One for the Record Books
District Librarian Meeting Hosted Jessie Jensen Elementary School
Mobile Labs Help with AR STAR Assessment @ Shimotsu Elementary
Sam Houston State Graduation
On December 10th, Monica Silva participated in the graduation ceremony for Sam Houston State University. Monica earned her Master of Library Science degree. She said, "I truly enjoyed my time learning at the university. All the professors (went above and beyond to) prepare me for my career as a librarian. I am so grateful for their time and dedication." Congratulations to Mrs. Silva!
RD Martinez Elementary Welcome the Elf on the Shelf
The students and staff of RD Martinez Elementary are under Elf surveillance!
Harry the Library Elf is spotted early in the morning by students coming into the library.
At RD Martinez Elementary, We Believe!
Giving is better than receiving!
Over 40 Pioneer High School student volunteers shopped for Salvation Army Angels the Monday before Thanksgiving. Mrs. Flores, PHS LIbrarian, was able to participate as a school chaperone. Volunteers are informed of new requests through our coordinated campus efforts with our Volunteer Remind. Our library staff use the Library Shared Folder to compile a list of interested volunteers because we’re centralized and easy to find. The day before any event, I send the compiled list to the event coordinators.
Renee Huddleston, CTE Counselor, has been helping the Salvation Army Angels for 10 years and her contact calls her annually. Students shopped for 229 Angels with an anonymous donation of $25,000!
Scholastic Book Fair
Hour of Code @ SNJH
From Dec 5-9 every 8th grade student went to the library with their Math teacher to participate in Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a worldwide movement created to engage students in computer programming (coding) with the hope that some of them will pursue Computer Science degrees to help fill the current shortage in that field. Mr. Koenig worked with the Math Department Head to set up this event. He encouraged the students to sign up for computer programming courses when they register for high school in January.
Sharyland High School Students Volunteer for Molina Book Distribution
Twenty-four Sharyland High School students volunteered at the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank in Pharr. The Molina Foundation gifted books to 60 schools and nonprofit organizations in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties. In order to prepare the 90,000 books for distribution, volunteers had to do various jobs.
Students assembled and labeled boxes. They sorted books by age levels, packed books into smaller boxes, and loaded boxes into various vehicles. Three groups from Sharyland High School participated. Students from the TAFE club, National Honor Society, and Penny Payte McLeaish Library Office Aides volunteered to work in a warehouse from 9 am to 1 pm. Library Assistant, Virginia Pena, chaperoned the group. Mrs. Cruz recruited the volunteers at the library. The Molina Foundation provided lunch from Subway and books for all the volunteers.
UTech Conference Educates Wernecke Librarian and Peers
Bentsen Top Readers
Hour of Code Garza Library Stations
O. Garza Elementary hosted the Hour of Code during the week of December 5th through December 9th. During library time students were introduced to two types of coding, block coding, and unplugged coding. The unplugged activity asked students to move one Styrofoam cup from a stack to the table using simple coding commands. Students were asked to work cooperatively to create the codes. Other challenges with the cups including creating a small and medium sized pyramid with the cups. Block coding was learned through the online games already available through Hour of Code. Kinder students were also able to practice coding with online games available through Kodable. Some classes worked together while others were able to practice coding individually.
Winter Scholastic Book Fair
The Winter Book Fair at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary was a great success! Students, parents and staff enjoyed browsing, buying and giving the gift of reading! All shoppers enjoyed the Christmas music and the free gift wrapping!
Robert Ramirez Presents to District Librarians
RD Martinez Elementary participates in the Hour of Code
December 5-9 is designated as Computer Science Education Week.
RD Martinez Elementary participated in the Hour of Code with Ms. Z. Garza in the library.
Students enjoyed different coding with different games.
Rapid Review by Darvin Koenig, SNJH Librarian
by Jessica Martinez
This is the story of Carmen, who is one of the top violinists in the world. She knows nothing of the normal teenage world because her mother has groomed her to be the best violinist since she was young. Just weeks away from winning the Guarneri competition and being crowned the World's best violinist, Carmen finds herself falling in love with her main competition, Jeremy. As the relationship develops Carmen begins to realize what her mother's "Win at all costs" mentality has done to her.
Sharyland High School Library Ambassadors
Making Spirits Bright @ the David O. Garcia Memorial Library
Mr. Juan Vazquez’ Foreign Language students cheerfully decorated the David Garcia Memorial Library’s Christmas tree to welcome students into the library!
PSJA Librarians Share Battle of the Books Competition
It Takes a Village to Host a Scholastic Book Fair
Shimotsu parents help librarian Zulema Bewley set up the Scholastic Book Fair. Mrs. Bewley says, "I could not run a successful book fair without the help of our amazing volunteers." Thank you parents!
Family Reading Night @ O Garza Elementary School
Cultural Diversity Book Displays
First Annual Thanksgiving Parade @ John H Shary Elementary
Students at John H. Shary Elementary participated in our First Annual Thanksgiving Parade. During their library time, students were read, Balloons Over Broadway, a picture book biography about Tony Sarg. He is a German-American puppeteer, illustrator, and the inventor of the balloons that fill the skies of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade every year. Students made their own version of a balloon and walked around the halls of John H. Shary while other students were spectators. The Sharyland Pioneer Drumline was gracious enough to join us to lead our First Annual Thanksgiving Parade.
Cozy Reading Corners
Merry Christmas from the Bentsen Elementary Library. Students have been working hard in meeting their AR goals. Students enjoy reading their library books in the festive reading area of the library.
Comfort House Hospice Receives Donation from Hinojosa Elementary
The EarlyAct Club of Ruben Hinojosa Elementary collected donations of white vinegar, laundry detergent, hand soap, tissues and food items for Comfort House, a hospice home in McAllen. The students along with Mrs. Moreno, the librarian at RHE and the sponsor for EarlyActs, delivered the donated items to Comfort House on Wednesday, Dec. 14th.