JISD Library Services Newsletter

October 2019

Dr. Ball Supports Battle of the Books

Harry S. Truman once said, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." JISD is lucky to be lead by a woman who exemplifies just that. Dr. Ball knows that research from Penny Kittle, Donalyn Miller, Stephen Krashen and others supports the notion that reading attitudes of students begin with reading attitudes of the educators around them. For many students, the JISD staff they encounter will be their first, and perhaps only, adult model of literacy.

In order to be a stellar literacy leader, Dr. Ball has purchased a copy of each of the Battle of the Books titles so that she can read them ahead of the competition in April. She will also be writing questions for our five newest titles added this year. Those titles are Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Crossover by Kwame Alexander, Refugee by Alan Gratz, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres. Dr. Ball also allotted funds for each of the elementary campuses to receive one set of the Battle titles. We appreciate her support for the competition, but more importantly, her support of literacy and libraries in JISD.

To find out more information on the Battle of Books Competition taking place at Veterans Memorial High School on April 22, 2020, please visit our BOB Smore.

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Friends of JISD Libraries

The Friends of JISD Libraries campaign will be kicking off in November.

The funds raised will be used to plan an African-American History Month Celebration on February 15th. We hope to have presentations and authors.

We look forward to everyone in JISD joining us in support of library programming for all of students across the district. Look for information soon about how you can order your Friends of JISD Libraries shirts and mugs and to make a donation.

Book Presentation at Board Meeting

Judson High School librarian, Mariya Ortiz, presented the book Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora to our Judson ISD Board of Trustees during the regular board meeting on Thursday, October 17th. She talked about how librarians impact students with every interaction. The book she presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month recounts the experience of author and Mexican American activist Tomas Rivera. The son on migrant workers, Rivera encountered an Iowa librarian who welcomed him and encouraged him to read about worlds beyond the fields he worked in daily. He would credit this librarian as changing the trajectory of his life. Ultimately, Rivera would become the first person of color to be a Chancellor and College President in the University of California system. Each year, the Tomas Rivera Young People's Book Award is given to the authors and illustrators whose works best illuminate the Mexican American experience

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Rubik's Cubes @ Woodlake Hills

Woodlake Hills Middle School students were able to checkout a Rubik's cube from librarian, Rosalinda Adame-Moylan, for two weeks to work on solving the cube. They were provided a booklet with tips on solving it and a flash drive with videos that included steps. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a competition to show off their best time and strategies. The Wildcat Book Club helps run the challenge by keeping the cubes organized and showing videos.
Ms. Adame-Moylan received the cubes from The Cube Lending Program. She and her students are able to borrow the cubes for FREE for a period of one month.

Librarians Celebrated

Two of our wonderful middle school librarians were recognized for their hard work and dedication. Gina Lehman was acknowledged by Dr. Jeanette Ball in her Monday Message for attending the Kirby Cross Country Meet, going above and beyond, and Andrea Oatman Colwell was recognized by her peers as Employee of the Month for Kitty Hawk Middle School. Way to represent Ladies! Congratulations!

National Coming Out Day

The Judson High School Library was so excited to partner with the Gay Straight Alliance and other organizations to celebrate National Coming Out Day on October 19th. Mrs. Ortiz donated buttons for students that said "I am loved." in many different languages. Students were reminded that no matter how they express love, what's important is that they know they are loved. Mrs. Ortiz also made buttons for staff members featuring a quote from Rory James's novel in verse Some Girls Bind-- the story of a young teen struggling to come to terms with their identity. Ultimately they realize, "I am everything I need right now, and it's enough."

Author Visit at Converse and Franz Elementary

Kat Kronenberg visited with students at Converse and Franz Elementary on October 7th to talk about her book Dream Big. Ms. Kronenberg's books "attempt to bridge the gap of providing hope and love for children that otherwise are left behind."

Author Visit at Rolling Meadows

Author Crystal Allen visited Rolling Meadow’s 4th and 5th graders on October 7th. The students were feverishly writing story ideas down. She challenged them to a writing contest and will return in November to announce the 15 winners!

US History Stations at JHS

The Judson HS librarians partnered with all but one of the US History teachers to create a multi-station, interactive experience for our students. Our new librarian, Tracy Boyd, designed each station that featured propaganda, primary source documents from three repositories, and a MakerSpace activity that asked students to apply what they had learned in their World War II unit. They even got to explore how Curious George and Star Trek both have WWII connections. Each teacher left asking when they could do something like this again. Tracy Boyd has been such a blessing to our program. She's already becoming a librarian leader, building connections for deep collaboration with teachers to partner for excellence. I'm exhausted, but it was a great day of engaged learning. Look at how Jisd Librarians are engaging students!

Scholastic Book Fair @ Woodlake Elementary

The Viking Parent Organization decorated the entrance to match the Arctic Adventure theme of the book fair. On October 17th, in conjunction with Mathnasium, we held a family night at the book fair. We invited parents to visit the book fair with their child(ren) and purchase reading materials. Both events were a great success, with many happy parents and students.

Secret Library Society

Five 6th grade girls have started a book club at Kitty Hawk Middle School, The Secret Library Society. The girls meet during their lunch period, after they've eaten a quick lunch. Founder, Ariana, chose their first book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, after librarian Andrea Colwell told them the movie based on the book is upcoming. Ariana next suggested the book Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky. She said she read the book as part of her summer reading assignment, and "it spoke to her." She also said that she thought of her book club member and friend, Ivy, because she likes romance novels. The girls plan to read books 2 and 3 in the Awaken series next; Middle Ground and Still Point

The girls end their meeting stacking their books, each putting a finger on the stack and chanting their favorite quote from Awaken, "I covered my hands over my years." They consider it an inside joke and that it connects them.

Sea World Visits Copperfield

To extend the learning 5th grade does on adaptations of animals, we invited Ambassadors from the Sea World Ambassadors Education program. They brought a bald eagle, African porcupine, and a wallaby to introduce to Copperfield students. They shared behavioral and physical features of all the animals and discussed how that would help these animals survive in the world if they had to live there. The students got to view them up close and even get to touch the wallaby.

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Rubik's Cube Mosaics

Veterans Memorial High School students have been working with 200-400 Rubik's Cubes throughout the month. They have completed three different mosaics so far, and they are working on the fourth. They will be working on creating an original mosaic to enter the Mosaic Contest in December.


Holocaust Remembrance Day

Senate Bill 1828 established the week of January 27-31, 2020, as Holocaust Remembrance Week in all public schools in Texas. Library Services will be working with Social Studies Specialist, Cortney Clift, to create resource lists and lesson ideas for the students and staff of JISD.

We are also working to bring the authors of Letters to Rose: A Holocaust Memoir with Letter of Impact and Inspiration from the Next Generation and Rose, one of the last Holocaust survivors in San Antonio.

This educational opportunity is especially significant because the year 2020 will be the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of concentration camps across Europe. This is an opportunity not to be missed, as this generation will be the last to hear a Holocaust survivor tell her own story.

Look for more information on this visit soon.