Joyful cheers and wild applause are not just for Hollywood stars at the Oscars.
Such praise also was had inside a rockin’ gymnasium Monday, March 4 at Jacobson Elementary in Rush City where students assembled for an Oscar-style celebration to conclude “I Love to Read” month.
For the month of February, noted principal Melody Tenhoff, students in kindergarten through sixth grade read 139,703 minutes, collectively, which annihilated their goal of 125,000 minutes. Teachers and staff were challenged, too, as their target was 45,000 minutes. Sure enough, the adults beat their goal with 58,052 minutes of reading time as a group.
Technology integrationist Mary Kurvers was honored for reading the most among the faculty. She totaled 3,495 minutes, alone.
Yet it was the students, of various grades, who received the biggest reception — complete with red carpet runway, little “Oscar” trophies and flowers for the girls and boutonnieres for the boys — for being the top readers from their reading classes. Helping out at the assembly were teachers and staff members Ashley Lakeberg, Gara Goldenstein, Jill Erickson and Maureen Guentzel.
All the students cheered for those involved in the Pen Pals program, as well, and they were even rewarded with a showing of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” at the end.
In addition, the children shouted in approval of the winning books of the Student Choice Awards, as presented by reading interventionist Kristine Peterson. The winning books included:
• K-grade 1: “Too Many Toys,” fiction; “I Spy,” with “What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?” as runner-up, nonfiction; “A Bad Case of Stripes,” followed by “Diary of a Worm,” science fiction/fantasy; and a tie between “The Stranger” and “Goodnight, Goon,” mystery/ghost story.
• Grades 2-3: “Stink and the Incredible, Super-Galactic Jawbreaker,” fiction; “Predator Showdown,” followed by “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers,” nonfiction; “Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night,” science fiction/fantasy; and “Goosebumps: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb,” mystery/ghost story.
• Grades 4-6: “Everything on a Waffle,” followed by “Out of My Mind,” fiction; “Animals Up Close,” nonfiction; “The Hobbit,” science fiction/fantasy; and “Stolen Children,” followed by “The Dollhouse Murders,” mystery/ghost story.
The students (listed with their teachers) who were honored as top readers include Molly Avina (Mrs. Gunderson, a.m.), Austin Christian (Mrs. Gunderson, p.m.), Will Volk (Mrs. Sybrant, a.m.), Ruth Widenstrom (Mrs. Sybrant, p.m.), Lily McCargar (Mrs. Guse), Michael Nellis (Mrs. Halbert), Parker Pillar (Mrs. Lofgren), Sophie Hackel (Mrs. Nelson), Levi Armstrong (Mrs. Lundeen), Kaden Gorman (Mrs. VandeKamp), Brayden Blatz (Mrs. Waters), Hailey Volk (Mrs. Goldenstein), Ben Hanson (Mr. Rood), Ella Wood (Mr. Wendorf), Natalie Dziuban (Mrs. Zeltinger), Alex Chacon (Mr. Albright), Garrett Bengtson (Mrs. Lakeberg), Aaliyah Banks (Ms. Larsen, 4th/5th), Hailey Besta (Mr. Mettling), Abi Novick (Mr. Erdman), Brandon Cardinal (Ms. Nelson), Lauren Steltz (Mrs. Williams), Nathan Ramberg (Mr. Kirby) and Elena Herberg (Mr. Lattimore).