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July 2015

SISD Library Volunteers of the Month

BL Gray students know what it takes to excel. They have provided service to their school by volunteering at the library. Mrs. Hartman has a great 1st period this past year. The students pictured with her reported to the library daily during 1st period. She had this to say about her 1st period library volunteers, "These students provide excellent assistance for me. I have trained them on multiple tasks. I know they have learned valuable workplace skills by volunteering this year at the library." Mrs. Hartman wishes her 8th graders much continued success at Sharyland High School.

Standing L-R Juan C. Cantu & Alejandro Castello (8th Graders)

Sitting L-RNicole A. Gaoulette (7th Grade) Sandra Espinosa (8th Grade)

S. Hartman, Librarian Anna V. Enciso (8th Grade)

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Former SNJH Student Valedictorian of SHS Class of 2015

Christopher Koenig thanked many important people in his valedictory speech on Friday, June 5th. Two important people were his parents Darvin and Sandra Koenig. Both are school librarians. Darvin is the librarian for Sharyland North Junior High. Christopher's speech earned a standing ovation from the more than 5,000 people in attendance.
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SHS Library Ambassador Graduates as Top Ten Student

Samantha Nicole Young has been a familiar face at the SHS library over the past 4 years. Samantha and her peers had a regular study table which they occupied every morning. Samantha graduated third in her class and will be attending Abilene Christian University this fall. She served as a library student worker during the spring. Mrs. Cruz said, "It's due

to the assistance of dedicated students like Samantha that our library programming is student centered and effective. I wish her all the best!"

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PHS Graduates Volunteered @ David Garcia Memorial Library

Both Max Ibarra and Rebecca Gonzalez were among the first class of graduates from Sharyland Pioneer High School as part of the class of 2015. These two students served their peers and faculty by volunteering at the library. PHS Librarian Janie B. Flores celebrated with them at the State Farm Arena.
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Shimotsu Millionaire Reader Celebration

The AR Millionaires 4th grade readers are shown above. Shimotsu Elementary celebrated year long reading success by hosting a special luncheon for students in grades 2 - 6. Students who read over 1 million words enjoyed the event. These 4th graders are pictured with a beautiful cake in the shape of a book. Shimotsu Librarian Zulema Bewley provided the photo.
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SISD Librarians and Summer Activities

SISD Librarians are active during June, July, and August. Some librarians work summer school as teachers or librarians, all must attend summer professional development, some travel, some read, and some present staff development. Rest assured librarians are still active during the summer months.
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2nd Grade Language Academy Teacher

Ms. Garza spent part of her summer teaching 2nd grade students at Jessie Jensen Elementary. She enjoyed this change of pace. "These kids are great. They have lots of energy and are ready to learn."
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Poetry Please

Mrs. Zulema Bewley and Mrs. Elizabeth Moreno provided summer professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals and librarians. Their session Poetry Please include lots of hands on learning as well as a special SKYPE session from authors of poetry anthologies Dr. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.
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Summer Librarian

Mr. Ramos applied to be the summer librarian at Jessie Jensen Elementary. He fit perfectly into the role. Mr. Ramos serves the students and staff during the school year at Jessie Jensen.
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BL Gray Summer Dance Camp

SISD Librarians specialize at balancing many duties. One balancing act that Sally Hartman enjoys is serving as the BL Gray Dance Team Sponsor. She took a week off teaching summer school to host a private dance camp for her girls at BL Gray Junior High the week of June 22-26.
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STAARtastic Teaching

Mrs. Ramos transitioned into the role of EOC reading teacher this summer. She provided students attending the STAAR program at John H Shary with guidance and instruction.
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Library Expertise

Omar Lozoya and Maribel Morales provide support for teachers and students attending summer school sessions at Pioneer High School. Both are located in the David Garcia Memorial Library and ready to assist with classes, research, or scheduling computer labs.
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Gretchen Bernabei Writing Workshop

Nicole Cruz invited Janie Flores to the Gretchen Bernabei Writing Workshop. The workshop was hosted at the Penny Payte McLeaish Library. Most of the Sharyland High School ELA Department participated in the training. Other participants included an ELA teacher from Pioneer High School and one ELA teacher from BL Gray Junior High School. Teachers and librarians worked on their pitchforking abilities in order to role model elaboration techniques. They are posing with the pitchfork hand symbol below.
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Elementary Library Curriculum Writing

Sharron Guzman and Elizabeth Moreno were selected to write elementary library lessons this summer. SISD Lead Librarian polled the elementary librarians in order to develop a work defined summary. Based on the survey results Mrs. Guzman and Mrs. Moreno will each write 18 library lessons for use with Kinder through 6th graders next year.
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TASLA 2015 (Texas Association of School Library Administrators)

Nicole Cruz attended the TASLA Conference in Austin June 15-18. TASLA stands for Texas Association of School Library Administrators. While attending the conference, she was able to network with library leaders from across the state. Two of the leaders were Ann Vyoral, Region 20 TexQuest trainer, and Len Bryan, TSLAC School Library Program Director.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

Do you want your campus library event, celebration, lesson, or display highlighted in next month's S'more? Send photos and a short description to Nicole Cruz.