JEMS Library News

4th Six Weeks Newsletter

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Only the BEST at YOUR library!

The library has been working hard this semester to spread the love of reading! Read on below to find out more about the library's events and activities that took place the 4th Six Weeks.

PSJA Battle of the Books - Middle School Division

Congratulations to V. De Los Santos (Team Captain), J. Sanchez, A. Mendoza, and V. Valls for representing our campus at the 2020 PSJA Middle School Division Battle of the Books Competition at Southwest ECHS. Students were asked questions from the five titles that they read throughout the year from the Battle of the Books reading list. We are #PSJAProud of their efforts!

Texas School Library Standards 3.1.2, 3.2.0

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PSJA International Week at Escalante

Escalante kicked off International Week with two wonderful presenters that spoke to our students in the library. A huge thank you to poet Julieta Corpus for leading an interactive Spanish writing workshop & also to PSJA Memorial ECHS international instructor, Nermeen Fathy, for the fun activities she presented to the students to teach about Arabic & Egyptian culture!

Texas School Library Standards 3.4.0

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2020 READolutions - Reading Resolutions & Reflections

January was a wonderful start to an already wonderful year! Students that visited the library in January reflected on their reading goals and created visual representations of their 2020 READolutions. In addition, our library was extremely honored to be included in Buncee's technology presentation at BETT, a global technology conference that's hosted in London. Student examples included their 2020 READolutions that were added to a collaborative board using Buncee. Check out their amazing work below!

Texas School Library Standards 4.1.0, 7.3.0

MackinVIA Masters - Digital Resource Scavenger Hunt & Buncee

A huge thank you to teams Oregon and Texas Tech for the AMAZING job their students did on the Digital Resource Scavenger Hunt activity they completed in the library. Students participated in a blended learning lesson using video tutorials and hands-on technology activities. Students explored the various components and features of MackinVia and completed their digital scavenger hunt on Buncee. Students who completed 100% of the scavenger hunt were awarded with Buncee & MackinVia Master Certificates! Great job, students!

Texas School Library Standards 2.2.1, 4.3.0, 4.4.0

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Digital Books, and Databases, and Tech--OH MY! - Creating MackinVia Backpacks & Inspirational Posters

A huge thank you to Mr. Andrade's World Geography classes for coming to the library to create their MackinVia backpacks. Students are now equipped to check out e-books, audiobooks, and save database articles for their upcoming projects. Students also explored Epic! eBooks and turned their motivational quotes projects into a digital slide. In need of some inspiration? Check out the AMAZING projects made by Mr. Andrade's classes featured on our Buncee collaborative board!

Texas School Library Standards 3.1.0, 4.4.1, 7.3.0

Fall in Love with Reading Book Fair!

The library hosted a "Fall in Love with Reading" Book Fair during the week of Valentine's Day. Students participated in a book fair scavenger hunt to create their book wish lists and entered their work in a book fair raffle for a chance to win free items from the book fair. The book fair helps the library purchase new books for our library collection. We can't wait to add more graphic novels, comic subscriptions, and new fiction! A huge thanks to Library Ambassadors, K. Ortuno, S. Jalomo, and C. Rodriguez for taking the lead on running the fair! Great job, Ambassadors! Lastly, thank you to everyone that stopped by to make this year's book fair a wonderful success!

Texas School Library Standards 3.1.4, 5.1.0,

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JEMS Library 2nd Annual eSport Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament

A total of 32 participants put their game faces on this six weeks and competed in this year's Super Smash Bros Ultimate eSport Tournament! Students visited the library during their lunch periods to practice their gaming strategies and competed on Thursday, February 20th. Winners received award medals and gift baskets filled with treats! Participants received certificates and complimentary Nintendo Switch buttons made by our wonderful Library Ambassadors. Congratulations to the following students for placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Way to go, gamers!

Texas School Library Standards 5.3.0, 5.4.1, 7.2.1

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JEMS Library Fundraiser a Success!

Thank you to all the students and staff that supported their library by purchasing hot cocoa and snacks during the week of January 27th. All funds raised will go to student reading incentives and purchases for materials needed for future library programming. A HUGE shoutout to JEMS Library Ambassadors K. Ortuno, L. Calzada, V. Alonzo, S. Jalomo, and L. Ocana for assisting the librarian with sales! Our fundraiser was a hit! Thank you, Escalante family!

Texas School Library Standards 7.2.1

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Wakelet Student Ambassadors

JEMS Library Ambassadors are currently working on their Wakelet activities to become an official Wakelet Student Ambassador! Students who complete each task earn badges. Once all badges are earned, students are then awarded with the official Wakelet Student Ambassador badge! This is a great way for students to add to their student portfolios, resumes, and academic experience.

Mrs. Q. Makes it to BETT & TCEA!

A HUGE thank you to Buncee for including me in their presentations at this year's BETT and TCEA conferences. I am so excited that my love for this platform has opened so many doors for me to grow professionally in my field as well as transfer my love of learning to our students! Thank you, Buncee for the awesome swag!

Texas School Library Standards 6.2.0, 7.3.0

4th Six Weeks JEMS Library Stats

JEMS Librarian Karina Quilantan-Garza, MLS

Mrs. Q. is a library media specialist at Jaime Escalante Middle School with PSJA ISD. Some of her credentials include Apple Teacher, Certified MIE, Google Certified Educator Levels 1&2, Flipgrid Certified Educator, Common Sense Educator, Epic! Certified Educator, Kahoot! Gold, Silver, Bronze Certified, Book Creator Ambassador, Buncee Ambassador, TxASL 2019 MVP Award Winner, 2019 Life Changer of the Year Nominee, and is a Hufflepuff! Follow her library on Instagram @libraryjems--over 1,000 followers and counting!