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PSJA Collegiate HS Program Library Newsletter 4th Six Weeks 2020

PSJA Battle of the Books

PSJA Collegiate HS Battle of the Books 3rd Place 2019-2020

Our Collegiate High School Battle of the Books Team competed against our sister high schools at the PSJA Battle of the Books Competition in January. Our students placed third at the district level. Members of the team are: Cassandra Rios- captain, Amelia Gaytan, Miguel Espinoza, and Josue Cedillo, Sponsor- Amy Marquez, Librarian.

Texas Library Standards 3.1.0 The library encourages students to read a variety of literature for information and pleasure. The library provides a consistent way for students to respond to literature using three or more methods such as: social media, reading promotions, programs/ clubs.

Texas Library Standards 3.2.0 The school library program supports, supplements, and elevates literacy instruction through research based strategies and participation in national, state, and local reading initiatives.

Texas Library Standards 3.4.0 Library programs encourage collaboration with other types of libraries (e.g. public, academic, governmental, special), information institutions (e.g. museums, institutes, and virtual field trips), and community partners.

Author Visit- Francisco Stork

Students had a chance to listen to author Francisco Stork talk about his life and how he found his vocation/ passion in writing. Mr. Stork was born in Mexico and later moved to the United States. He graduated from Harvard and Cornell University and worked as a corporate lawyer, but he always felt called to write. In his talk he shared how reading saved him.

Our Book Club made Mr. Stork an official member by presenting him a Collegiate Book Club shirt. We also had a cake for him in celebration of his book Disappeared's success of making it on the Regional Battle of the Books 2019 List. We are so happy for him!

Thank you to our school nurse, our social studies teacher- Miss Oyervides, and our STC professor Mr. Franco for attending the event. Thank you to Mrs. Galvan and her secretary for making this event possible.

Texas Library Standards 3.1.0 The library encourages students to read a variety of literature for information and pleasure. The library provides a consistent way for students to respond to literature using three or more methods such as: social media, reading promotions, programs/ clubs.

Texas Library Standards 3.4.2 The library provides a monthly learning experience or activity that supplements the reading experience such as guest speakers, authors, storytellers, and virtual or field trips.

Our students won an autographed copy of Mr. Stork's book during the visit.
Mr. Stork receives his honorary Collegiate HS Book Club member shirt and congratulatory cake.

Blind Date with A Book

Our library hosted its 2nd Annual Blind Date With a Book event. Our library advisory board members helped select 70 books they believed their peers would enjoy reading. We wrapped the books and wrote down clues about what a "date" with that book would be like. Out of the 70 books, 69 of them were checked out! Students took a chance on reading these books and came back to rate their "dates" on February 13th with our book discussion. It was so much fun to hear the students talk about the connections they made with their book and what they thought of their "dates."

Texas Library Standards 3.1.0 The library encourages students to read a variety of literature for information and pleasure. The library provides access to physical and virtual collections of high quality, current resources in a variety of formats (print, audio, electronic) and platforms (readable on most devices) which reflect input from stakeholders.

Texas Library Standards 3.1.4 The library provides a consistent way for students to respond to literature using three or more methods such as: social media, reading promotions, programs/ clubs.

Blind Date with a Book Discussion
Students show their book selections for Blind Date with a Book
I'm so happy to see both students and staff participating in the event.

TSI and Testing Prep Resources

Our 10th grade students came to the library for direct instruction on how to access our TSI and testing preparation materials. Go to MackinVia and click on databases. The databases with test preparation materials are EBSCO Learning Express and Gale TERC (Testing and Education Reference Center.)

Texas Library Standards 2.3.0 The school library program offers opportunities for learners to explore real world problems by interacting with relevant information in a variety of formats.

Texas Library Standards 4.3.2 Students are instructed in the access and use of library materials in person, virtually, and using a variety of devices.

Contact Mrs. Marquez if you need help logging in to Mackinvia.com

Spirit of PSJA Award

I am proud to have received the Spirit of PSJA Award for Positive Engagement as a Demonstration of Communicates Effectively. I strive each day to engage both our students and staff in literacy, library programming and a positive school culture.

Texas Library Standards 5.1.0 The school library program features a learning environment that cultivates a sense of community and respect among all students and staff.

Texas Library Standards 5.3.0 The school library program extends library based learning opportunities for families through community-centered activities.

Texas Library Standards 5.4.0 The school library program is a central element of the school through its impact on student achievement, digital literacy, and school/culture.

Texas Library Standards 5.5.0 The school library facility is a safe, inviting, and accessible location with appropriate signage to indicate services, protocols and expectations.

Library Shelfie Day

On January 22nd our students and staff showed their love of reading by taking library "shefies" or Library Shelfie Day. A "shelfie" can be a picture with a book at the book shelve, a picture of your book shelves, a stack of books you love, etc.

Texas Library Standards 5.4.1 Library program activities: Contribute positively to the school culture, connect students with information and each other, focus on critical thinking skills necessary for academic success, use print and digital resources to personalize learning for students

Texas Library Standards 3.2.2 Student participation in library, school, and community sponsored literacy events are celebrated monthly.

Our student council president, Josue Cedillo, is a role model to his peer. He makes reading a priority in his life.
We have so many readers at Collegiate!

Homecoming at PSJA Collegiate

PSJA Collegiate "Homecoming Week" is the anniversary of when we came "home" to our new campus in January 2018. Throughout the week we had spirit days, a homecoming dance, a teachers vs. students game, etc. It is so great that the library is the hub of the school and I get to see all the school spirit.

Texas Library Standards 5.4.0 The school library program is a central element of the school through its impact on student achievement, digital literacy, and school/culture.

This was probably my favorite for meme day!
Loving the Collegiate School Spirit!

Homecoming Teachers vs. Students Kickball Game

Besides being a librarian, I wear many hats, I also photograph and manage our social media accounts. I strive to cover as many events as possible and this one was one of my favorites. Our teachers vs students kickball game was so much fun! I loved seeing how spirited our students and staff are. Our teachers won the game, but it was very close.

Club teams participated in a pre-game competition.
Congratulations to our Spanish Club for winning the club games!
2019-2020 Students & Staff Participants in the Teachers vs Students game

8th Grade Recruitment Showcase

We had our second annual 8th grade recruitment showcase at our library and throughout our campus. My role during the event is to facilitate the tours and prepare our student ambassadors and club representatives for the event. In our library, we set up stations for each of our clubs. Club representatives provide information to prospective students about what their club is all about. Student ambassadors lead the tours around campus. It was a successful event. I really appreciate all the hard work the students put into making it a success.

Texas Library Standards 5.4.1 Library program activities: Contribute positively to the school culture, connect students with information and each other, focus on critical thinking skills necessary for academic success

Student ambassadors share about fine arts and athletics in high school.
Club representatives share what their club is about to prospective 8th grade students.

PSJA Class of '66 Tours our Campus

Throughout the year, our campus is visited by former students, organizations, other schools, etc. This January we had the pleasure of visiting with PSJA HS Class of '66. They were able to tour our campus and visit our library and learn about some of the updates and renovations the campus has gone through over the years. Our student ambassadors, Josue Cedillo and Cassandra Rios, led the tours.

Texas Library Standards 5.3.1 Programs are offered that: Include family participation, include learning community participation, take place either during or beyond the school day, occur at least once a month

Class of '66 graduates stopped by Collegiate Library to hear about our campus and library.
Jose and Cassandra led the tours through our campus and the PSJA Dr. Daniel P. King College & University Center.

International Epilepsy Day

International Epilepsy Day is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries each year. Every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers.

Texas Library Standards 5.4.1 Library program activities: Contribute positively to the school culture, connect students with information and each other, focus on critical thinking skills necessary for academic success

Students show their support
Our students take the time to care about others.

Library Displays

Throughout the school year, our library updates its displays to keep our students engaged in learning. Whether it is our reading themed doors like the one below, our windows with reading related topics, the tops of our shelves with book displays or our brand new shelves that have a featured topic each six weeks. My goal is to help our students and staff become passionate about reading, learn new things, and participate in our learning community.

Texas Library Standards 5.1.1 The library environment is: stimulating, a focal point of learning, a place of community within the school, flexible and provides a variety of spaces to accommodate different activities and learning needs, home to a variety of resources to meet the need of a diverse learning community

Our door decorations change through out the year, but the goal is always the same: to get our students thinking of themselves as readers.
This past six weeks our display was "Find a Little Love at the Library."

Spring 2020 EXPO

We had our first ever Spring 2020 Expo on Saturday, February 15th, at our library. Our student ambassadors helped run the event and provided tours for the families that attended the event. Parents had a chance to register, meet our counselor, talk to our student ambassadors, tour, etc.

Texas Library Standards 5.3.1 Programs are offered that: Include family participation, include learning community participation, take place either during or beyond the school day, occur at least once a month

Collegiate Student Ambassadors
Many families came out to visit our campus at the Spring EXPO.
Everyone had a chance to participate in our photo booth and use our green screen at the library.

Book Club Participates in Track of Hope

Our Book Club Vice President, Cassandra Montoya, took the lead and created an informational poster for the Track of Hope Cancer Relief community event. Also pictured Book Club President Karen Martinez and member Monica Garcia.

Texas Library Standards 1.1.0 Learners and educators use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; they also access and evaluate print and digital resources for their inquiry needs, academic needs, and/or personal needs.

Have you seen our library instagram? @mrsmarquezreads

Texas Library Standards The library provides a consistent way for students to respond to literature using three or more methods such as: social media, book talks/trailers, reading promotions, programs/clubs

Whats's Happening at our Library?

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Texas Library Standards 5.1.0 The school library program features a learning environment that cultivates a sense of community and respect among all students and staff.

Texas Library Standards 3.1.0 The library encourages students to read a variety of literature for information and pleasure. The library provides a consistent way for students to respond to literature using three or more methods such as: social media, reading promotions, programs/ clubs.

Library Advisory Board Meeting

Students involved in our Library Advisory Board, have the opportunity to make decisions about what programming we offer at the library. They provide feedback on books to purchase, books for book club, and activities to have throughout the school year. Our Library Advisory Board is run by president Karen Martinez and vice president Cassandra Montoya.

Texas Library Standards 3.3.0 Library materials reflect diversity, student choice for leisure reading, and reading for information as well as the needs of the curriculum and the state standards.

Texas Library Standards 6.8.1 The library program works with stakeholders monthly to promote library activities.

Students work together plan library events for 4th six weeks.

Spotlight- Book of the Six Weeks

In the Silence Between Us, Maya moves to a hearing school for the first time. She meets the student council president on her first day and he tries to make friends with her despite his not knowing ASL (American Sign Language.) At first, Maya can't understand why this hearing boy wants to be her friend, but gradually her walls come down and she realizes that he may become more than just a friend if she is willing to try. I really enjoyed this book and I loved stepping into Maya's shoes and learning a little more about deaf culture. This book is on the 2020 TAYSHAS Reading List for high school students.

Texas Library Standards 3.1.0 The library encourages students to read a variety of literature for information and pleasure. The library provides a consistent way for students to respond to literature using three or more methods such as: social media, reading promotions, programs/ clubs.

PSJA Collegiate HS Library Mission

The Mission of the PSJA Collegiate High School Program Library is to inspire students to become life-long library users and to give teens a place to express their opinions through the promotion of reading, volunteerism, and participation in the library. The library provides access to a wide range of materials and information to meet the diverse needs of the population. The library develops and implements programs which serve local teens that allow for free inquiry, research based learning, as well as supports the high school to college transition. PSJA Collegiate High School Program Library recognizes its duty in promoting citizenship, literacy and believes that creating a teen-friendly environment is essential in sustaining a successful, thriving school community.

Texas Library Standards 6.6.0 The library program has a mission, vision, goals, objectives and a strategic plan which is in alignment with campus, district, and statewide plans and incorporates sound policies and procedures.

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