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Happy Thanksgiving, Amityville!


Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School students say what they are thankful for this year.

New Site Devoted to Amityville Athletics

Amityville Warriors Athletics
The district has launched a new website devoted to Amityville Warriors athletics. The website,, includes recent results, a schedule of upcoming games and information on all fall, winter and spring teams.

There are valuable resources for students and parents including information on NCAA eligibility, sports physical forms, first aid and CPR guidelines, and online activity registration. 

Follow the district’s athletic teams on Twitter @AmityWarriors, Instagram @Amityville_Warriors and on Facebook at Amityville Warriors. 

Northwest Celebrates Young Authors

Northwest Celebrates Young Authors photo

Writing is a reason for celebration at Northwest Elementary School. Students in Jenny Smith and Kerrin Faulkner’s second-grade class shared their recently completed works at a publishing party.

Children spent the last two months writing narrative stories and selected one to turn into a book. They were tasked with creating pieces, four or five pages long, that elicited feeling and thinking from small moments in their lives. Following weeks of editing and illustrating, parents and special guests were invited to come to the classroom on Nov. 9 and read the stories. Each book was bound and included a cover page and about the author page. 

The theme of the event was “Donut Miss the Party.” The visitors were encouraged to “sprinkle” compliments around the room by writing positive messages on the last page of each child’s book. There was also a short video presentation, which featured photos of the children in the writing process, as well as the youngsters talking about new writing techniques they used in their stories. 

The assignment was part of Writer’s Workshop through Teacher’s College, Columbia University, an initiative that gives students greater choice in selecting topics to write about. Next, the students will write informational stories before moving on to opinion writing.

“The students need to feel like accomplished authors to gain a sense of confidence about their writing,” Ms. Faulkner said. “They should know that their writing is important.”

Park Avenue Musicians Make an Impression

Park Avenue Student Musicians
Young musicians from Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School recently took part in a pair of events hosted by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association.

Three fourth-grade students participated in SCMEA’s PEAK Music Festival at Northport High School. Krystal Gomez, Deanna Murray and Madisyn Parachico were chosen based on the recommendation of their music teacher, Megan Ashe. They were able to take part in various music learning experiences such as world drumming, chorus, folk dancing, recorder, musical theater and ukulele throughout the day with their parents. 

Sixth-grader Katya Ramos-Rojas attended the SCMEA Day of Tuba and Euphonium at Central Islip High School. She was selected for the performance, in which she played the baritone tuba, by her band teacher, Jolene Maccarone. 

“Congratulations to all of these students and their music teachers on these outstanding achievements,” said Dr. Fran Fernandez, director of fine arts. 

VIDEO: Cultivating a Love of Literacy


Edmund W. Miles Middle School students and teachers share their experiences with the Readers and Writers Workshop initiative through Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Professionals Share Their Expertise at Park Avenue

Professionals Share Their Expertise at Park Avenue photo

People from all walks of life visited Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on Nov. 3 to give students a glimpse of the future. More than three dozen professionals visited classrooms at the 10th annual Career Day.

Many of the speakers were parents of Park Avenue students while others came from local businesses. The school partnered with the Amityville Chamber of Commerce and Amityville Parent-Teacher Council to bring in presenters. The guests represented a variety of professions including law enforcement, the military, business and finance, medicine, engineering, human resources and retail. 

The speakers discussed the responsibilities and challenges of their jobs, as well as the necessary qualifications to work in their respective fields. They also took questions from the curious students. 

Guidance counselor Kimberly Balducci, who organized the event, said that although the students are only in fourth through sixth grades, it is never too early for them to start thinking about their futures. By interacting with successful professionals, children understand the importance of education and recognize that working hard in school can positively affect their ability to achieve their goals. 

The event was the culmination of College and Career Week, which began with a kickoff assembly on Oct. 30. Keynote speaker Felicia Fleitman from Savvy Hires motivated students with four important messages: the word “can’t” should not exist in their vocabulary, failure is an opportunity, there is no substitute for hard work, and be a good person.  

Middle School Welcomes Military Heroes

Middle School Welcomes Military Heroes photo

Veterans and active members of the United States military received a warm welcome when they visited Edmund W. Miles Middle School on Nov. 6. A dozen guests visited classes on Take a Veteran to School Day, a national initiative sponsored by the History Channel. This was the middle school’s third year participating, according to social studies Chairwoman Jaclyn O’Hagan.

“Each year our students learn so much from the veterans and make personal connections with them,” she said, adding that the goal was to give students an appreciation for their service. 

Veterans discussed their reasons for joining the military, their experiences serving the U.S. and their lives after leaving the armed forces. Some showed photo slideshows, while others brought in memorabilia. Among the guests were Edward Plaia, father of the middle school principal, and Juan Leon, Amityville Board of Education vice president and Army veteran. 

Current servicemen discussed how the education they received growing up has benefitted them in their military service. They also taught students about the differences between Veterans Day, Independence Day and Memorial Day, and who each holiday was created to honor.  

A Meal and a Mystery at Amityville High School

A Meal and a Mystery at Amityville High School photo

“Brenda and Eddie’s Wedding,” a hilarious murder mystery, delighted the 120 guests who attended the sold-out dinner theater production at Amityville Memorial High School on Nov. 4.

The show took place in the cafeteria, so audience members were right in the middle of the action along with the 39 student-actors. Lead characters included Jacob Marrero as the groom, Amelia Tisk as the bride, Alexander Diaz and Isabella Mohan as the bride’s parents, Alanna Graham as the mother of the groom, Nicolas Sohan as both Elvis and the victim Mr. Throckmorton, Justin Bethea as the best man Benny Goombots, Imagine Halyard as Bunny, Daniel Lutz as Yablonowitz, Shaakirah Nazim-Perez as parker, Nathalie Larin as society columnist Mary Berger and Jonathan Blanchare as the DJ. 

At the end of the 1 ½ hour show, the audience learned the true identity of the killer, who was played by Colleen Compitello. The play was directed by Melissa Asbell and Megan Ashe, with technical support from Eric Lee, Ginger Lee and Gerry Compitello.

Guests were treated to a comfort food dinner of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, string beans, cornbread and salad, along with wedding cake for dessert. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the high school Drama Club, which will present “Seussical: The Musical” in the spring.  

Middle School Students Spread Kindness

Middle School Students Spread Kindness photo

Colorful rocks are appearing around Edmund W. Miles Middle School as a way of promoting peace and kindness. Every student was recently invited to paint a rock during his or her lunch period. The result was dozens of rocks in many different colors with inspiring messages such as “Love,” “Believe,” “Don’t Give Up,” and “Follow Your Dreams.”

“It’s a nice project that all the students can do together,” said guidance counselor Kerry Kearney, who organized the project along with special education teacher Renee Silon. “We’re always looking for ways to promote peace, unity and kindness, and for our students this is a visual reminder.”

Ms. Kearney said that the project was planned for October which was National Bullying Prevention Month. The rocks are being spread around the outside of the school to create a Kindness Garden. Several teachers and staff members also painted rocks. 

Ninth-grader Tylaya L. said that the rocks would bring beauty to the school and show that Amityville students are committed to kindness.

Northwest Students Get in Character

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“Character Counts” was the theme at Northwest Elementary School during the week of Oct. 16-20, with different activities that focused on the six pillars of character.

During Spirit Week, each day focused on a different character trait and students were asked to wear the color associated with that trait, such as red for caring and yellow for respect. The goal was to create unity among students in the school and show that they share the same values. 

Each class created its own friendship flower in art class with teacher Lydia Robinson. Students decorated petals with colorful drawings and positive messages. Ms. Robinson read students “The Little Bully” by Beth Bracken to teach them about the value of friendship and treating others kindly.

Librarian Christine Bloom read books relating to each of the six pillars of character such as “Pigsty” by Mark Teague, which taught students about personal responsibility. She also had them complete related assignments like when students had to identify ways they could be responsible at home, at school and on the bus.

In physical education classes, children learned about good sportsmanship, and in music they sung an anti-bullying song. Social Worker Debra Lee, who organized Spirit Week, said the message was to teach children “to be a buddy not a bully.”

Winter Athletic Registration is now OPEN!

Winter Athletic Registration is now OPEN!    
All junior varsity and varsity athletes must use this link to register for winter season.  Students must have this form completed and submitted before the first day of tryouts/practice.
Please contact Evan Farkas, Director of Athletics, with any questions.                  
Evan Farkas
Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Health
Amityville Union Free School District
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Inaugural Homecoming Festival a Hit

Inaugural Homecoming Festival a Hit photo

The district’s inaugural homecoming festival brought students from all five schools together along with teachers, administrators, parents and community members. The event was held on the afternoon of Oct. 27 on the Amityville Memorial High School fields, a day before the traditional homecoming celebration.

The varsity football team was practicing in the background in preparation for their final game of the season and the boys varsity soccer team was getting its work in on another field in between playoff games. Closer to the school, tables were set up representing the different schools and high school organizations.

There were many activities for families including face painting by the varsity cheerleaders, pumpkin bowling at the Northeast Elementary School booth, a pumpkin weight-guessing contest at the Northwest Elementary School table and a football toss. A popular attraction was the Amityville Pride photo booth with homecoming-themed props. Students could also sign their name to a large “Go Warriors” banner. 

Guests were treated to burgers and hot dogs. For those looking for something sweet, the TEACCH program hosted a bake sale. A late afternoon bonfire capped off the festival, which was organized by a committee of administrators, teachers and students.

“This was a gathering to promote school spirit and unity within the entire Amityville community,” said Dr. Frances Fernandez, director of fine arts. “It was a great way to build upon the existing homecoming festivities and we hope to make it an annual tradition.” 


Halloween-Themed Learning at Northeast

Halloween-Themed Learning at Northeast photo
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Kindergartners at Northeast Elementary School participated in a variety of fun and educational activities to celebrate Halloween.

Each class decorated its own pumpkin. Many were designed to look like popular children’s characters including Cookie Monster and Winnie the Pooh, while others were based on books that support Reader’s Workshop. Some pumpkins featured the handprints of all the students in a class. 

There were several science activities related to Halloween, as children learned about the parts and lifecycle of a pumpkin. To support literacy instruction, children wrote short stories following Halloween-themed prompts such as “If I could fly like a bat, I would…” Other students worked on their math skills by making graphs based on different Halloween symbols. 

Celebrating Amityville Pride at Homecoming

Celebrating Amityville Pride at Homecoming photo

It was certainly a day of celebration for students and staff members from Amityville Memorial High School on Oct. 28, as well as visiting guests, as the football team clinched a spot in the playoffs in their homecoming football game against Wyandanch. This culminated a day of merriment that included the annual parade, crowning of the homecoming king and queen, and halftime performances by the marching band and cheerleaders.

Marchers started their journey at the LIRR Amityville station and paraded down the local streets as onlookers cheered. Students dressed up and floats were decorated to represent this year’s theme of ancient civilizations. The best float award was given to the freshman class for their depiction of the Great Wall of China. 

Before the game, senior cheerleaders and football players were recognized and commended for their dedication to Amityville. The football team wasted no time establishing themselves once the game was underway, as a 14-0 lead after one quarter set the tone for a 33-6 win. The victory secured a place in the upcoming playoffs.  

At halftime, the crowd roared as Joshua Serrano and Irach’e Teague were named homecoming king and queen, and impressive performances from the cheerleaders and marching band capped off another homecoming celebration for Amityville.

Seniors Are All in This Together

Seniors Are All in This Together photo

Amityville Memorial High School’s Class of 2018 had a day of bonding and sharing during the annual Senior Awareness Day program on Oct. 12. Following icebreaker activities at the high school, the group traveled to Amityville Beach for team-building exercises.

Special education teacher Jason McGowan, who organized the event, said it has been an annual tradition since 2005. Approximately 175 seniors, three-quarters of the senior class, participated in this year’s Awareness Day.

“This gives us the opportunity to come together,” said class President Jacob Marrero. “Getting along with other people is one of the key factors of being successful in life.”

There were several activities that required teamwork, and students were split into groups with people they might not normally interact with. They built human pyramids, played basketball and participated in a tug of war. In their “family groups,” students asked questions to learn more about each other. 

Senior Sabrina Tobin enjoyed they activities in which students had to find commonalities with each other, such as if they share a birthday month or like the same food. She said it was a good chance to bond before many of the traditional senior activities such as homecoming and prom.

Mr. McGowan said it is important for the seniors to create a sense of community that can serve as an example for the sophomores and juniors at the school. He added that Awareness Day was a prelude to Awareness Weekend in November, in which participating students will spend 30 hours together in the high school including an overnight stay.

VIDEO: Learning to Save Lives


Students are learning valuable life-saving skills in the First Aid and CPR class at Amityville Memorial High School.

Making Reading Cozy at Northwest

Making Reading Cozy at Northwest photo

Young readers are making themselves comfortable at Northwest Elementary School, as teachers have taken a new approach in helping children develop a love for literature.

Students are no longer confined to just their desks, as many teachers have reconfigured their classrooms to provide alternate settings to read. First-grade teacher Kristee Lovett has designed her classroom to look like a campsite with a tent, camping chairs and log-themed pillows and seat cushions. 

“Ms. Lovett’s Happy Campers” visit the classroom library to select books on their level, and then spread out around the room for independent reading. She visits each of them during this time for individual conferences to assess how each child is growing as a reader. 

Second-grade co-teachers Jennie Smith and Kerrin Faulkner have brought alternative seating into their classroom for reading time. Students can choose an option that is right for them, selecting from gaming chairs, large pillows, beanbag chairs, yoga mats, rubber donuts and scoop rockers. 

Ms. Faulkner said that children need to move in order to focus, and all the seating choices allow them to do so. She added that if students are in a comfortable spot, they are more likely to read for a longer period of time.

“Reading is an experience in which we want students engaged,” she said, “so we encourage them to find a comfy spot, just like they would at home.”

Artists Earn Statewide Recognition

Artists Earn Statewide Recognition photo
Two students from the Amityville Union Free School District had their artwork selected for display at a statewide exhibit. Amityville Memorial High School sophomores Maksymilian Kiec and Kevin Zelaya had pieces chosen for the student art exhibit at the New York State School Boards Association conference in Lake Placid, which was held on Oct. 12 and 13. 

The students completed these projects when they were ninth-graders at Edmund W. Miles Middle School, under the direction of art teacher Nicole Scoca. Kevin created an Egyptian-inspired sneaker design using colored pencils in his art appreciation class. Maksymilian’s pen and ink piece of a Mexican sugar skull was made for Hispanic Heritage Month in his studio in art class. 

The exhibit was co-sponsored by NYSSBA and the New York State Art Teachers Association and highlights achievement in the visual arts. Work displayed demonstrates a high level of student ability using different mediums and techniques. 

“Kevin and Maksymilian definitely created standout pieces,” Ms. Scoca said. “They’re both very creative, have their own vision and have a very strong skill set.”

More Milestones for Boys Soccer Team

More Milestones for Boys Soccer Team photo
Oscar Hernandez, a member of the Amityville Memorial High School boys varsity soccer team, has set the single-season record for goals scored. The senior netted his 22nd goal of the season in a 4-0 win at Bayport-Blue Point High School on Oct. 12, a game that also clinched the league championship for the Warriors.

The forward is a four-year starter for Amityville. Oscar was an All-Long Island and All-State player as a junior for the team, which captured the Suffolk County and Long Island championships, and is on the Fall 2017 High School All-America Watch List. 

His milestone goal broke a 49-year-old school record held by Ralph Forman IV, a member of the Amityville Sports Hall of Fame. 

Assistant Coach Christopher Gannon earned his 100th win in Section XI in the team’s 2-1 win at Bay Shore High School on Oct. 7, including 44 victories with Amityville. His is former Division I College soccer player.

Supporting Reading and Writing at Park Avenue

Supporting Reading and Writing at Park Avenue photo
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A consultant from Teachers College, Columbia University recently visited Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School to support teachers with the continued implementation of the Reading and Writing Project.

Instructional coach Anna Sheehan spent time with fourth- through sixth-grade teachers in an effort to support the literacy initiative that Amityville first adopted two years ago. Ms. Sheehan modeled a group lesson in one classroom at each grade level, as all English Language Arts teachers from that grade observed. She then demonstrated small-group and individual conferences with students, to discuss their reading and writing progress. 

After each model lesson, Ms. Sheehan met with the teachers from that grade for a debriefing session. Park Avenue teachers were able to ask questions based on their own classroom experiences. 

Principal Robyn Santiago said that Ms. Sheehan will visit 10 times during the school year for in-house professional development. This builds upon the four-day Reading and Writing Institute that was held in the district in the summer of 2016, attended by more than 100 Amityville teachers. In between Ms. Sheehan’s visits, Park Avenue Instructional Coach Melissa Wiederhold provides support to the teachers.

The purpose of the literacy initiative is to have students more engaged in reading and writing through individual choices. Teachers work with students to find “just right” books — literature that a child finds interesting, is on his or her reading level and is not too hard but not too easy. 

“Every child has a different book in their hands,” Ms. Santiago. “They’re reading books that they’re interested in. Children have to read every single day because that is how they get better.”

Students keep reading logs to document the stories they read, how many pages at a time, how many minutes and whether it is at school or at home. These logs provide teachers with valuable information during the one-on-one conferences.  

Ms. Santiago noted that the improvements in reading and writing abilities are already being noticed within the school as a majority of students have moved up two or more reading levels within the past year. It is also contributing to improved performance in other subject areas, as Ms. Santiago said math teachers are seeing improved comprehension of word problems. 

Learning Math in Many Ways at Northwest

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Children are learning math in many different ways at Northwest Elementary School. Teachers Jaclyn Wittschiebe and Mackenzie Sipp, who co-teach a first-grade class, have implemented math rotations.            

Using resources from Go Math, students are divided into groups of no more than six and rotate through various centers. The children review skills with their teachers using manipulatives such as blocks and small white boards. They play math games in pairs, work independently to solve problems in their workbooks, and do activities on Chromebooks to become more familiar with technology. 


Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast

Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents are Special Guests at Northeast
Grandparents Day has become an annual tradition at Northeast Elementary School, and on Sept. 29 students enthusiastically welcomed their grandmothers and grandfathers to their classrooms.

The special guests visited kindergarten and pre-K classes throughout the day. They read aloud books, volunteered at ELA and math learning centers and helped students make fall-themed crafts. Several children wore “We Love Our Grandparents” hats.

“It’s nice for the children to have family coming in and volunteering,” said kindergarten teacher Nicole Faber. “It’s also nice for the grandparents to get a glimpse of what’s going on in our classrooms.”

High School CPR Class Pays Dividends

High School CPR Class Pays Dividends photo
More than 100 Amityville Memorial High School students have learned life-saving skills through the First Aid/CPR course, and for one senior that training recently paid off. 

Dennis Cisneros, who took the half-year course in spring 2016 as a sophomore, used his training last month to assist a co-worker who suffered a medical emergency. During a work shift as a server at a restaurant in Farmingdale, a fellow employee passed out in the bathroom from an apparent overdose. Dennis administered CPR, giving the victim chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until first responders arrived. His immediate intervention contributed to his co-worker’s survival. 

“Unfortunately, there are situations like this that do happen,” Dennis said. “This is one of those things that I was prepared for. This is what any human would do for anyone else, a stranger or a friend.”

Amityville Memorial High School has offered the course for the past three years, and students who successfully complete it are certified for two years through the American Red Cross. The course, taught by health teacher Chris Gannon, provides training for situations that students may encounter at home, in school or in the workplace. Topics include basic first aid, injury control, choking, CPR, AED usage and concussion awareness. 

“This is why we offer the course,” Mr. Gannon said. “These are skills that students learn for real-life moments that could help save a life.”

Dennis enrolled in the course because he plans to enlist in the U.S. Army after graduation and wanted the medical training. He is a three-year member of the varsity soccer team including the 2015 New York State champions and the 2016 Long Island champions. Additionally, he is a member of the Liberty Partnership Program and the Hispanic Heritage Club, and is a kicker for the varsity football team.

He will be honored publicly for his life-saving actions at the November Amityville Board of Education meeting. 

A Colorful Tribute to Hispanic Heritage

A Colorful Tribute to Hispanic Heritage photo
Students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School created Mexican sugar skull projects in Susan Zaratin’s art class. After learning about the history of sugar skills, students designed their own using markers, glitter and tissue paper. The project was done to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. 

Northwest Art Project a Dream Come True

Northwest Art Project a Dream Come True photo

The new year at Northwest Elementary School in the Amityville Union Free School District began with a building-wide art project. Under the direction of art teacher Lydia Robinson, students in first through third grades decorated small paper clouds.

Each child was asked to include their name, a self-portrait and drawings that reflect their likes and interests. The approximately 700 colorful paper clouds were hung on the wall outside the art room surrounding the phrase, “Art is like a dream and we are the dreamers.”   

“I wanted to give every student a chance to get their work on the wall at the beginning of the year,” Ms. Robinson said. “They really enjoyed doing this project.”

High School Students Give Peace a Chance

Peace photo

Colorful pinwheels symbolized peace, harmony and unity at Amityville Memorial High School where International Peace Day recently celebrated.

Hundreds of pinwheels were made by the school’s art students and handed out to attendees at the eighth annual celebration. Students and teachers shared their wishes for peace through poems, readings and songs. At the end of the program, they came up on stage and tacked the pinwheels to two moveable bulletin boards, which were then moved to the lobby to be displayed for the rest of the month.

Student Imagine Halyard, who served as the emcee of the celebration, said the purpose of International Peace Day is to renew the dedication to peace and non-violence. The school partnered with two organizations, Pinwheels for Peace and Peace One Day.

Art teacher Jayne Grasso announced the winners of the pinwheel contest. Allen Ventura won most colorful, Alyssa Graham was most creative and Linda Mendosa won most meaningful.

The Warriors Awareness Program, known as the Wac Pac, continued its tradition of spreading the message through peace rocks. Two students were chosen to give out painted rocks to someone who has made a positive difference, and the hope is the rocks will continue to be passed along. Lena Vazquez presented one to Ashley Pico to thank Ashley for helping her adjust to a new school last year. Brianna Mazzilli gave the other one to new principal Maria Andreotti as a welcoming gift.

“Peace has to be at the forefront of everything, locally and globally,” Ms. Andreotti said. “I’m tremendously proud of the effort that has been put into this event and that is put in on a daily basis to spread peace.”

Eighth-Graders Get a Taste of Good Literature

Eighth-Graders Get a Taste of Good Literature photo

The days of an English teacher assigning every student in a class the same book to read are over at Edmund W. Miles Middle School. As part of Reader’s Workshop, an initiative through Columbia University Teacher’s College, students are now choosing books that match their interests.

Eighth-grade English language arts teachers Katie Rosario and Janine Katsigiorgis transformed their classrooms into book tasting cafés on Sept. 19. The desks were covered in tablecloths with placemats that read “Eat, Read and Be Merry.” In the middle were dozens of books for students to sample as they each selected their first novel of the year to read.  

On book tasting menus, students were asked to analyze five different books after looking at the covers and reading a few inside pages. They then ranked the books based on which ones they would be most interested in reading. 

“We don’t do classwide novels anymore,” Ms. Rosario said. “Having students select their books increases engagement and reading stamina. If they pick books that they want to read, they’re more inclined to go home and read every day. We want them to have that feeling that they can’t put it down.”

Ms. Katsigiorgis said that there were more than 200 books from her classroom library available for students to review, from classics like “To Kill a Mockingbird” to recent graphic novel “Drama.” Genres included high-interest fiction, mystery, sports and fantasy.

Through Reader’s Workshop, Ms. Katsigiorgis, Ms. Rosario and their colleagues continue to teach reading comprehension skills, but students now apply those skills using books they select. Teachers then follow up during small-group conferences in which students share their observations about their respective books.   

Thursday, November 23, 2017