Junior Great Books


The 2017-2018 Junior Great Books Program (JGB) is now open for registration! Junior Great Books is an extracurricular English-language reading enrichment program, run by PTO volunteers, not MMSD or Shorewood staff. It is designed to give kids added exposure to reading, critical thinking, and literature sourced from around the world. Enrollment must take place by FRIDAY DECEMBER 15, for the correct number of textbooks to be ordered.

SCHEDULE. The JGB program involves minimal homework. The JGB program begins in late January, after winter break. The program lasts about 10 weeks, depending on the number of readings in each textbook. Sessions are organized by class level and are held once a week, during lunch and lunch recess. Kinder and First grade sessions will go from approximately 11:05-11:45 am; Third and Fifth grades, 11:45-12:20pm; Second and Fourth grades, 11:50-12:25. Children are encouraged to bring cold lunch, but students who need hot lunch may stop at the lunchroom, pick up their food, and bring it to their JGB classroom. Because participating kids will miss one recess per week for the duration of the program, parents should discuss the program with their children before enrolling them. Some children would rather have recess, and without it, may bring disruptive behavior into the classroom.

TEACHERS. This program runs strictly on parenting volunteering, there is no regular staff. Please consider being a volunteer teacher for this program! If you volunteer to lead a session, you'll be responsible for the full session. Volunteer leaders have to be fluent in English (readings are all in English) and willing to commit for about 10 weeks in the wintertime. Although the schedule can be flexible and variable, please don't sign up if you are only available for one or two weeks of the term. If you can and wish to split the position in half with another parent, however, that would be manageable.

COST. The program costs $30 to cover the price of the books, which students may keep. After completing this online form, bring a check or cash payment to the school office; there is a Junior Great Books folder behind the desk. Complete a separate form for each child. Feel free to contact Erin Clune (erin.clune@gmail.com) with any questions.

DEADLINE: Friday, December 15th.

To enroll a student in the Junior Great Books program: please use this form

To receive more information or volunteer: please contact us.