The English Language Arts and Reading Departments in the Manhasset Public Schools are dedicated to mastery of all literacy skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and appreciation for the art of communication. Mastery of these skills comprises the learning framework of the language arts program in Manhasset. Using the New York State Common Core Learning Standards as a guide, we teach students to read, achieve fluency, comprehend and appreciate literature in all genres and non-fiction texts from related subject areas. We teach various forms of writing: narration, description, memoir, expository literary analysis, argument, and research among them. We emphasize the value of close textual analysis, using text-based evidence and higher-order thinking skills to master the written word. The mission of the reading, language arts and English departments is to foster literacy skills development across the grades, mindful of the specific needs of each student. With this in mind, we offer advanced and honors level courses, grade-level curricula, and academic intervention support services for those in need of remediation. The ultimate learning goal of the language arts, reading and English program in Manhasset is to bring students to college and career readiness, specifically focusing on appreciation for reading and mastery of forms of writing, essential components of the art of communication.