JISD Library Services Newsletter
Additionally, the movie must be legally obtained to show. Using subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime goes against the user agreements, so only legally obtained DVDs may be shown.
*Swank.com is NOT a streaming service. You may only see if our Swank Movie License covers the movie you wish to show.
*The movie license is only necessary for showing movies for entertainment or as a reward. If you are showing a movie clip that is related to your curriculum, that falls under fair use.
If you have additional questions, please contact your librarian.
A Star is Born
The only version that is allowed for A Star is Born is the 1954 version starring Judy Garland.
Frozen, The Disney movie, is not covered under our license. Neither is either version of Lion King, The Little Mermaid, or Maleficent.
Both Wonder and Wonder Woman are covered by license!
A Star is Born
NASA is now offering their entire library to the public and copyright free. “They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.” Click HERE to search their database.
*Although it is copyright free, it is appropriate to site the source in order to give credit to the creator.
Events & Activities @ Your JISD Libraries
JISD @ Nerdvana Con
"Nerdvana Con is Northside's only event dedicated to encouraging awareness and appreciation of the artistic and literary depth of anime, manga, and graphic art, and educating students about possible careers in these fields." (www.nisdnerdvanacon.com)
We look forward to attending Northside's next big author event, Library Palooza, in February! Look for more news on that event in the January newsletter.
Skype Author Visit at RME
Mrs. Heine invited fourth grade to Skype with Kate Messner, the author of the Ranger in Time series. The students asked insightful and thought-provoking questions about the writing process and the research involved in writing the books.
Fairy Tale Bowl at Paschall
The Fairy Tale Bowl is a final activity in a literature study of 10 fairy tales. The event was sponsored by Mrs. Peterson, Librarian at Paschall Elementary and the 2nd grade teachers. Students read or heard all 10 fairy tales and then practiced identifying Fairy Tale elements for each story. It was a week’s long study that ended Friday, November 1st with the Fairy Tale Bowl. The Bowl was held in the cafeteria using all of the chrome books. Mr. Chapman’s fifth grade class was very helpful in logging into and setting up each computer. Students entered a Kahoot! game pin, their name and were set for three rounds of questions about the fairy tales. The winners were In 3rd place was Sarive Riziki, 2nd place Levi Terrazas, and 1st place Ella Campbell.
Bookworm Beanery @ VMHS
JHS Library Evolution Continues
When you think of the stereotypical library, you probably imagine a quiet room filled with books, stressed-out people, and a mean librarian demanding silence and order. However, librarian Mariya Ortiz has been working on a project to make the Judson Library something much more inviting and interactive than this typical view of libraries.
The vision for this project has been inspired by the idea of community among students.
“The libraries serving today’s communities are really less about being quiet book museums and more about creating places for social connection,” Ortiz said. “To me, it’s as if the world is more disconnected and lonely. I really wanted to have students and staff connect in new ways.”
The Library Bistro is something that Ortiz has had in mind since she interviewed for the librarian position. It has been in the works for about a year. This school year, assistant librarian Tracy Boyd joined the team and has been a big part of the project.
“Mrs. Boyd has helped to really bring an even more warm and welcoming aura to the space,” Ortiz said. “She’s fantastic at creating rapport with students and she’s eager to see even more students calling the JHS Library their home-away-from-home.”
Emily, Stein. “Mrs. Mariya Ortiz Looking to Revamp the Library.” The Fuel Online, 4 Nov. 2019.
Pre-K Author Visit @ RME
International Games Week @ VMHS
IGW is an initiative of The American Library Association.
Tuesday Night Writes @ JHS
Author Visit @ Salinas
Librarian, Mrs. Brittany Snyder Roohan, got the author through The Twig’s email sign-up.
Writing Contest at RME
Author Crystal Allen presented her "secrets" of how we can all be authors to all of the 4th and 5th graders at Rolling Meadows Elementary last month. She challenged the students to a writing contest in which over 100 students chose to participate. The name of the contest is based on a writing contest in one of her books. Fifteen winners were selected via blind reading by 4 readers. Our 4th and 5th grade teachers deserve a HUGE shout out for accommodating scheduling of this program, encouraging participation in the contest, serving as contest judges, Mrs. Wicker typed all of the papers for the students(!), and then finally, accommodating the luncheon schedule for the 16 winning students.
Mrs. Allen returned Friday, November 15th, with lunch and a personally addressed packet for each student containing their Strikewriters membership card and lots and lots of written feedback and encouragement to continue their stories. Before she gave them that though, she had each student stand individually, while she listed each students' "natural writing strengths."
Wildlife Trunks @ Copperfield
- All Texas schools, homeschool co-ops, and organizations with the desire to educate the youth of Texas can reserve a Discovery Trunk.
- Hands-on, natural resource materials and lessons
- Available statewide
- Science TEKS aligned for grades K-8
- Available at no cost
- 7 different trunk topics available
Reserve your wildlife trunk HERE.
Book Club at WHMS
Makerspace at CVE
Fourth grade students were highly engaged during MakerSpace stations in the library at CVE. MakerSpace is an opportunity for students to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects.
Thanksgiving STEM Activities
Paschall Elementary is celebrating Thanksgiving a little early with Turkey Races and a Cornucopia STEM activity.
First and second graders discussed force and motion as they attached balloons to turkeys, pushing the turkey along a string set up between 2 chairs. Fifth graders were challenged to build a cornucopia that would hold the most candy corn according to weight in ounces. After the candy corn was weighed, students discussed the design of each cornucopia and why it would or would not hold more candy corn than the others.
Magik Theater @ CVE
Rubik's Cube Mosaic
These cubes were borrowed from the Cube Lending Program. Schools may borrow them for free, but you do have to pay to return them. (www.youcandothecube.com/lending-library or www.youcandothecube.com/build-mosaics-with-rubiks-cube/borrow-a-set)