PSJA Libraries invite you to groove to a new book this summer. All you need to do is monitor your reading on the attached reading log (below). Books can include items for your English assigned reading, or leisure reading.
Calling all English students! The time has come for the distribution of your summer reading packets. These assignments are required for all English classes in PSJA ISD. If you lost your pamphlet, you'll find copies attached below. Come prepared and ready to discuss these great books on the first day of school! Please share these files with your friends should they need them!
This year, 20 students were honored at the annual Texas Library Association's Texas Media Awards! Students contributed samples of their work in different media, including multimedia presentation, video recording, graphic design, black and white photography, and color photography. For the third year in a row, and under the guidance of their teachers Ms. Diana Ybanez and Dr. Luis Canales, Jefferson ECHS took top honors in many of those categories. We are especially thankful that once again, our students have been offered the opportunity to travel to the conference to accept their awards. Students attended the ceremony and afterward were treated to a true Austin dinner at Terry Black's BBQ.
Senior student Kerri Aguilar is conducting research on reading preferences amongst high school students. Your help is needed! Students, please go to the link below and take this brief survey:
Do you judge a book by its cover? This month, the library is challenging you to change things up. Our library helpers have wrapped up a few of our newest books and labeled them with nothing but a few key terms to help you select your next big read. This is about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something you wouldn't normally pick up! After you are done reading, fill out a quick "Rate Your Date" card and turn it into the library for a Valentine's treat.
On November 17th and 18th, our PE classes took a trip to visit with author Jennifer A. Nielsen, who wrote The False Prince series. During her presentation, Nielsen discussed her creative process and her inspiration behind the writing of this series. She also provided motivational advice for anyone looking to express their own creativity. Afterward, Nielsen signed books and took the time to chat with students in attendance.
Many thanks go out to the students who volunteered their time at the first ever McAllen Book Festival, hosted by the McAllen Public Library! TSTEM students offered their services in working as greeters, escorting authors from one presentation to the next, manning the children's craft area, and selling books. They were rewarded with free snacks, one-on-one time with authors, and free books at the end of the event.
Congratulations go out to 4 of our students who earned honorable mentions in McAllen Book Festival's first annual teen writing contest! The students submitted flash fiction (short stories 200 words or less). Thomas Jefferson TSTEM ECHS had 4 students recognized: Marie Vallangca, Diana Ortiz, Nicholas Alvarado, and Ken Evasco. These students have been invited to read their stories aloud at the festival and will also receive a prize and certificate of award.
We just visited a book festival, now you have an opportunity to work at one! Are you interested in meeting a variety of authors? Do you need to earn some community hours? The McAllen Book Festival needs your help! The event takes place on Saturday, November 8th. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. Click HERE for the list of jobs available. If you are sure you can come, submit your information below:
We traveled to Austin, Texas on October 18th for the Texas Teen Book Festival. Students had the opportunity to meet and get books signed by over 50 different authors, including James Dashner, Joelle Charbonneau, Gayle Forman, Becca Fitzpatrick, and many more. They also got a chance to listen to presentations by Ransom Riggs, Scott Westerfeld and Lauren Oliver. This 24-hour trip was exhausting, but so worth it!
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