Greenhill School Summer Reading Don't let the summer slide get you down

The Summer Slide is Real

  • Students who do not read over the summer months can lose up to two months of reading skills.
  • The equivalent of one month of overall learning is lost after summer vacation.
  • At the beginning of a school year teachers spend up to six weeks re-teaching old material to make up for summer learning loss.
Hold on to that knowledge!

The good news is that it is pretty easy for students to stop the summer slide:


The Greenhill Summer reading lists are a great place to start!

Ways to put reading in your summer plans!
  • Encourage your child to read at least 4-6 books this summer
  • Read something every day (a magazine, a comic book, the newspaper, a graphic novel, a how-to manual, recipes, fiction, non fiction; the back of the cereal box)
  • Read aloud to your child, especially your teenager. This is still a wonderful way for you to share family time and discuss issues through the lens of a story
  • Listen to audio books (especially on long trips)
  • Visit your local library and discover some great reads
  • Cook together- reading and understanding recipes builds literacy and using correct measurements can strengthen math skills
  • Research a new hobby and try it out
We've got you covered!

Greenhill Resources to the Rescue


Use MackinVia to access eBooks, audio books, online magazines, book suggestions, and online databases during the summer

  • With a student login, our eBooks and audio books can be downloaded to your computer or device (using the app) so you can access them without internet service
  • Try downloading our audio books to your smart phone and listening to them in the car by plugging your phone into your speaker system
  • Many of the lower school online databases include games and activity sheets

To access MackinVia:

  • To use on a computer, go to www.MackinVia.com
  • If you wish to use on an electronic device, download the MackinVIA app from the App Store, Google Play, or Windows Store
  • In the School box start typing “Greenhill” and select either Greenhill Lower School (grades 1-4), Greenhill Middle School (grades 5-7), or Greenhill Upper School (grades 8-12)
  • Student User ID: the first part of the student’s email address before the “@greenhill.org”. For some that will be their lastnamefirstintital. Example: shahm. For some that will be their lastnamefirstinitialgraduationyear. Example: jonesd19 (all lower case)
  • Student Password: the student’s ID number (3-5 digits)
  • Once you are logged in, you may search all of our online resources easily. The categories on the left side will help you search specific types of resources more efficiently (databases, eBooks, audio books, etc.)

MackinVia Generic Login: (with this login, you cannot checkout or download eBooks or audio books but you may use them online)

  • username: greenhillus (upper school)
  • username: greehillms (middle school)
  • username: greenhill (lower school)
  • password: hornets

eBooks: If you are directed to another login, use your MackinVia username and password to log in. Your eBook will then open in Follett. Use the drop down menu at the book icon to check out the book. These books can be read and downloaded on your devices by using the free Destiny Discover app

Novelist: book read-alike recommendations and resources

To access Novelist:

  • Log in to MackinVia
  • Once you are logged in, type Novelist into the search bar in the upper right corner. Click the green Open Now bar to open Novelist K-8 or Novelist Plus.
  • In Novelist you may search fiction or nonfiction books, narrow by age range or genre, or search specific titles or authors to find other books you might like. They also provide book lists and other tools to find books.
  • Once you click on a title of a book you'll find a summary, reviews, read-alikes, and a button, Check the Library Catalog, you can click on to see if we have that title in our library.
  • Take some time to browse Novelist. You'll find book discussion guides, picture book extenders, and book lists under Quick Links.
  • You can use the free MackinVia app to access Novelist on your devices.

Flipster: Online Magazines

To access Flipster:

Log in to MackinVia

  • Once you are logged in, type Flipster into the search bar in the upper right corner.
  • Click the green Open Now bar to open Flipster.
  • Multiple students can access these magazines simultaneously.
  • You can easily download the article into a PDF or share in GoogleDrive or print the article.

You can use the free MackinVia app to access Flipster on your devices. Or you can download the free Flipster app (by EBSCO Publishing.

  • Type in Greenhill School in the Find My Library box
  • User ID: greenhillschool
  • Password: hornets

Greenhill Magazine Subscriptions with Flipster:

  • Art in America
  • Greenhill Magazine Subscriptions with Flipster:
  • Art in America
  • Ask- science and the arts (ages 6-9)
  • The Atlantic
  • Discover
  • Faces- world cultures (ages 9-14)
  • Glamour
  • Men’s Journal
  • Muse- science and the arts (ages 9-14)
  • National Geographic
  • The New Yorker
  • Newsweek en Espanol
  • Poets & Writers
  • Scientific American
  • The Week
  • Wellbeing- health and lifestyle
  • Wired- technology
  • Zoobooks- animals ages (6-12)
Listen Up!

SYNC: free summer audio books for teens 13 and up

Starting April 25th and ending August 1st, SYNC will give away two themed audio books a week.

To receive alerts:

  • Text syncya to 25827 for weekly alerts on the SYNC title releases
  • Or go to http://www.audiobooksync.com/ to sign up for email alerts
  • The alerts will tell you when and where the title is available to download

Download details:

  • Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible
  • Downloads will operate through the OverDrive app
  • Most listening devices are supported
  • Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only)
  • Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep

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