2022/2023 Impact Report
- The WC Book Club meets monthly to discuss books, genres, and participate in activities to explore a love of reading. Favorite activities included “Find Someone Who”, Holiday Book Swap, and Book Tasting.
- The librarian provided activities based on the Elf on the Library Shelf. Students made snowflakes, searched for hidden Elf Bucks to use in the library cafe, shared their wishes for the world, and more.
- The librarian invited students to participate in celebrating the week of Lunar New Year with daily activities. A favorite for students was finding the hidden, lucky red envelopes with cafe credit inside.
- The librarian sponsored a poetry contest in celebration of Poetry Month and School Library Month. Teachers volunteered to judge entries for poems submitted by students in categories including haiku, sonnet, and free verse.
print books in collection
ebooks books in collection
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ebooks books checked out
- The librarian co-taught a lesson about censorship, including terminology and statistics related to challenges, to on-level English IV classes following Banned Books Week. Students browsed banned books in the collection in anticipation of reading and presenting a banned book of their choice.
- The librarian instructed students in English I Honors classes on how to generate search terms and how to use search terms to locate sources in a database. Students recorded their information on a digital note-taking form provided by the librarian.
- The librarian worked with the Forensic Science teacher to determine a list of books and digital resources suitable for student research about serial killers. Students used these books to gather background information to support their presentation.
- The librarian instructed AP Psychology students on how to search in library databases and how to utilize various features within sources. Students used these sources to research and create presentations about mental disorders.
The librarian met with the College Prep teacher to plan lessons and recommend resources for an inquiry project focused on students’ self-selected topics . Based on the steps of the Guided Inquiry process, the librarian scaffolded lessons to ensure student success when: selecting a topic, developing a question, refining the inquiry question, locating sources, database searching, and note-taking. Students were provided a digital note-taking template designed to support their creation of an annota
- The Churchill librarian collaborated with the AVID teacher to provide students with information about resources available in Learning Express. Students completed the Interest Matcher and Skills Matcher surveys and explored suggested occupations.
- The Churchill librarian collaborated with the CCMR specialist to provide an after-school opportunity for students and families to complete the FAFSA. Representatives from San Antonio Education Partnership were available to guide students through the process of filling out online forms.
- The Churchill librarian collaborated with the African American Studies teacher to spotlight Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Students printed and hung their created presentations in the library during Black History Month.
- The Churchill librarian collaborated with the Art Club to host a tiny masterpiece painting session. These paintings served as examples for other students who created their own paintings for the Tiny Art Show in the Library.
As part of the library’s close partnership with our campus CCMR specialist, Jeannie DImaline, the library hosted its second annual College, Career, and Military Fair. In order to encourage attendance by all interested students, the fair took place during all three lunches. Attendees were treated to over 30 representatives from colleges, universities, and institutes, as well as recruiters from all branches of the military. Students were provided opportunities to speak with potential employers from the San Antonio area. Our English teachers encouraged attendance by providing students with a chart for documenting their top five conversations with representatives from potential schools, branches of service, and employers. Once signed by the librarian or Ms. Dimeline, students returned these to their teachers for credit in class.
Students displaying presentations in library
- The librarian provided staff development at ELAR Curriculum Day for the Question Formulation Technique. Teachers learned about the process and how to utilize it with students in the classroom, especially to improve the development of essential questions as part of the inquiry process.
- The librarian collaborated with club sponsors and Parliament to organize Club Day, an event to inform and encourage participation in campus clubs. This event provided an opportunity for all students to spend time during lunch periods speaking with student representatives of clubs and organizations.
- The librarian shared important first and second semester library statistics with the Churchill community via the principal’s newsletter. These snapshots advocate for the library by providing a view of library visits, book checkouts, class instruction, and collection development.
- The librarian partnered with ITS, Wes Ryan, and Social Emotional Well Being Specialist, Gilberto Avila to present a professional development session. Teachers walked around campus to various stations where they scanned qr codes and collaborated with other participants in learning about various topics.