best selling YA authors, and attend Creative Writing Workshops.


Twelve Palmview High School students were in attendance along with roughly thirty students combined from La Joya High School and Jimmy Carter Early College High School. All three winners from the Sidewalk Chalk Competition were LJISD students. Angel Oliveros from PHS was one of them. Congratulations to all three winners!


Sprint's mission is to help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home reach their full potential by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access.


Only two schools in LJISD were selected, and Palmview High School was very fortunate to have been one of the two. As a grant recipient, Palmview High School received 198 tablets to distribute to our students who have no internet service at home.


PHS Library conducted a survey to determine eligibility, held a raffle to determine the winners, hosted various Parent Meetings in both English & Spanish languages to inform the community about the program, conducted a Digital Citizenship lesson to show our Sprint 1Million participants how to leave a positive digital footprint in the Internet, installed Sprint service to all the devices, and distributed the tablets to all the Sprint 1Million participants.

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Library Makerspace

Palmview High School Library is proud to have 1 DaVinci Color 3D Printer, 3 DaVinci 3D Printers, a button maker, and Makey-Makey kits available to use. Mr. Daniel Garza's students created a Palmview High School Model, and PHS Book Club and Mu Alpha Theta have used the button maker. If this is something your classes are interested in using, feel free to let us know.

Makerspace: 3D Printers

Makerspace: Button Maker

Halloween at PHS Library

With the help of Ms. Maribel De Leon, Testing Coordinator, Palmview High School Library was able to host a celebration for all our Special Needs students. Palmview High School Book Club assisted with creating a fun and festive environment for all our students, and they hosted various stations to entertain the students: coloring, cookie decorating, face painting, photo booth, decorating Jack-o-lanterns, witch hat ring toss, button making, and read aloud. Thank you to all the organizations who participated by giving out treats to all our Trick-or-Treaters!

November Displays

Thankful Tree

As a way to prepare our hearts for the Thanksgiving Season, Palmview High School Library had a "Thankful Tree" on display. Students and staff were encouraged to reflect on what they were thankful for and write it on a leaf. Then, the leaves were added to spruce up our Thankful Tree.
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National STEM/STEAM Day

Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead! November 8 is a day meant to inspire kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The November 8th date is a play on words, NOV8, making it the perfect date to inspire innovation!


Students in Ms. Lylia Cuevas's classes participated in an hour long of creativity by coding animation to the letters of their name by using Scratch. Additionally, prior to participating in this activity, students were taught basic coding vocabulary and the Engineering Process.


With Scratch, students can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — all while sharing their creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Book Club Friendsgiving

Palmview High School Book Club Members range from 9th - 12th grade. They have the same interests, but might not have the same courses. So, as a way to socialize and spend some time cultivating relationships, Palmview High School Book Club held a "Friendsgiving" on Thursday, November 15th from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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Harry Potter Week

This year's Harry Potter Week celebration took place on December 10th - December 14th, 2018 in the library from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. During this time, students and staff alike participated in various games and make & take activities: participated in some green screen fun, participated in a Pin the Bolt on Harry game, participated in a Quidditch Tournament, created Hedwig Owls out of balloons, created a Golden Snitch out of Ferrero Rocher chocolate, and enjoyed some Harry Potter inspired Butter Beer.


The object of the week long festivities is to join other book lovers and Pottermore fans in a joyous celebration of J.K. Rowling's famous book series. Also, it serves as a perfect opportunity to make other PHS students aware of our Book Club and what it has to offer.

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December Displays