One for the Record Books

December 2016

District Librarian Meeting Hosted Jessie Jensen Elementary School

Thank you to Mr. Ramos, librarian Jessie Jensen Elementary School. He hosted the December meeting. His library was beautifully decorated. He provided a Subway lunch for all the librarians.
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Mobile Labs Help with AR STAR Assessment @ Shimotsu Elementary

First graders use laptops to complete the mid-year AR Star Reading assessment. The computer labs were full so librarian Zulema Bewley made use of a COW-Computer on Wheels.
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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!

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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!

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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!

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Scholastic Book Fair

After six years, the Scholastic Book Fair makes a comeback at B. L. Gray... and it is a hit! Students and staff welcomed the book fair with open arms and excitement. Principal Lori Ann Garza supported librarian Wenndy Pray by arranging to have the book fair available for parents and visitors at the Beginner and Junior High Christmas concerts. Mrs. Pray gives a special thank you to Ms. Cathi Quick, B. L. Gray band director. The book fair brought various departments together to support student literacy and was available from December 1 - 15.
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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.

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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.

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UTech Conference Educates Wernecke Librarian and Peers

Samantha Silva, Patricia Ramos, and Adalberto Ramos attend the UTech Conference at Region One. Mrs. Ramos is the librarian for Wernecke Elementary. She had this to say about her conference experience, "I really enjoyed the guest speaker at the conference. His name was Todd Nesloney. He was very entertaining, and also very inspirational. He had so many great ideas and ways to use technology to connect with colleagues and to build excitement with the kids. Attending the conference was a great reminder about all of the technology tools available to us and how implementing them can make a world of difference!"
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Bentsen Top Readers

Bentsen students continue to make the Century Club and Golden Medal Reader Club. Bentsen top readers demonstrate their love of reading by exceeding their reading goal every reporting period. Congratulations Bentsen Top Readers!!!!
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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.

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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!

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Robert Ramirez Presents to District Librarians

Retired Sharyland ISD educator Robert Ramirez presents to the district librarians at the December 2nd meeting. His presentation focused on his grandmother's book, Ranch Life in Hidalgo County after 1850. Copies are available for purchase on Amazon and the South Texas Museum of History in Edinburg. Mr. Ramirez is available for school visits.
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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.

Coding rocks!

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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.

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Sharyland High School Library Ambassadors

Eight talented students served library patrons the fall semester as senior office aides. Students worked with circulation, shelving, creating displays, assisting students with one-to-one instruction, processing new books, answering phones, and delivering items to the classroom. Mrs. Cruz, SHS/ SA3 librarian said, "These students have developed soft skills and 21st-century job training. They will be successful with future public service positions because of the experience and on the job training they have received."
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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!

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PSJA Librarians Share Battle of the Books Competition

Minerva Lazo and Rosanna Gutierrez shared a presentation about the Battle of the Books with district librarians. The PSJA Librarians have had years of experience selecting books, auditioning students, and hosting the competition. They commented that "It takes a lot of work, but it is very rewarding." Sharyland librarians will discuss this opportunity further at the next district librarian meeting.
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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!

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Family Reading Night @ O Garza Elementary School

O. Garza Elementary hosted a Family Reading Night on Thursday, December 15th. We were proud to have our own 2nd grade Mrs. Liza Garza, and alumni Miss Andrea Chapa visit our students. Mrs. Liza Garza is Mrs. South Texas, and Miss Andrea Chapa is Pre-Teen Miss Rio Grande Valley.
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Cultural Diversity Book Displays

B. L. Gray library aides address cultural diversity and other topics with December book displays. "The library's valuable student helpers have grown in areas of customer service, clerical skills, circulation, and overall soft skills. Part of the mission for the library student aide program at B. L. Gray is to prepare students for public relations and beyond. This month, students were given different scenarios to address various student populations, showcase festivities, authors, and other December activities. Students chose to commemorate holidays, religions, famous authors (Charles Dickens), and popular reading selections for the season. "I'm very proud of my aides," affirms Mrs. Pray, "they've become well-rounded students and show great promise as they prepare for high school."
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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.

JHS 1st Annual 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.

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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.

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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.