The Library at James S. Hogg Middle School, located in the heart of the Heights, enters 2016 with a much-needed facelift, a new librarian, and a new principal, working together to make this revitalization happen.
When Ms. Angela Sugarek took the helm at Hogg in the summer of 2015, one of her priorities was to continue the work of her predecessor to have a fully functioning library complete with its own full-time, certified Librarian. At Hogg, the Librarian supports the school's mission as an International Baccalaureate World School to groom actively compassionate and lifelong learners. Hogg bucks the growing trend that eliminates Librarians from our schools. And for students at Hogg, the Library is their portal to the wider world beyond. They benefit from having a Librarian who embraces Hogg's IB mission.
Mrs. Mary Chance, Hogg's Librarian, populates her shelves with intriguing titles to grab students' attention. Mrs. Chance is working hard to grow the modest stacks at this Title 1 school by reaching out to the greater Houston community. She also provides stimulating programming like on-campus author visits, field trips to author conferences, student-teacher collaborative book clubs, and hands-on experiential learning opportunities in science, technology and the arts. Mrs. Chance has also created a library-within-a-library called the Literacy Library. The books in this collection allow English-Language Arts Teachers at Hogg to check out sets of books suited to differentiated, small reading groups where students are divided up according to their respective reading levels. Research shows that these targeted groups help increase vocabulary and encourage independent growth in readers.
Mrs. Chance also acts as an informational resource to her associates at the Hogg. She sees herself as the bridge between the books in the stacks and the digital future. As a Librarian, she is trained to locate and synthesize information. She relishes this part of her job because she has so many resources to share. And in the midst of her brand-new surroundings, the Hogg Middle School community is sure to fulfill its mission by igniting a lifelong love of reading and learning in the heart of each student.
The new surroundings are state of the art. With warm wood accents, rolling shelves filled with tempting and informative titles, and a presentation area that invites students and teachers to linger while they learn, the Hogg Middle School Library is set to impress in 2016.
James S. Hogg Middle School is celebrating this revitalization on Thursday, January 21st. Martha Wong, distinguished Hogg Alumnus, honors Hogg by serving as its ribbon cutting dignitary. Dr. Martha Jee Wong, a native Houstonian, is a third generation Chinese American and the first Asian American elected to the Houston City Council. In 2002 Martha became the first Asian American woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives. She had a long line of firsts that led up to these notable years of service. She served as the first Asian American School Principal in the State of Texas; first Asian-American recognized by the Houston Federation of Women’s Award for Excellence in Education; first Asian American in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame; and the first Asian American receiving the University of Houston’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Hogg Library has many people like Martha Wong to thank for this milestone – HISD Bond Oversight Committee, Tesco Industries, Kay Davis and Associates, HISD Secondary Curriculum Team, Houston Heights Association Education Committee, Learn Local, Hogg PTO, Hogg National Junior Honor Society and the many Hogg parents, volunteers, students and staff who have put in countless hours.
Come out and celebrate Hogg on January 21st at 6:00 PM!