JISD Library Services Newsletter

February 2020

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JISD Librarians Learning with SAPL

Preparing for incoming Pre-K3 students and our current Pre-K4 students, Judson ISD Librarians had the opportunity to partner with the San Antonio Public Library's Children's Services Department. They invited us to attend Play Your Way to Literacy and STEM presented by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen . Play is important, and all children need it! The lively workshop explored the science behind play, gave playful hands-on examples of ways to integrate play and STEM activities into our library programs, and was filled with tips on providing playful experiences for the children and families in our communities.

Two librarian interns, Melissa Stovall and Sara Pena, were able to participate in the training as well as five elementary librarians and two library clerks.

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Northside ISD's Library Palooza

Each year, the Friends of Northside Libraries puts on a fabulous author event, Library Palooza, at Brandies High School. This year, the authors were:

Alan Gratz - Refugee, Prisoner B-3087, Code of Honor, Grenade

Marissa Meyer - Cinder, Supernova, Renegades

Tiffany D. Jackson - Allegedly, Monday's Not Coming, Let Me Hear the Rhyme

Sandhya Menon - When Dimple Met Rishi, There's Something About Sweetie

Judd Winick - HiLo, Pedro & Me, Redhood, Batman, Catwoman

Tochi Onyebuchi - War Girls, Riot Baby, Crown of Thunder


JISD was represented by 30 students from all three high schools and one middle school, four librarians, and two librarian assistants!

One Book Program @ Paschall Elementary

Paschall Elementary Library kicked off a One Book reading program by having Mr. Jose Cedillo and Dr. Milton R. Fields speak to students about the building of Paschall. They were asked questions about materials, land, cost and construction. After the assembly everyone received a copy of the book, Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive by Jack Chabert, along with a bookmark, comprehension question packet and reading schedule. For 3 weeks Paschall Elementary read the book together, at home, school or during the school day. Students enjoyed the question of day with prizes, lunch time review questions, and a closing activity with a “lucky” peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
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Black History Month Around the District

Judson High School

The first MakerSpace activity of the month in the Judson High School library was dedicated to celebrating Black History Month. Students made bookmarks using Adinkra symbols to represent themes from books they read or character traits and guiding principles of their own lives.

Copperfield Elementary

Using the book The Fierce 44 as inspiration, librarian Nikki Polk made a story walk/scavenger hunt for 5th graders. The students went around to each page and read a biography about the prominent figure and answered clues on their sheet. They walked around the school learning information about people such as Gordan Parks, Ida B. Wells, Alvin Ailey, Jay-Z and Jean Michael Basquait. Students enjoyed having their library lesson outside of the library walls.

Converse & Franz Elementary

Third through fifth grade students read short biographies about famous African-Americans that had an impact on history and effected change. After each student read their biography, the students then came up with an object to create imagery that represents them and their change (example: Barrack Obama could be the white house, Jackie Robinson could be a bat and ball, George Washington Carver a farm, etc). and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.

Candlewood Elementary

After reading about Venus and Serena Williams in Game Changers by Lesa Cline-Ransome, second graders at Candlewood competed to build towers that could hold a tennis ball. Students soon discovered that the strongest and tallest towers were created by those who worked together as a team.

Woodlake Elementary

Woodlake Elementary Library celebrated Black History Month by learning about Matthew A. Cherry. We discussed his background – NFL wide receiver, and his talent – he won the Oscar for the best animated short film, and his book Hair Love. We also discussed what “representation in animation” meant in his acceptance speech, and touched on the story of DeAndre Arnold and the Crown Act.

Judson Middle School

Ms. Yett's 8th grade classes used may different sources to research a black American. They used databases, books, and many websites in order to learn about different aspects of the person's life. They then created a haiku that represented that person. I created posters to hang in the library, and the students printed and hung their poems under their person. The next day the students came through and did a gallery walk and were very excited to find their person on the walls and windows. This is definitely something to do again next year!

Events & Activities @ Your JISD Libraries

Candlewood Elementary

In honor of kindness during Holocaust Remembrance Week, students at Candlewood narrated the book I Walk With Vanessa, a wordless picture book by Kerascoët. Students of all ages discussed the importance of showing kindness to everyone and embracing everyone's unique qualities. After the read aloud, students created a display showcasing a way that they could share kindness with others every day.
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Crestview Elementary

Dynamic storyteller Miss Anastasia came and read dinosaur books to Prek, Kinder, and 1st grade students. The students loved her animated method of sharing the stories. Then a special visitor came to greet each student. The dinosaur from the "How do You Dinosaur series" came for pictures, hugs and high fives.

Copperfield Elementary

Kindergarten students learned beginner coding skills using the Bee Bot robot during work stations. They practiced copying code and creating their own to make the robot go on a predetermined path.

Escondido Elementary

Escondido Elementary had their first author visit this month when Patrick Carman came to talk to students about his innovative book, Towervale, which can only be understood with the accompanying online game. Not only did Mr. Carman introduce students to the story, but he talked to them about his writing process, and gave them great advice on how they could put pen to paper and capture their own stories to share.

Spring Meadows Elementary

Librarian Intern and Spring Meadows 4th grade teacher, Sara Pena, put on a great Scholastic Book Fair along with librarian assistant, Charity Bronson. Dr. Ball even stopped by to purchase books and read a book requested by a student, Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry.

Kitty Hawk Middle School

7th grade students enjoyed their first Skype lesson with Scientist Joseph Hill from Michigan State University. He is a plant biologist. Students learned about what he does with plants. Students were able to ask him questions and even saw a glow-in-the-dark plant!

Wagner High School

Students at Wagner High School learned about Pointillism and were given the chance to try their hand at the technique using ink pads and pencil erasers. Students made Valentine's Day card and more.

Save the Date

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books competition for fifth grade students will be on Wednesday, April 22nd, at Veterans Memorial High School. Students will participate in teams and will read 15 pre-selected books. Click HERE for a list of the books.

Letters to Rose

Holocaust survivor, Rose Williams, and co-authors, Mrs. Rebecca Hoag and Mrs. Robin Philbrick will visit JISD on Tuesday, April 28th from 6:30-8:00 P.M. at the Judson Performing Arts Center.

Sponsored by the Friends of JISD Libraries, the presentation will be open to all schools, families and employees in JISD. Parents are welcome to attend with your younger children, who may have questions following Rose’s very detailed account of her life as a prisoner in several concentration camps. As you can imagine, the subject matter may be frightening and sad at times.

Before and after the presentation, the authors, will have signed books available for purchase as follows: paperback ($16.23) and hardcover ($27). Rose will also dedicate books and will be available for photos.

This event is free and open to all JISD families, employees and community members. For questions or concerns please contact your school librarian or lead librarian, Pamela Arevalo-Thompson at parevalothompson@judsonisd.org. Please join us for this night of unforgettable historical significance.

Friends of Judson Libraries

Summer Programming

The board of FJL are busy preparing for our summer programming. So far, we have Chris Barton, author of Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super Soaking Stream of Inventions scheduled for Thursday, June 18th at the Converse Library. We are happy to be partnering with the Converse Library! Director Sandy Underwood is as excited to be partnering with FJL, so it is a good match!

We are currently talking with the Universal City Library to bring author and illustrator Xavier Garza, a San Antonio native, to the UC Library in July.

Our goal is to host an author or illustrator in each of the seven municipalities that JISD serves. Do you know an author or illustrator? Do you know of a venue that would host us in Live Oak, Kirby, Schertz, Selma, or San Antonio near Wagner? If so, let Pamela Thompson know about it! You may reach her at parevalothompson@judsonisd.org or at 210-619-0220. Ask for the library! We appreciate your help and support!

New Friends Cup

We have a new FJL Cup available for $12. If you would like one, please let your campus librarian know. If you are not on a campus, please email Pamela Thompson at parevalothompson@judsonisd.org. I will deliver.

All proceeds will go towards FJL Summer Programming! We appreciate your support!

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