June 1, 2020

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” - Dr. Seuss, Children’s Author

 

Dear ASRSD Families, 

While this year has certainly been unlike one in recent memory, and we are still awaiting guidance from the Commissioner of Education regarding the re-entry to school in the fall, there are two things that we know for sure - summer is coming, and we are excited to offer our summer reading program to our kiddos. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.”   

Most parents, myself included, are always looking for ideas to entertain and inspire their kids during the summer months. One of these ways is through reading. A good book provides that opportunity - traveling to far-off places, meeting new people, solving problems, or just helping us to relax, or to escape from reality for a moment. But who would have thought that all these fun things about reading would have an added educational benefit, too? Well, they do. “Summer Slide,” the notion that students actually lose the gains they made in learning as a result of long gaps in their education such as summer break, is a real thing. The good news is that it can be overcome. Summer reading, for as little as 15 minutes per day, can reduce the slide. In fact, students have been shown to make educational gains just by reading over the summer.  

In meeting and planning our summer reading for the district, we figured that if we partnered with our public libraries in both Ayer and Shirley, and provided engaging choices for students to read (or be read to), then students would develop a love of reading, causing them to read more, thereby reducing the summer slide. The missing ingredient in this mix is engaging all of you. To that end, in addition to grade specific brochures, we have provided resources on our website for “Summer Reading” to make the materials as accessible as possible to all of our students and families. In the event that you are not able to access any of these books, or require financial assistance to do so, please contact ccaliri@asrsd.org at your earliest convenience.   

At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, each school and each classroom will help our students connect their passion for reading they developed over the summer to the goals of the classroom. 

Happy Reading!  

Sincerely, 


Charlie Caliri

 

Lura A White and Page Hilltop (K-5)

Zoom to the library and get your FREE library card.It’s your passport to imagine your story!

Discover some great new books by award-winning authors with this brochure.

Don’t see what you like, or want even more suggestions? Our town librarians are book experts. They have thousands of amazing books to share with you! Whatever you’re interested in, there’s a book for you.

What are you waiting for? Your next adventure is just a book away!

Where can I get these titles online? 
E-Book Access for Summer Reading (K-2)
E-Book Access for Summer Reading (3-5)

Middle School (6-8)

Our goal is to have students read at least one book over the summer - more if they so choose!  This year, we are introducing a new incentive called “Book Bucks”. For every book read during the summer, students will receive one “Buck”. In the fall, students should hand in the completed book log - with signatures - and receive “Book Bucks”. These can be used during the year for a number of things. You could buy entrance into school dances/events, buy snacks, buy your way out of lunch detention (at discretion of Mr. O), buy first place in the lunch line,  buy a book at the next Book Fair, or buy a homework pass (at discretion of teacher), to name a few!

We have provided a “menu” to help you make choices, however, you are not limited to this list. We encourage you to read whatever interests you! If you are having trouble getting books, scholarship funds and book borrowing from the school is available - please contact Mrs. Kathryn Lyon, our school librarian, at klyon@asrsd.org. We hope you spend some time reading to earn your “Book Bucks”! Have an awesome summer!

Where can I get these titles online? E-Book Access for Summer Reading (6-8)

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!

Where can I get these titles online? E-Book Access for Summer Reading (9-12)

9th Grade

Incoming Freshmen: Humanities I CP and Honors:

Please read at least one:

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Boying Up - How to be Brave, Bold and Brilliant by Mayim Bialik
  • Girling Up - How to be Strong, Smart, and Spectacular by Mayim Bialik
  • Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Please prepare notes to help you in our work the first few weeks of class. You may use this template for non-fiction or this one for fiction.

10th Grade

Incoming Sophomores: Humanities II - College Prep and Honors 
Please read at least one:

  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • War Is---: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War**  edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell 
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Spare Parts by Joshua Davis
  • We’ll Soon Be Home Again by Jessica Bab Bonde
  • Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger

Please prepare notes to help you in our work the first few weeks of class. You may use this template for non-fiction or this one for fiction.

11th Grade

Incoming Juniors: American Literature - College Prep and Honors
Please read at least one:

  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Please prepare notes to help you in our work the first few weeks of class. You may use this template for non-fiction or this one for fiction.

12th Grade

 Incoming Seniors: World Literature - College Prep and Honors

Please read at least one:

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall
  • The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller

Please prepare notes to help you in our work the first few weeks of class. You may use this template for non-fiction or this one for fiction.

AP

Incoming AP Language and Composition
(Please access further instructions via Google Classroom)

  • Summer Schema Project (access on Google Classroom; code entatvh) 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - Annotation requirement

Nonfiction suggestions and other guidelines

 

Incoming AP Literature and Composition

  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Optional: Summer Book Club Meetings (over Zoom); will be announced over Google Classroom as soon as class lists are available

Details

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

EBOOKS:
How do I borrow ebooks? Click on this link for directions.

Parents of Preschool to Grade 2 students... Would you like a free literacy app that supports your child's ability to read? Please explore Footsteps 2 Brilliance. ASRSD has purchased this tool for all families and students to use whether or not school is in session. You can install it on your phone to make it even more accessible to your kids. Check it out! Click image above!

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