Twenty three third graders from Northside School were selected to participate in the "Word Masters Challenger". Word Masters is a national competition similar to "Mathletes", but instead of solving Math problems, the competitors solve word analogies. Word Master challenges are presented to students from 3rd through 8th grade.
Members of the team were selected by their classroom teachers based on their diligent work ethic. This team, the first ever in the Levittown School District, was instructed and prepared by speech teacher, Mrs. Tracy Alber. The enthusiastic, lively group met weekly for an hour after school to study vocabulary, word origins, parts of speech and definitions to prepare for the challenges. Mrs. Alber devised on line games for the youngsters to play at home to reinforce their word knowledge. They all eagerly participated in the games.
There were three nationally set tests given in the course of the year. A score of 20 was the highest score that could be achieved on a test. The students had a great first year: Jianna Testamark. Testamark was the overall Northside high achiever with a score of 17 on each of the three tests. Daniel Smith was the high scorer on an individual test with a score of 19. Michael Dittmer was the most improved Word Master. He more than doubled his score from the first to the last test.
All the children learned a great deal as they worked together and developed their problem solving skills. Northside's Principal, Mr. Frank Mortillaro, and teachers are proud of this original Word Masters team in the Levittown School District.