Kirk ES students claim Name That Book championship

March 2, 2018

Kirk Elementary School won the Name That Book competition on Feb. 27 at the Berry Center
Kirk Elementary School won the Name That Book competition on Feb. 27 at the Berry Center. Pictured are librarian Tonya Stanton (left) and fifth-grade students Hannah Lotan, Sophia Muktar, Evangeline An, Raquel Flores, Howard Kim and Nathan Nguyen. Joining them in celebration is Roy Garcia, associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, who served as cue caller for the competition.

March 2, 2018—Kirk Elementary School won the annual Name That Book competition, held Feb. 27 at the Berry Center.

Coached by Kirk Librarian Tonya Stanton, the team was comprised of fifth-grade students Evangeline An, Raquel Flores, Howard Kim, Hannah Lotan, Sophia Muktar and Nathan Nguyen.

The competition began with a regional format, with 49 teams throughout the district facing a series of questions giving clues about different books and being asked to “Name That Book.” Seven teams moved on to the Name That Book finals: A. Robison, Ault, Hancock, Kirk, McFee, Wells and Wilson elementary schools.

“I am beyond the moon proud of my Name That Book team,” said Tonya Stanton, Kirk librarian. “The ‘Radiant Readers’ came prepared for our weekly meetings and truly collaborated as a team. Each team member took ownership of their responsibility to read assigned books and honored each other by doing so. I honestly wish I could bottle their perseverance and dedication to sprinkle on each of my future teams.”

Name that Book Competition
Parents and supporters watch the Name That Book final district competition Feb. 27 at the Berry Center auditorium. The seven regional winners competed with Kirk Elementary School winning the competition.

The mission of the Name That Book program is to foster lifelong reading by all third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. The students are provided a list of books and encouraged to read as many as possible, and the program culminates with a series of contests to celebrate the students’ knowledge of the books.

“Even though competing is fun, our true goal is to get quality literature in the hands of our students,” Stanton said. “Reading improves vocabulary and language skills, teaches children about the world around them and develops a child's imagination, but most of all, reading is fun. Our CFISD libraries are the great equalizers where all kids have access to books they love! It was my honor and pleasure to participate in such a great program with my students.”

Joel Palomares, Rennell Elementary School librarian, emceed the Name That Book final District competition Feb. 27 at the Berry Center, a role designated for the librarian from the previous year’s winning team.
Joel Palomares, Rennell Elementary School librarian, emceed the Name That Book final District competition Feb. 27 at the Berry Center, a role designated for the librarian from the previous year’s winning team.

Roy Garcia, associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, asked questions to the teams in the finals. Judges included Diane Garland, assistant director of curriculum and instruction; Phil Bildner, award-winning author; Ruth Wiesmann, retired CFISD librarian; and Joel Palomares, Rennell Elementary School librarian. The timekeeper was Dianne Meyer, Mackin representative and retired CFISD teacher and librarian. The microphone specialist was Melinda Murphy, retired CFISD librarian.

Kirk Elementary School students and supporters celebrate the school’s win at the Name That Book competition Feb. 27 at the Berry Center. `
Kirk Elementary School students and supporters celebrate the school’s win at the Name That Book competition Feb. 27 at the Berry Center. 

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