Elementary Battle of the Books Winners

The PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The Palencia Pirates Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The Palencia Pirates Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

Congratulations to the PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles and Palencia Pirates on their hard earned wins at the 12th Annual Elementary School Battle of the Books which were held on May 8th and May 10th. The Northern Battle was held at Landrum Middle School and the Southern Battle at Gamble Rogers Middle School. We are extremely proud of the students for their participation in this literacy event. The students were well prepared, well behaved, and “well read”. We also appreciate all of the parents, peers, teachers, staff members, and administrators who supported our readers.

A special thank you to principals Ryan Player and Greg Bergamasco for hosting the events. Please acknowledge the media specialists, teachers and support staff for the time they took to create the questions, and to recruit, prepare and mentor the students from their schools. St. Johns County School District librarians are amazing and we are better because of them. Thank you to all of the school administrators for supporting your library media programs and specialists. Additionally, many school technology specialists, maintenance managers, and other employees pitched in to make this possible. Thank you!

Lorrie Cosgrove, Brock O’Shell, Amanda Bergamasco, specialists in the Instructional Resources and Media Services department, are the epitome of hard work and coordination. This event would have been impossible without their support. Thank you also to the amazing Media Services staff for their hard, behind-the-scenes work to support these efforts.

Next year promises to be as exciting as this year. View the lists of the new SSYRA books. Be sure to share the lists and encourage your students to read, read, read over the summer.