Greenwich Reads Together
Greenwich Reads Together 2018
Led by Media Specialists, the Greenwich Public Schools embraced Greenwich Reads Together 2018, participating in events throughout the months of October and November. More than 4,400 students, faculty, and parents participated in GRT programs across the district as part of Greenwich Reads Together in the Greenwich Public Schools.
GRT Essay Contest: GHS junior Cynthia Chen received honorable mention in the high school category, while Central Middle School sixth grader Ashley Malkin won the middle school category and Central Middle School Leah Wilson earned honorable mention in the middle school category. The GRT Essay Contest prompt was: Choose one of the individuals in Code Girls by Liza Mundy (the adult version or the young readers' edition) and discuss how that person's experience relates to an aspect of your own life or that of someone you know personally. You may want to consider issues such as loyalty, patriotism, defying expectations, risk-taking, gender roles, family, and/or problem-solving. (read Cynthia's essay; watch and read Ashley's essay; read Leah's essay).
Greenwich Public School Events
- On November 7, Liza Mundy visited Greenwich High School to discuss Code Girls with 400 high school and middle school students (watch the video).
- The GHS Library had a book display that focused on the themes and ideas raised in Code Girls.
- Some English and Social Studies teachers incorporated Code Girls into their curriculum while other teachers have encouraged their students to read Code Girls independently and participate in the town-wide GRT essay contest.
Central Middle School:
- CMS seventh grade seminar classes read Code Girls.
- Whole school cryptanalysis activity to solve the code and find the kidnapped school mascot.
- Chat, Chew, & Ciper - culminating breakfast event for interested parents and students on Friday, November 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
- CMS students who read Code Girls attended the Liza Mundy author talk at Greenwich High School on November 7.
Eastern Middle School:
- The EMS Media Center had a book display featuring coding/decoding devices.
- The Beyond the Books student club held secret code challenges and scavenger hunts based on Code Girls.
- Students participated in reading challenges and read excerpted portions of Code Girls in advisor bases.
- EMS students who have read Code Girls attended the Liza Mundy author talk at Greenwich High School on November 7.
Western Middle School:
- The WMS Media Center had a book display that focused on Code Girls and related books and promoted related events at town libraries.
Greenwich Elementary School students read Grace Hopper: the Girl Who Loved Code by Laurie Wallmark and held a number of programs and activities, including:
- Cos Cob School: All grade levels read Grace Hopper, grades 3 and 4 visited with author Laurie Wallmark on November 8, and grades 3, 4, and 5 participated in coding activities.
- Glenville School: Grades 2 through 5 read Grade Hopper and the library featured a "Queen of Code" book display.
- International School of Dundee: Grace Hopper author Laurie Wallmark visited ISD on November 8.
- Julian Curtiss School of World Languages: All grade levels read Grace Hopper and author Laurie Wallmark visited with grades 3 through 5 on November 8.
- New Lebanon School: Grades 2 through 5 read Grace Hopper and author Laurie Wallmark visited New Leb on November 7.
- North Mianus School: Grace Hopper author Laurie Wallmark visited grades 2 through 5 on November 7.
- North Street School: All grade levels read Grace Hopper and there was a GRT display in the library.
- Riverside School: Grades 2 through 5 read Grace Hopper and there was a Grace Hopper and coding display in the library.
About Greenwich Reads Together: Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Several community organizations are leading this initiative including Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and Independent Schools, Friends of Greenwich Library, Perrot Memorial Library, and Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich. In 2017, almost 20 community organizations and more than 3,900 Greenwich residents participated in events around News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Greenwich Reads Together is supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. For more information, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org.
About Code Girls and Liza Mundy: Code Girls tells the story of how more than 10,000 young women were recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges to serve as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women move to Washington and learn the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and give them access to careers previously denied to them. As strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, best-selling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
Code Girls author Liza Mundy is the New York Times best-selling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. She has worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and contributed to publications including The Atlantic, TIME, The New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones, and The Guardian. She’s a frequent commentator on prominent national news outlets in has positioned herself at the prestigious New America Foundation as one of the nation’s foremost experts on women and work issues.