In February, several students throughout the district participated in a reading incentive program, called Battle of the Books. Earlier this fall, teams of three to four students in 4th thru 12th grade began reading 20 books and then in February demonstrated their knowledge of the books in school and statewide competitions.
The following teams won their school competitions, which earned them a spot in the February 19 statewide contest in their respective division.
Senior (High School) Division:
by Margi Wachowiak
Competing together for the first time, this team represented our high school in the state battle quite well…and had a lot of fun along the way. While losing one member due to graduation will definitely break their stride, the two junior members have already begun actively recruiting for next year.
Middle School Division, grades 7 & 8
by Laura Shucha
This team of seventh graders battled through two in-school rounds to earn the right to represent DAMS in the State Battle for the Middle Division. Although they did not place, they enjoyed the reading and camaraderie throughout the months of preparation.
Elementary School Division, grades 5 & 6:
by Laura Shucha
As this DAMS team completed the State Battle, their hard work gave them confidence that they had done well. These fifth graders were confident enough to ask the state organizers to please review one of the questions, providing evidence from the book that their answer should be considered correct. After review, their answer was accepted and their score was finalized. Earning 345/375 points plus 15/15 on tie breaker questions, they garnered a 3rd place finish alongside two other teams. A plaque with their names will be awarded to DeForest Area Middle School at the annual conference for WEMTA, the sponsoring organization.
Elementary School Division, K-4
Eagle Point Elementary School:
by Jason Anderson
Five teams, consisting of 19 students, competed in the Eagle Point Battle of the Books competition this year. The winning team of “I Read Past my Bedtime” represented the school in the state competition.
Windsor Elementary School:
by Sherri Rogalla
Congratulations to The AWESOME Readers of Windsor Elementary. Team members Sam Ceszyk, Molly Hayden, Miles Meinen and Isla Thorkildson earned 10th place this year out of the 237 WI teams that participated! They are already looking forward to next year. We are proud of you AWESOME Readers and anticipate you’ll have another great Battle season next year. For now, they look forward to enjoying an ice cream party with the other hard working 4th graders who also participated in Battle of the Books.
Yahara Elementary School:
by Kathy Williams
WEMTA sponsors three divisions. The elementary division is fourth through sixth grade. The sixth through eighth grade division is the middle level, and a senior high division exists for grades 8 and up. The elementary division reads the nominated Golden Archer winners for the primary and intermediate levels plus a variety of other award winning titles. The middle level participants read the nominated titles for the intermediate and junior high level plus ten other titles which are determined by media specialists throughout the state. The senior division reading list aims to expose students to current award winning literature. The list incorporates awards such as: Golden Archer, Newbery, Printz, Siebert and others.