- Windows & Mirrors:Intro Letter from Mrs. Kitts & Ms. Smith (Changes to Required Reading for Grade 3-5) - Windows are views into experiences different from your own and identities different than your own. Mirrors are reflections of experiences that you have had and identities that you have. As our students embark on their summer reading journeys, we encourage them to take up books that are “windows,” offering perspectives and experiences different from their own... Intro Letter.pdf (192.0 KBs)
- Preschool - pk.pdf (65.2 KBs)
- Kindergarten - kg.pdf (70.2 KBs)
- First Grade - 1st.pdf (72.1 KBs)
- Second Grade - 2.pdf (61.7 KBs)
- Third Grade - 3.pdf (79.7 KBs)
- 4th Grade - SR 4th grade revised.pdf (82.2 KBs)
- Fifth Grade - 5.pdf (80.7 KBs)
- Read Aloud Books for the Whole Family - read a loud.pdf (86.2 KBs)
To the parents and guardians of rising MS students:
The Middle School summer reading program aims to build on the idea of windows and mirrors by providing students with literature that is thought-provoking, eye-opening, revealing, entertaining, and at times familiar. With that in mind, the MS English Department would like to provide some context for our summer reading expectations. As educators, we know that “summer brain drain” is a real thing, and the time spent in August and September reviewing material from the previous year is proof of this phenomenon. Fortunately, there's a wealth of research on how to prevent... this brain drain as it relates to reading skills and levels. All studies indicate that if students read at least six books over the course of the summer, they will maintain their current skill level, and depending on the books they choose, even improve their skills. That being said, it is important to note that the keys to this are that students read books that interest them and books that are at or just above their reading levels. It's particularly important for reluctant readers to choose books that are engaging, NOT frustrating.
For that reason, we have tried to provide a wealth of choice and a variety of levels while also establishing some basic expectations. We hope you find these helpful. We always encourage parents to be a part of the reading process by helping their children choose appropriate books and by chatting with them about the themes they encounter and how they relate to their own world. Understanding a child's Lexile score can be particularly relevant when helping students pick books they're able to access and understand, and a quick Google search will provide the Lexile score for almost any novel a child might encounter.
At each grade level there are some "required" lists (which means that students must read a novel from that list), some "recommended" lists, and some "choice" lists. Middle school teachers have already explained these lists to the students, but we encourage parents to also familiarize themselves with it so they understand what's expected. All students need to complete a reading log (attached in the grade level information) of all the books they complete over the summer. Students do NOT need to record dates and times spent reading.
If you need help with book recommendations, we highly recommend the local public library! Librarians are an underutilized gift to readers. And if you have questions about the reading requirements, please don't hesitate to reach out to the MS English Chair, Tiffany Drees, at [email protected].