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NEISD Elementary schools to compete in Battle of the books

DATE: may 20
TIME: 5:30-8:00 PM
LOCATION: Las Lomas ES, 20303 Hardy Oak blvd., Serna ES, 2569 NE Loop 410

Serna and Las Lomas Elementary School will host the sixth annual district-wide Battle of the Books on Monday, May 20. With so many schools participating this year, the event has been divided up into 2 Divisions. Division 1 will be at Serna Elementary and Division 2 will be at Las Lomas Elementary School.

The semi-finals will begin at 5:30 p.m. at both schools. Schools participating at Serna include: Camelot, Canyon Ridge, Castle Hills, Clear Springs, Dellview, El Dorado, Encino Park, Hidden Forest, Montgomery, Northern Hills, Oak Grove, Redland Oaks, Regency Place, Roan Forest, Royal Ridge, Serna, and Vineyard Ranch Elementary School.

Schools participating at Las Lomas include: Bulverde Creek, Cibolo Green, Colonial Hills, Hardy Oak, Huebner, Jackson Keller, Las Lomas, Longs Creek, Olmos, Ridgeview, Stahl, Steubing Ranch, Stone Oak, Thousand Oaks, Tuscany Heights, Walzem, Wetmore, Wilderness Oak, and Woodstone Elementary School. In each of these Divisions, six schools will advance to the Final round to be held at 6:45pm the same evening.

Each school will have a team of four fourth-grade students. They already competed in a campus challenge and won the opportunity to represent their school. Faye Hagerty, NEISD library director, will serve as head official for the event.

Students were encouraged to read 18 award-winning books by May. The students read the books throughout the school year and many kept a log to record important details from the book. On the day of the battle, teams will answer questions about the books in order to accrue points. The team with the most points at the end wins. All participants will receive ribbons and the winners will receive trophies.

The Battle of the Books is a reading enrichment program designed to encourage recreational reading, offer a variety of literature, increase familiarity with different authors and share books through written and oral expression. The Battle has been widely used across the United States and can be traced back to a public radio program in Chicago during the 1940s.

For more information, contact Christine Chasse at (210) 407-3600.

Posted on May 20, 2013