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Students from Lake Ridge High School and Danny Jones Middle School earned top honors in the project-based learning STEAM-based competition.

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ESE Competes in Battle of the Books
Posted 03/25/2019 02:08PM

Six 4th grade students from Elizabeth Smith Elementary School traveled to The Center for Performing Arts on Monday, March 25, 2019 to compete in the Battle of the Books district competition. While we did not place, the students got 66 of the 80 questions correct!

Battle of the Books is a book club with a competitive twist for third and fourth grade students. 34 students originally signed up for the club with 11 advancing to the semi-finalists. The goals of the program are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence. Every elementary school has a team participating. Students were quizzed on their retention of details and understanding of five novels: Fish in a Tree, Ghosts, The Penderwicks, Upside-Down Magic, and The Year of Billy Miller.

Photograph of the 2019 ESE Battle of the Books team. 4 4th grade girls standing; 2 4th grade girls kneeling in frontESE Battle of the Books Team (from left to right):  
Isla Smith (4th grader)
Sheridan Riles (4th grader)
Lesley Pharis (4th grader)
Madelyn Cianelli
(4th grader)
Noemi Rubio (4th grader, Team Captain)
Alternates: Savannah Lanphier (4th grader),

Sponsors: Sharon Austin and Emilie Buske-Ferman


Keep reading, Stallions!

The books for next year will be:

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School by Julie Falatko
The Boo-Boos that Changed the World by Barry Wittenstein

* These titles will be available for purchase at our Buy One, Get One Free book fair May 6-8, 2019.

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