B y Krystle S. Morey

Caustic. Paradigm. Ameliorate. Indomitable.

Mara McCarthy has for the last several years broadened the vocabulary of the Granville community by teaching students, school staff and community members alike a multitude of words, including these.

Her “Word of the Day” column, published each week in the Granville Sentinel for 16 years, presents the pronunciations, spelling, definition and usage of a word for each day during the school year. Each quarter, there would be a test. The best score would earn a gift card to Northshire Bookstore.

“It’s an outreach program,” McCarthy said. “The whole idea was to make it both for community outreach and also to help the kids.”

Now that McCarthy has retired from Granville High School as its librarian, she hopes the “Word of the Day” column will continue and that students, staff and community members alike will continue to challenge themselves with learning a new word each day and putting their literary skills to the test quarterly.

“I would love for it to continue,” she McCarthy said, noting the school’s new librarian and a teacher’s aide have expressed interest in picking up the task.

A former Granville superintendent of schools who had seen a “Word of the Day” piece published in another district suggested McCarthy start a similar column in Granville.

Over the years, McCarthy found words in SAT prep books, vocabulary books and used suggestions from teachers.

 

This is only a preview of the story published in the Granville Sentinel. To read the full story, pick up a print copy of this week’s paper at the newsstand or read it online here.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Chief: Beware marijuana-impaired drivers

police

By Krystle S. Morey Legalization of marijuana in neighboring Vermont has local police agencies on high alert. As of July […]

Dresden resident proposes seceding from Whitehall school

Dresden Memorial

By Matthew Saari One Dresden resident believes Dresden should divest itself from the Whitehall Central School district. “I’ve often thought […]

Free tasting event in Granville July 26

Taste of the slate valley
muddy trail beef jerky

By Krystle S. Morey Granville area businesses will line the perimeter of Veterans Memorial Park next Thursday, offering free samples […]

Bigfoot council to promote tourism

sasquatch, bigfoot

By Darren Marcy With growing interest in Whitehall’s resident Bigfoot population, a group of local business owners and individuals have […]

Lakes Region Freepress – 07/13/18

Lakes_7_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

North Country Freepress – 07/13/18

FreePress_7_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 07/12/18

518 Wheels 7_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

County tax sale July 28

Whitehall tax auction, Washington County

By Matthew Saari One hundred twenty three Washington County properties will be going to auction on Saturday, July 28. Every […]

No firemen’s fair this year

hooks carnival

By Krystle S. Morey The Hook and Ladder Fire Company will not host a firemen’s fair this year. Village of […]

Group discusses Catholic ‘school’

Resurrect Whitehall

By Matthew Saari To help restore Whitehall to its former glory, one of the ideas floated by a group of […]

Audit faults village

Granville Village Board

By Krystle S. Morey After thumbing through Granville’s financial records, state officials say the village has some work to do. […]

Granville school board picks new president, vp

Granville School Board

By Krystle S. Morey Fasten your seatbelts and hang on. That’s the advice newly-elected Granville Board of Education vice president […]