What's New @ the Library

January 2018

Local Texas Youth Creators Awards Participants Celebrated

Mrs. Cruz hosted a Lunch B pizza party for the students from SHS and SA3 who chose to participate in the Texas Youth Creators Awards on Wednesday, January 31st. More than 15 projects in 7 different categories were submitted. State results should be reported in late February or early March. All the student projects were first class. Good Luck!
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Book Crush Trivia Contest

Teachers and staff have until Tuesday, February 13th to play Book Crush Trivia. Can you correctly match the books with the staff? Try it. Prizes are involved.

Here is the link to play.


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3rd Annual Rattler Alumni Panel Discussion

More than 700 students learned about college readiness from recent SHS graduates on Thursday, January 11th. We are glad to see the level of success that our students are achieving in their post-secondary pursuits! Go RATTLERS!
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Joan Bauer Author Presentation

A total of 40 students -20 from SHS and 20 from SA3 will be attending an author presentation on Thursday, February 15th at the Boggus Ford Center in Pharr, Texas. Joan Bauer will be speaking to 275 students from Sharyland ISD as well as multiple other school districts. Freshmen and Sophomores were nominated to attend by their ELA teachers. Teachers looked at attendance, behavior, class participation, and academic standing to make their selections.

Joan Bauer has won numerous awards for her thirteen novels for young readers, among them, the Newbery Honor Medal, the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, two Christopher Awards, the LA Times Book Prize, the Chicago Tribune Young adult Literary Prize, the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and most recently, the St. Katherine Drexel Award of the Catholic Library Association. A NY Times Best-selling author, speaker, and songwriter, she has been a guest on local and national radio shows.

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What is FAKE NEWS?

A new display at the library helps highlight how we as news consumers can determine what is fake from what is real. Some tips include: Consider the Source; Check the Author; Check the Date; Check your Biases; Ask the Experts; Supporting Sources; and Read Beyond. These sage tips serve students well for research and for general information.
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Parent Meetings @ the Library

After school many meetings are held at the library lecture hall. This past week the following meetings were held after school: Tuesday-8th grade parent informational meeting; Wednesday-Health Science Informational Mandatory Make-up Parent Meeting; Thursday-Mandatory Cheer Tryout Parent Meeting. On Monday, February 5th we'll be hosting a general parent meeting for any SHS parent. Visit the library and learn! Mrs. Cruz works with Mr. Segura and the admin team to host the Rattler Parent Connect Meetings.
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SISD Librarians Participate in National Standards Workshop

On Friday, January 26th, Mrs. Cruz, SHS/SA3 librarian, participated along with all district librarians in a American Association of School Library Standards training. The framework for the standards includes the following domains and competencies: Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore and Engage. Librarians worked to see what projects they currently have and how they can develop them into more 'robust' versions.
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World Read Aloud Day

Mrs. Cruz has been invited by 5 teachers to visit their classroom on February 1st to read aloud to their students. "I love investigating ways to bring literature into the curriculum. I have a passion for all things -books and knowledge." She'll be sharing some favorite stories on February 1st.
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Do you have talented poets in your class?

Encourage the next William Shakespeare or Elizabeth Barrett Browning to enter the local Called to Rise Poetry submission. Your students can become published authors in this local collection. The theme is "Hope and Healing." Please share this information and encourage your students to participate.
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Encourage Random Acts of Kindness

Our amazing counseling department and the SADD/RADD club is promoting The Great Kindness Challenge. How can you, your students, your organization, sport, teams, or clubs participate? Find a way to be kind today!
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Thank Our Counselors

Remember that February 5-9th is School Counselor Appreciation Week. Here are some suggestions that you can share with your students.


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Nicole H. Cruz, SHS/ SA3 Librarian

Want to collaborate with Mrs. Cruz on a project, competition, lesson, or visit to the library. Just email her at ncruz@sharylandisd.org