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Coastal View News • Carpinteria, California

Superior reading comprehension wins the day at Battle of the Books

By Christian Beamish

Students from Aliso, Canalino, Carpinteria Family and Summerland elementary schools, with guests from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, met on Friday, April 12, for the 20th annual Battle of the Books competition held on the Aliso School campus. Young readers read from a list of 30 titles throughout the fall and winter before being placed on teams the day of the event to answer questions about the books. Seated in circles next to each other, two teams of eight students each faced off in the library and in classrooms across the Aliso School campus to answer questions—one team answering first, and the other taking up the question if the first team answered incorrectly. Initial rounds led to the final showdown between the Book Blasters and the Poetry Pirates teams, held on the main stage in the beautiful, old California style courtyard of Aliso School. “In which book does a girl start a zine to bring attention to sexual harassment in her school?” was a question in the Battle of the Books. Team members then huddled closely, conferring with one another until they agreed on the answer. A team spokesperson would answer (for example) “‘Moxie’ by Jennifer Mathieu,” earning the team five points for the correct title and two for the author. Aliso School student Giarys Gomez’ parents Gilberto and Erica may have echoed the experience of many families whose children choose to compete in the Battle of the Books: “She loves to read,” Erica said. “Too much!” Giarys’ dad Gilberto said jokingly. A good student, Giarys sometimes has a hard time putting her books down for the night at bedtime. Librarians Julie Soto of Aliso, and Bunny Lesh of Canalino, worked together with parent volunteers and staff to organize the Battle as they have for many years. Proposed CUSD budget cuts may put the future of Battle of the Books into question unless volunteers can produce

Champions of the 20th annual Battle of the Books, the Poetry Pirates, are, from left, Callie Balch (Canalino school), Janelle abdulhai (aliso school), emma Lewis (aliso school), Kellen Glasgow (Canalino school), rosita Power (Carpinteria Family school), eva W. (Our Lady of mount Carmel school) and elio taha (summerland school). the event themselves, a staff member mentioned, asking to remain anonymous. Retired CUSD librarian Jeanne Keating moderated the final in which the Book Blasters and the Poetry Pirates teams faced off. The Poetry Pirates

won with a score of 82 points versus the Book Blasters’ 77, but an after-Battle lunch of pizzas and root beer floats provided by Mount Carmel School, made for a fitting end to a morning of hard-fought rounds of book questions.


school notes Cms eighth graders tour Cal Poly

On Monday, April 8, 36 Carpinteria Middle Schoolers with GPAs of 3.8 or higher visited Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where they were hosted for a campus tour and lunch. CMS Counselor Stephanie Stahl said, “We wanted to reward the students’ hard work and commitment to their education. It was a great way to expose our kids to college life and a positive way to start the week.” Cal SOAP (California Student Opportunity and Access Program) enabled the university visit and provides information about postsecondary education and financial aid for elementary and secondary school students.

Karina Dayka, left, and adam Lent stand with mr. Lopez and their newly awarded FFa state Degrees.

Reptiles slither and crawl at Howard School

Carpinteria FFa students earn state Degrees

Karina Dayka and Adam Lent received their California FFA State Degree on Sunday, April 7, at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. Dayka and Lent both put in over 500 hours raising livestock to earn at least $1,000 at Ventura County Fair to meet the financial requirement for the degree. They also maintained financial records about their SAE livestock project, attended conferences at the regional and state level, participated in leadership activities and performed community service. Mr. Lopez, the Carpinteria FFA Advisor, attended the event and mentored the students to complete the application so they could receive this distinguished award.

Caltrans scholarship application deadline approaches

Caltrans District 5 and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) are offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors within the five-county district (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties). Employees of Caltrans District 5 initiated this scholarship program 19 years ago. The program is entirely employee-funded through the proceeds of coffee and baked good sales in the district cafeteria. The scholarship program is designed for college-bound senior high school students who are planning to pursue a career in transportation and live within the five counties of the district. Applications must be submitted by April 30, and will be awarded this summer to high school seniors from the central coast. The application is available online at For more information, contact Laurie Baima at, or call (805) 549-3353.

matt stephens, Beth and Carter Cox brought a reptile lesson to life at howard school with a Ball python and bearded dragon.

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