Hillcrest Library Media Center

5th Six Weeks

Our Best Yet!

This six weeks the library media center serviced the highest number of classes and students this school year. We had over 15,000 check-ins by students with most serviced before school. Our students arrive early every morning to complete homework assignments, read and study before the start of the school day.

Throughout the six weeks, we successfully accommodated 377 classes for multiple purposes from research projects to guest speaker events. We were happy to collaborate with Mrs. Simmons from the English department regarding a student research assignment.

Mrs. Simmons' English II Classes:

Students first chose a famous person who they believed had or has contributed greatly to history. Then, with guided notes and graphic organizers, we demonstrated several library databases for them to use in conducting basic research on their subject. We also pulled over 75 books from our own collection for students to use in their research.

Both Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Arvizu helped Mrs. Simmons on the student's first day in the library by providing them with step-by-step directions for navigating to the library catalog as well as using the many tools offered by our online databases.

We highly promote collaborating with your librarians for incorporating information literacy skills into your existing curriculum! Our students will benefit from across the curriculum with these skills!

Professional Development

Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Arvizu traveled to Houston in mid-April to attend the Annual Texas Library Association Conference. The 4-day conference included daily invocations of various ambassadors in the field of library science and literacy. The highlight of the keynote speakers was hearing LeVar Burton from PBS's Reading Rainbow!

Each day, librarians could choose from an extensive schedule of workshops, panels, hands-on labs and forums offered every hour. With over 7,000 members, this is by far the best conference to attend to build dynamic partnerships and networks with others involved in library communities across the state of Texas.

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Read, Return, Repeat

Hillcrest High School circulated 1,304 items during the 5th six weeks! Total items circulated is based on check-outs, renewals, in-house use and holds checked out at Hillcrest HS from other campuses.

Our library also loaned 86 of our own books to various students across the district; Hillcrest students borrowed 17 from other school libraries.

Dallas ISD's Interlibrary Loan program is greatly appreciated by all our students!

Field Trip Fun!

Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Arvizu brought 16 students to the 2nd Annual North Texas Teen Book Festival held at the Irving Convention Center on April 23. This all-day festival featured over 60 Young Adult authors from all over the United States, many with award-winning titles, teaching experience and clients of large publishing houses like Random House and Harper Collins. Many of these authors have topped the New York Times' Bestseller's list multiple times!

A special THANK YOU to Mrs. Simmons and Mrs. Eisenberg (parent of Elise Eisenberg, 12) for attending the festival with us!

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Senior Damontrey Gray and Freshman Elizabeth Wilson pose with Holly Black!

Hillcrest Reading Club Gives Back

Members of the World Café Reading Club visited pre-kinder and kindergarten classes at Preston Hollow Elementary School in honor of Dr. Seuss Day.

Hillcrest students each visited a classroom where they read a Dr. Seuss book aloud to the class.

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Around the Library:

  • Mr. Burgess is the first to use our BRAND NEW, COLOR PRINTER!

  • The JRTOC department invited local Korean War Veterans to speak to our Hillcrest Students. It was an honor to meet these wonderful men!

  • Students continue to seek out library space before, after and during lunch for some quiet study-time!

April Book Club Pick:

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World Café Reading Club discussed Jennifer Smith's novel on Friday, April 29 after school.

For this month, members have decided to each pick their own book to read and discuss it at the meeting Thursday, May 19. See you there!