• 2021/2022 Impact Report

Librarian

  • The Churchill librarian sponsors monthly meetings of the WC Student Book Club. The club’s purpose is to build community and foster connections between students over literature.
  • Student lunch in the library offers a welcoming environment and safe space for students to work, study, and read while enjoying their lunch. This is offered daily unless classes are receiving instruction during lunch periods in the library.
  • Students were offered an opportunity to share their voices as a promotion of Mental Health Day. A student response board was set up for participants to add their expressions of gratitude. Those who contributed received stickers and buttons to promote further awareness.
  • The Churchill library adopted the student-led initiative known as ChurCHILL Fest. This event took place the week leading up to finals in December and provided students with tutoring, activities designed to help them de-stress, and guest speakers.
  • During National Library Week, an interactive Student Book Recommendations board was established. Students shared the title of a favorite book with a brief description and why others should read it.
Students with Therapy Dog
 
 
24,373
ebooks books in collection
 
1016
ebooks books checked out
 

Students sharing nonfiction book

Teacher

  • A Library Orientation for all English I & English II classes was conducted at the beginning of the school year. Students toured the library and received a brief introduction to the procedures and resources available. The ideas presented were reviewed with a game of Jeopardy.
  • In order to highlight the importance of self-selected reading, the Churchill librarian presented and facilitated a discussion about the benefits of reading to students in English I Honors classes. A demonstration of locating books in the catalog was followed by students exploring their personal interests in reading.
  • All English III classes visited the library to receive instruction from the Churchill librarian on the proper way to correspond with teachers. Students learned about the importance of the structure and tone of a professional email.
  • English II Honors classes visited the library to learn how to locate relevant sources in a database. The Churchill librarian worked with students as they refined their research questions and generated related search terms for use in locating information.
  • The librarian instructed English IV students on the importance of evaluating sources for credibility and relevance. The lesson included criteria used to analyze sources and the opportunity to practice an evaluation with a group before working independently on their personal inquiry topic.
 

Students conducting research on computers

Lesson Spotlight

The librarian met with the English IV PLC to plan lessons and recommend resources for an inquiry project related to their reading of Hamlet. In preparation for locating sources, students received instruction from the librarian on refining their inquiry questions and generating search terms. Follow-up visits included a demonstration from the librarian on searching in databases, locating sources, and note-taking. Students were provided a digital note-taking template designed to support their creation of an annotated bibliography. This inquiry project model is replicated when students conduct their senior inquiry project on the topic of their choice.

 

Collaborator

  • The Churchill librarian collaborated with other NEISD high school librarians to collect positive professional reviews of library books in a shared repository.
  • The Churchill librarian worked with the African American Studies teacher, Ms. Rumfelt to create a space in the library devoted to exhibiting the culmination of work for two units of study this year. The most recent topic, The Harlem Renaissance, was spotlighted in a three-dimensional installation of information, artwork, and a book display.
  • The Churchill librarian collaborated with the English III GT/AP teacher, Ms. Charlton when classes read self-selected nonfiction books as group book studies. After reading, groups created multimodal presentations to share their findings.
  • The Churchill librarian and English teachers, Ms. Mann and Ms. Wedgworth collaborated to encourage an appreciation of various fiction genres. Tables were set for a “book tasting” with books for students to explore. Students compiled a list of titles they would be interested in reading in the future.
  • The Churchill librarian collaborated with various PLC groups throughout the year to offer a variety of resources, co-plan lessons, and make connections with content teams across departments. Outcomes included a resource guide for Biology’s Flex Time, recommendations for game-based learning for Economics, and several co-planned lessons for all levels of English.

Collaboration Spotlight

The librarian worked with CCMR specialist, Jeannie Dimeline, to facilitate and host two FAFSA workshops and a College, Career, and Military Fair. Students and parents were invited to both FAFSA events, one on a Saturday and one on a weekday evening. There were representatives from San Antonio College and from San Antonio Education Partnership who provided students with one-on-one assistance in completing their FAFSA application. Spanish-speaking students and parents were assisted by our bilingual Family Specialist, Letty Peralta. The College, Career, and Military Fair took place in the library during all three lunches to encourage attendance by all interested students. They were treated to over 30 representatives from colleges, universities, and institutes, as well as recruiters from all branches of the military. There were also opportunities to speak with potential employers from the San Antonio area.

 

Students and three dimensional installation


Campus Leader

  • The Churchill librarian partnered with SEL coach, Rebekah Kmieciak, to facilitate a six-week book study for teachers and staff. The highlight of the study was a Zoom meeting with the author of the book, Matthew Kay.
  • The Churchill librarian met with representatives of RootEd and PTA members to discuss ways to connect with parents and students to meet their academic needs.
  • The Churchill librarian contributes to the administrations’ weekly bulletin newsletter with information about library resources and events.
  • As a member of the Campus Instructional Leadership Team, the Churchill librarian participates in monthly meetings to discuss and make decisions regarding the instructional needs of students and teachers. As a member of the Foundations Committee, the librarian works closely with the campus SEL coach to encourage the implementation of positive behavior systems and structures and the integration of SEL into classroom instruction.
  • The Churchill librarian attended the Learning and Libraries Virtual Conference, the ASCD Virtual Leadership Conference, and the Texas Library Association Conference. By attending professional development, the librarian stays current on best practices in library instruction and programming, as well as ways to serve in a leadership role on campus. Insights and strategies learned were applied in building a high-performing library program.
 
Author and teachers in Zoom meeting
PTA member, Librarian, and CCMR Specialist at College Fair