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Andrea Garcia

Your Virtual Learning and Virtual Living Must Haves!
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Get access to the following and more!

social studies

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Homework Help
SAPL Homework Help- Speak to Live tutors to help with your MS & HS courses. All you need is your FREE SAPL library card!!!
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Khan Academy This site offers a growing library of videos on all course topics. 
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Fact Monster. Great for middle school. It offers an atlas, almanac, encyclopedia, and loads of writing advice. 
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HippoCampus Offers rich content support for all courses especially MS & HS math and science. 
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  • Webmath– Step-by-step answers to hundreds of math questions and the option to type in your own problem.
  • Purplemath– Need help with algebra? This is the place for illustrated step-by-step examples and videos.
  • More! – Links to librarian recommended math websites for students, teachers, and tutors.


  • –  Search across 15 federal agencies with just one query for science articles, news, studies, data, and more.
  • Explain that Stuff – Easy to understand articles on how things work, cutting-edge science, cool gadgets, and computers.
  • Classification of Animals – Amphibians, invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles and the conservation of animals.
  • The Physics Classroom – Physics concepts explained and quizzes to test your understanding.
  • Rader’s Chemistry – Basic information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry.


  • Codeacademy – Learn javascript, html, CSS, how to make an interactive website, and Camore.
  • Hour of Code –  Intro designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics (and beyond.)
  • TED Talks Technology – Over 500 video talks on topics of technology.
  • CNN Tech News – News and video covers the internet, business and personal tech, video games, and more.



  •      100 Milestone Documents – Chronicling U.S. history history from 1776 to 1965.
  •      Timeline of Art History –  The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents 300 timelines, 930 essays, and about 7,000 object
  •      American Heritage Magazine – Collections and articles about people, places, events, invention and innovation in                                                                 America.

Career and College Prep

Check out the Resource below to get started with your Research Basics!

If videos in embedded smore don't play, you can access the Research Smore HERE!

OWL Purdue - Research and Writing Resources
Citation Machine- Powered by OWL Purdue writing lab
Common types of Papers -Examples and resources for writing research papers and a wide range of essays. 

Evaluating Sources -Texas State University offers tips and tricks for finding web sources and evaluating their value for academic research, including the CRAAP test: currency, authority, accuracy, and purpose.

Google Scholar -a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. 

Library of Congress -Maps, photographs, letters, diaries, newspapers, sound recordings, interviews, and historic films. 
National Archives -Written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video. 
American Rhetoric -Audio and video of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates and interviews. 

Pew Research Center -Nonpartisan reports about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. 
PBS News Hour Extra -World News and reports written for students. - Today's controversial issues presented in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward pro-con format. 

Browse the full collection of magazine titles

Access our digital Magazines and see our collection by clicking on the link below. 


Check out our December Newsletter for the Username and Password
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You can also click on the picture below to access your favorite magazines. 


Coding Resource Offered by UC Berkeley 

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AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The AVID program is an essential part of the YWLA mission and culture. The following resources are available for students to use and parents to provide additional support. 


Time Management
Time Log Template.pdf  Use to keep track of how your are spending your time in a week.
Time Log Reflection handout.pdf  Use this to reflect after you have completed your weekly Time Log.
How do you spend your time.pdf  Use this to keep track of how you are spending your time in a day.
Time Management Templates.pdf  Weekly calendar template with examples.

Month Calendar Template.pdf  Monthly calendar template
Ready Set Plan Resource.pdf  Another reflection resource to use after you have completed your Time Log.
Time Management Challenges and Solutions.pdf  A self-guided reflection and goal setting handout.
Barriers and Solutions to Time Management.pdf  A self-guided time management reflection with a daily tracker included.
Tips for Managing Your Time.pdf  Practical time management advice for all ages!
Backwards Mapping Template.pdf  work backwards tracing the steps to complete a project. 

Self Empowerment
Academic_Language_Scripts.pdf  Personalized sentence starters to use in the classroom.

GPA Goal Setting exercise.pdf  Goal Setting Reflection and Action plan
My Current Goals list.pdf  A template to list long term and short term goals. 
SMART Goals Student Handout.pdf  Ensuring goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Reasonable, & Timely).
GPA template w examples.pdf Goal, Action, Plan template
Accomplishing a Goal.pdf   Question format for Goal, Plan, Action

Note Taking
Cornell note template.pdf   
Cornell Notes.doc  Word document of the Cornell Note format
Common Abbreviations.pdf  A list of abbreviations you can use to take efficient notes.
Is There A Shortcut.pdf  Resource to help take efficient notes. 
Cornell Note Questioning.pdf  Steps to write questions in your Cornell Notes. 
Cornell Note Revision List.pdf  Resource to help you get "repetitions" to revise your notes
Summarizing.pdf  Guide to help you write a summary in your notes
Cornell Note-Taking Summary Template.pdf

Learning Logs
Learning Logs - Student Handout.pdf  Introduction to Learning Logs (purpose & format)
Learning Log Basic Weekly Template.pdf  Basic learning log- no lines
Learning Log Note Style Template.pdf   Learning Log with notebook lines
Learning Log Open Ended Template.pdf   Open ended learning log
Learning Log Three Column Template.pdf  Learning Log with 3 column format
Learning Log Weekly Descriptive Template.pdf   Weekly descriptive learning log

Tutorial Question Analysis.pdf  Steps to take before attending tutoring or AVID tutorials
Checking for Understanding.pdf  Questions to ask during a tutorial or discussion
Questions for Socratic Dialogue.pdf  Questions to deepen a discussion or tutorial
Tutorial Think Aloud.pdf   Tutorial Request Form Example
Know Show Tell Tutorial Request Form.pdf  TRF template
CSG Pre-Work Template ThinkAloud.pdf  Collaborative Study Group example

Student Support
Rereading_Building Comprehension.pdf  Guidance when having to reread a text or when reading a difficult text. 
Application of a Mathematical Process.pdf  Hand out to help you work through a math problem by solving and writing the steps beside it. 
Describing a Historical Event Organizer.pdf  Sorting through all aspects of a historical event
Compare and Contrast Organizer.pdf  Compare and Contrast template
Supporting Idea Organizer.pdf  This handout helps student to become aware of the relationship between a whole and its parts.

Parent Resources

Social Media Guides

YWLA Library Mission Statement

The YWLA library aims to empower students to be critical thinkers with the freedom of inquiry. We offer resources and guidance to teach them to be effective and ethical users and producers of ideas and information. It is our goal to promote literacy and provide a curated collection of resources that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We hope to provide an environment for ongoing intellectual exploration, developing a life-long love of learning in order for them to become contributing members of a global society.

  • I am honored to be your librarian. I have been a librarian for 15 years. I have been an educator for 24 years. I worked as a substitute while in college and started my career as a high school English teacher where I taught all levels of English. 
    I received my B.A. in English and American Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University. I have a M.A. in English Literature from Our Lady of the Lake University and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Reading from Grand Canyon University. I received my School Library Certification from University of North Texas.
    I take pride in raising my beautiful 6 children. Four of my daughters are members of YWLA's classes of 2014, 2017, 2018, and 2022. I have been a part of the YWLA family since 2008, and I have cherished all of the dedication and commitment of our wonderful faculty and staff. 
    Have a Great Year, Lady Cardinals!
    Mrs. Garcia



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