One for the Record Books

September 2017

Sharyland ISD Librarians Ready to CODE

Thank you Mr. Alfonso Mendoza for presenting on Recap and Code websites and activities at our September meeting. You are much appreciated.
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SHSU Intern Assists @ Meet the Teacher Night

Thanya Montemayor, SHSU graduate library intern, assisted parents with completing an online survey at Sharyland High School Meet the Teacher Night on Monday, September 11th. Parent Zulema Bewley and her son, Benjamin, worked together to read the survey in Spanish and answer the questions. SHS Librarian Nicole Cruz created the survey to solicit parent feedback on general parent sessions.
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Future Ready Library Staff

PHS Library Assistant Maribel Morales and PHS Lab Manager Juan Zapata listened attentively to the Opposing Viewpoints webinar offered by Gale Cengage Learning. Both were eager to boost usage of the resources by getting the word out to students and staff!
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Bentsen Library Receives a New LOOK

Bentsen students were pleasantly surprised with the new carpet and design of the library. Bentsen Elementary would like to thank all the Sharyland ISD employees and school board members for having the carpet replaced. The new carpet brings a refreshing and enjoyable atmosphere to the library where students can create their love for reading.
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Newsela @ Sharyland North Junior High

Mr. Koenig has been busy helping students with the new reading program, Newsela. It is being used to help prepare our students for the STAAR Reading test.

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Speer Memorial Library visits B. L. Gray During Curriculum Night

Students steadily visited Speer Memorial Library's table and learned about the new custom design ecard and the fast and easy way to access digital resources. Librarian Wenndy Pray collaborated with Library Director Mayra Rocha to orchestrate this successful visit during B. L. Gray's Curriculum Night. Students are excited to expand their reading options to include selections in their local public library. "I'm grateful to collaborate with our public libraries," said Mrs. Pray, "meaningful collaboration with public libraries will ensure that our students are supported as life-long readers beyond their school library's walls."

Wenndy Pray

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Book Donation

Ms. Martinez-Hansmann, Sharyland ISD Social Worker, donated some books to the Jensen Library for our staff. The books are about social issues, adolescents, and young adults.
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MPL Creative Writing Competition Engages SA3 Students

Sherry Dickenson partners with SA3 librarian Nicole Cruz to ensure that her students participate in the McAllen Public Library Creative Writing Competition. This year's competition theme is "I want to build a better world because..." "I love seeing my students write creatively. It allows them to express their ideas, feelings, and thoughts." said Mrs. Dickenson.
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Shimotsu Parent Education Night Includes the McAllen Public Library

The Shimotsu Parent Education Night was held on Tuesday, September 19th. Rolando Ramirez from MPL was available to sign parents up for library cards and give information about the upcoming book festival. Shown in the photo along with Mr. Ramirez are Shimotsu Librarian Zulema Bewley and SHSU Library Intern Thanya Montemayor.

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Being a Good Digital Citizen @ JHS

Students at John H. Shary Elementary were engaged by a lesson on being a good digital citizen and creating a digital footprint puzzle for their class. Being a good digital citizen is about connecting and collaborating in a positive, safe environment on the web. Teaching digital citizenship embraces the reality of needing to understand our responsibilities and risks that come with the use of technology. Students learned how to protect their private information, be thoughtful digital citizens, and be ethical users of information.

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New School Librarian @ RD Martinez Elementary

I am extremely excited to be the librarian at Martinez Elementary. I graduated from Texas A & M Kingsville and received a Bachelor in Science. I decided to go back to school and pursue a Masters in Library Science. Currently I'm attending Sam Houston State University. I have taught fourth grade for four years and have been a part of the wonderful Martinez Elementary Staff for a total of eight years. My daughter is currently a sophomore and my son is in fourth grade. They are my motive to strive for the best. I am looking forward to an amazing year.
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September Collage from Wernecke

Wernecke welcomed new students in a fun way to the campus by setting up informational booths in the cafeteria. Mrs. Ramos was able to provide informational materials about her library and the AR program at this event and was able to introduce herself as the campus librarian. Mrs. Ramos is enjoying making changes to her library décor this year, which started with a nice photo gallery of students behind her circulation desk. She has also had fun dressing up for special days along with students at her campus!

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O. Garza Library Scavenger Hunt

Students at O. Garza participated in a library orientation scavenger hunt. Students were given a check list of different cards hidden in the library. Students were instructed to find the cards scattered around the library and fill in the blank on the check list for that card. Through the scavenger hunt, students were able to learn about our library procedures and placement of items. It was a very fun and active way to learn more about our school library. The original scavenger hunt was created and sold by Sonya Dykeman from The Library Patch. The scavenger hunt was edited to meet O. Garza’s library procedures and materials.

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JV White Volleyball Teacher Appreciation Game

SHS Librarian Nicole Cruz was honored to be selected by Antonella Hernandez Allegreti to attend the game. Each year the SHS Volleyball teams host a Teacher Appreciation Games. Each player invites one teacher who they feel has gone above and beyond and is a great educator. The faculty member gets free admission to the game and a goodie bag.
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Online Safety...It's Everybody's Business

Ms. Celina Ramos’ 9th Grade class excelled in their Learning.com Lessons today! Mrs. Janie B. Flores, PHS Librarian, stressed the importance of keeping student passwords private to ensure Online Safety.
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Reading Encouragement @ Bensten Elementary

Mr. Jose Guerrero receives permission from Peanuts licensing to use cartoons to engage students.
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Learning.com Online Safety Lessons-Teach Valuable Life Skills

Students at Sharyland North Junior High School have been coming to the library to complete the District Mandated Online Safety lessons. SNJH Librarian Mr. Koenig is in charge of administering these lessons to all students.
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B. L. Gray Librarian Serves as Administrative Member of SPTSO for Second Year

B. L. Gray's chapter of the Sharyland Parent-Teacher Support Organization held its first meeting this month, and its board members are excited to collaborate with Librarian Wenndy Pray for a second year in a row. "I'll be overseeing SPTSO's website and ensuring that parents have all the information they need at their fingertips," says Mrs. Pray. This year, the organization looks forward to collaborating with B. L. Gray's administrative team to help fulfill the campus's needs in technological equipment to support teachers and students. It is definitely an exciting time for B. L. Gray's SPTSO!

Wenndy Pray

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Banned Book Week Fortune Teller with SA3 Students

Students in Patricia Coleman's SA3 Journalism Class enjoy playing with a Banned Book Week Fortune Teller. The fortune teller is filled with fun facts about censorship, banned book week, quotes from challenged and banned books, and statistics. Each year librarian Nicole Cruz builds awareness among students and faculty about the purpose of Banned Book Week. This year Banned Book Week is September 24-30th.
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John H Shary Family Reading NIght

Our first Family Reading Night of the school year was a great success. We partnered with the Speer Memorial Library to promote National Library Card-Up Sign-up Month. They were busy all night signing-up students. It was awesome to see parents and students reading together. Thank you to Thanya Montemayor, staff members, and parents for coming together to encourage the love of reading at John H. Shary Elementary!

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Music in Our Schools-Alive @ Shimotsu Elementary

Ana Dougherty and Zulema Bewley are learning to play the ukulele. Mr. Butcher gave a short lesson to all of our staff. Our music program is expanding!
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Book Display @ Jensen

Readers love series. Here are some favorites on display.
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Hooray for Volunteers

Mrs. Ramos held a volunteer meeting for parents interested in helping at the library. The meetings were well attended and Mrs. Ramos was able to fill some much-needed slots for assistance in the library. She is very excited about the impact this will have on her library and on the students and is looking forward to a great school year.

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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Annabelle has just turned twelve. She has lived her whole life on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. She spends her days attending school at the one room school house and helping out on the farm that has been in her family for generations. It is a good and happy life until the day new student Betty Glengarry arrives. Very quickly Annabelle finds herself being bullied and threatened by the bigger, stronger girl. When Betty’s nasty lies and actions put someone’s life in danger, Annabelle has to decide whether she is strong enough to take a stand.

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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.