Saturday, June 7, 2014

Closing Ceremony

The previous post listed all our final results - total minutes read, top readers, raffle prize winners and winner of the kiss the cow vote - all of which were celebrated at the Closing Ceremony of our Read-a-thon on Thursday, June 5th at the All School Meeting.  Below are some photos taken at the Closing Ceremony.

 Top readers in each grade with School Librarian Holly Esterline and Principal Susan Stewart:
Top reader for Kindergarten - Nathan Lester

 Top reader for Grade 1 - Hazel Guillmette

Top reader for Grade 2 - Ian Funke 

Top reader for Grade 3 - Norman Benoit 

Top reader for Grade 4 - Txuxa Konczal 

Top reader for Grade 5 - Sierra Petrocelli 

Top reader for Grade 6 - Peter McNerney 

Top reader for the teacher’s “classroom” - Ms. Way!

Teacher and staff volunteers for kissing the cow wait with anticipation to hear the voting results! 

Principal Ms. Stewart received the most votes to kiss the cow! 

Runner-ups also give the cow a kiss - Miss Carina 

…and also runner-up Ms. Yerrick 

 We are appreciative for the Layn family for sharing their calf with us.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Final Results!

With our Read-a-thon theme, Reading is a journey…explore and discover!, we hope that the time students spent reading was a journey that helped them explore new books and discover more about themselves and the world around them.

Our final tally of total minutes read was really impressive – 102,326 total minutes read by students and teachers in 30 days!  We had 113 students participate by turning in reading logs at least once throughout the month and 80 students reached Mountain Lion Reader status (450 minutes for grades K-3 and 600 minutes for grades 4-6).

We also raised over $4400 for PTO activities such as trips to the Flynn Theater, classroom fieldtrips, providing after school enrichment opportunities (such as Kempo, Drama, Chess, etc.), the World Language Program through Middlebury College, the Four Winds Nature Program, contributing toward programs such as the Artists in Residence, helping provide materials for classrooms and much more!  

Events such as Scholastic Book Fair, Jon Muth’s author visit, Character Dress-up Day and Mystery Reader Week were all fun and celebrated the reading students had been doing.

Thanks to all the students for the many hours they put into reading, to the parents for encouraging their students, for the community for supporting through sponsor pledges, and for the teachers for their engagement and enthusiasm!  A special thanks to the Read-a-thon committee members:  Susan Stewart, Holly Esterline, Stephanie Murray, Meghann Goetz, Casey Underwood and Anna Lester.  A special thanks to parent volunteers such as Erin Dufault and Kristin Blanchette for help with tallying and counting and Curtis Layn for providing our cow for kissing.

Top readers – students who read the most cumulative minutes over the 30 days and received a $10 certificate to the Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, VT

Kindergarten – Nathan Lester
Grade 1 – Hazel Guillmette
Grade 2 – Ian Funke
Grade 3 – Norman Benoit
Grade 4 – Txuxa Konczal
Grade 5 – Sierra Petrocelli
Grade 6 – Peter McNerney
Teacher – Ms. Way

Runners-Up for Top Readers

Kindergarten – Molly Magini
Grade 1 – Nian Farrell-Roman
Grade 2 – Elrik Jay
Grade 3 – Owen Kelliher
Grade 4 – Kassidy Jay
Grade 5 – Quincy Cook
Grade 6 – Liam Kelliher
Teacher - Ms. Pierpont

Top Classroom with highest average minutes read…who out “read” the teachers…and earned an ice cream party is Ms. Goetz’s 3/4 class!

Raffle Prizes 

Recycled Reading, Bristol, VT -  $5 Certificates

1. Maia Jensen
2. Johnny Stanley
3. Halle Huizenga
4. Avery Stetson
5. Noah Konczal
6. Desmond Carrico
7. Jamison Huizenga
8. Jonathan Armell
9. William Gustin
10. Dakota Catella
11. Ethan Dunbar
12. Lander Magoon
13. Ben Camp
14. Molly Mangini
15. Morgan Stetson

Cookie Love T-shirt – Lucy Parker

Brown Dog $15 Certificate, Hinesburg, VT – Samuel Lawrence

Lake Monster Tickets for June 28th game – Gweneth Gero

Kissing the cow
For all the students who earned Mountain Lion Reader status, besides earning a certificate for a free creemee at the Bristol Village Creemee stand, also got to vote on one of ten teachers or staff members who will kiss a cow!  The ten volunteers were:
Ms. Carina  (Music teacher)
Ms. Fisher (Guidance Counselor)
Ms. Gagner   (5/6 grade teacher)
Ms. Goetz   (3/4 grade teacher)
Ms. Leggett  (Kindergarten teacher)
Nurse Mack  (Nurse)
Ms. Pierpont (5/6 grade teacher)
Mr. Raymond  (Custodian)
Ms. Stewart  (Principal)
Ms. Yerrick  (1/2 grade teacher)

And the winner is…Susan Stewart!

Photos from the Closing Ceremony will be up on the blog in the next few days...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 4 - 81,284 minutes read so far!

Week 4 results are in! We have had another incredible week with 81,284 total minutes read by students and teachers so far. Below are the results for Week 4 and the top readers in each grade.  This week, we also had 22 more new students achieve "Mountain Lion Reader".

A special congratulations to Ms. Yerrick's Class who had 100% pariticpation this week.  Great job to these wonderful students!

Just one more week to go!


·        Please remind students to bring in their reading log AND sponsor pledge envelopes with money collected from their sponsors in on MONDAY, JUNE 2nd.  Students who bring in both of these to school will be entered into a raffle for prizes such as gift certificates to the Brown Dog Bookstore in Hinesburg and to Recycled Reading in Bristol and a t-shirt from Cookie Love in North Ferrisburg.  If students forget to turn in their reading log and sponsor pledge envelopes on Monday,  we are hoping that students bring them before the Closing Ceremony if possible.  Certainly, we are happy to collect the reading logs and sponsor pledge envelopes anytime before the end of the year, but would love to have it sooner than later if possible.  I’ll be sending out reminders in the school newsletter and Facebook as well.
Average Minutes/Students in Each Classroom thru the end of Week 4
Ms. Leggett - 224 minutes
Ms. Carter - 537 minutes
Ms. Way - 701 minutes
Ms. Yerrick - 417 minutes
Ms. Foley - 484 minutes
Ms. Goetz - 832 minutes
Ms. McLane - 600 minutes
Ms. Gagner - 561 minutes
Ms. Pierpont - 253 minutes
Teachers - 776 minutes

School-wide Average - 521 minutes

Top Reader in Each Grade - Week 4
Kindergarten – Nathan Lester
1st Grade - Hazel Guillmette
2nd Grade – Ian Funke
3rd Grade – Patty McNerney
4th Grade – Txuxa Konczal
5th Grade – Sierra Petrocelli
6th Grade - Peter McNerney
Teachers - Ms. Way 

Character Dress-up Day

On Thursday, May 22nd, we had Character Dress-Up Day at Monkton Central to celebrate our favorite characters from books!  Here are some photos of the "characters" seen around school...

Ms. Legget's Kindergarten Class

Ms. Carters 1/2 Class

Ms. Way's 1/2 Class

Ms. Yerrick's 1/2 Class

Ms. Foley's 3/4 Class

Ms. Goetz's 3/4 Class

Ms. McLane's 3/4 Class

Ms. Gagner's 5/6 Class

Ms. Pierpont's 5/6 Class

More photos of our "characters"!

And our wonderful teachers and staff "characters" as well!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Week 3 results - 57,359 total minutes read so far!

Week 3 results are in! We have had an astounding 57,359 total minutes read by students so far!

This week, we had 21 new students achieve "Mountain Lion Reader" status by meeting their individual goals of 450 minutes for students grades K-3 and 600 minutes for students graders 4-6, bringing our number of Mountain Lion Readers to a total of 33. These readers receive a certificate to a free cone at the Village Creemee in Bristol as well as earn a vote in which teacher or staff member will kiss a cow during the Closing Ceremony on Thursday, June 5th. We will pass out the voting slips the first week in June once we have a complete list of all the students who have completed their reading goals as Mountain Lion Readers.


Also, a special recognition to Ms. Carter's class who had 100% of students in the class bring back their reading logs for the second week in a row!  Wow!  Also, Ms. Way’s class reached 100% participation for the first time this week as well.  Great job to these students for their wonderful participation.


1.      We will be having “Character Dress-Up Day” this Thursday, May 22nd where students are encouraged to come to school dressed up as a character in their favorite book.  They are welcome to bring a copy of their favorite book to school as well.  Any reminders about this would be helpful.  Holly Esterline will be taking photos of students with their books for the three classes that have library that day and she suggested stopping by the other classrooms that don’t have library that day for additional photos.  Only photos of students that have signed the release form from their parents will be up on the blog.

2.      Since there is no school Monday, May 26th, reading logs will be collected on Tuesday, May 27th for Week 4.  Please help remind students to bring in their logs on Tuesday! 

Average Minutes/Students in Each Classroom thru the end of Week 3

Ms. Leggett - 162 minutes
Ms. Carter - 404 minutes
Ms. Way - 493 minutes
Ms. Yerrick - 291 minutes
Ms. Foley - 307 minutes
Ms. Goetz - 580 minutes
Ms. McLane - 457 minutes
Ms. Gagner - 387 minutes
Ms. Pierpont - 169 minutes
Teachers - 551 minutes

School-wide Average - 368 minutes

Top Reader in Each Grade - Week 3
Kindergarten – Nathan Lester
1st Grade - Hazel Guillmette
2nd Grade – Ian Funke
3rd Grade – Owen Kelliher
4th Grade - Kassidy Jay
5th Grade – Quincy Cook
6th Grade - Peter McNerney
Teachers - Ms. Way 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mountain Lion Readers and Jon Muth's Visit

I hope all the students are enjoying Week 3 of the Read-a-thon and are exploring and discovering new and exciting books on their reading journey!  I wanted to acknowledge all the many, many minutes that students are reading so far, but to especially congratulate the twelve students who have already reached "Mountain Lion Reader" status (450 minutes for K-3 and 600 minutes for 4-6).  We are celebrating their success by posting their names and a pawprint in the hall just outside the library, and know that there are many more students who are well on their way!  Each week, as more students reach this goal, their name will also be put up on the wall.

We also wanted to share this painting that was done by Jon Muth during his author's visit last Thursday, May 22nd.  He created three painting while we was with our students, one of which he left for the students and signed it for them.  It is currently hanging up in the library.  Again, we are so grateful to Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne for the gift of bringing Jon to our students.  You can find more photos of the actual event of Jon Muth in the Monkton Central School gym at the Monkton Central School Library website.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Week 2 Results

We had another wonderful week full of reading by students!  We have had an astounding 31,336 total minutes read by students and teachers so far!  A reminder that if your student forgot their log on Monday, if they bring it in next Monday, May 19th.  Every minute counts!  Also, if students have misplaced their reading logs, they can be downloaded and printed from this blogsite.  Just go to the "Forms" tab above and click on "Reading Log."  

It was also exciting to see twelve students already achieve their "Mountain Lion Reader" status by meeting their individual goals of 450 minutes for students grades K-3 and 600 minutes for students graders 4-6.  It is amazing that students have reached these month long goals in just the first 12 days!  Congratulations to these avid readers!

Also, a special recognition to Ms. Carter's class who had 100% of students in the class bring back their reading logs.  FANTASTIC job! 

We are happy to announce the average minutes/students in each classroom thru the end of week 2 and the top reader in each grade:

Average Minutes/Students in Each Classroom thru the end of Week 2
Ms. Leggett - 103 minutes
Ms. Carter - 234 minutes
Ms. Way - 242 minutes
Ms. Yerrick - 182 minutes
Ms. Foley - 173 minutes
Ms. Goetz - 301 minutes
Ms. McLane - 255 minutes
Ms. Gagner - 176 minutes
Ms. Pierpont - 97 minutes
Teachers - 339 minutes

School-wide Average - 201 minutes

Top Reader in Each Grade - Week 2
Kindergarten - Molly Mangini
1st Grade - Hazel Guillmette
2nd Grade - Elrick Jay
3rd Grade - Norman Benoit
4th Grade - Kassidy Jay
5th Grade - Christofer Wolak
6th Grade - Peter McNerney
Teachers - Ms. Way

Monday, May 12, 2014

Author Visit - Jon Muth

Award-winning author Jon J. Muth will be visiting our school tomorrow, Tuesday, May 13th, at 1:00pm.  He will be sharing his experience as a writer and illustrator.  His book, Zen Shorts, is a Caldecott Honor book and it was on the New York Times Bestseller list for 41 weeks.  His other books incude The Three Questions, Stone Soup, and his newest, Hi Koo!  He has illustrated other books such as Come On, Rain!, Gershon's Monster, and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth.  He live in upstate New York.  You can learn more about Jon Muth at his website by clicking here.
Thank you to The Flying Pig Bookstore for brining him to Monkton!  Please come join us on Tuesday afternoon.
A reminder that Tuesday is the last day left to the Scholastic Book Fair held in the Library.  Come on in and grab a new book to keep reading during the Read-a-thon!