• 2021/2022 Impact Report

Librarian

  • Students were able to pick up a kit in the Reagan Library to participate in the Tiny Art Show to celebrate Youth Art Month.
  • The quail & chicken hatchlings in the Reagan Library provided an educational and SEL attraction for students.
  • Reagan Readers Student Book Club met regularly throughout the school year to discuss books, genres, and participate in reader activities, like making a reader’s vision board.
  • Reagan students made placemats with supplies from the Library’s Kindness Cart for recipients of Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving serving.
  • The library distributed buttons during lunches to promote Kindness Week and books about Kindness.
students at book club
 
 
24,433
ebooks books in collection
 
913
ebooks books checked out
 

students typing at computers

Teacher

  • The librarian taught the Criminal Investigation students how to use library and web resources to learn about serial killers. They used a slideshow template to report their findings and submitted them to their teacher’s Google Classroom.
  • The librarian co-taught a lesson with AP English IV teachers, where students wrote poetry using the “Paint Chip Poetry'' game. Each poem included a theme or topic, an onomatopoeia, and a shift in tone.
  • On-level English II and two English I classes completed a library orientation in a Jeopardy game format to learn about library procedures, library resources, and about Reagan High School in general.
  • Students in AP Art History learned about elements of the Merode Altarpiece in context of the Renaissance Period and participated in discussion with the librarian who recently viewed the masterpiece.
  • The librarian helped GT English II students search for current events news articles that reflect good and evil in the library databases. Students annotated the articles and used them during class discussion in preparation to read Lord of the Flies and 1984.
 

students sitting at a panel discussion

Lesson Spotlight

Ms. Butler, Mr. Cayce, and Coach Daniel brought their AP English III students to the library to learn to navigate the databases and refine their search results in a lesson primarily focused on the use of SIRS Issues Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints. Students became familiar with the database features, including the Topic Finder, a built-in tool that helps narrow topics. Each student also completed digital notes for each source. In groups of five or six, students presented a range of perspectives regarding their group’s chosen issue with a visual aide, a one-pager handout, and a panel discussion that took place in their classrooms over the course of a week.

 

Collaborator

  • The Reagan librarian collaborated with other NEISD high school librarians to streamline the book review process.
  • The Reagan Librarian collaborated with Mrs. Deem and the Unity Club members to offer a viewing of Little Women, a story of a group of sisters written by a famous female novelist, during three days of lunch periods in honor of Women’s National History Month.
  • The Reagan librarian collaborated with Mrs. Caywood, one of the ALE teachers to develop the nonfiction “everyone collection” in order to meet her ALE students’ evolving interests and needs.
  • The Reagan librarian collaborated with Mrs. Ellis, a HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club sponsor, to arrange a guest presentation about health professions by the UTHSCSA (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) for HOSA members during Strike Time.
  • The Reagan librarian collaborated with the CCMR Specialist, Mrs. Wilks, to provide information about career testing and ASVAB testing opportunities for JROTC students. Information was presented in a slideshow format in the new JROTC facility during class time.

Collaboration Spotlight

The evening gallery showcase organized in coordination with the Reagan Visual Arts Department was a new event on campus this year. For the two previous years, students competing in the State VASE competition have only had their artworks shared electronically due to COVID protocols. Having the opportunity to feature their work for an in-person audience of approximately 150 people created a memorable event in which students felt proud. Teachers, students, and the librarian set up for the event and advertised for it with flyers and in the principal’s communication with Reagan families.

 

People looking at art


Campus Leader

  • The librarian provided staff development for teacher choice hours, after school in the library, for teachers to learn about the QFT Process and how to implement it in their subject area.
  • The librarian works with the CIC (Campus Improvement Council) to recognize students for a Kindness Award each quarter. The selected students are nominated by teachers and are typically students whose kindness might otherwise go unrecognized. Our local Raising Cane provides refreshments for the ceremony, which takes place in the library.
  • In a presentation to parents in the district, the Reagan librarian advocated for the library by spotlighting the library resources that help students build study skills and prepare for their academic futures.
  • The librarian serves as the sponsor of Reagan Readers Club, where students come together six times in the school year to discuss books and genres; co-sponsor of Unity Club, a group of students committed to creating a sense of unity through small acts of kindness on campus; and assisted with the NHS Officer interviews.
  • The Reagan librarian is a member of TLA (Texas Library Association) and Annual Conference attendee, where she learns about current library trends and programming ideas. Joining a professional organization is critical in keeping abreast of the latest knowledge and practices.
 
list of questions
Quail chicks