Reading Department

Reading Department Information

The Matthew Thornton Reading Department is comprised of Ms. Kelly Sarbaugh, Mrs. Joanne Stottlar, Mrs. Lisa Jones, and Mrs. Erin Chinni. Our role as reading teachers is to work closely with the classroom and special education teachers to provide additional reading instruction for students in small groups. We are looking forward to working with your children.

Reading Teachers

Erin Chinni


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Lisa Jones


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Kelly Sarbaugh


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Joanne Stottlar


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Special Events (more information will follow)

Monthly contests

Read Across America

Freeze and Read

Battle of the Books

Story Hour

Books and Beyond Award Assembly


“Books and Beyond” is a reading incentive program sponsored by the Matthew Thornton P.T.A. Its goal is to encourage, reward, and strengthen the practice of reading for pleasure. This year we are returning to log sheets. Our theme is "Reading is Out of this World". The program begins on October 1st and the information will be sent home that day. Additional log sheets can be downloaded from both the school and P.T.A. web sites.

The students keep track of their reading on log sheets which are collected and tabulated by our great volunteers. Log sheets are due on the following dates: November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 8, April 5, and May 3. Log sheets can be turned in to the classroom teachers at anytime. Late log sheets will be held by teacher and recorded by our volunteers after the next pick up date.

Students who participate will be able to choose a free book at the book giveaway in June. Students who complete 7 log sheets will receive a gold medal at the awards ceremony in June.


Helpful links

Sight Words has both lists and flash cards

Author Sites for Dav Pilkey for Mo Willems for Jeff Kinney for Mary Pope Osborne

Common Cores Standards/ "I Can" Statements