Archive for the ‘Reading Olympics’ Category

Students who have chosen Reading Olympics as one of their clubs during the Roadrunner Block (2:35-3:10 PM) meet on Wednesday afternoons.  The 5th grade group meets with Mrs. Spessard in room 202.  4th graders meet with Mrs. Hadd in room 119 and Mrs. Vaughan in the Library-Media Center.

Please remember the deadlines – the first one is quickly approaching!  Students who wish to continue in the Reading Olympics program must pass the Accelerated Reader test (80% or higher) on books from the RO list.  Reading Olympians must meet these minimum requirements…

  • 2 books by November 1
  • 4 books by February 1
  • 6 books by April 1
Congratulations to the following students who have met the 1st benchmark and can officially call themselves Reading Olympians!!!
    • Arden D.
    • Olivia S.
    • Mason B.
    • Allie B.
    • Emmy P.
    • Tyler P.
    • Marina S.

Click here for more information, including the list of 36 books on this year’s Reading Olympics list.

Click here to view the 36 titles that are on the 2014-15 Reading Olympics book list.

4th & 5th grade students who are interested in participating in RO will be given permission slips in August when we return to school.

Future Reading Olympians may begin reading from the list now…or they may wait until the first formal meeting in the beginning of September.

Please note:

  • Reading Olympians will work in teams to collectively read from the list of 36 books between September and March.
  • Team members will be required to come to weekly meetings, which will be scheduled during the 4th & 5th grade Core Extension block on Wednesdays.
  • In the meetings, students will share information on the books they have read with their teammates.
  • Students will be required to take and earn at least an 80% passing rate on the Accelerated Reader (AR) test for each book read.
  • Students must read a minimum of 6 RO books before April 1.
  • There will be deadlines which RO participants must meet to continue working with their teams.
    • 2 books from the RO list by November 1.
    • 4 books by February 1.
    • 6 books by April 1.

More information to come soon.  Happy Summer Reading!

Winter break begins in a little more than an hour from now.  I’m proud to say that many of the students participating in the Reading Olympics program have been stopping by the Library the past few days to make sure they have books to read during the two week break from school.

So far, students on our Reading Olympics teams have collectively earned 2204.2 points in the Accelerated Reader program this year!  That is AMAZING!  I am so proud of their hard work and dedication to Reading Olympics.

RO meetings will continue on Wednesdays from 2:30-3 PM once we return to school in January.

Have a wonderful winter break and keep reading, dearest Olympians!

The Library-Media program has BIG plans for the 2013-14 school year!

  • Third grade boys will be given the opportunity to join the “No Girls Allowed” Book Club, which will meet on Friday afternoons.
  • Fourth and fifth grade students are encouraged to participate in Reading Olympics on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Second grade students will be participating in an arts-integrated grant-funded unit titled “Discovery: What Lies Beneath the Surface”, created by Mrs. Edmonds and Mrs. Vaughan.
  • Students who turned in their “Read to Win” summer reading forms will be awarded blue ribbons at Field Day of the Past on Sunday, September 22nd.
  • All students will participate in the “Read for the Record” program on Thursday, October 3rd.
  • Kindergarten will go on the first-ever Library Field Trip on Monday, November 4th to see a theatrical production of Skippyjon Jones at University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts.
  • An Ancient Egyptian-themed book fair will take place from November 4th-8th.
  • A second book fair is scheduled from March 1st-7th (theme TBA).
  • A famous special guest author/illustrator will be visiting RES to speak to students during Reading Month in March.
  • Dr. Seuss Day will be on Monday, March 3rd.
  • RES will be hosting the 2014 Reading Olympics tournament on Thursday, April 3rd.
  • Students will be working together throughout the year to create productions for the first annual Student Film Festival on Fine Arts Night in April.
  • Accelerated Reader awards will be given out throughout the year…and grand prizes awarded at the awards assemblies in May.

More than ever, volunteers are needed and appreciated to make all of our Library-Media dreams come true.  Please contact Susan Vaughan if you are able to donate some of your time to these wonderful projects lined up for the school year.

ELEMENTARY Reading Olympics (grades 4 & 5)

For those of you who are as excited as I am to read next year’s Reading Olympics books, I’m attaching the official 2013-14 Reading Olympics flyer to this blog post.  A copy of this flyer will go home to all rising 4th and 5th grade students in the end of year report cards.  More detailed information about the Reading Olympics program will be sent home in August.

Click on the following link to view the elementary Reading Olympics flyer:

 2013-14 flyer


MIDDLE SCHOOL Reading Olympics (grades 6 & 7)

If you are a rising 6th grade student, I hope that you consider joining the GMS Reading Olympics team!  You can contact the GMS Library-Media Specialist, Beverly Cooley, for more information.

Click on the following link to view the middle school Reading Olympics book list:

GMS 2013-14 Reading Olympics book list


Congratulations to Mrs. Hoffler’s Reading Olympics team, the “AR Stars”!  They are the CHAMPIONS of the 2012-2013 GCPS Reading Olympics tournament!

Mrs. Hoffler’s Reading Olympics team, the AR Stars, proudly displays their winning banner and trophy at the GCPS Reading Olympics tournament.



The Roadrunners are proud of their success!


Other RES teams also did incredibly well at the tournament.

Mrs. Ferguson’s “Reading Rockets” tied for 2nd place with a GES team!


Ms. Grady’s “Reading Rhinos” were the 3rd place team!


My team, “The Final Chapter,” was only one point behind the 3rd place team!


Mrs. Crampton’s team, “BiblioBombers Rock,” did really well, too!


Ten teams of fourth and fifth grade students competed in the 2012-2013 GCPS Reading Olympics Tournament at BES.


The RES Reading Olympics teams have been meeting weekly during lunchtime since the beginning of the school year.  Coaches have been working hard to make team meetings fun and purposeful. They try to ensure that every book on the Reading Olympics book list has been read by at least one person on each team.

This year’s county-wide tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 9th @ Byrd Elementary School.

If you have a child who is participating in Reading Olympics this year, please continue to encourage his/her efforts.  We have been working so hard – and we are truly proud of all of our students’ accomplishments!  Keep reading, Roadrunners!

Photos below include multi-team activities like the holiday party in December and graphic organizer day in January.

If you are interested in being a coach for the Reading Olympics program, please contact me ASAP!  We currently have 55 fourth and fifth grade students signed up to participate in Reading Olympics, which means we will have 5 teams from RES this year.

Parents who are interested in coaching (or co-coaching) should plan on visiting RES once a week for team meetings.  I will help to guide you through the process.  You are not expected to read any or all of the 38 books on the Reading Olympics list, just lend support and guidance to the students who are on your team.

Team meetings will begin soon, so please don’t hesitate!  I will have a Reading Olympics information booth set up during the Club & Organization Fair on Tuesday, September 18th from 6-6:30 PM (prior to the PTA meeting on Open House Night).  Please stop by my table to learn more…and to sign up to help!  Thank you!