March 21, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Venue: Liguan Elementary School

February Newsletter

Read-A-Thon Kick-Off Snapshots

January Meeting Snapshots

IRA Community Book Fair Snapshots

Guam IRA Donates Children's Books to Organizations -

On November 18, 2017, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its 17th Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center. The organizations that received the book donation include the Micronesian Resource Center; Philippine School; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association.

Guam IRA Donation to organizations on November 18, 2017: Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA Webmaster and Immediate Past President; Rufina Mendiola, Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) member; Aileen Namelo, Micronesia Resource Center Project Manager; Rose Cruz Castro, Guam IRA President; Liwanag Dominguez, Philippine school representative; and Geri Charfauros, Guam IRA Treasurer.

IRA Guam Anthology


Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Vivian Wolff at the Grants table.


Click on the following links to access important grant information and the IRA grant application, which are now Word-ready! Just download them, and you are ready to type!

Application Deadlines: April & October meetings, 11:00 a.m.

IRA Grant Application for SY2019-2020

September 7
October 5
November 15 & 16 - Language Arts Conference
December 14
January 11
February 8 - RAT Kick-Off
March 21
April 18 - Spend It All, Spend It Now
May 2

Friday, May 31, 2013

Delgado and Santos receive Guam Council IRA Scholarship

Congratulations to Brianna Delgado for being one of the recipients of the Guam Council of the International Reading Association $500 Scholarship. Jonathan Pilarca, President of the Guam Council of the IRA presented a congratulation letter on May 31, 2013 at Okkodo High School. Pictured L-R: Sahlee Felisan, Senior Counselor; Delgado; and Pilarca.

Congratulations to Teresa M.S. Santos for being one of the recipients of the Guam Council of the International Reading Association $500 Scholarship.  Jonathan Pilarca, President of the Guam Council of the IRA presented a congratulation letter on May 31, 2013 at the Guam Department of Education Central Office.  Pictured L-R:  Joe Sanchez, Associate Superintendent of GDOE; Santos; and Pilarca.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Highlights from the May General membership Meeting: END OF THE YEAR-IN-REVIEW

Thank you Guam Council of the IRA members for a successful year of literacy throughout our island of Guam!  Enjoy the summer!  We'll see you all back in September 2013!

Friday, May 17, 2013

May 18, 2013 
End of the Year-In-Review
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
HANDOUTS FROM IRA & PIALA MEETINGS/CONFERENCES Click on the following links to get access to the handouts that were disseminated during the monthly IRA meetings:
Wikimedia Presentation by Debbie Duenas
Handout #1 Handout #2
Cooties and Other Contagious Activities for an Elementary Library

Join or Renew Now


April 2013

Introducing Wikispaces Classroom

We're pleased to announce Wikispaces Classroom, a brand new product
designed exclusively for teachers and students. Over the years, we've
distilled what we do and why we do it down to the one simple thing: help
teachers help students. Wikispaces Classroom takes this to a new level by
focusing on simplicity, engagement, and student outcomes. Read more 
about our exciting new product for educators.

Wikispaces News Feed and Formative 


We'd love to share with you two new and exciting features that come with
Wikispaces Classroom. With the News Feed - and streamlined Discussions,
Projects,and Events - you can easily manage your classroom and engage your
students. Formative Assessment lets you track each student's contributions in
realtime, and support students when and where they need it. Take a look. We
think you're going to love what you see.

Webinars: Learn About Wikispaces Classroom

Join us this month for one of our Wikispaces Classroom webinars and learn
how our newest product makes it easier for you to manage your classroom
and support the learning of each of your students. Wendy will run you through
some of our great new features - including the News Feed, Formative
Assessment, and simplified Projects - and show you how to make the most
of them in your classroom.  Get a head start on Wikispaces Classroom.
Register today.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Congratulations to the New Executive Officers of the Guam IRA Council Year 2013-2014!

Pictured L-R:  Lelean Gapith, Treasurer; Judith Arida, Correspondening Secretary; Martha Sudo, Recording Secretary; Mary Livingston, President-Elect; and Debbie Duenas, President.

Guam Council IRA May 2013 Newsletter

Click on the newsletter above to view this month's issue.

Monday, May 13, 2013


May 18, 2013

"End of the Year-In-Review"
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Somnak Ballroom, Westin Hotel

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

IRA Read-A-Thon Rep Luncheon

IRA's Past, Present, and Future Presidents: (L-R): Jonathan Pilarca, President 2012-2013; Debbie Castanieto-Duenas, President 2013-2014; and Neldie Pendon-Limtiaco, President 2011-2012 & 2004-2005

The Guam Council of the IRA School Representatives Luncheon was held at the World Cafe, Fiesta Resort on Saturday, May 4th, 2013.

Caption:  R.A.T. 2013 Committee (L-R):  Lelean Gapith, R.A.T. Treasurer; Debbie Castanieto-Duenas, President-Elect, 
and Mary Livingston, R.A.T. 2014 Chairperson.

Caption:  R.A.T. committee member, Julie Aguon relaxes with family members during the IRA School Reps 

Caption:  Several Island wide IRA School Representatives relax and feast at the World Cafe on Saturday, May 4th, 2013.

Caption:   Special guests of UPI School Rep, Rachel Douglas enjoy the fine dining and sweets of the World Cafe.

CAPTION:  Ironman 3 here I come!  JM Guerrero school rep, Jennifer Woodard shares her excitement with son, 
Joshua at winning a Tango Theater movie ticket during the IRA Rep Luncheon on May 4th.

CAPTION:  Mary Livingston, IRA President-Elect 2013-2014 distributes certificates and a gift bag to Anne Sengebau, 
FBLG school rep.

CAPTION:  President-Elect, Debbie Duenas presents Lou Farfan, Agueda Johnston Middle School Rep with a 
gift bag and certificate at a luncheon held in their honor.  

CAPTION:  Marlene Mendiola with her daughter receive a certificate of appreciation and gift bag for promoting
Read.A.Thon 2013: "Chill Out and Read" at Benavente Middle School.

CAPTION:  UPI Elem School Rep, Rachel Douglas displays her certificate of appreciation.

CAPTION:  Tracelyn Edwards, Inarajan Elem School Rep receives her certificate and gift bag as well.

CAPTION:   Mary Livingston, IRA school rep for San Vicente Catholic School is congratulated by President-Elect,
Debbie C Duenas for her supportive efforts with R.A.T. 2013: "Chill Out and Read!"

CAPTION:  Anne Sengebau celebrates winning an iPhone Otterbox Cover and a book.

CAPTION:  Tracelyn Edwards, Inarajan Elem School Rep also won an iPhone Otterbox Cover and a book.

CAPTION:  IRA School Reps and family members get ready to play the Tea Bag game...

CAPTION:  IRA School Reps play the Scavenger Hunt with a Twist game at the World Cafe. 

CAPTION:  Neldie Pendon-Limtiaco's son is the Victor!!

CAPTION:  Benavente Middle School Rep, Marlene Mendiola practices The Rope Game
at the IRA School Rep luncheon. 

CAPTION:  Lots of laughs (LOL) were had at the expense of the IRA School Reps… but the victorious rep 
walked away with the Baby Grand prize, which was a Juicer.

CAPTION:  JFK's School Rep, Geraldine Biliran won the grand prize at the recent IRA Reps Luncheon on May 4th.

CAPTION:  UPI Elem School Rep, Rachel Douglas receives five Division A & B Poster/Essay Contest winners' 
certificates and prize packages for distribution.

CAPTION:  Mary Livingston, SVCS School Rep receives three (3) certificates and prize packages for the 
Intermediate Essay Contest winners'.

CAPTION:  JFK High School Rep, Geraldine Biliran receives two High School Division Essay Contest winners' 
certificates and prize packages.

CAPTION:   A R.A.T. Committee that works well together, plays well together too! 
R.A.T. Comm. 2013… We Did It!!!

IRA Convention Highlights

Winners of the Read-A-Thon Poster/Essay Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the poster/essay contest, their names/categories as follows:

Division A (Elementary School Primary Grades: Pre-K to 1st Grade Poster winners:
1st Place - Kamille Taisague from UPI Elem School
2nd Place - Gorvinson Nedlick from UPI Elem School
3rd Place - Travis Pangelinan from UPI Elem School

Division B (Elementary School Primary Grades: 2nd - 3rd Grade Poster winners:
1st Place - Vaneza Santos from UPI Elem School
2nd Place - Addison Fernandez from UPI Elem School
3rd Place - Jasmine Pablo from M.U. Lujan Elem School

Elementary School Intermediate Grades Division: 4th - 5th Grade Essay winners:
1st Place - Alizae Santos from San Vicente Catholic School
2nd Place - Mary Jo Borg  from San Vicente Catholic School
3rd Place - Ava Cruz San Vicente Catholic School

Middle School Division: 6th - 8th Grade Essay winners: N/A 

High School Division: 9th - 12th Grade Essay winners:
1st Place - Joseph Madlangbayan from John F. Kennedy High School
2nd Place - Anne Kaye Alba  from John F. Kennedy High School