Reading Olympics


How it works

The goal of the Reading Olympics is to increase students' reading for enjoyment and increase reading skills. Students in grades 4-6 collaborate with their teammates to read forty to fifty books that have been selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists and classroom teachers. Faculty and staff members serve as group leaders for this fun activity!

You will be assigned a minimum of six (6) books to read for your team and be the “expert” on your team for those books. You are encouraged to also read as many of the other books on the list as you can to help your team. You will be reading a few of the novels in class.

Please do not sign up for Reading Olympics unless you are committed to reading the books, and attending as many practices as possible, otherwise you will be ineligible to attend the competition. If you have a sports practice on one of the dates below, please tell Ms. Hymel and she will speak with Mr. Dickman to let him know you will be late for practice.


As stated above, students are given a minimum of six (6) books from the Reading Olympics Book List to read for the WMA team.

Everyone is invited to the first meeting on September 25 where they will be assigned a book to read.

At the second meeting, they will give an oral report of the first assigned book. Students should reference the oral report guidelines before presenting on their chosen book. They will then be assigned a second book to read.

At the third meeting, they will give an oral report on the second assigned book. If both books were read and sufficiently reported on, the student will be invited to join RO and registration will be opened.

As information is received from MCIU on competition dates and other important information it will be posted.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Beth Hymel. Happy reading!

Practice Dates

Tuesdays 2:50- 3:50 in Perry Memorial Library

October 23
November 13
December 11
January 15
February 12

Competition Information

Lower Merion High School - 315 Montgomery Ave. Ardmore, PA 19003
Thursday, March 21, 2019

2:50 - 4:00 Practice in WMA library

4:00 – 4:40 Dinner in WMA cafeteria

4:45 pm - Bus departs WMA

5:00 pm - Student arrival at Lower Merion HS and go directly to Round 1 room

Round 1 - 6:00-6:40

Round 2 - 6:45-7:25

Round 3 - 7:30- 8:10

On the day of the competition:

  • Students will wear their Reading Olympic T- shirt

Students will have no homework that night and will leave their bookbag in their homeroom

Students will bring nothing but their coat to the competition


  • You are welcome to attend at any time during the 3 rounds

  • You are invited to attend as spectators and may not interfere in the questioning or scoring process

  • Please, no young children and NO food in the classrooms

  • Please be at your child’s 3rd round classroom NO LATER than 7:45 p.m. (unless your child is in a carpool)

  • WMA teams and room numbers will be posted at Lower Merion HS so you will know where to find your child at the last round.

  • Remind your child to return any Reading Olympic books s/he may have to the library by next week. The same books are reused every 4 years and must be packed up.

  • If your child is unable to attend, or you have questions, email  Ms. Hymel

If this form is not filled out by wednesday, march 20, 2019 - your child will not be able to attend the competition. 

Reading Olympics Competition 2018-2019

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513 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066 
t. 610-664-9847 
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