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Third grade breaks AR record!

MEYERSDALE - The last nine weeks of any school year is hectic and filled with activities, events and distractions - many distractions! However, despite all of those challenges, third grade students at Meyersdale Area Elementary School have earned a great distinction. In just one grading period, students have broken the school record for Accelerated Reading points earned in one nine week period - with a score of 1,076. Their teachers, Mrs. Jill Luster, Mrs. Amy McKenzie and Mrs. Daynelle Burkholder, could not be more proud or excited to see their students reach this impressive score!


All students in grades first through fifth participate in the Accelerated Reading program at MAES. Through this computer-based program, students select books that are on their individual reading levels to read. Students then take online quizzes to test their comprehension, thus earning points. Students are given personal and class goals. 


“Breaking this record was truly a group effort! Some students spent their activity time reading their favorite books, others read every evening at home.  One student, Addy Smith, contributed 165.3 points in just that one nine-week period,” explained Mrs. Luster. “My homeroom students were surprised to find out how much they enjoyed reading outside under the shade trees. I'm hoping that this experience will foster a genuine love of reading for these students.”


“It was surprising this year, when I would ask our students to read a book when they finished something early during Science class they didn't moan about it. They were actually excited to read,” explained Mrs. McKenzie. 


Mrs. Burkholder’s students utilized homeroom time to help students reach their AR goals. “I never had them read during math because I used any extra time to reinforce math skills but they always were using their homeroom time wisely for AR!”

Kucenic said she too is proud of the effort demonstrated by these third grade students.

During these tumultuous times the third grade students persevered, even when COVID restrictions were being lifted.  They could have given up and coasted out the rest of this school year, but when the challenge was acknowledged, they rose to the occasion.  I am so proud of their achievement and I hope that they continue to grow their love of reading.”


 For their extraordinary efforts, students were treated to a pizza party, complete with refreshments and dessert!


“We couldn't do any of our Accelerated Reader activities without the guidance and assistance of our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Kucenic!  She keeps track of all of the grade level points and prepares individual awards as the students reach reading milestones,” Luster added. “She is a treasure to Meyersdale Elementary and she has inspired many Raider Readers!