Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Closing Ceremony

The previous post listed all our final results - total minutes read, top readers, raffle prize winners and winner of the teacher or staff who got things "launched" at them - all of which were celebrated at the Closing Ceremony of our Read-a-thon on Thursday, April 7th at the All School Meeting. Below are some photos taken at the Closing Ceremony.  The last link is a video of the big "launch!"

Top readers for each grade received $10 gift cards to Flying Pig Bookstore which were generously donated by the Russell Memorial Library.  Dawn Thibault, from the Monkton Library, presented the certificates and gift cards to the top readers.





Click on the video above to see the "launching" at Ms. Foley, Ms. Knox, and Ms. Leggett.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Final Results!

With our Read-a-thon theme, Launch into Reading!, we hope that the time students spent reading that helped launch them into new books and discover more about themselves and the world around them.

Our final tally of total minutes read was really impressive – 141,900 total minutes read by students, teachers, and staff in 30 days! We had 163 students, teachers, and staff participate by turning in reading logs at least once throughout the month and 69 students reached Mountain Lion Reader status (450 minutes for grades K-2, 600 minutes for grades 3-4, and 900 minutes for grades 5-6).

We also raised over $5,100 for PTO activities such as trips to the Flynn Theater, classroom fieldtrips, providing after school enrichment opportunities, 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 Rock and Read week, Jason Chin’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 and staff for their engagement and enthusiasm! A special thanks to the Read-a-thon committee members:  Betsy Knox, Holly Esterline, Stephanie Murray, Nicole Christman, Casey Underwood, and Anna Lester. A special thanks to parent volunteers such as Jen Stanley and John McNerney for help with tallying and counting.

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 – Sophie Underwood
Grade 1 – Jack Stratz
Grade 2 – Molly Mangini
Grade 3 – Whitney Dykstra
Grade 4 – Desmond Carrico
Grade 5 – Owen Kelliher
Grade 6 – Kassidy Jay
Teacher – Ms. Cota

Top Classroom with highest average minutes read and earned an ice cream or pizza party is Ms. Gagner's 5/6 class!

Raffle Prizes

Recycled Reading, Bristol, VT - $5 Certificates

1. Annie Dufault
2. Siena Stanley
3. Nick Clodgo
4. Avery Stetson
5. Lucy Parker
6. Patty McNerney
7. Hazel Guilimette
8. Txuxa Konzcal
9. Anni Funke
10. Gwen Gero

Autographed copy of Jason Chin's book - Galapogos - Rylee Layn
Autographed copy of Jason Chin's book - Coral Reefs - Nell Harvey
Autographed copy of Jason Chin's book - Redwoods - Aubrey Coffey

2 movie tickets to the Marquis in Middlebury - Morgan Stetson

$10 Gift Cards to Cookie Love, North Ferrisburgh, VT
1. Louisa Guillimette
2. Liam Beatty

Passes to Whirley's World, Middlebury, VT
1. Scarlet Tarmy
2. Cassandra Guillmette

4 tickets to Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT - Madeleine Hotaling

2 day passes and equipment rental to Petra Cliffs, South Burlington, VT - Spencer Sears

Out-of-this-world surprise!
For all the students who earned Mountain Lion Reader status, they got to vote on one of three teachers or staff members who volunteered to get things "launched" on them! The 3rd place winner was Ms. Foley, the 2nd place winner was Ms. Knox, and the 1st place winner was Ms. Leggett!

Photos from the Closing Ceremony will be up in the next post...

Author Visit - Jason Chin

On Thursday, March 31st, we had an Author’s Visit by Jason Chin, a local VT author and illustrator, of the acclaimed books Gravity, Island: A Story of the GalapagosRedwoods and Coral Reefs.  Most recently, he illustrated Water is Water, by Miranda Paul. You can learn more by visiting his website: http://jasonchin.net/.

Character Dress-Up Day

On Wednesday, March 16th, 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...

Friday, April 8, 2016

Week 4 - 111,377 minutes read so far!

Week 4 results are in! We have had another incredible week with 111,377 total minutes read by students, staff and teachers so far. Below are the results for Week 4 and the top readers in each grade.  This week, we also had 24 more new students achieve "Mountain Lion Reader".  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, APRIL 4th.  Students who bring in both of these to school will be entered into a raffle for prizes such as gift certificates to Recycled Reading Bookstore, Cookie Love, Monshire Museum, Petra Cliffs and more.  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.
Average Minutes/Students in Each Classroom for Week 4
Ms. Leggett- 400 minutes
Ms. Carter - 503 minutes
Ms. Livingston - 552 minutes
Ms. Way - 610 minutes
Ms. Foley - 884 minutes
Ms. McLane - 414 minutes
Ms. Gagner - 908 minutes
Ms. Pierpont - 884 minutes

Ms. Primo - 581 minutes

Highest rate of participation was Ms. Gagner’s classrooms at 90% and is the top classroom for Week 4.
School-wide Average - 640 minutes

Top Reader in Each Grade - Week 4
Kindergarten – Sophie Underwood 1st Grade – Jack Stratz
2nd Grade – Isla Underwood
3rd Grade – Whitney Dykstra
4th Grade – Desmond Carrico
5th Grade – Owen Kelliher
6th Grade – Kassidy Jay
Teachers - Ms. Cota