One for the Record Books

October 2016

Securing Grants -Librarians Know How to Do It

Sharyland High School Librarian Nicole Cruz has an theory when it comes to writing grants.

"When I write a grant, I approach it with a winning attitude. My job is to secure the grant. Think positive and it will happen." Nicole has earned three grants for her campus this year. The first two were Texas Commission on the Arts grants. She brought performing artists Ruby Nelda Perez-Dona Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen and Outspoken Bean-Slam Poet to her campus. The third is a DonorsChoose.Org grant. With this grant she secured a class set of books for her library. Total amount of awarded money = $2,935. She has already submitted a 4th grant for a field trip through Target.

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First Golden Diamondback Reader Hits Goal at O Garza Elementary

Aaron Guzman, 6th Grader at O. Garza Elementary, has read over one million words. He is our first Golden Diamondback Reader of the 2016-2017 school year. We are very proud of Aaron achieving this goal so early in the school year.

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Slam Poetry Brings Inspiration to BL Gray students and staff

Slam Poet Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean visited B. L. Gray this month and wowed audiences with the power of words. His talent for connecting real life experiences with performance poetry left star-struck students in awe. Students relished in a newfound confidence to call themselves poets and writers; teachers enjoyed the performance as well, saying that it was something different and powerful. Along with connecting with students, Outspoken Bean was ecstatic to visit the largest, single-floor library in the nation: McAllen Public Library. He is photographed with B. L. Gray librarian, Wenndy Pray.

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Wings Wanted: Stem Activity

Stelluna by Jannell Cannon was read to 3rd – 6th students. Each student was given a white sheet of paper with an outline of a bat’s body. The goal was for students to design new wings for Stellaluna using only the paper that they were given. Students could cut, fold, and tape new wings to the body. When students were done, they got to test fly their new Stellaluna. The bat that flew the furthest from their class received a free homework pass. Students really enjoyed competing against each other in this STEM activity.
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Region One Fall Media Fair-Participants

The Region One Fall Media Fair was held at the South Padre Island Convention Center on Friday, October 14th. Pictured are Shimotsu 4th grade teacher Thanya Montemayor, Shimotsu librarian Zulema Bewley, and John H. Shary librarian Monica Silva. Teachers and librarians learned about online resources, audiobooks, young adult literature, and much more.
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13 Colonies Projects on Display at SNJH Library

Sharyland North 7th grader Madison Lightner is shown with her 13 Colonies project. The projects were displayed in the SNJH library during the first Grading Period.

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Public Library Card Sign Up @ Hinojosa Family Reading Night

Ruben Hinojosa Elementary Library, hosted a Family Reading Night on October 4, 2016. Librarians from the McAllen Public Library were also on hand to issue out library cards. There were over 25 parents, students, and staff who took this opportunity to sign up for a library card and enjoyed their time reading in the library.

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Reading Night @ Donna Wernecke Elementary

Students and parents enjoyed Reading Night @ the Library on October 18th! McAllen Library personnel were on site to assist any library patrons who were interested in opening McAllen Library accounts. The students especially enjoyed the free book, Halloween eraser, and candy they received! Thanks to Mrs. Eva Ramos for planning this awesome event.

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RD Martinez Elementary celebrates UNITY Day

Students and staff wear orange for UNITY DAY: Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Ms. Garza reads stories about kindness and acceptance to the students.
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PHS Book Club Works Football Concession Stand

PHS Book Club members Cecilia Rodriguez, Wendy Gaytan, Grace Santos and Branndy Campos sold goodies at the concession stand during the Pioneer/Laredo Nixon football game. PHS lost the battle 10 to 24 but it’s the last we’re going to lose!
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Storybook Pumpkin Contest @ Lloyd and Dolly Bentsen Elementary

These photos were submitted by Bentsen Elementary Librarian Jose Guerrero.
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Sharyland High School & SA3 Host Mackin Representatives

Nicole Cruz, librarian for both SHS and SA3, invited Ronnie and Martha Lee to her campuses on Tuesday, October 11th. They taught all teachers how to access MackinVIA and how they can create groups for reading assignments. Teachers were shown how they can search for resources on the www.mackin.com by TEKS. Both Ronnie and Martha are retired educators. They connected with staff and were able to encourage reading across the curriculum. All district librarians were also invited to attend any staff development session throughout the day. Pictured below are Roxanna Ramos, Ofelia Garza, and Tomas Vasquez. Ronnie and Martha are showing them how to download the free MackinVIA app to their devices.
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Political Forum Held @ Sharyland North Junior High School

On Thursday, October 27, the newly formed student organization SAAPA (Student Association for the Advancement of Political Awareness) along

with their sponsor Mr. James Boyle hosted a forum at the Sharyland North Library. Pictured are the students who are the founding members of the

organization, sponsor Mr. James Boyle, SISD School Board member Ricky Longoria, and the representatives from the local Republican and Democratic parties.

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BL Gray Students Place in McAllen Youth Creative Writing Contest

Congratulations to two gifted B. L. Gray eighth graders for earning their rightful place as first and second place winners of the McAllen Public Library Teen Writing Contest that took place in September. Mrs. Weseman – Chavero praised the first place winner, Ruth Garcia, by sharing that, Ruth “is just an amazing young lady and has a true gift as a writer.” Mrs. Stephens also applauded second place winner Carlos Sepulveda. “He’s a gifted young man who excels as a talented writer.” Mrs. Pray encouraged the ELA teachers to involve their students in the contest, and she’s beyond proud of her mighty Rattler writers.

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PHS Book Club Hoedown Photo Booth

PHS Book Club officers Abel de Leon, Alyssa Barrera and Grace Santos pose at the PHS 3RD Annual Hoedown Photo Booth! The officers were instrumental in creating a “horrific” good time for everyone.
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Collaboration is Key at Shimotsu Elementary

Mrs. Munoz, Shimotsu Assistant Principal, and Zulema Bewley collaborated on a project involving students in grades K – 6. Students illustrated a poem (one poem per grade level.) The poem was read and discussed during a library lesson. In this photo Mrs. Munoz is giving advice on how students could improve their artwork.
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Wernecke VIP Readers

Mrs. Ramos is excited about all of the reading that is happening at Wernecke Elementary! She is very proud of her first 4 VIP Readers of the school year and anticipates many more students to be added to this very prestigious group!

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October Family Literacy Night At O. Garza

O. Garza Elementary had a fantastic Family Literacy Night celebrating reading. McAllen Public Library set up a mobile station that allowed parents and students to sign up for library cards and learn about the fantastic events and services that the library offers. Students were also able to visit the fall book fair, and get ahead on their Accelerated Reader goals. We had a wonderful turnout with parents and students. We were so glad to have the McAllen Public Library visiting us, and informing our students about the services and resources they provide.

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HEB Read 3 Program

During the month of September, John H. Shary participated in the HEB Read 3 Program. The program encourages reading to children three times a week to develop the reading skills they need to be successful in school. Since not all children have books at home or access to literature, our students kindly donated new or gently used books. With our student, parent, and staff support, over 450 books were donated! The overwhelming support will allow us to spread the awareness of children’s literacy.
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Pink Out Week at RD Martinez Emementary

Students enjoyed a "Get Your Game On" day at the library for achieving their AR goals the first reporting period! Plus we enjoyed getting our Pink On to raise awareness on cancer.
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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

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Maddie is a teenager who has what some call a gift, but could just as easily be seen as a curse; she sees every person's death date on their forehead. Her mother, who sees it as a gift, forces Maddie to do "Readings" to bring in money which mostly goes to support her drinking problem. Things go fine until the son of one of the ladies for which Maddie has done a "Reading” turns up missing on the exact date Maddie noted. She quickly finds herself the main suspect in a homicide investigation and things keep getting worse as more people go missing and are eventually found murdered. This thriller has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster!

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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

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