The Pony Express
3rd Six Weeks Winter 2015 - 2016
FORD WINS BATTLE OF THE BLUEBONNET BOOKS CONTEST
Ford Elementary School received first place out of 25 elementary schools in PSJA at the "Battle of the Bluebonnet Books" January 15, 2016! Contestants were to read 6 Texas Bluebonnet Books chosen from a list of 20 books recommended by Texas librarians. The six books were the following:
Quinny & Hopper
Emily's Blue Period
Zane and the Hurricane
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Separate Is Never Equal
Our two brilliant students, Kenya Antuna and Marianna Hernandez, from Ford Elementary were asked questions from each of the six books. They had 15 seconds to answer correctly. Our girls were the only students who did not miss a single question. Alan Shoemaker, Channel 5 meteorologist, was the MC. The contest was videotaped by KTRI. Afterwards plaques were presented to the winners as well as tablets. All contestants were treated to "The Main Event" for all their hard work. Congratulations all the participants, a big thank you to Mrs. Nora Galvan for putting this all together. Kudos to all the hardworking librarians for taking care of all the details. Thank you to Kenya and Marianna for being so responsible and self motivated. You made us "FORD PROUD!"
Pictured are Top Left to Right: Angie Marchese, librarian, Nora Galvan, Library Services Coordinator, Alan Shoemaker MC (Channel 5 meteorologist), and Ronnie Cantu , School Board Member. Bottom Left to Right: Mariana Hernandez and Kenya Antuna.
Texas Bluebonnet Award
Lunch Book Club
Dewey Decimal System, Destiny and MackinVIA
Seasonal Internet Activities
4th Grade Advanced Reader Science Challenge
Fourth grade students were challenged to read science books by the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in collaboration with PSJA. The top two science readers were awarded the "Every Kid in a Park" pass for winning. The pass gives students free entry to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more. In this way fourth graders with their families are encouraged to expand their horizons by investigating, exploring, and enjoying science.
Pictured left to right: Susana Ramirez, P-SJ-A Science Coordinator, Mrs. P. Salinas, Ford Principal, student winners Christopher Serna, Damenik Reyes, and Gisela Chapa, Refuge Manager Santa Ana.
"First Book" Distribution
Ms. Marchese, Ford librarian, was at the "First Book"distribution sorting 84,000 books for the giveaway. The event took place at the Old Yzaguirre Middle School cafeteria on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Students were given 4 books each. Many happy faces were seen choosing from the wide arrange of titles.
Family Literacy Night
Sotomayor Early College High School Volunteers @ Ford Library
Sotomayor Early College High School students come every Friday for 2 1/2 hours and volunteer at the Ford Library. Sotomayor's librarian, Mrs. Castillo, and ELA teacher, Mrs. Garcia, collaborated with Ford librarian, Ms. Marchese, to have students volunteer helping 1st Grade children read. Pre-K and Kinder students have also benefited greatly by these wonderful girls coming to assist in learning activities for the boys and girls at Ford Elementary.
Enrollment and Library Circulation
School Enrollment: 860
Circulation for 3rd Six Weeks (books checked in and out)