• Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
    In 1985 Helen Ruffin, a media specialist from Dekalb County, began a game format competition so students from different schools had the opportunity to compete to test their knowledge of books nominated from the Georgia Children's Book Award program.  This competition is designed to inspire and encourage students to read.  This year marks the 16th annual county wide competition.  It took place Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Bunche Middle School.  Our team ranked 14th out of 27 elementary school teams.  We are proud of our team and are eager to begin preparing for the 2018 competition.  
    Each student is responsible for reading the assigned books and participating in a discussion and practice quiz for each book.  We are in  need of additional copies of each book.  Please consider donating to purchase the books by clicking here. The following books are included in the 2018 competition:

    Brown, Don. (2015). Drowned city: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    Lexile = GN920L

    Connor, Leslie. (2016). All rise for the honorable Perry T. Cook. New York, NY: Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins.
    Lexile = 540L

    Dinerstein, Eric. (2016). What elephants know. Los Angeles, CA: Disney- Hyperion.
    Lexile = 790L

    Gephart, Donna. (2016). Lily and Dunkin. New York, NY: Delacorte. Lexile = 680L

    Gratz, Alan. (2016). Projekt 1065. New York, NY: Scholastic. Lexile = 780L

    Griffin, Paul. (2016). When friendship followed me home. New York, NY: Dial. Lexile = 590LHarrington, Karen. (2016). Mayday. New York, NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

    Holt, K.A. (2015). House arrest. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle. Lexile = 610L

    Lawson, Jessica. (2016). Waiting for Augusta. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Children.
    Lexile = 830L

    Pearsall, Shelley. (2016). The seventh most important thing. New York, NY: Yearling.
    Lexile = 760L

    Peck, Richard. (2016). The best man. New York, NY: Dial. Lexile = 540L

    Pennypacker, Sara. (2016). Pax. New York, NY: Balzer + Bray. Lexile = 760L

    Reynolds, Jason. (2016). As brave as you. New York, NY: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.
    Lexile = 750L

    Sales, Leila. (2016). Once was a time. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle. Lexile = 760L

    Wolk, Lauren. (2016). Wolf hollow. New York, NY: Dutton Lexile = 800L


    Anderson, John David. (2016). Ms. Bixby’s last day. New York, NY: Walden Pond Press.
    Lexile = 800L

    Bahkin, Nora Raleigh. (2016). Nine, ten: A September 11 story. New York, NY: Atheneum.
    Lexile = 730L

    Brown, Peter. (2016). The wild robot. New York, NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
    Lexile = 740L

    Jung, Mike. (2016). Unidentified suburban object. New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine.
    Lexile = 830L

    Vaught, Susan. (2015). Footer Davis probably is crazy. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
    Lexile = 800L