"To imagine is everything."

It's a pleasure to welcome you to my web page and introduce myself!  I am Mrs. Nancy Verdolino, or "Mrs. V", one of two reading specialists at Memorial Elementary School in Hopedale, Massachusetts.  My partner, Mrs. Aldrich, and I provide regular education Language Arts assessment and supplemental instruction to Hopedale students, and consult to K-6 classroom teachers in the areas of reading and writing instruction. I provide direct and collaborative instruction to Kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, 4 and 5 students. 

I also work with Mrs. Aldrich, staff and teachers, our Media Specialist, Ms. Sherry, and the public Children's Librarian, Mrs. Kraimer, to support and motivate lifelong reading habits through programs and resources such as: the "Check It Out" public library event, the Dr. Seuss Day celebration, Read Across America Week activities, the Debby Kita Memorial Book program for K-3 students, the schoolwide Community Reading Day, the Massachusetts Children's Book Award program for Grades 4-6 students, and the K-6 Suggested Summer Reading Lists for the students at Memorial School.  
Recently,  I was awarded a Blackstone Valley Education Foundation grant to purchase six iPads with which colleagues and I provided a Language Arts/Engineering Design  afternoon enrichment club for Grades 4-6 students. I share the iPads with Mrs. Loucks/Mrs. Hanson during the school year!
My workspace (Room 212) doubles as both my classroom and "Primary Literacy Library" for teachers: a leveled, multi-copy book and curriculum resource to support classroom reading instruction.  

Outside of school, I serve as an elected Trustee of Hopedale's historic Bancroft Memorial Library, Past President and Celebrate Literacy Award Chairperson of the Nobscot Reading Council, and 2015-16 President of the Massachusetts Reading Association.

My good fortune is to have a job which surrounds me with two things I truly love ... children, families, and books.

"What I Did on my Summer Vacation"
 Quote for the summer: "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."- Bertrand Russell

This past summer, I spent lots of time with my friends and family. I have a great husband, three fabulous grown up children and 
four sweet grandchildren whom I love to bits! 

In July, I attended the International Literacy Association Convention in St. Louis, MO. I also attended the Scholastic Book Fair Summit in Needham, where I met Donalyn Miller, who gifted me her books, The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild.  She is an inspiring teacher and writer and I can't wait to share her books with my colleagues! 

I also attended the Massachusetts Reading Association Leadership Conference where I made a presentation on collaborating with community organizations to support literacy projects. I also met Patricia Edwards, national Family Literacy expert, who shared with us her stories and knowledge. 

Of course, I spent time at the beach on the Cape and in Beverly with Mr. V., and on the porch at my little house in New Hampshire - swimming, hiking, reading and relaxing!  I read a lot this summer and watched movies I had missed during the year. My favorite books were popular titles: Orphan Train, The Girl on the Train, The Book Thief,  Big Little Lies, and All the Light We Cannot See.

Current book suggestions or "What I'm Reading Now"

Adult selection (s) - Peter The Great by Robert Massie - a long, detailed, and fascinating Pulitzer Prize winning biography. It has a bit too much military detail for me, though I am learning a great deal about history, especially that of northern Europe! Update: I finally finished this book! I am glad I stuck with it - it helps me  to answer both history and geography questions when I watch Jeopardy with Mr. V.! I can't wait to visit St. Petersburg one day...

I have just finished the David Lagercrantz thriller,The Girl in the Spider's Web, which he completed from an unfinished manuscript of the deceased Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.  I enjoyed the story but thought the dialogue wasn't as well written as that of the original series.
Student selection(s) - I am conferring with many third, fourth and fifth graders, so I am becoming more familiar with many newer children's and young adult books.  I just began reading Newbery winning author, Rebecca Stead's, Liar and Spy. She and I are fans of Madeleine L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time is my favorite children's book), and I loved her Newbery Award book,  When You Reach Me. I'm sure I won't be able to put down this gem!

My new favorite series for middle graders is The Dragonet Prophecy (first book or seven: Wings of Fire). The fifth grade boys are sharing them and reading them so fast!

 Professional selection(s): 
  • The Behavior Code by Minahan and Rappaport
  • The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Pre-K-8 by Fountas and Pinnell
  • Independent Reading: Creating Lifelong Readers by Moss and Young

I received some holiday gift certificates from students so I will be on my way to Barnes and Noble to grab some new books!

Reading Lists
Suggested Summer Reading List (good all year long) and resources 
are found on 
the Memorial School website www.hopedaleschools.org

The International Literacy Association creates a list each Fall called "Reading Choices".  
Access these two lists of books recommended by teachers and librarians and  children and young adult readers at:  www.reading.org/choices


STAFF BOOK GROUP selection for January

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving


Global Read
Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria by Noo Saro-Wiwa
Announced by Primary Source, Watertown Massachusetts

Professional Associations

Massachusetts Reading AssociationCheck out the MRA webpage and join this professional organization
Nobscot Reading Council (local association) - membership form and information on NRC webpage

International Literacy Association