One for the Record Books

April 2016

Sharron Guzman Celebrates 20 years as John H Shary Librarian

Sharron Guzman was surprised on Tuesday, March 22nd. She knew she was invited to dinner at Cheddar's restaurant by her good friend, Shimotsu Librarian, Zulema Bewley. What she didn't expect was the restaurant would be full of her SISD librarian family members. The group had gathered to celebrate her upcoming retirement. They treated her and her husband to dinner, cake, balloons, a handcrafted banner, lots of well wishes and generous monetary gift. Mrs. Guzman and her husband, Fred Guzman, enjoyed a delicious Tres Leches cake at her surprise dinner.

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Fun, Food, and Friends

Sharron Guzman has served as the John H Shary Elementary Librarian since 1996 when the school became a PK-6th grade campus. Following her parents footsteps in education, she taught for 15 years before becoming a librarian. When asked what she'll miss most when she retires, Mrs. Guzman said, "I will miss each and every one of my librarian colleagues. I feel so honored and grateful to work with such a terrific group who have been my support and team members through it all!"

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BL Gray Junior High School Student Wins 2nd Place in Texas Media Awards Competition

Anastasia Cruz smiles as her librarian Sally Hartman informs her that she has placed 2nd in the state of Texas for the multimedia division for 6th-8th grade. Anastasia's presentation titled Time Travel Ruby Bridges was completed as part of her Gifted and Talented project. Anastasia read several fiction and nonfiction books about the civil rights time period and specifically integration of schools during this important decade in American history. Mrs. Hartman sponsored her project in the Texas Media Awards competition. Anastasia also credits her teachers. "Of all my classes, I love history the most. Mr. Neeley makes it fun and engaging. I also want to thank my ELA teacher Monica McIver. She made this year's GT project easy.
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Pioneer High School Students win 3rd Place in the Texas Media Awards Competition

Pioneer High School students, librarian, and video productions teacher pose for a photograph after learning that Ripple of Derivation won 3rd place in the state wide media competition. Mrs. Flores teamed up with CTE Video Productions teacher Laura Trevino de Torres to enter the students in this year's competition. Pictured Back row left-right: David Cantu, Jesus Guevara, Dustin McKinney, Edson Rodriguez, Armando Perez. Front Row left -right: Janie B. Flores, Devin Ramirez, Carolina Torres, Daniel Garza, Laura Trevino de Torres. Great job Diamondbacks!
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Pioneer High School Students Win 1st Place in the Texas Media Awards Competition.

Pioneer High School students and librarian Janie B. Flores pose for a photograph after learning that their entry won 1st place in the state wide competition. The title of their production is El Darko. The students wrote, produced, directed, and edited the video within 48 hours to enter a Cine Sol video competition. They credit their Video Productions Teacher Laura Trevino for motivating them. Left to right: Janie B. Flores, Devin Ramirez, Jesus Guevara, Carolina Torres, Daniel Garza, Dustin McKinney, and Laura Trevino de Torres.
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Sharyland High School Student Wins 1st Place in the Texas Media Awards Competition.

Diana Perez is only a freshmen at Sharyland High School, but the story told by her photo captures much more maturity than most 14 year olds understand. When she submitted the photo Lost Many Moons Ago to Nicole Cruz, the SHS librarian told her, "This photo is going to win 1st place." Sure enough it did! Color photography is one of the most competitive divisions. "I've already recommended Diana to our yearbook sponsor. Her talent is obvious," Mrs. Cruz said. Unlike most students Diana did not have the assistance of any specific teacher for this competition. Her librarian kept prompting her to enter as she is a frequent patron at the library.
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Sharyland High School Student Wins 2nd Place in the Texas Media Awards Competition.

Karime Salinas is a senior library office aide. Mrs. Cruz commissioned her to create a logo for a college panel discussion held on January 8th. Once the logo was designed, Mrs. Cruz encouraged Karime to enter it in the Texas Media Awards. She was rewarded for her work by winning 2nd place. Karime credits art teacher Stephanie Sala as a constant source of constructive feedback and motivation.
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Sharyland High School Student Wins 1st place in Texas Media Awards Competition.

Lucas Arrendondo did not realize that his United States history project would end up earning him state wide recognition. His teacher Mr. Robert Barbosa encouraged him to enter the competition. Mrs. Cruz, SHS librarian, sponsored the project. The title of his project is The Human Rights Movement the 60's Today.
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Sharyland High School Student Wins 2nd Place in the Texas Media Awards Competition.

Isabella Arjona created her project Countries of the World-Brazil as part of a school assignment. She was excited when she learned that her teacher Robert Barbosa submitted her work to SHS librarian Nicole Cruz. Mrs. Cruz entered the project in the state-wide competition. Now Isabella along with all Texas Media Award winners is invited to the state reception on April 21st in Houston.
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Sharyland High School students win 3rd place in the Texas Media Awards Competition.

The team of Claudeth Gindl, Thomas Thomson, and not pictured Shayla Pilgrim created the project The Roaring 20's for a history assignment. Their teacher Robert Barbosa recommended the project to SHS librarian Nicole Cruz. Students documented their sources and designed an informative project which won 3rd place.
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SNJH Students Read Together

When students have a few extra minutes while they are at the library, Mr. Koenig encourages them to read author Kathryn Otoshi's books about bullying, self-esteem, respect, and friendships. The author will be presenting to the community on Thursday evening April 14th from 5-7 pm at the Penny Payte McLeaish Library.

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Seussical Twins Celebrate Together @ Shimotsu Elementary

Kindergarten teacher Lisa Hinojosa and librarian Zulema Bewley dress in Seuss character costumes. They celebrated Read Across America by dressing up as a favorite Seuss character and participating in a Seuss trivia contest. All students in three lucky classrooms won prizes for phoning in the correct answers.
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Seuss Week Collage Donna Wernecke Elementary

Wernecke staff and students enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss week during the week of March 2nd. The students enjoyed their visit from the "Cat in the Hat" and the exceptional volunteers that visited from H.E.B. Plus! Students participated in daily dress-up activities and fun activities in the library during this week and also had the opportunity to participate in a book cover contest. Winning covers have been displayed in the library and dress-up contest winners were featured in the morning announcements.
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Read Across America Week @ RD Martinez Elementary

The Cat in the Hat visits 1st graders. Students and staff enjoyed the special visit from the famous Cat in the Hat. A big thank you to HEB Plus on Shary Road for their collaboration with Read Across America Week! Even Principal Pat Viera and Librarian Zulema Garza find their inner cat.
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Samantha Silva poses with Simone Elkeles

Librarians love to read! Samantha is well aware of author Simone Elkeles novels. She was able to hear the award-winning author present at Pioneer High School on March 10th. Samantha serves as the librarian for O. Garza Elementary.
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Lloyd & Dolly Bentsen Had Guest Readers During Read Across America Week

Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Pam Montalvo and Bilingual/ ESL Coordinator Elizabeth Gongora read books over the announcements.
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Hinojosa Elementary Receives New Books Through Grant

Ruben Hinojosa Elementary was awarded a $5,000.00 grant by Texas Gas Service. This funding allowed for the addition of 269 books to the Ruben Hinojosa Elementary library collection, increasing the variety of reading materials, updating the collection while supporting the curriculum. The addition of these titles to the library collection will provide a variety of interesting reading choices especially to our upper grade students at their Accelerated Reading level. The students were eager and excited to start reading the new books! Thanks to Hinojosa Librarian Elizabeth Moreno for submitting this grant application.

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Last Dr. Seuss Parade for Much Loved Librarian

Sharron Guzman, JHS Librarian, said, "My last parade brought tears to my eyes!" Mrs. Guzman will retire at the end of this year. She has shared Dr. Seuss books with generations of readers. Mrs. Guzman taught for 2 years in Sharyland before becoming the only librarian for John H. Shary in the school's 20 year history. She has a total of 35 years in education.
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Shimotsu Library Receives New Furniture

Zulema Bewley enjoys a rare chance to sit down. She is always on the go, but today she has new furniture courtesy of the Shimotsu SPTSO. Mrs. Bewley is joined by Mrs. Munoz and her campus principal Mr. Limon. "Students have learned to enjoy the quiet time sofa and loveseat. They are allowed to read quietly on the furniture."
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RD Martinez Elementary Guest Reader

SHS librarian Nicole Cruz reads The Places You'll Go to the students in honor of Read Across America Week. The kids loved her enthusiastic reading style. Thanks for the reading treat!
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Simone Elkeles, Award Winning Author, Captured PHS Students Attention

In an effort to provide an incentive for students to read and practice their writing skills, PHS Librarian Janie B. Flores funded an author visit on March 10th. Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone's books have won many awards including YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. In her presentation, she explained that as a teen she was not a reader. She shared the research process that she conducts in order to truly understand the perspective of her Latino characters. She spoke animatedly about her passion for teens and writing. She also shared the perks of being a well paid and famous YA author.

PHS Book Club member Vanessa Martinez purchased 5 books. Simone autographed them for her.

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Fox In Sox Day at RD Martinez Elementary

Students and staff wear mixed match shoes and socks to celebrate Read Across America Week. Ms. Z. Garza read Fox in Socks to the students to help celebrate Dr. Suess.
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Book Bites by Samantha Silva, Garza Elementary Librarian

Title: El Deafo

Author: Cece Bell

Published: September 2014

Edition Read: E-Book borrowed from McAllen Library

Series: None

Grade Level Recommended: Lower Level (2nd-6th Grade)

Summary:

Review: Cece Bell writes and illustrates a personal memoir about losing her hearing as a child in the 70’s to spinal meningitis. Bell hilariously portrays herself, and everyone else in her story, as an adorable bunny. Losing her hearing turns Cece’s life upside down. She retains enough of her hearing that, if she uses a very bulky hearing aid strapped to her chest, she can make out what people are saying. The bulky hearing aid makes her self-conscious, and most kids her age just don’t know what to make of it. What makes things worse is Cece has to learn how to lip read and use her hearing aid to make out what other people are saying. Otherwise holding a conversation is very hard.

Cece and her family move to a new town, and Cece longs to find a friend. Someone who understands her. She wants to be considered a part of the “hearing”, and to just belong. El Deafo tells a lovely story about childhood and how to cope with feeling “different” from everyone else. The beautiful colors and illustrations make this Newberry Award winning book an excellent addition to your graphic novel collection.

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BL Gray Art Students Replicate Characters from Book

Kathryn Otoshi will be visiting BL Gray Junior High in April. Librarian Sally Hartman collaborated with her art students to replicate characters from the award winning children's book, One. Students are ready to share the anti-bullying theme with others.
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Relay for Life Cake Auction @ SNJH

The annual Relay for Life Cake Auction was held at the Sharyland North Junior High library.

Faculty and staff made cakes to auction. Students were able to participate in raising money for the fight against cancer. A total of $1,700 was raised with the Cake Auction. The money is for cancer research through the Relay for Life organization.

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What will your beautiful hands do today?

This is the opening line from the book, Beautiful Hands. Students in Mrs. Sherry Dickenson's English 4 class share their enthusiasm about the upcoming author visit. Award-winning author/ illustrator Kathryn Otoshi will visit Sharyland High School on April 14th.
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PHS student San Juanita Gonzalez created an original artist painting for Simone.

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A Celebration of AR Millionaires

Ms. Z. Garza celebrates millionaires with a Hats Off to the AR millionaires display. 3rd grade student Kaylee Hill earned millionaire status and placed her name on the honor wall.
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Go Center Counselor Gloria Ramirez and PHS Librarian Janie B Flores pose with Simone Elkeles.

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Books for Sale @ Community Event

Mr. Jose Guerrero, Bentsen Elementary Librarian, created this beautiful flyer. He was in charge of locating books for the community author event. He contacted Barnes and Noble so that a representative will be on site to sell books to parents and students. Thanks Mr. Guerrero!
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Music in Our Schools Month Celebrated @ Sharyland High School

Andrea Valdez and Rebeca Gonzales search for a book on music. Both girls serve as library office aide. They recently assisted with creating an interactive display. Students and staff members were asked to write the name of their favorite instrument, song, album, performing artist, or musical genre on a note. Each note was added to the music measure.
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Reader's Theatre for Read Across America Week

Mrs. Ramos looks on while her 4th grade students took part in a Reader's Theater activity during Read Across America Week. This is one of the activities that students were able to enjoy during this fun week. Many students were willing to volunteer to show off their read aloud skills during this fun activity!

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Lamar Junior High School Visits BL Gray Junior High

Rosenburg ISD visitors Creighton Jaster and Sierra Kisinger were able to sit down and speak to the 7th grade ELA department and librarian Sally Hartman. Questions about collaboration, scheduling, curriculum, and programs were answered.
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Creative Bulletin Board Display

Sharron Guzman designed this display to engage her readers prior to the visit of Author / Illustrator Kathyn Otoshi. Ms. Otoshi has earned more than 30 awards for her number series exploring identity, friendships, self-esteem, and bullying. Ms. Otoshi will be visiting Sharyland ISD campuses the week of April 11-14.
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Guest Reader Shares One by Kathryn Otoshi

Mrs. Stephanie Brooks was our guest reader. She shared One by Kathryn Otoshi with Mrs. Smith's Kinder class. From the story, students learned a valuable lesson to be the "one" to make a difference.
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Simone and SHS Avid Fans

Simone Elkeles was a hit with Sharyland High School book club members, library office aides, and frequent library flyers. Janie Flores extended an invitation to Nicole Cruz and her students to attend the author visit on March 10th at Pioneer High School.
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Kinder Students Create Art to Show "Everyone Can Count!"

After the students listened to One by Kathryn Otoshi, they completed a visual diagram depicting how everyone counts. John H Shary Librarian Sharron Guzman found this lesson on a Region One resource www.teachingbooks.net
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The Cat in the Hat Visits Bentsen Students

Librarian Jose Guerrero had plenty to smile about during Read Across America Week.

His students were visited by HEB Buddy and the Cat in the Hat.

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Jessie Jensen Elementary Students Jam with Cat

The Cat in the Hat made a special appearance at Jessie Jensen Elementary during Read Across America Week.
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Librarian Gives Student Autographed Book

Sally Hartman attended FESTIBA with plans to get an autographed book for her student Luis. Luis Fernando Guerrero placed 1st at the FESTIBA vocal competition. Mrs. Hartman asked Dr. Steven Schneider to autograph a copy of the newly released book, The Magic of Mariachi. Prior to competing at FESTIBA, Luis had earned 2nd place at a national competition in San Antonio earlier this year.
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SHS Students Prepare for Author Visit

Librarian Nicole Cruz presented an interactive lesson using the concept of hands to Mrs. Estela Salinas English 3 AP class. She asked students to first observe their own hands and a partner's hands. Then she had volunteers examine photos of hands to find symbolism.

Beautiful Hands is the story of Bret Baumgarten and his connection with his children.

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Kathryn Otoshi's Award Winning Books Are Shared @ Donna Wernecke Elementary

Mrs. Ramos has been working with students to prepare for their author visit from Kathryn Otoshi. They have read the book "Zero" and have worked on a writing and drawing activity to accompany this wonderful book!
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April is School Library Month

One of the beautiful displays at the Sharyland High School library was created by 5th block student library office aides in recognition of School Library Month.
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RD Martinez Elementary showcases Dr Suess in honor of Read Across America

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A Book tastic Birthday

The RD Martinez Elementary library was decorated by Mrs. Viera and Ms. Arredondo to celebrate Ms. Z. Garza's birthday.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

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