• Secondary English and readingEnglish and Reading - Secondary

    Dr. Michelle Picard, Supervisor

    Melissa McQuillan, Specialist

    Melanie Buckley, Instructional Facilitator    ◼    Dr. Chris Cuozzo, Instructional Facilitator     ◼    Heidi Walsh, Instructional Facilitator  

    PH: 571-252-1330
    Fax: 571-252-1633


    The English Language Arts program provides a comprehensive program of studies in English language, writing, reading, and literature consistent with the VA Standards of Learning.   

    The middle school program builds on students’ comprehension skills and supports students as they become critical readers and writers.  The high school program continues to develop students’ writing and analysis skills and provides a survey of America, British and World Literature.  It also offers students opportunities to enhance their communication and media literacy skills through elective courses in creative writing, etymology, drama, journalism, newspaper journalism, photojournalism, and public speaking. 

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  • Secondary School Curriculum


  • How We Support Students

    The English Office provides support for educators to help students fulfill the following six statements:

     Students communicate and collaborate effectively in written and oral discourse in ever-changing, real world situations. 

    Therefore, we will

      • develop active and involved listeners
      • teach students to self-advocate and ask for clarification
      • show students how to use appropriate language and diction for informal and formal situations
      • develop learning activities that encourage students to communicate in authentic contexts
      • provide opportunities for collaborative learning in research and other projects 

    Students think critically.

    Therefore, we will

      • provide opportunities to critically analyze language and media
      • teach processes for critical thinking and making informed decisions
      • show students how to refine their arguments based on new information. 

     Students understand and respect multiple perspectives and cultures.

    Therefore, we will

      •  explore literature that reflects many cultures
      • engage students in multiple perspectives and ideas.   

     Students value and appreciate the power of language through reading and writing.

    Therefore, we will 

      • provide opportunities for students to choose and engage in relevant and meaningful texts
      • provide opportunities for students to choose the audience and purpose for their writing. 

     Students take on challenges and reflect on progress.

    Therefore, we will 

      • provide opportunities for increased rigor in assignments
      • provide frequent opportunities for students to reflect on their growth as communicators. 

     Students are well versed in technology tools used to help them communicate.

    Therefore, we will 

      • integrate technology tools in our teaching and in student learning. 

  • Diverse Classroom Libraries K-12


  • Summer Reading

    The links below will take you to recommended lists of suggested summer reading for students. These books were selected and recommended by student readers, teachers, and librarians. Each title is followed by a description of the book so that students and their parents can make informed choices about which books to read for pleasure this summer. 


    ILA Young Adults Choices Book Lists

    Each year the International Literacy Association compiles lists of recently published books that young adults have enjoyed reading.

    • Young Adult Readers, Grades 7-12, Ages 13-18 


     ALA Book Lists for Children and Young Adults

    The American Library Association provides links to various book lists for children and young adult. Check them out!

Last Modified on October 6, 2023