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September 19, 2018

Fairgrieve Holds Inaugural Battle of the Books Competition


Fairgrieve Elementary School students participated for the first time in a Battle of the Books competition at the school recently.

Participants in the Battle of the Books competition at Fairgrieve Elementary School are pictured following their head-to-head battle. Advancing to the district level competition were The Three Booketeers, the Shooting Stars and the Golden Ninja Scorpions will serve as alternates.

Participants in the Battle of the Books competition at Fairgrieve Elementary School are pictured following their head-to-head battle. Advancing to the district level competition were The Three Booketeers, the Shooting Stars and the Golden Ninja Scorpions will serve as alternates.

The top two teams from Level One, grades three and four, and Level Two, grades five and six, will face the top teams from Lanigan Elementary School on March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Fulton Education Center to determine district winners.

The top teams from that competition will earn the right to represent the Fulton City School District in the County-wide Battle of the Books event on March 24 at G. Ray Bodley High School beginning at 6 p.m.

Students answered 16 questions based on the books featured in this year’s Battle of the Books nationwide competition. Teams were asked questions that began “In which book…” and they were asked to provide the book title and author that answered the question.

Students earned eight points for a correct title and author, or five points for a title only. No points were awarded for correct author only.

Students in grades five and six competed for the Level Two representatives from Fairgrieve Elementary School to face the top teams from Lanigan Elementary School in the district level competition on March 16. Earning top spots were The Novelettes (first), Super Books (second), and PACT (alternates).

Students in grades five and six competed for the Level Two representatives from Fairgrieve Elementary School to face the top teams from Lanigan Elementary School in the district level competition on March 16. Earning top spots were The Novelettes (first), Super Books (second), and PACT (alternates).

The Reading Rainbows, with team members Vera Butchko, Destinee Duston and Abigail Price; The Book Detectives, with members Dawson Krause, Kamila Miranda and Rylee Spencer; The Three Booketeers with Trae Mitchell, Will Patterson, and Ethan Weaver; Pink Explorers with Ciara Dillingham, McKenna Lawson and Moira Percival; Mystery Girls with Olivia Blakeman and Jasminn Bort; Golden Ninja Scorpions with Joe Fausto, Tristan Kent and Dougie Van Sanford; and Shooting Stars with Natasha Carpenter, Faithe-Ann Hall and Caitlin Searor; faced off in a near perfect event with The Three Booketeers missing only one question out of the 16 and ending with a score of 120.

They, along with the Shooting Stars will advance to the district competition on Monday. The Golden Ninja Scorpions finished in third place and will serve as alternatives in the event that one of the other teams is unable to compete.

Level Two, grades five and six, saw four teams competing for the right to advance to the district level competition.

Radical Readers with Jose Aguilar, Caleb Crandall and Evalynn Dickens; The Novelettes with Kaylee Hutchins, Lexi Patterson and Emma Weaver; PACT with team members Allie Coakley, Tiffany Macri and Charlie Stoutenger; and Super Books with Matthew Breton, Olivia Cunningham and Shyanne Duston; ended with The Novelettes in first place, followed by the Super Books and PACT as the alternate team.

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literacy program coordinated in Oswego County through the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation School Library System and at Fairgrieve Elementary School by Barb Senecal, library media specialist.

The program encourages students to read, enhances reading comprehension and promotes teamwork as well as academic excellence.

The Fulton City School District competition will be held at the Fulton Education Center beginning at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.

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