Global Reading Challenge 2019-2020

  • Congratulations to The Night Owls!  They will be representing Syre at the Shoreline School District GRC competition on February 27, 2020.

    The Syre competition between THE Pineapple Sharks and The Night Owls was very close.  Since The Night Owls were short one person, Aly Hodgen, the captain from THE Pineapple Sharks will be added to the team for the Shoreline competition.  I am also able to take all of the GRC participants this year as there was such a low number.  Syre will have a cheer team!

    The Night Owls Team: Lucas W: captain, Maggie, Aria, Alana, Reid.

    THE Pineapple Sharks Team: Aly: captain, Cyriac, Dorian, Sebastian, Avelynn, Alana


    Global Reading Challenge at Syre! (Sponsored by KCLS)   SYRE GRC Competition will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.  Time to follow.

    GRC Members - click on the links below to find practice questions for the books.  You can quiz each other or yourself on the books listed.  The questions will open in a new progrsm called Quizlet.  :) Mrs. Altena


    Stef Soto, Taco Queen

    A Boy Called Bat

    Fish in a Tree

    A Single Shard

    Science Comics: Robots and Drones




    2020 GRC Booklist

    A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

    Poppy by Avi

    Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

    Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    Science Comics: Robots and Drones by Mairghread Scott & Jacob Chabot

    A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park


    Read, practice teamwork, and have fun with other readers!

    Each year, King County Library System partners with local schools for a competition called Global Reading Challenge (GRC). Teams of 4th and 5th graders read six selected books and then answer questions about the books. The winning team from each participating school moves on to face teams from other schools. 

    A Syre Challenge is conducted at Syre by KCLS library staff on February 4, 2020.  The top team from Syre proceeds on to the Shoreline District Challenge on February 27, 2020 at the Shoreline Center, and then possibly on to a Regional or Grand Challenge.  Schools may need to arrange transportation to these challenges.

    GRC will meet on Wednesdays in the library from 12:00-12:25 beginning October 16, 2019. (We will not meet on half-days.) During meetings we will discuss the books, quiz each other, and write questions about the books for practice.  Students must attend all meetings or be absent from school on a meeting day to be excused, in order to be part of the teams.

    What we expect from GRC participants:

    • You will read at least 2 of the 6 books.
    • You will become an expert on at least 1 of the 6 books.
    • You will be a cooperative team member.
    • You will attend all GRC meetings, most of which are held during a lunch recess once a week.
    • You will create questions for each book that you read in order to help the group practice.



    Here's how the Challenge works:


    There will be three rounds. Each round will consist of 8 questions.  Extra questions will be asked in the event of a tie.  The messenger cannot help in answering the challenge questions.

    Teams will have 30 seconds to write down an answer to the question on the provided paper.  Correct spelling is not essential, but the words must be identifiable.


    Each correct answer earns a team five points.  The team with the highest total points becomes the Syre Challenge winner and proceeds on to the Shoreline District Challenge.  The team with the highest points at the Shoreline District Challenge will then advance to a Regional Challenge.  The top teams from each of the four regions will advance to the Grand Challenge.

    Grand Challenge

    The winning teams from each region (North, South, East, and Central) will participate in the Grand Challenge at the King County Library System Administration Building in Issaquah.  Ten questions will be asked in each round for the Grand Challenge.  The team with the highest points at the end of three rounds will be declared the winner and receive the Grand Challenge trophy.  This “traveling trophy” will be held at the top team’s school for a year.

    Awards, School Plaques, Certificates & Venues

    Teams will receive certificates and prize bags at the end of the In-School Challenge.

    At the School District Challenge, participating students will receive a certificate.  This Challenge will be held at one of the schools or at a King County Library, so transportation will need to be arranged by school administrators, librarians or teachers.

    Regional Challenges will be held at either a King County Library or at a school that is convenient for all competing teams.   Teams will receive certificates.

    For the Grand Challenge, each of the four regional teams will receive:  t-shirts, gold, silver, or bronze medal neck drapes and refreshments. The winning team will keep the Grand Challenge trophy for a year.

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