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GCSD Summer of Reading Launch | June 13, 2022

GCSD Summer of Reading Launches to much Fanfare from Students and Teachers Alike!

The Greenburgh schools launched its new summer reading program today, with children from Early Childhood Program through Woodlands Middle/High School participating in activities and taking home a book. From learning about "Pete the Cat’s" white shoes and positive attitude (ECP) to Jack and Annie’s "Magic Tree House" adventures (Highview) to the more serious and suspenseful "Code of Honor" about a young man of Iranian heritage who joins the army and is met with suspicion (WMHS), the day was packed with events to celebrate reading.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Personnel Dr. Christopher Macaluso, who helped initiate the program, says, “Summer reading is another way that we are helping students to understand the power and joy of reading, and to make associations between what they read and the world in which they live. We want them to see how what they are reading transcends the pages of a book.”
Students at Lee F. Jackson enjoyed having a book read to them by their teacher during some time outdoors or by Highview teacher Mr. McHale. They also did a craft project to reinforce what they read and the lessons learned. At Highview, Principal Mastrangelo did a little magic of his own and captured students’ attention by reading from the rooftop! Students at Richard J. Bailey gathered with their classes, and 6th graders were able to spend some time hearing from, and getting to know, Woodlands Middle School teacher and librarian, Ms. Menick and Ms. Palmer.
At Woodlands Middle/High School, teachers led group discussions about the titles chosen for each entering grade level and reviewed a summer assignment for each. In addition to receiving a hard copy of the book, they also have access to an ebook title via SORA, a powerful e-book reader used by the district.
“Our Summer of Reading launch was a huge success,” said Pre-K-8 Literacy Specialist Lori D’Andrea. “As I made my way from one school to the next, I saw children excited about reading and engaged in activities connected to their summer reading books. We are looking forward to the rich discussions that will take place in September around these books with teachers and some of the authors who will visit!”
A full list of books for all schools can be found on the Summer of Reading website; also accessible via Families are encouraged to take photos of students enjoying this - or any - book this summer in their favorite place or reading nook and share it with the district at

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Early Childhood Program School

Lee F. Jackson Elementary School

Highview Elementary School

Richard J. Bailey Elementary School

Woodlands Middle High School