Teams ready for third-grade reading challenge finals

Students and teachers at Fairmount Elementary in the Mukilteo School District.

All winter, they’ve been reading.

Teams of third-graders at 50 schools across Snohomish and Island counties poring over six books, reading and re-reading, committing each character and plot-turn to memory.

It’s all part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Third-grade Reading Challenge. Officially titled the “Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge,” it is a literary trivia program for students enrolled in public schools in the library district.

The goal is for participants to have fun reading while honing their literacy and teamwork skills. After reading the six books chosen for the challenge, students form teams and test their knowledge in a quiz-bowl style game. The challenges start with in-school events. The top team from each school is invited to a regional semi-final.

The top teams from each semi-final are invited to the finals, this year on stage at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, starting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28.

The atmosphere can be intense.

“It was close at the end with three teams tied: Chain Lake, Dutch Hill and Fryelands,” said Karin Thomsen, Lynnwood Library librarian, said of the semi-final on March 21 at Snohomish High School. “Chain Lake lasted through three tiebreakers. But, Dutch Hill and Fryelands went seven tie-breaker rounds before the Dutch Hill Green Readers became the top-scoring team.”

Competitive, but the whole process can have a fun, light-hearted feel, too.

“The top-scoring team (at the March 20 semi-final at Mariner High School) was the Silver Firs Readin’ Rabbits,” said Kristin Piepho, managing librarian for the Mountlake Terrace Library. “The team all wore bunny ears and one of the adults supporting them was in a full-on bunny costume.”

That the event is for third-graders illustrates a more serious point. Research shows that reading ability in third grade is a tipping point for later academic and life success. Students not reading at grade level are less likely to finish high school which may have consequences later in life.

The six books in this year’s challenge are:

Students also had a chance to meet some of the authors. Jennings and Jones are from Washington and visited some of the participating schools as part of the reading challenge.

The reading challenge is made possible by funding from the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, the Northwest Literacy Foundation and Howarth Trust.

Semi-Final Results

The top-scoring team from each InSchool Challenge was invited to participate in the semi-final events. The teams in bold* advanced to finals, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, Edmonds Center for the Arts.

March 12 – Lake Stevens High School

  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Highland Elementary
  • Monte Cristo Elementary
  • Pilchuck Elementary*
  • Skyline Elementary
  • Sunnyside Elementary
  • Sunnycrest Elementary

March 13 – Byrnes Performing Arts Center, Arlington

  • Cedarhome Elementary
  • Darrington Elementary
  • Grove Elementary
  • Presidents Elementary
  • Stanwood Elementary*
  • Twin City Elementary
  • Utsalady Elementary

March 14 – Meadowdale High School

  • Beverley Elementary
  • Brier Elementary*
  • Cedar Valley Community School
  • College Place Elementary
  • Hilltop Elementary
  • Lynndale Elementary
  • Martha Lake Elementary
  • Spruce Elementary

March 19 – Meadowdale High School

  • Cedar Way Elementary
  • Edmonds Elementary
  • Maplewood K-8 Coop
  • Seaview Elementary
  • Sherwood Elementary*
  • Terrace Park Elementary
  • Westgate Elementary

March 20 – Mariner High School

  • Discovery Elementary
  • Fairmount Elementary
  • Maltby Elementary
  • Odyssey Elementary
  • Serene Lake Elementary
  • Silver Firs Elementary*
  • Silver Lake Elementary

March 20 – Oak Harbor Elementary

  • Broad View Elementary
  • Coupeville Elementary
  • Crescent Harbor Elementary*
  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Oak Harbor Elementary
  • Olympic View Elementary
  • South Whidbey Elementary

March 21 – Snohomish High School

  • Chain Lake Elementary
  • Dutch Hill Elementary*
  • Frank Wagner Elementary / Sky Valley Education Center
  • Fryelands Elementary
  • Machias Elementary
  • Riverview Elementary
  • Seattle Hill Elementary

2017-18 Participating schools

Arlington School District

  • Presidents Elementary

Coupeville School District

  • Coupeville Elementary

Darrington School District

  • Darrington Elementary

Edmonds School District

  • Beverly Elementary
  • Brier Elementary
  • Cedar Valley Community School
  • Cedar Way Elementary
  • College Place Elementary
  • Edmonds Elementary
  • Hilltop Elementary
  • Lynndale Elementary
  • Maplewood K-8
  • Martha Lake Elementary
  • Seaview Elementary
  • Sherwood Elementary
  • Spruce Elementary
  • Terrace Park Elementary
  • Westgate Elementary

Everett School District

  • Silver Firs Elementary
  • Silver Lake Elementary

Granite Falls School District

  • Monte Cristo Elementary

 

Lake Stevens School District

  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Highland Elementary
  • Skyline Elementary
  • Sunnycrest Elementary

Marysville School District

  • Grove Elementary
  • Sunnyside Elementary

Monroe School District

  • Chain Lake Elementary
  • Frank Wagner Elementary
  • Fryelands Elementary
  • Maltby Elementary
  • Sky Valley Educational Center

Mukilteo School District

  • Discovery Elementary
  • Fairmount Elementary
  • Odyssey Elementary
  • Picnic Point Elementary
  • Serene Lake Elementary

Oak Harbor School District

  • Broadview Elementary
  • Crescent Harbor Elementary
  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Oak Harbor Elementary
  • Olympic View Elementary

Snohomish School District

  • Dutch Hill Elementary
  • Machias Elementary
  • Riverview Elementary
  • Seattle Hill Elementary

South Whidbey School District

  • South Whidbey Elementary

Stanwood-Camano School District

  • Cedarhome Elementary
  • Stanwood Elementary
  • Utsalady Elementary