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Washington-McKinley School Conducts a "March Madness of Reading"

In conjunction with the NCAA’s Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Championships, the students at CHSD170’s Washington-McKinley School recently conducted its first March Madness of Reading.

Fourth-grade teacher Samantha Nichols coordinated the event in which students and teachers in grades three through eight submitted the names of some favorite books that they had read or hoped to read.

Once the 32 books that comprised the field were selected, Nichols bracketed the tomes, and the “madness” began! Each week two books competed to advance in their respective bracket with each classroom given a chance to select its favorite and narrow down the field.

“The students were so excited to choose their favorite book and monitor the work’s progress throughout the event,” Nichols said.

As time passed the classrooms became more competitive as they monitored the progress of the book they had chosen.

“The best thing about the event was that spurred an interest in reading in almost all of the students,” Nichols added.

“It was great to see them note the books suggested by the students in other classrooms and see them read the books that had been nominated by their peers.”

At the close of the event, the book selected as the winner of the 2019 March Madness of Reading was Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, by Jeff Kinney.

Washington-McKinley School Principal Dr. Gretchen Sutherland was effusive in praising the success of the event.

“I am thrilled that our school continues to present events such as the March Madness of Reading,” Sutherland said.

“Events and activities like this one that involves so many of our students are a vital component in enhancing the learning experience, and instill and propagate an affinity for essential skills, in this case, Reading, which is one of the cornerstones of our district’s curriculum.”


Junto con el Campeonato Nacional de Baloncesto Masculino y Femenino de la NCAA, los estudiantes de la Escuela Washington-McKinley de CHSD170 realizaron recientemente su primera Locura por la Lectura en marzo.

La maestra de cuarto grado, Samantha Nichols, coordinó el evento en el que los estudiantes y maestros de tercer a octavo grado presentaron los nombres de algunos de sus libros favoritos que habían leído o que esperaban leer.

¡Una vez que se seleccionaron los 32 libros que comprendían el campo, Nichols se puso entre corchetes y comenzó la "locura"! Cada semana, dos libros compitieron para avanzar en sus respectivos corchetes y cada aula tuvo la oportunidad de seleccionar su favorito y reducir el campo.

"Los estudiantes estaban muy emocionados de elegir su libro favorito y monitorear el progreso del trabajo a lo largo del evento", dijo Nichols.

A medida que pasaba el tiempo, las aulas se volvieron más competitivas a medida que supervisaban el progreso del libro que habían elegido.

"Lo mejor del evento fue que despertó el interés en la lectura de casi todos los estudiantes", agregó Nichols.

"Fue genial verlos anotar los libros sugeridos por los estudiantes en otras aulas y verlos leer los libros que habían sido nominados por sus compañeros".

Al cierre del evento, el libro seleccionado como ganador de la Locura de la Lectura de marzo de 2019 fue Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, de Jeff Kinney.

La Dra. Gretchen Sutherland, directora de la escuela Washington-McKinley, se mostró efusiva al elogiar el éxito del evento.

"Me emociona que nuestra escuela continúe presentando eventos como March Madness of Reading", dijo Sutherland.

“Los eventos y actividades como esta que involucran a muchos de nuestros estudiantes son un componente vital para mejorar la experiencia de aprendizaje, e inculcar y propagar una afinidad por habilidades esenciales, en este caso, Reading, que es una de las piedras angulares del currículo de nuestro distrito”.