Palmview High School Library
1st Semester Newsletter
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.
Book Club: Literary Lobos
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.
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.
Makerspace: 3D Printers
Makerspace: Button Maker
Halloween at PHS Library
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
Harry Potter Week
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.