2022/2023 Impact Report
- Students in the third grade listened to the first chapter from the Bluebonnet Award book, J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard, during a library lesson. The students who were interested participated in a lunch bunch once a week in the library to listen, eat, and discuss the book. A total of twenty students participated.
- The teachers and students participated in a holiday book rotation. For five days, classrooms began their day with a holiday read-aloud selected by the librarian and wrapped in paper, then passed to the next teacher on the list.
- Students in the second grade participated in the Fairy Tale Rodeo, where they studied six traditional tales and six fractured fairy tales set in Texas and their plot elements. Each class competed in a friendly competition to answer the most questions about the stories to win a trophy for their class.
- During the last week of the month, the students participate in makerspace stations. They get to select from twelve stations and work on a task card or as a team to build creatively.
print books in collection
ebooks books in collection
print books checked out
ebooks books checked out
- The third-grade students researched national parks using Britannica. They looked for information about the park’s features, plants, wildlife, and history, then published a digital brochure.
- During the first-grade fairytale unit, students listened to various versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They then practiced finding “just right” books in the library by selecting four and sorting them into placemats labeled “too cold,” “just right,” and “too hot.”
- 4th and 5th grade students listened to the five picturebook Bluebonnet Award books in the library and voted on their favorite. As part of a writing lesson, the students wrote an argumentative piece that stated their opinion on their favorite book and three claims to support their thinking.
- Kinder participated in research on ladybugs in the spring. As a class, we charted what they knew about ladybugs and what questions they had. Then we read an informational book and searched for answers to their questions. They created a ladybug art project to record their new learning.
Part of the second grade curriculum is to learn about model citizens and the War of 1812. In the library, we combined the two ideas by having students research a historical figure and digitally publish a biography of the person. The students included a timeline and facts about the person’s life. Then students took what they learned about the person and wrote two character traits that described the figure and explained why they were a model citizen.
- I collaborated with our ITS, Kathy Hurlbert, to create a coding lesson using Bee-Bots during a map unit. The second-grade students placed pictures of places around the school (library, cafeteria, gym, playground, nurse station) on a large grid paper and coded the Bee-Bots to the different landmarks.
- I collaborated with our family specialist to provide young preschool students a storytime. Once a week for six weeks, we hosted a storytime, completed crafts, and taught about nutrition.
- I collaborated with our K-2nd Instructional Literacy Coach to discuss areas where students could use support to improve their MAP scores. We decided together that I would have students answer questions orally and write in complete sentences when applicable for lessons.
- I collaborated with our STAAR grade teachers to list TEKS or topics the students struggled with throughout the year. 5th grade science expressed the need for support in animal adaptations, so they made a Guess Who animal research project where students revealed adaptation clues while other students guessed animals.
I collaborated with our custodian to be a guest author in our library. She wrote a book as a child and recently had the book published. Ms. Candace talked about her writing process, and we taught a lesson about how authors generate ideas. The students love seeing Ms. Candace around the school and often share their writing with her.
Ms. Candace reading a book to a 1st grade class.
- Once a month, I share events or lessons in the library on social media via Twitter or our Facebook page. Parents can stay engaged, know when things are happening, and participate in things such as Mommy and Me story time for our young toddler mustangs.
- Once a month, the Innovation team presents to the staff different ways to incorporate technology into lessons. For this quarter, I explained to the staff how to integrate research into digital publishing projects as an alternative to final paper products.
- This spring, I held an information session for parents in collaboration with the family specialist department to promote reading over spring break. The parents learned how their role in reading to their children could help them develop oral language and reading skills and associate reading with a joyful experience.
- I serve as a co-sponsor of the Student Ambassadors. We have a student representative in each classroom from kinder through fifth grade. We trained the students to give campus tours, serve during volunteer opportunities, and meet once a month to discuss leadership.