Forest Brook Has the Top Reader in the Nation
The Hauppauge Public Schools (HPS) are always on the lookout for tools and innovations to offer its students to enhance their learning experience. To that end, HPS subscribes to LightSail.
The LightSail Library provides excellent content through partnerships with leading content providers like News for Kids and Antares Reading. LightSail gives students and educators access to thousands of outstanding fiction and nonfiction texts. The LightSail Library contains texts for students from grades K-12 written across a wide range of Lexile measures. These texts are embedded with assessments and cover a variety of subject matter. All students can discover who they are as readers through a broad and appealing library filled with great texts.
This summer many HPS students participated in the LightSail/Mathematics Exploration.
In October, the students of Forest Brook Elementary School rose to the LightSail Reading Challenge. The LightSail Launch Challenge encouraged students to accumulate the most reading minutes. Each student logged into LightSail to read, individual minutes were recorded and then combined with others in every participating class in the school.
The three schools with the highest number of minutes read will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively, worth of premium e-book titles from LightSail to add to their school's existing library of e-books. These additional e-books, when combined with more than 4,500 assessed texts that are available for students through a school's LightSail subscription, further ensures that all students will have access to something great to read.
LightSail is a digital library that has personalized book selections tailored to individual student abilities. Each book has embedded assessments that track student s' progress and Lexile growth. Students and teachers can monitor progress and interact with each other in real time. Students also earn badges for successfully completing books and assessments.
In the late September Forest Brook was presented with the opportunity to participate in the LightSail Launch reading challenge which started on October 1st and ended on October 30th. Over 600 schools participated in the challenge across the nation. Forest Brook students and teachers embraced the challenge, and displayed incredible reading stamina by reading a total of 130,722 minutes during the challenge period, which results in an average of over 1,000 minutes per student.
Forest Brook Principal Kristen Reingold said, "I am incredibly proud of the students' effort and perseverance. Every one of our classes placed in the top 15 in the country."
Ms. Doda's class ranked number two of all the participating classes in the nation by logging an impressive 26,078 minutes of reading. Close on their heels with 25,562 minutes was Ms. Brusca and Mr. Boehle's class landing them at number three in the rankings. Ms. Gatto and Ms. Huber's class came in at number 4 with 25,291 minutes. Ms. Fiorini's class placed fifth with 23,698 minutes.
A little bit further down the standings, but still in the national top twenty were Ms. Behme's class at number twelve with 16,916 minutes and Ms. Garvey's class at fifteen with 15,417 minutes.
Many students distinguished themselves with their individual reading. In fact, many Forest Brook students were top twenty readers in the nation.
This year, again, Forest Brook had the top reader in the nation. Congratulations to a fifth-grade student who read an astonishing 5,718 minutes during the challenge. This individual was also the PARP winner for the month of October. Congratulations to Katie Cimato.
Here are the rest of the Forest Brook students who placed individually in the top twenty:
- Sara Coinquet - 2,472 minutes
- Andrew Congema - 2,356 minutes
- Aidan Kildale - 2,272 minutes
- Benjamin Galdamez - 1,901 minutes
- Ryan Sapugay - 1,884 minutes
- Jenna Romito - 1,773 minutes
- Brandon Reidy - 1,714 minutes
- Joseph Bono - 1,702 minutes
- Emilia DeLuca - 1,691 minutes
- Reagan Henselder - 1,682 minutes
- Emily Messana - 1,681 minutes
Everyone who participated in the challenge was given a certificate.
Last year the scoring by school was based on the average of the number of minutes read per student. This year it was by the total of minutes read by the school as a whole. Forest Brook was competing against some schools that had over 500 students.
Despite the smaller number of students, Forest Brook won the $1000 in e-books prize by placing number three of all participating schools in the country.
Here are The LightSail Launch Challenge Top 10 schools:
- Indian Land Middle School, Lancaster County School District, SC (1st place, 177,442 total minutes)
- M.S. 390, New York City Department of Education, NY (2nd place, 166,113 total minutes)
- Forest Brook Elementary, Hauppauge School District, NY (3rd place, 133,874 total minutes)
- A public middle school, Newark Public Schools, NJ
- Parkview Middle School, Armona Union Elementary School District, CA
- Butterfield Trail Middle School, Van Buren Public Schools, AR
- David Barkley/Francisco Ruiz Elementary, San Antonio Independent School District, TX
- Walter F. Dexter Middle School, Whittier City Elementary District, CA
- Jackson Avenue School, Mineola Public Schools, NY
- YES Prep at Northbrook Middle School, TX