West Elementary School
Many years ago, Mrs. Schneider challenged the West School students to read 90,000 minutes over the four week period. If they accomplished this fearsome feat, Mrs. Schneider would dress up as a chicken and sit on a nest in the cafeteria. And, to make the challenge even more exciting, if the students read over 120,000 minutes, then Mrs. Schneider would not only dress up as a chicken and sit on a nest in the cafeteria, she would wear a YANKEES JERSEY!!!! (And we all know how difficult that is for a die hard METS Fan) Well, the students at West School did it...and here is Mrs. Schneider to prove it
Four years ago, Mrs. Schneider had challenged the students of WEST School to increase their reading power and read 140,000 minutes (or over 2300 hours). If they could accomplish this feat, Mrs. Schneider agreed to dress up as a fairy princess and serve lunch for a day at WEST SCHOOL. Needless to say, the fantastic readers at West accomplished THIS feat and Mrs. Schneider spread her fairy dust in the cafeteria and helped to serve lunch
Two years ago the challenge was even greater. Mrs. Schneider challenged the school to read 175,000 minutes over the four week period. If they did, she would consent to dress as Little Bo Peep. However, an even extra special challenge was announced. If, after the additional bonus week, the students read over 200,000 minutes, not only would Mrs. Schneider dress as Little Bo Peep, but Mrs. Kotcher would dress as one of her lost sheep! A reading frenzy happened here at West!
For 2004, the students of West were dared to read, read read. And, if they met the set limits, Mrs. Schneider, would do as they asked, dress as Shrek, and Mrs. Kotcher would be her sidekick, Donkey. And, for one WHOLE Day they would serve the students of West School lunch.
So.... for 2005 the challenge needed to be greater...and it was....Students of West School needed to read even more. And they did. Their reward was having Mrs. Schneider dress as Cinderella and Mrs. Kotcher as the Wicked Witch. They spent the entire lunch time with our West School students playing fairy tale trivia games!
For 2006, the Challenge has extended to many more staff members. Click on the wizard to find out how many minutes West School students have had to read in order to truly enjoy the Principal's Challenge this year!!
The 2007 challenge had been declared. Mrs. Schneider challenged the students of West School to read, read, read. The more the students read, the more Mrs. Schneider and the staff will go Under the Sea for the students' enjoyment.
The year 2008 brought about our building theme of Reach for the Stars. Our PARP theme this year is Lights, Cameras, Actions, READ! And read, students did! They surpassed every reading goal set for them. Students were able to get their handpick on the read carpet wall of fame, picture on the reading all star wall and earn credit for our annual book fair. Bravo to all of our great readers and their reading partners! Mrs. Schneider's Challenge was, if the students read the required number of minutes, she would dress as the famous movie star, Marilyn Monroe. With each additional 1,000 minutes, staff members will be dressing up for a wonderful all star assembly.
In 2009 West School students and staff were Reading Heroes. Our PARP theme reflected how we can all be READING HEROES and AMAZE ourselves with the wonders that reading can bring to our lives. Mrs. Schneider and the staff then offered the students a SUPER HUMAN feat to beat last year's reading goals. And West School's students took on that challenge.
West School went BACK to the CLASSICS in 2010. Staff members shared their favorite "classic" storybook that they enjoyed while growing up. Mrs. Schneider's was Caps for Sale while other staff members shared such great classics as Cat in the Hat, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Little Engine that Could, and Where the Wild Things Are. Students once again, exceeded all expectations in reading for PARP and made the Principal's Challenge an exciting one!
On 2011, West School "Rocked Across the USA in Reading" as we went for record reading times. Keeping that "rock" theme in mind, PTA tracked the students' participation on a large map of the United States, using Mrs. Schneider & Mrs. Fee traveling across the United States in the famous red beetle. They made stops in Pebble Beach, Little Rock, the Rocky Mountains, Rocky and the shores of Long Beach to record students' reading achievements. West School students surpassed their reading goals and were treated to a wonderful "Rock" performance by our staff. Present at our Rock gala were Wilma Flintstone, the Third Rock from the Sun, Rocky, and other renowned guests. It was an awesome event celebrating our students' reading prowess!
We can't wait to see what is in store for 2012!