One for the Record Books

January 2018

Martinez Elementary Adopts Buddy Reading Program

Fourth grade and first grade began a reading buddy program. This promotes a higher interest and engagement in reading. Students in both grade levels demonstrate the excitement when they read together.

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Coding is Cool at North

by Darvin Koenig

During National Computer Science week, which was December 4-11, all 8th grade students came to the library where Mr. Koenig introduced them to coding and they took part in the worldwide Hour of Code event.
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Shimotsu Students Enter Library Photography Contest

These Shimotsu students were recognized as 2rd, 1st, and 3rd place winners of the Shimotsu Photo Contest. This contest was open to students in grades 3-6. We had 18 amazing entries! Campus librarian Zulema Bewley was very pleased with the quality of the photos submitted. The 1st-3rd place winners plus Runners Up had their photos submitted to the Texas Youth Creators Awards. Mrs. Bewley wishes to thank the Shimotsu SPTSO for providing prizes for the 1st -3rd place winners.
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PHS Photography Contest Winners

Students entered the photography contest to help promote the Texas Youth Creators Awards competition entries. Thanks to all Pioneer students who participated. A special thank you to Janie B. Flores, PHS librarian for all of her work to promote creativity and use of media.
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MackinVIA Professional Development Enhances Teaching Practices

by Wenndy Pray

Mackin representatives Martha and Ronnie Lee visited B. L. Gray Jr. High faculty for professional development earlier this month. They shared about great MackinVIA features for our teachers and students. As they shared, Librarian Wenndy Pray facilitated and addressed teacher concerns. Teachers were enlightened and showed great interest. They created groups for their subjects and hit the ground running. Seventh grade English teacher Lindsay De Leon now uses the MackinVIA app with her students. They access resources to complete class activities. "Every week we journal on one influential figure, and they have to research the person. I love it."

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Jensen Top 3 Readers

Congratulations to our students! They are reading and learning. These young ladies have been recognized as the Top 3 Readers for the first semester. Way to Go!
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Sharyland High School Leads Region One High Schools in Accessing eBooks

by Nicole H. Cruz

Congratulations to our students and staff! We are once again at the top of the Region One Leader Board for access to eBooks. MackinVIA is an awesome digital book tool. Want to know more about it? Call or email Nicole Cruz. She can come to your classroom and provide a quick demo.

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Sharyland High School's Child Development Class Collaborates with JHS Library

by Monica Silva

Mrs. Brisnahan's Child Development Class would visit John H. Shary every Tuesday from 9:45-11:00 to read with our students from Pre-kinder to 2nd grade. Students would have a one-to-one or small group reading time. The students loved having the high schools come in and read with them. It was a great opportunity to establish a connection and build a student community between both schools.

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SA3 Student Jessica Boetcher Designs Outstanding Logo for BCM Club & Texas Youth Creators Awards

by Nicole H. Cruz

Librarian Nicole Cruz had a total of 15 projects submitted by 32 SHS and SA3 students for the Texas Youth Creators Awards. This graphic design was created and submitted by SA3 student Jessica Boetcher. Out of 10 categories, students submitted in 7 categories. We expect to share good results sometime in March. Now the waiting begins

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O. Garza Celebrates Meeting AR Goals

by Samantha Silva


O. Garza students celebrated meeting their AR goals for the third six weeks. Firs grade and Third grade had the highest turn out. Two of our first grade classes had all students meet their goals. Mrs. L. Garza’s third grade class had all but one student meet their goals, and are working hard to meet their goals this six weeks. All students who made their goals were rewarded for their time and efforts in becoming better readers.

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Bentsen Elementary Incorporates Literature in the Classroom

Bentsen teachers are using literature skills throughout the campus to foster the love of reading. kinder teachers are using their grant award to create a theater show to reinforcing retelling skills. Kinder students are very motivated in participating using puppets to retell classic children stories like The Three Little Pigs. In fourth grade, teachers used their grant award to develop their classroom library. Students have an huge selection of books which encourages them to read throughout the day. Students must also checkout the book with the teacher, making a true classroom library. The love of reading is being spread throughout grade levels at Bentsen Elementary.
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Scholastic Book Fair

Wernecke Librarian Patricia Ramos is busy promoting the Scholastic Book Fair. Students love to come, browse, and buy all sorts of things from posters to books. Book fair time is fun for students and staff.
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Thanya Montemayor Graduates from SHSU with Masters in Library Science

It's over! The feeling of graduation was unreal, and I have discovered that I have so much more free time to read books I actually want to read. I can’t wait to get started in my new career. I want to thank you all so much for helping me on my last semester, but a very special shout out to Mrs. Bewley. I couldn’t have done it without your support.

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Lori De La Garza Graduates from SHSU with Masters in Library Science

“I’m grateful for being able to dedicate my time during these past two years as I worked towards this enormous milestone in my life. This accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my amazing family. I believe that every child has a right to seek information in hopes of learning something new, Thus, I support the freedom to read. I look forward to the opportunity of being a librarian to our future leaders! ”

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Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

Mick Johnson is four years old when his dad, who is a former college football star, starts training him. His father delays his schooling a year, so he will be physically bigger and stronger than the boys in his class. All goes as planned until Mick makes the Varsity his freshman year of high school. The starting running back is much bigger and stronger than Mick. It is then that Mick is introduced to “gym candy” by his personal trainer. Soon he is seeing the results that he wants, but he is also dealing with the negative side effects.

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Shimotsu UIL Number Sense Team

Campus librarian Zulema Bewley coaches the 5th-6th grade UIL Number Sense participants. She has been coaching this event for 11 years. Mrs. Bewley says, "I’m very proud of my students and their accomplishments this year. Shimotsu is a “power house” when it comes to UIL. We compete against the other Sharyland elementary schools and we won every tournament this year." Way to go students and sponsors!
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"Let it Snow" @ Pioneer High School

Students and staff contributed to the Library Sponsored "Let It Snow" Presentation. The student photo was also entered into the Texas Youth Creators Awards competition. PHS Cafeteria staff are true participants in school events.

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B.L. Gray Librarian partners with Sharyland High School CTE Counselor

by Wenndy Pray

Wenndy Pray and SHS CTE Counselor Micheal Ledesma partnered to educate eighth scholars for high school scheduling. "This partnership was incredibly important," says Pray, "I knew students had to be prepared for the decisions they'd make this month." Mrs. Pray discussed House bill 5 endorsements and conducted introductory lessons. Mr. Ledesma visited the campus to expand on scheduling scenarios and high school credits. Eighth grade scholars have since explored potential careers, CTE clusters, and are now prepared for pre-registration.

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Bragging Rights Come with Reading

Students at Jessie Jensen Elementary are proud to wear their school colors. They qualify for a Jensen Super Reader t-shirt when they reach their word count goal. Congratulations to the students at Jessie Jensen Elementary
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SA3 Students Earn Coding Grant from Education Foundation

The Coding Connects Us Club was blessed to receive an Education Foundation Grant for the total amount of $838.65. The club will explore coding via the following purchased items: Hummingbird Robotics Base Kit; Chibitronics Chibi Lights Circuits; Sparkfun Raspberry PI 3 Starter Kit; Sphero Spark Robot, and more.
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Hour of Code at JHS

by Monica Silva

Students at JHS participated in Hour of Code. Each grade level focused on an age-appropriate coding activity and were engaged at their own pace while being challenged. 1st and 2nd grade students coded in a program called Kodables, 3rd and 4th grade students completed Minecraft Hour of Code, and 5th and 6th grade students created their own Google Logo, which allowed students to gain advantages in thinking, processing, and communicating. We are motivating students to maximize their creative potential, and we are developing students to be Future-Ready.

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3rd Annual Alumni Panel Discussion @ Sharyland High School

Sharyland High School librarian Nicole Cruz and counselor Carol Santiago collaborated to make the 3rd Annual Alumni Panel Discussion possible. The panelists represented the following in-state and out-of-state universities: Boston University, Texas A&M College Station, University of Texas Austin, University of Texas RGV, South Texas College, MIT, Sam Houston State University, and College of Saint Benedict.
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Martinez Administration Reads to Students

Campus Principal Nayeli Perez and Assistant Principal Mrs. Montes read aloud to students The Penguin and the Lollipop was read to students in grades K-6th . Students were able to interact with our administration team and as students left the library they were given a lollipop.
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

"One for the Record Books" was recognized by the Texas Library Association for a PR Branding Iron Award in 2016. Submit photos and stories by the deadline each month to be included in "One for the Record Books." Please make sure any students are not on the "Do Not Photograph List" before submitting their photos for publication.