April 2, 2014 | APRIL 2014 | Volume 8, Iss

Third grade reading challenge semi-finalists

Third grade readers from the Lake Stevens, Granite Falls and Snohomish School Districts demonstrated their amazing literacy skills and teamwork at the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge Semi-Final event on Monday, March 17, at Lake Stevens High School. 

With more than 170 family members, friends and school representatives in the audience cheering them on, the top-scoring teams from Sunnycrest Elementary, Mt. Pilchuck Elementary, Mountain Way Elementary, Monte Cristo Elementary, Dutch Hill Elementary and Totem Falls Elementary participated in the sport of reading. 

Teams worked together to answer questions from six novels they have been reading over the past several months.

The top-scoring team from the Semi-Final Reading Challenge event was the Reader Leaders from Mt. Pilchuck Elementary.  

The Reader Leaders advanced to participate in the Final Reading Challenge event held at Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo on Wednesday, March 26. 

More than 880 third grade students from Snohomish and Island counties have participated in this year’s Sno-Isle Reading Challenge experience, which is supported by the Sno-Isle Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. 

The amazing third grade students, as well as, staff members worked very hard and we are very proud of their achievements.  This was a successful program and the students really seemed to enjoy reading and the challenges. 

Mountain Way Elementary Teacher and Team Coach, Brenda Rossnagle said, “The kids had a great time and learned a lot about team work, as well as, increasing their motivation to read more.” 

The kids did a lot of the work for this challenge outside of class and overall, the schools have really enjoyed participating in the first Reading Challenge.  Rossnagle continued “I would definitely participate in the reading challenge again!” 

The grant allotted each school two kindles and several free books during the challenge as well as after.  The District and the Granite Falls Library had an excellent partnership throughout the course of the program.

Granite Falls Librarian, Jodi Laughlin stated, “We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to celebrating their teamwork and love of reading!” 

Superintendent Linda Hall added, “We are so grateful the Sno-Isle Library joined us in integrating the Third Grade Reading Challenge “battle of the books” program in both our elementary schools.  The kids benefited tremendously from the program and the materials (eReaders, books) they provided.  We hope to work with the library again next year!”

The kids comments included, “it was challenging and exciting because we had to answer harder questions.” “It was a fun and new experience because we got to go up on a stage in front of our families.” “We got to read a lot of books and work as a team.”

“We had to read faster and answer questions by ourselves and then share the answers with our team in front of an audience.”

“It made me happy to read new books I would never have known about, and we got prizes and special t-shirts even though we didn’t win.”

Third grade participants of Mountain Way Elementary who made it to the semi-finals, Shawn Bennison’s team: Lila Jenkins, Gavin Rinehardt, David Brown, Julia Carranza, Hannah Brotherton. Nathan Waugh and Rachael Moss.

Third grade participants of Mountain Way Elementary who made it to the semi-finals, Brenda Rossnagle’s team: Nolan Jones, Trey Moen, Ellie Dane, Alexa Mace, Hanna Macomber, John Rodenbaugh, Mia Boisen and Ella Smith.

 Participants from Monte Cristo Elementary Julie Dickson’s team: Clara Van Beek, Dominic Ludeke, Andrew Hamm, Alyssa Johnson and Kieran Johnson.

Participants from Kim Discher’s Monte Cristo Elementary team: Kaydee Joyce, Gabriela Cendejas, Payton VanWinkle, Alandria Larson, Madison Sperry, William Osborne and Thomas VanCleve.

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