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READaGATOR: The Final Tally


Friends, Fans, Parents, Teachers, and Colleagues! READaGATOR has run its course, and we’ve finally finalized our final results.

Grades K through 5 collectively read 87,837 minutes. That is almost 1500 hours! 60 days! 2 months! All straight reading, crammed into 2.5 weeks. This represents a huge effort on the part of our young readers. Chapeau to all who participated!

And, here’s how each class contributed to that goal:

Kindergarten: 9,737 minutes.

First Grade: 8,613 minutes.

Second Grade: 13,469 minutes.

Third Grade: 10,987 minutes.

Fourth Grade: 20,112 minutes.

Fifth Grade: 18,802 minutes

While I want to (and will!) express absolute astonishment over the sheer amount of minutes K-5 dedicated towards reading (and especially Fourth Grade, who led with 20k!), we need to keep in mind that this was over 70,000 minutes short of our 160,000 minute goal. This means no Gator Suit for Ms. Ball, and no party-in-a-box for our leading readers, Fourth Grade. We’ll keep reaching for that goal, and next year, I sure hope we summit that minute-mountain.


THE PARTY-IN-A-BOX WILL BE ZIPLINED TO THE 4TH GRADE! At Wednesday’s Lower School Chapel, I made a very similar announcement. As we applauded, Mr. Sullivan burst onto the scene and demanded that I rewarded 4th Grade for their efforts. So, there we have it, straight from the Head of Schools himself. The Party-in-a-Box is back! Congratulations 4th Grade!

And, Mr. Sullivan also demanded that Ms. Ball wear CHOMP’S head for one full school day!

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Read-a-Gator Daily Update: March 28

New to Read-a-Gator, check out our launch post to learn more about this reading challenge and to learn how to submit your reading minutes each day!


There we have it! First and second grades are officially on the board for the 1,000 minute mark! While they’re rocketing ahead with their Read-a-Gator Meter, they should also be aware: no party-in-a-box will be ziplined to their grade without the overall goal of 160,000 minutes met. So, let’s hope those two grades help rouse up the other classes in this communal challenge.

Daily Updates will take a brief hiatus over the weekend, but we’ll post a quick update on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week.

Happy Reading!

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New to Read-a-Gator? Want to submit your reading minutes? Click here for our launch post.

After a thrilling debut of Read-a-Gator during yesterday afternoon’s K-5 Chapel, we’re ready to report on the first day’s progress of this year’s reading challenge.

Here’s your daily shot of the Read-a-Gator bulletin board.

ImageYou’ll notice that there’s not much action on the board, but that doesn’t mean the numbers aren’t robust. In one short evening, we’ve amassed 1706 minutes of reading.

While every grade seems focused on winning the Party-in-a-Box, let’s hope each grade doesn’t forget that they can’t reach 160,000 minutes without the help of the entire school. How will they support each other?

And how many minutes do we still need before hitting that 160,000 minute goal?

Read-a-Gator continues…

Read-a-Gator Daily Update: March 27

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