One for the Record Books

December 2014

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Region One Technology Makes a Difference Conference

On November 14th, Janie Flores, Zulema Garza, and Darvin Koenig take a break to pose with Amy Burvall. According to her aboutme website, Amy is an educator, artist, and lover of lovelies. She has been a keynote speaker for TEDx, ISTE Ignite, Mozfest, and KQED.
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Wernecke Principal Models Reading to Students

On Tuesday, November 11th, Mrs. Meadors participated in the Book It! Principal Challenge. It was the “Read Your Heart Out” Challenge that encouraged principals to read all day from the first school bell to the dismissal bell. The principal participants were entered to win 101 copies of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book for their campus.


Mrs. Meadors moved around the campus throughout the day so that the students could see her “reading.” Thanks for promoting reading at Wernecke Elementary!

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Hinojosa Cupcake Artist

Hinojosa Elementary students celebrated having met their second six weeks AR goal. Students were “Cupcake Artists” and decorated their own cupcakes with instruction from Wal-Mart bakery manager, Roberta.
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SISD Library Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Juanita Barksdale Morales. She was selected as the SISD Library Volunteer of the Month. Mrs. Morales was nominated by Shimotsu Elementary Librarian Zulema Bewley.
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F.R.E.E. & PHS Book Club Sponsor UTPA-RGV Feminist Club

Pioneer High School F.R.E.E. Club President Lilia G. Murray, with the assistance of Janie B. Flores, PHS Librarian, invited two members of the UTPA-RGV Feminist Club to speak to Health and F.C.C.L.A. classes on Wednesday, November 19th, to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.


UTPA-RGV students Samantha and Alyssa spoke to a full house on three main issues—Respect, Gender Equality and Self-Empowerment. They spoke about how, as a society, we need to unlearn how women are viewed so that positive changes can occur. Norma Meza Consumer Science teacher commented, “Thank you for inviting us. These students need to hear this information to make ethical decisions when it comes to relationships.”


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Celebrating 25 Years of Service

SISD Librarians surprised Garza Elementary Librarian Melanie Christensen with a Retirement Farewell Dinner. Librarians met at Russo's Pizza to officially say good-bye to Mrs. Christensen. Mrs. Christensen has been the only librarian at Olivero Garza Elementary from 1997 to the present. She has been an employee of Sharyland ISD since 1989. She is looking forward to traveling with her husband and spending time with her son Nick and his family. The librarians presented her with cards, a Kohl's gift card, balloon bouquet, and lots of well wishes.
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Skype with An Anti-Bully Author

Meg Medina spent an hour with Sharyland High School students on Thursday, November 20th. The award winning author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and many other books was able to answer questions and share wisdom with students via a Skype session. This session was made possible by an Education Foundation Grant written by SHS Librarian Nicole Cruz, ELA Department Chair Ana Garza, and ELA teacher Wenndy Pray.

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