The St. Matthias Library has a dedicated librarian and offers a wide array of programs to foster a love of reading. Some of the programs include:
Reading Counts Program
Scholastic Reading Counts is an important reading program at St. Matthias. Students in grades 2-8 participate in this program by reading books they’ve enjoyed and then taking computer-based quizzes on their knowledge of the books in their classroom, the computer lab, or the library. Teachers determine Reading Counts requirements for each quarter. To see the most recent quiz list, visit the Scholastic web site.
Battle of the Books/WEMTA
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for our 4th – 8th grade students. BOB/WEMTA involves teams of students who agree to read a determined list of books and then compete against each other –testing their knowledge of those books– to determine a champion team. Battle of the Books is a volunteer program designed to promote reading comprehension, team building, and friendly competition.
The Jammie Night program is held during the first week in December. Readers, our younger school students, and parish families dress in their warm pajamas to enjoy a fun evening filled with wonderful stories. The night ends with delicious (peanut free) homemade cookies and milk.
School students K4 – 6 are exposed to a wide variety of short stories and chapter books with the hopes of encouraging a lifelong love for reading.
To promote the love of reading St. Matthias Parish School also participates in several reading incentive programs from some of our local businesses, including Six Flags Great America and Rocky Rococo Pizza.