Blue Devil eNews

Reading Community City School District | October 2019

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Blue Devil Homecoming Parade and Game

Parade and Game

Reading's annual Homecoming Parade will be held right before the game on Friday, October 4 beginning at 6 p.m. from the former Central/Reading High School/Middle School parking lot.

Parade Route

Turn right out of the lot

Left on Jefferson

Left on West Benson

Left on Market

Left on Pleasant

Right on West

End at Veterans Stadium

The Blue Devils will host Taylor High School. Game time is 7 p.m.

RHS Homecoming Dance


Saturday, October 5, 2019

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 presale or $13 at the door.

Theme: Roaring 20's.

District to Host Meeting about Demolition of Schools

The Reading School District is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, October 29, from 6-7 p.m. in the cafetorium of Reading’s new PK-12 School to discuss the demolition of the Hilltop and Central sites.

Pete McCollow, Construction Project Manager from Shook Construction, will share details of the demolition plan and answer questions about the process. District administrators and Board members will also be present to answer questions.

Reading Mock Trial Excels in National Competition

    Article by Andy Janig, Reading High School Mock Trial Coach and Advisor

        Now that the dust has settled and we’ve had a chance to catch our breath, I wanted to give you all an update on our incredible trip to Atlanta. We competed against some of the top teams in the country and the world.

          Our Blue Devil Mockers finished their very first Empire Competition in the Sweet 16. Additionally, they had the largest single margin of victory over a team in a single round, an unbelievable +70!

            Competition Day 1

              In the first round, we challenged a team from South Florida, Cardinal Gibbons High School. We thought we beat them handily but when the scores came out, one judge had us winning the trial by 20 while another had us losing by 5. With a 1-1 record, we drew Roman Catholic High School out of Philadelphia. This team has over 60 members. They have a second-place Empire finish, two third places (including this year), a fourth-place, a fifth-place, and two sixth-place finishes. They were Philadelphia State Runners-Up three of the past five years. Roman was one of the best mock trial teams we have ever seen and our kids were not intimidated in the least bit. They gave it their all but when results came out, we lost by 6 and 10 points, again, to the team that finished third at Empire this year and fourth last year.

                Competition Day 2

                  We went into day two of the competition with a 1-3 record and our opponent just got harder. We drew Jonesboro High School, the top-ranked team in our brutal division and last year’s Empire runner-up. This team is the elite of the elite. They have won the Georgia State championships 10 times (4 out of the last 5 years). They are two time National Champions and won the Empire championship in 2015. Our Blue Devils split ballots with them, losing one and winning one and once again, the kids did not show an ounce of trepidation. Just absolutely amazing!

                    Our final round competitor was a team from Seoul, South Korea. We were on the ropes with a 2-4 record but our spirits were high. We reminded the kids we had a chance to leave Atlanta with a 4-4 record. This is outstanding for a first-year Empire team, particularly when you consider the highly competitive nature of our opponents and the fact that we have two freshman, two sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors. Our Reading kids once again rose to the occasion and won both of the judges’ ballots. We ended up 4-4 and in 16th place. A record of 5-3 and we would have been a top ten finisher.

                      In between trials, we scrimmaged, decorated and filled goody bags for low-income children and wrote letters to our military abroad. The kids networked and made new friends from all over the world and honed in on their litigation skills. They represented the Reading Community with dignity and pride. I only wish that you all could have seen them in action. They are real champions and this team is one I will never forget.

                        On behalf of the Reading Mock Trial team, I once again thank you for all of your support!

                          Pictured from left to right: Senior Kylie Schmidt; sophomores Jakob Allen and Julie Thomas; junior captain Emily Turner; senior captain Erin Vaughn; freshman Lillie Turner; junior Haileigh Ballinger; and freshman Grace Longworth.

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                          Students Thank Construction Crew

                          Reading fourth graders had the opportunity to thank some of the hard-working crew from Shook Construction and Delta Electric who helped make their new school a reality. The students not only wrote thank-you notes but had the opportunity to ask questions with some of the crew members.

                          Reading HS Students Tutoring Younger Peers

                          Reading third-grade teacher Jennifer Ernsthausen is already seeing the advantages of a PK-12 campus. Carly, a Reading High School student, works in Mrs. Ernsthausen's third-grade language arts classroom for almost an hour every day. She leads small reading groups, helps students with writing, and reads aloud to her class.

                          "The third graders love their time with Ms. Carly. She talks about the importance of reading and writing and how she uses these skills as a high schooler and in her everyday life," Mrs. Ernsthausen shared. "Our third graders look up to Carly and we can't wait to continue building our relationship for the remainder of the semester!

                          Carly is one of 28 high school students in Amanda Shinkle's Inclusive Tutoring class at Reading High School this semester. The student tutors are placed at all grade levels. Their responsibilities range from helping the teacher with the whole class, working at a center within the class, helping middle and high school special education students work on life skills tasks, working one-on-one with students, and helping the kindergarten and pre-k students at lunch.

                          "The response from the inclusive tutors and the teachers has been nothing but positive. Not only are the tutors being great role models for the students they work with, but it is also a very rewarding experience for the tutors," Ms. Shinkle said.

                          Reading Staff and Students Love their New Learning Areas...

                          Reading High School Guidance Corner

                          • Jostens was at the high school on October 1 to meet with seniors about cap and gown orders. Students will receive a packet of information to bring home. Mr. Jeff Tanner will be here on Tuesday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 15 to take orders. You may also order via telephone at (513) 561-3225 or online at
                          • Interims come home with your student on Friday, October 4.
                          • Homecoming Dance will be Saturday, October 5 in the new high school cafetorium! Tickets are on sale or $10 each at lunch and in the front office. Tickets will be sold at the door for $13. Great Oaks students may buy tickets at the door.
                          • There are many colleges visiting our new school this fall. Juniors and seniors may sign up to meet with college representatives. They should check their email to sign up on Google forms.
                          • The PSAT test sign up period has ended. Students that signed up should pay for their test as soon as possible. It is $17 and has been added to student fees. The PSAT will be given at RHS on Wednesday, October 16.
                          • AP Students need to pay their $40 deposit per AP test by Monday, October 28. They may pay in Guidance with cash or a check made payable to Reading High School.
                          • ASVAB will be given to all 11th-grade students at RHS on Monday, October 28 during bells 1 & 2. Great Oaks students will be given the opportunity to take the ASVAB at their Oaks location.
                          • Conference day will be on Thursday, November 14 from 8 AM - 7 PM. More information will be sent out once appointment times are opened up.