On an annual basis, NMSD’s Middle School students voluntarily participate in Gallaudet University’s National Battle of the Books. The students read at least three chapter books and then compete against other schools in answering questions about the books. If they pass the preliminary round, they participate in the playoffs that involve the students answering questions in front of a panel of judges from Gallaudet University. If the team continues to do well, they are invited on an all-expense paid trip to the national competition in Washington DC. For this competition, the students are expected independently read four additional chapter books within a few weeks.
Excerpt from the Gallaudet University Website (http://www.gallaudet.edu/botb/history.html): "Gallaudet's Battle of the Books was established in 2012. Its roots can be traced to the Battle of the Books competition amongst several deaf schools across the nation. The original contest in 2007 had four participating schools: California School for the Deaf (Fremont) led by Beth Kunze, Metro Deaf School led by Lisa Ewan, New Mexico School for the Deaf led by Jennifer Herbold, and Texas School for the Deaf led by Leslie Hussey. The first competition had only one reading group, but in 2008, the competition was expanded to include readers from four different groups. In 2009, Maryland School for the Deaf and Phoenix Day School for the Deaf joined the competition. In 2012, an agreement was reached to allow Gallaudet to take over the competition and expand it so that other programs for the deaf and hard of hearing could join."
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The 2015 Battle of the Books Team placed 2nd in the March 2015 Battle of the Books National Competition in Washington D.C. at Gallaudet University.
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Battle of the Books - Blue Team 2016-2017
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