Category Archives: Events & Contests

2014-2015 Battle of the Books

After careful consideration, the EY team has decided to revise Battle of the Books so that it is less competitive and more about critical thinking.  We still hope to instill a love of reading, but make the responses to the literature more meaningful.  The students will still be encouraged to read the 20 designated books.  When they complete a novel, students will be able to choose from a list of activities to complete.  Their products will be added to a Battle of the Books keynote that they will work on throughout the year.  The EY coordinators will go into the classrooms during E/I time in the next couple weeks to show students how to download the keynote and activities onto their iPads.  This keynote product will be part of their ticket into the district Battle of the Books seminar which will be held on Friday, March 13th, 2015.  During this day long event, we will have several different activities for the students to participate in such as a quiz bowl, an author and/or illustrator visit, and several other creative contests.  All activities will be a celebration of their accomplishment and love of reading.

If parents, teachers, or librarians are still interested in a traditional Battle of the Books competition, they are welcome to organize it.

Commonly Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to be in EY to participate?

A. No, any 3rd through 6th grade student who loves to read may participate.

Q. Do I need to form a team?

A. While the seminar won’t require a team, students are still encouraged to meet as a group and discuss the books.  In the past, some schools have held discussions during lunch or after school.

Q. Do I have to read all the books to participate?

A. In order to be invited to the seminar, students must read and complete an activity for 10 of the 20 books.  The activities and keynote can be found on our wiki (link below).  NOTE: While reading all 20 books is not mandatory, students who read all of the books may have a better chance at the quiz bowl competition during the seminar.

The 2014-15 book list and student resources can be found on our wiki at:
https://ey.westside66.org/wiki/pages/j2s325C1/Battle_of_the_Books.html

2014-15 Geography Bee

During the week of November 10, 4th through 6th grade teachers will administer the qualifying geography bee test in the classroom.  The top 10-14 students will compete in a school geography bee which will be run a little different this year.

On Tuesday, December 9, Hillside, Westbrook, Swanson, Loveland, and Sunset will have their geography bees at Underwood Hills on 90th and Western.

On Friday, December 12, Westgate, Paddock Road, Oakdale, Rockbrook, and Prairie Lane will have their geography bees at the Community Conference Center (CCC) on 108th and Grover.

School vehicles will be used to transport the students to Underwood Hills and the CCC where they will compete in the geography bee.  Parents and family are welcome to attend.

Below is the tentative schedule for each day.

December 9 at Underwood Hills

  • Hillside 9:15-10:15
  • Westbrook 10:30-11:30
  • Swanson 11:45-12:45
  • Loveland 1:00-2:00
  • Sunset 2:15-3:15

December 12 at CCC

  • Westgate 9:15-10:15
  • Paddock 10:30-11:30
  • Oakdale 11:45-12:45
  • Rockbrook 1:00-2:00
  • Prairie Lane 2:15-3:15

2014 Spelling Bee

During the week of October 6, 4th through 6th grade teachers will administer the qualifying spelling test in the classroom.  The top 10-14 students will compete in a school spelling bee which will be run a little different this year.

On Tuesday, October 21, Hillside, Westbrook, Swanson, Loveland, and Sunset will have their spelling bees at Underwood Hills on 90th and Western.

On Thursday, October 23, Westgate, Paddock Road, Oakdale, Rockbrook, and Prairie Lane will have their spelling bees at the Community Conference Center (CCC) on 108th and Grover.

School vehicles will be used to transport the students to Underwood Hills and the CCC where they will compete in the spelling bee.  Parents and family are welcome to attend.

Below is the tentative schedule for each day.

October 21 at Underwood Hills

  • Hillside 9:15-10:15
  • Westbrook 10:30-11:30
  • Swanson 11:45-12:45
  • Loveland 1:00-2:00
  • Sunset 2:15-3:15

October 23 at CCC

  • Westgate 9:15-10:15
  • Paddock 10:30-11:30
  • Oakdale 11:45-12:45
  • Rockbrook 1:00-2:00
  • Prairie Lane 2:15-3:15

2014-15 Seminars and Contests

We are excited to offer a variety of seminars this year.  All students are welcome to attend, however there will always be some sort of “ticket” that needs to be completed first.  The “ticket” might be a qualifying test or a project you develop.

Westside Schools often get invited to special contests (math contests, quiz bowls, etc.)  Those contests are not listed below, but make sure to check this site often for updates!