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February 2016

Life After High School Graduation: What Now?

On Friday, January 8th more than 250 Sharyland High School sophomores and 50 SA3 students were able to ask questions regarding college life and life after graduation to ten person panel. The panel included 2014 and 2015 Sharyland High School Graduates. This joint effort was created by 3 Sharyland High School Counselors: Michael Ledesma, Elizabeth Rios, and Carol Santiago and Sharyland High School Librarian Nicole Cruz.
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Mobile Library Collections @ Jensen Elementary

Mr. Adalberto Ramos is pictured with Grade Level Portable Libraries. Jessie Jensen Elementary has Mobile Library Collections for Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. The collections have AR fiction, Non-fiction, and a few Spanish books.

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AR Incentive Supply Shopping

Mrs. Zulema Bewley, librarian, went shopping in order to reward her readers at Shimotsu Elementary. She purchased popcorn and juice for almost 500 students.
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John H Shary Texas Citrus Fiesta Shoebox Float Competitors

We are very proud to announce the top three winners from John H. Shary Elementary who participated in the Texas Citrus Fiesta Shoebox Float Contest. The wonderful entries from these three students competed with other fourth and fifth graders from our school district, Sharyland ISD, Mission CISD, and La Joya ISD. Good luck to our JHS winners!

In first place: Karymeh Flores,

Second place: Ixchel Bravo

Third place: Joya Chornopyski

Honorable mention to: Haylee Schlieper and Tera Schumacher for their design assistance.

These fourth graders each received a gift card from Barnes & Noble as a prize from the school library. All Shoebox Float entries will be on display at the Fun Fair for the Texas Citrus Fiesta on Saturday, January 30th.

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Bentsen Receives Donation

Ms. Bentsen poses with students in the Century Club. She generously donated $500 to the library.
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Pioneer High School Welcomes SNJH Class of 2020!

Sharyland Pioneer High School hosted Shary North Jr. High’s 8th Graders to a campus tour on Thursday, January 28th. The future Class of 2020 gathered at the Auditorium’s General Session and reveled in performances by Drama, Cheer, Belles, Mariachi, Folklorico, and Law Enforcement. Besides the physical tour of the campus buildings and observing classrooms as they walked by, the 8th Graders were welcomed by a gym-full of club and organization booths ready to sign them up. The choir group sang melodies to lure students to their table while the Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country athletes tempted with banners and shouts! Thirty-two clubs, organizations, and athletic groups participated in the PHS Club Fair, donating team t-shirts and prizes to motivate the students to join their organization! The 8th Graders had plenty of time to gather information, ask questions, and sign up. Master of Ceremonies JJ Lopez kept the momentum going with the Diamondback chant and anecdotes, while the students viewed a Club & Organization presentation projected on the wall as they walked around the gym. The 8th Grade teachers and counselors expressed their thanks for the event, stating that the 8th Graders felt welcomed and were ready to join the Diamondback Nation!

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Camp-Read-A-Lot

The Hinojosa Elementary January AR celebration was “Camp-Read-A-Lot”. Campers were invited to “camp out” in the library, where they read, did arts and crafts, had some popcorn and listened to camp songs. Thanks to librarian Elizabeth Moreno for organizing this special event.

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Community Organization Sponsors Gifts for Kinder Students

All of the Wernecke Elementary kinder students received a coloring book and crayon set from a community organization. This class is all smiles with their surprise gift!

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MackinVIA use @ Sharyland North Junior High School

Enrique Cavazos uses his iPhone to access MackinVia. He checked out and read Pete Hautman’s Obsidian Blade. Want access to your MackinVIA account ask SNJH Librarian Darvin Koenig or any SISD librarian.
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Book Bites by Samantha Silva

Title: Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Published: August 2010

Edition Read: E-Book borrowed from McAllen Library

Series: The Maze Runner Series

Grade Level Recommended: Upper Level (6 grade and up)

Summary: Thomas wakes up in complete darkness, trapped in an elevator, and without any memory of who he is or why he’s there. He ascends into a world of at least 50 boys who have lived in “the Glad” for the last two years. Thomas quickly learns that order is the method of survival. All the boys have a job, and those jobs keep them alive. Thomas finds that he’s been dropped into the middle of a maze, seemingly unsolvable, and one that changes once the doors of the maze close every night. Thomas feels that the maze is eerily familiar, but doesn’t tell anyone without understanding what it means. When a comatose girl arrives just one day after Thomas everything he’s learned about his world begins to change.

Maze Runner has some excellent and thrilling scenes. Dashner writes a very intriguing and fast-paced book about using your mind and skills to survive. Although the writing is a little redundant, the story more than makes up it. Thomas is a leader, and a fighter. He chooses not to give up despite how desperate his circumstances may be. The ending and epilogue made me want pick up the next book. This series is once that I hope continues to be as intriguing as it was in this first book.

Google Training @ RD Martinez Elementary

RD Martinez teachers and staff were trained on how to implement Google docs, forms and Google drive in their classrooms. The staff development was presented by RD Martinez librarian, Zulema Garza.
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Mrs. Ramos's Ready Writing UIL Students

"My UIL Ready Writing group practices twice a week. My 3rd graders and 4th graders have done a great job of consistently placing at our UIL meets! I wish them luck on our very last meet coming up!" Mrs. Ramos, Wernecke Librarian

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Welcome Parent Volunteers

SISD libraries are understaffed. Seven of our eight elementary and both junior high libraries are staffed with only 1 certified librarian. The recommended staffing as per Texas School Library Standards is one full time certified librarian and one full time assistant. Can you help? Call your campus librarian today.
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Shimotsu Library Volunteer Appreciation

Mrs. Bewley is thankful for her dedicated parent volunteers. Parents assist with shelving, library activities, and book fairs. She showed her gratitude by treating them to dessert and coffee. "It is a small token of my large appreciation."
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O Garza Elementary Readers

1st Grade 25 Point Club Members: Mila Falcon pictured with her sister Delilah Falcon
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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

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O Garza Elementary Readers

2nd Grade 25 Point Club Members: Christian Hernandez, Lizbeth Avalos, Jerik Corona, Adara Garza, Natlaee Garza, Roman Garza, Matthew Martinez, Peter Mealing, Riley Munoz, Ruben Valle Castillo, Joaquin Gallaro, Roland Hernandez, Miguel Ovalle, Arden Wright 50 Point Club Members: Zani Zema
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SHS Education Foundation Grant #TurnOutForWhat

Raising public awareness regarding voting rights was a central theme in this Education Foundation Grant authored by Robert Barbosa, SHS Co-Chair of the Social Studies Department. Mr. Barbosa asked librarian Nicole Cruz to proofread the application before he submitted it. The grant was awarded. Sharyland High School students earned community service hours by volunteering at local events.
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Valentines Day Ready

PHS library assistant Maribel Morales decorates the library with love and kindness.
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Finding the right reading corner is easy @ the RD Martinez Library

RD Martinez students enjoy their reading time at the library. It's winter wonderland, perfect for reading!

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What does it take to remodel a library?

Lots of boxes, lots of volunteers, lots of time, lots of financial support, and lots of patience. The Penny Payte McLeaish Learning Resource Center received a much needed facelift over the Winter Break. Many hands made light work of the gargantuan task. Mrs. Cruz, SHS librarian, is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony in February.
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O Garza Elementary Readers

3rd Grade 25 Point Club Members: Samuel Garcia, Gabriel Cagley, Melanie Chairez-Cerda, Diego Dominguez, Delilah Falcon, Ryan Garcia, Leonel Rodriguez, Diego Zapata, Alexzia Gamez 50 Point Club Members: James Adame, Daniella Zapata, Kassandra Garcia
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SAVE a Life: Donate Blood

Book Club personnel supported the HOSA Blood Drive today by donating blood or platelets. Book Club member San Juanita Gonzalez attempted to donate but was denied due to the weight requirement. Book Club Vice President Alyssa Barrera donated platelets while Sponsor Janie B. Flores donated a pint of blood. The phlebotomist conversing with Ms. Flores stated that this was one of the biggest school drives this year in Hidalgo County. Pioneer Diamondbacks are proud to donate and encourage others to “Save a Life!”

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READING IS SNOW much fun with Winter Bingo

The RD Martinez students celebrate AR success with a game of Winter Bingo. Students won prizes and books.

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O Garza Elementary Readers

4th Grade 25 Point Club Members: Gabriel Halbritter and Denise Rios 50 Point Club Members: Elijah Reyna, Israel Villegas
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O Garza Readers

5th Grade 25 Point Club Members Leilany Adame, Nikolas Bustamante, Damian Garcia, Jose Gonzalez, Matthew Marquez, Martinez, Sequoia Andis, Samuel Bustamante, Shaindel Corona, Donovan Cottrell, Fergus Dowling, Bryan Fuentes-Cortez, Izhaid Gamez, Jacob Lopez, Karisa Lopez, Juan Medina, Kayla Rosa, Iza Ruiz Vela, Mariana Trevino, Kaylee Vargas, Sophie Ponce De Leon, Michelle Ortiz 50 Point Club Members: Joanna Alvarez, Alfonso Garcia, Sebastian Rodriguez, Logan Wright, Andres Zapata, Yashley Saenz
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Reading Pays @ Sharyland High School

Sebastian Chavira was rewarded for reading. His art teacher Raul Perez "Caught Him Reading." Mr. Perez gave Sebastian a sticker that he traded in for a chance in the "Get Caught Reading" drawing at the library. He was reading the book, The House of Hades.

Mrs. Cruz sponsors this program with funds raised with overdue fines. Sebastian won a $10 iTunes gift card.

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Martinez: Reading Rattlers Book Club

The Reading Rattlers Book Club uses technology to promote reading. The 3rd and 4th grade students read SuperFudge by Judy Blume. They used the iPad's to create book reviews using the app Chaterpix.

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O Garza Elementary Readers

6th Grade 25 Point Club Members: Caleb Fuentes, Sebastian Garcia, Ruben Lopez, : 50 Point Club Members: Karyma Borquez, Garcia, Allison Bourdon, Andrea Chapa, Elizabeth Fina Lopez, Stephanie Garcia, Shawn Halbritter, Sierra Martinez, Jathen Olvera, Gady Quinto-Vazquez, Anna Rodriguez, Katelyn Salazar, Donovan Shirley, Hailey Silva, 100 Point Club Members: Kenneth Briere-Segovia, Mercedez Lara,
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RD Martinez SPTSO Encourages Reading

The RD Martinez SPTSO organization supports our library program with a showcase presented by our 2nd grade students. The students present a Seusstastic show. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr Seuss

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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

Please submit library stories, lesson, displays, programming, or reading incentive photos by February 24th for inclusion in the March S'more.