One for the Record Books

May 2015

SISD Library Volunteers of the Month: Wernecke Library Club

The Wernecke Library Club is an amazing group of students who assist Mrs. Ramos, Wernecke Librarian, with daily and weekly library tasks. The students volunteer for a one-time weekly rotation either before school, during their enrichment time, or after school. They assist with circulation, shelving, processing new books, organizing the shelves, book repair, and help with projects. They do a wonderful job. Mrs. Ramos is proud to work with this amazing group of students. They donate their time to make their library Simply the Best!

Standing: (left to right) – Nayleth Ybarra, Nadia Cuellar, Nuria Lopez, John Pete Cuellar, Leon Chapa, Nataly DeLeon, Andrea Ortiz, Lauren Guerra, Catherine Garcia, Alyssa Saenz, Maritza Atilano, Makayla Arguello Sitting: (left to right) – Jacob Jones, Allana Paredes, Lauren Rivera, Vance Roberts

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Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Janie Flores poses with PSJA Library Coordinator Nora Galvan and ABC News Political Correspondent Cokie Roberts. Cokie Roberts has been inducted into the Radio and Broadcasting Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in radio and broadcasting.
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Sally Hartman and Zulema Garza Purchase David Baldacci Books @ TLA

David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 29 novels; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. He was a keynote speaker at the Texas Library Association Conference.
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Author Pam Munoz Ryan

Sharron Guzman takes an opportunity to get some books autographed by award winning author Pam Munoz at the Texas Library Association Conference. When this multicultural author is asked why she is a writer she replies, "The answer is simple. I (write because I) want the reader to turn the page." Many John H Shary students are turning the pages of her novels.
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SNJH Library Hosts Art Auction

An art auction was held on April 22nd to raise funds for the SNJH Chess team. The Chess team earned the right to compete at the National Chess Team Competition. Original acrylic student paintings were sold as well as one original Jenyfair graphite.
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May is National Bike Month

SHS Librarian Nicole Cruz is sponsoring a bicycling display at the Penny Payte McLeaish Library. In order to encourage cycling as a health fitness routine, promote bicycle safety, and teach drivers to "be kind to cyclists," Mrs. Cruz is asking campus faculty and staff to share their cycling experiences. Mr. Tim Watkins is pictured above. He is an avid cyclist and rides to raise funds and awareness for many important charities such as Make A Wish, the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen, and Spina Bifida. Learn more @
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Poet Kenn Nesbitt Poses with Zulema Bewley

Kenn Nesbitt was born in Berkeley, California. He grew up in Fresno and San Diego and attended National University in San Diego, where he majored in computer science. Nesbitt’s poetry for children is “irrepressible, unpredictable, and raucously popular,” in the words of former Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. Nesbitt’s poems frequently deal with humorous, relatable situations that verge on the madcap. He is the author of numerous books of poetry for children.
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SA³ Appreciates Librarian and Library Assistant

SA³ Principal Ivan Karr and Counselor Diana Rojas delivered gifts to Nicole Cruz and Gina Sanchez during National Library Week. Mrs. Cruz provides writing contest information, reading recommendations, research assistance, online safety lessons, faculty participation in displays, library circulation, and Caught Reading incentives to SA³ students and staff.
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Wernecke Donates Books for Children Across the Globe

Wernecke Librarian Patricia Ramos holds a box of new books that will be donated to a woman's and children's shelter in Maiti Nepal. Sharron Guzman, received a letter from Adrian Del Bosque. He was a former John H Shary student. Mrs. Guzman shared the letter with all SISD librarians and asked for donations.

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KICK Captures 6th Grade Attention @ John H. Shary

SHS Senior KICK presenters traveled to John H. Shary on Monday, April 13th. Librarian Sharron Guzman invited the group to come to her school. "We appreciate the ability to spread the KICK (Keep it Clean and Kind) message to our sixth grade students and teachers. Brian, Jared, Grecia, and Nick did a wonderful job instiling the online safety lessons with our students." Do you want them to visit your campus? Contact KICK Coordinator Nicole Cruz.
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May is National Foster Care Month

Does your library have books, resources, or magazines geared to parenting? Ask your librarian. Providing a loving home to a child is one of the best gifts you can give. Check with our local foster care agencies such as Buckner @ or research
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PHS 1st Annual Poetry Slam: Brave New Voices!

Ninth Grade PHS English teachers Lydia Gomez, Jesus Oviedo, Celina Ramos and Nicole Villarreal are definitely a powerful team! They reached deep into their students’ hearts, bolstered their creativity, and encouraged their students to deliver emotional pieces of love, life, parents, family, and self. Almost 100 Pioneer High School freshmen rose to the challenge and faced their peers in a filled Big 12 Lecture Hall this past Tuesday, delivering their poetry with humility and bravery. Brave New Voices!
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Cake Auction for Chess Team Support

The SNJH Library was the perfect venue for many cakes to be displayed. Students and staff were able to bid on cakes. Proceeds benefited the SNJH Chess Team and the expenses necessary to compete at the National Chess Team Competition.
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Skype with an Author

Here is a link to Authors who are willing to Skype or have Skyped with classrooms.

Sharyland High School students participated in a Skype session this fall as a result of a Education Foundation Grant. Start planning your Skype sessions for next year.

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Penny Payte McLeaish Library Landscape Receives Make-Over

Thanks to a generous donation from a community member and the hard work of our SISD Maintenance Crew, the Penny Payte McLeaish Library had a mini-makeover. More than $700 worth of cypress mulch and weed barrier was purchased. Mrs. Cruz also wishes to thank SHS Principal Carolyn Mendiola for sharing the donation with the library!
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Diamondbacks Raise more than $650 in memory of Israel Sanchez

In order to build awareness of Cystic Fibrosis, PHS Librarian Janie B. Flores convinced administrators and coaches to take "one for the team." The one was a pie in the face. Students purchased a ticket for $1 to have the chance to throw a pie at the coach or administrator with the most money raised.
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SPHS Pie Toss Cystic Fibrosis
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Robert McLeaish Remembered

Robert (Bob) Burns McLeaish, Jr. (92) passed away on April 21, 2015 at Amara Hospice in Edinburg. Bob was born on January 20, 1923 to Robert and Mabel McLeaish Sr. in Galveston, Texas.

Mr. McLeaish was the husband of Penny Payte McLeaish who taught at Sharyland High School for 42 years. The SHS Library is named for her. Bob graduated from Los Fresnos High School, received his accounting degree at Texas A & M in 1947, and his law degree from the University of Texas in 1953 where he served as President of the Student Bar Association. Even though Bob had attended both universities, he was a lifelong Aggie. He was a World War II Marine fighter pilot and retired from the Marines with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Among his numerous commendations, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Bob served as the Hidalgo County Auditor for many years before opening up his own law office in McAllen where he concentrated in the area of bankruptcy law. Bob was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church for many years. Bob was active in many community groups. He was a Lion and was elected District Governor in 1970. He was also very active in the Elks Club. After retirement, Bob became active in Toastmasters where he was an Area Governor and received the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Bob also took his politics very seriously and was a fixture in Democratic politics. In 1988, he was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He was also a member of the Tripas Club. For relaxation, Bob liked to play (and win) Texas Hold'em. In his younger days, he relaxed as a bullfighter.

They wish to thank the staff of Amara Hospice who made their Dad's final days peaceful. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made to The Sharyland Education Foundation, 1106 N. Shary Road, Mission, Texas 78572.

Donations made in memory of Bob McLeaish will be dedicated to programs at the Penny Payte McLeaish Learning Resource Center.

Congratulations Bentsen 2nd Grade Millionaire Readers

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Juan Sanchez

Diversity and Inclusion Summit Guests

Dr. Yvonne Chandler, Janie B. Flores, J. Ford, Raquel Merlo, and Innocent Awasom pose for a photo at the Texas Library Association. Janie B. Flores, Raquel Merlo, and Innocent Awasom all received a stipend to attend TLA sponsored by the Junior Library Guild.
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Shimotsu Poetry Night

Thursday, May 7th, 6pm

San Mateo Rd

Mission, TX

Come and join Shimotsu students and staff as they recite some of their favorite poetry!

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations

Authors Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong, and Zulema Bewley celebrate at TLA. Shimotsu Librarian Zulema Bewley was invited to provide consultant services on the most recent poetry collections. This newest anthology provides poems in both English and Spanish.
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Martinez Library Mini-Makeover

RD Martinez students, staff, and parents are welcomed by a new look at the circulation counter. Thanks to a generous donation by the campus SPTSO and paint and labor from the SISD maintenance department, Librarian Zulema Garza is putting her touches on the library.
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O Garza Celebrate Reading Goals with AR Party

Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

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