Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work. 

 

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Summer reading is so important! Our summer reading program is based upon these four goals: Maintain learning gains from school year; Develop stronger reading skills; Expose children to quality literature; and Encourage a love of books.

Please see the flyer for the grade level your student(s) will be entering in the fall. Each flyer includes a book list as well as a reading log to turn in to their teacher in the fall.

 

 

Lura A White and Page Hilltop (K-5)

K-2 students also have a simplified reading list without book summaries. 

We hope you and your child will love these titles, but feel free to add any books for your reader. The staff in the children’s area of the public library will have many wonderful suggestions.

Kindergarten

Entering Kindergarten Summer Reading Flyer
Entering Kindergarten Summer Reading List and Reading Log

1st Grade

Entering 1st Grade Summer Reading Flyer

Entering 1st Grade Summer Reading List and Reading Log

2nd Grade

Entering 2nd Grade Summer Reading Flyer

Entering 2nd Grade Summer Reading List and Reading Log

3rd Grade

Entering 3rd Grade Summer Reading Flyer, Book List, and Reading Log

4th Grade

Entering 4th Grade Summer Reading Flyer, Book List, and Reading Log

5th Grade

Entering 5th Grade Summer Reading Flyer, Book List, and Reading Log

Middle School (6-8)

When student's return to school in September, they will be handing in an assignment related to the required summer reading book. This will be one of their first graded assignments of the new school year.

High School (9-12)

All ASRHS students are expected to read over the summer. The following is a list of the required reading for various English and Humanities classes, as well as requirements for specific courses. Have a great summer and happy reading!

ASRHS Summer Reading General Information

9th Grade

 

Humanities I - College Prep:
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- One additional book of choice

Please complete the Required Book Assignment & Reading Log

 

Humanities I Honors:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Please complete the Required Book Assignment & Reading Log for both books.

10th Grade

 

Humanities II - College Prep:
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Students are to read and take notes on this novel.  Please be prepared to turn in your work and participate in an assessment during the first days of school.

 

Humanities II - Honors:
- War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Incoming Humanities II Honors students should see Mrs. Capasso or Mrs. Allard for related assignments before leaving for summer vacation.

11th Grade

 

American Literature - College Prep:
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Any additional novel of choice

*Please be prepared for an assessment on Dear Martin upon your return to school.

 

American Literature Honors:
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone

**Incoming Grade 11 honors students should contact Mrs.Wittmier for a note-taking guide before leaving for summer vacation.

12th Grade

 

World Literature - College Prep:
- 1984 by George Orwell and corresponding essay question
- Any other novel/nonfiction work of choice is also required.

* Please be prepared for a test on 1984 upon your return  to school.

 

World Literature - Honors:
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Incoming Grade 12 honors students should contact Mrs. Wittmier for written work before leaving for summer vacation.

AP

 

AP Language and Composition:
- Spare Parts by Joshua Davis
- Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- TED Talk assignment

Annotation requirements

 

AP Literature and Composition:
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Incoming AP Literature and Composition students should contact Mrs. Wittmier for written work before leaving for summer vacation.

Library Information

Ayer Public Library
26 E. Main Street, Ayer, MA
978-772-8450
http://www.ayerlibrary.org

Hazen Memorial Library (Shirley)
3 Keady Way, Shirley, MA
978-425-2620
www.shirleylibrary.org

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