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Knoxville Students Excel in This Year’s Spell-a-thon

Posted: Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 6:28 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Samantha Smith


A Knoxville Elementary School principal will receive a pie in the face Wednesday after students met their goals during the Parent Teacher Organization’s recent Spell-a-thon. PTO President Dave Garcia tells KNIA/KRLS students at West Elementary spelled 90% of their words correctly and will receive an extra recess, ice cream social and get to see principal Mike Montgomery pied in the face. Northstar students also excelled in their spelling efforts, spelling 86% of their words correctly.

As a whole Knoxville students spelled 22,759 of a total 26,291 words correctly. In total there were 268 perfect spellers who will receive a special certificate signed by their principal, and their photo on the bulletin board.

Garcia says he think the event went awesome this year and it’s exciting to see the kids succeed. He days they will likely continue hosting Spell-a-thon events in the future and are also considering a math-a-thon or jog-a-thon.

The Spell-a-thon event was a fundraiser for the PTO and more than $13,000 was collected to be used for various field trips and equipment at the two elementary schools. Garcia thanks all the kids for doing such a good job and appreciate everyone who helped support the students by making a pledge.

Spell-a-thon Results 2011

Best Class Mrs. Vanderlinden K 99%
Prize Extra P.E & Classroom banner

School Goal 4,452 out of 4917 90%
Prize Extra Recess, Ice Cream and Mr Montgomery gets a pie in the face

Perfect Spellers 147 Perfect Spellers
Prize Certificate signed by principal, Photo on the bulletin board,
and name printed in Journal Express.

Best Class(2nd -3rd) Mrs. Helle 2nd grade 88%
Prize Extra P.E. and Banner

Best Class(4th-5th) Mrs. Kincaid 5th grade 94%
Prize Extra P.E. and Banner

School Goal 18,307 out of 21,374 86%
Prize Extra Recess and Ice Cream

Perfect spellers 121 Perfect Spellers
Prize Certificate signed by principal, Photo on bulletin board, and
name printed in Journal Express

Money Raised $13,092 as of May 2nd and more money is still being collected.

Fun Facts
Mrs Vanderlinden K 18 of 20 kids got perfect scores

Mrs. Demoss Kinder Prep All the kids got 100%

Mrs. Wilson 3rd grade Class raised over $1000

Mrs Grafke and Had the most perfect spellers with 11
Mrs Wilson 3rd grade

Mrs. Kincaid 5th grade Entire class only missed 72 words of the 1400 they spelled.