Terry Sousa was fortunate that her application for the Foundation Grant was selected for the CHS West book club. Central High School West Book Club is in its sixth year. The goal of the club is to encourage students to enjoy reading and increase reading literacy. The stronger the reader, the stronger their reading skills, increasing vocabulary, understanding of content and interpretation of author, style and tone. The students will read eleven titles. The books were selected because of the following considerations: Cultural Diversity-to better understand the world around us, Nature and Science, History and Perspective of world events, Modern Legends borrowing from the past, Looking to the Future and Strong Teens enduring crisis and overcoming challenges.
As students are reading there will be literature circles so groups can discuss specific elements of the book, character, writing and plot development. Students will be encouraged to share their opinions of the book and the reasons behind their thoughts. Art is very important in translating concepts to a visual interpretation of their readings. Students will be create posters, post cards, mixed media representation of different aspects of scenes and characters. Creativity will be highly encouraged in a Maker space setting.
The library media tech at Saroyan Elementary, Kristen Sierra, held a book recommendation contest this fall. Students were invited to recommend a book for other students and all those who do are entered into a drawing by grade for a $20 gift certificate for the Scholastic Book Fair when it comes to their school.
Library services is very proud to report that our own Ramona Cheek, Teacher Librarian at CHSW, was the recipient of the Innovation Grant from FCOE this fall. She will be attending the reception honoring the recipients later this month and will receive a check for $1000. Ramona’s grant proposal is to purchase additional copies of Breakout EDU boxes for use with both high school and middle school students. These innovative boxes support critical thinking skills and collaborative learning. Ramona is very successful in receiving this grant from FCOE, this is her third selection in four years and the students in Central will greatly benefit from the addition of these Breakout boxes for engaging and motivating lessons. Congratulations to Ramona.
All sites are continuing to work on moving out obsolete materials. The sheer volume of material is so large that we have already filled the warehouse and are now waiting for the recycler to pick up round # 1. We will offer materials to the public on Tuesday and Thursday (Oct 17th and 18th) from the warehouse. Once the first load of materials has been collected by the recycler we will start round # 2.
Athletes as Readers and Leaders has kicked off its 9th year at East campus. Last week Athletes went to Teague Elementary to read with students and visited 17 classes! Christine Flores, Teacher Librarian at East, is currently providing training for 55 new readers to support the returning 40 students so we can continue with this program. Last year Athletes read to over 5000 students and provided not only information on healthy eating choices and lifestyle but also a positive role model for our elementary students.