April 5, 2017

Academic Achievements for AAUW and WordMasters

AAUW – 38th Creative Writing Contest

7th Grade Fiction

1st Place: Lainey Moore  (Mrs. Cain) Lighthouses

2nd Place: Gabriel Lebowa (Mrs. Cain) Rick Harrison’s Secret Pawnshop

3rd Place: Joe Caltagirone (Ms. Christopher) The Director

Honorable Mention:

Violet McCann (Mrs. Cain) Eliza and the Afterlife

8th Grade Fiction

1st Place: Madeline Conlon (Mrs. Schulz) A Home for a Stray

3rd Place: Elinor Hiller (Mrs. Schulz) Midnight Clear

Honorable Mention:

Sarah Schroeder (Mrs. Schulz) Unsinkable

7th Grade Non-Fiction

3rd Place: Renee Forsyth (Mrs. Cain) My Canoe Trip

Honorable Mention:

Fiona J. Maio (Ms. Christopher) Two Decades Unsolved

8th Grade Non-Fiction

1st Place: Elise Daley (Mr. Carlson) Piercing Hazel

3rd Place: Lauren Madden (Mrs. Schulz) The Impact of Strong Female Icons on Modern Society

7th Grade Poetry

2nd Place: Olivia Singer (Mrs. Cain) The Opposite of Sadness

8th Grade Poetry

3rd Place: Madeline Hamann (Mr. Holm and Mrs. Raitt) Listen

Word Masters Challenge

A team representing Rotolo Middle School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The sixth grade team scored an impressive 192 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing third in the nation.

Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, sixth graders Eli Balisi and Ben Pelech each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 39 sixth graders achieved this result. Other students from Rotolo Middle School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include sixth graders Brynne Albert, Abe Alley, Gemma Cohen, Julianna Cornwell, Anna Green, Braden Gutsch, Madelyn Hooper, Liam Kelly and John White. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by the 6th Grade ELA Department.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools.  Further information is available at the company’s website:  http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.