One School, One Book program concludes

The 2020-2021 school year was one for the books. Mrs. Castrovinci and a summer reading team wanted to try something new in order to build a community of readers at Memorial Middle School. As a result, the “One School, One Book” summer reading project was adopted. “One School, One Book” is a movement designed to engage an entire school community in reading. This is accomplished by selecting one book that spans various reading levels so both students and staff can come together and share thoughts, ideas, and a passion for reading.

Memorial School administration, Mrs. Castrovinci, Ms. Moore, Mrs. Ficarra, Ms. Glenn, Mr. Walters, and the Alfred Bauman Library collaborated and selected The Playbook by Kwame Alexander. It began with a summer reading kick-off in June, followed by several fun summer reading missions and a Playbook Party hosted by the library this summer. We encouraged all students to participate.

When school reopened, Ms. Calderon and the team planned activities for the homerooms. The students participated in different tasks connected to The Playbook. For one week, Memorial School students worked on various activities based on the book. Each activity provided opportunities for the students to share individual viewpoints on the "rules" outlined in each section of the book. The "rules" serve as basketball metaphors to represent life's lessons.

The last activity reflected Rule 44: “Teammates are like family, celebrating wins, consoling losses, always a net tied together." Each student answered the following two questions: Who makes up your team in your life? and Who do you surround yourself with that are going to lift you higher and support your success?

As an added bonus, NBA star Karl Anthony Towns' father, Mr. Towns, recorded a personal message for our students! Students who submitted responses were eligible for to be entered into a raffle for a signed poster of NBA star Karl Anthony Towns, donated by Memorial teacher, Mr. Walters! The winner was sixth grade student, Sama Elsayed, pictured above with Mr. Walters and Mrs. Ficarra! The bulletin board in the picture was created by Ms. Moore and displays the student work as completed throughout this initiative.