• Attention Parents: We are happy to report that Synovia has resolved the technical difficulties, and "Here Comes the Bus" is back up and running! If you have an existing "HCTB" account, you just need to re-add your students in the app. If you have not yet registered for "HCTB" and would like to create an account, you can find instructions on how to do so on the Transportation Department's page.
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Summer Reading Lists 2019

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Marple Newtown School District

Curriculum Department
40 Media Line Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
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Dear Parents and Guardians, 


The purpose of reading over the summer months for the learners in Marple Newtown School District is to assist your child in becoming a lifelong reader and learner. The summer break also provides the perfect opportunity to extend and enrich your child's reading experiences.


Research indicates that students who read over the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not read often slide backward, losing up to two months of what they learned while in school. This “summer slide” is frequently compared to students who play an instrument or a sport then stop performing for two months…they are not going to be able to perform at the level they would have had they continued or as the person who continued to play over the two-month period.


The required readings at the elementary and secondary level provide the conceptual background knowledge that will be beneficial for the learning that will take place during the next school year in the various content areas. These lists also provide an opportunity for student choice and exposure to multiple genres, authors, and perspectives.


On our district website, you will find the reading lists for each grade level. Please note that the lists are for those students entering that grade level.


In addition to purchasing books at book fairs or from Barnes & Noble, we also encourage students to borrow books from the Township Public Libraries. Parents and students may also want to consider trading, swapping, or borrowing books from friends or relatives.


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments. I welcome your thoughts and conversation.


I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer.





Dorie A. (Martin)-Pitone, Ed. D
Director of Teaching and Learning
40 Media Line Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
610-359-4278 office
610-314-1100 cell
Twitter @dorie_martin