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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Dear ASRSD Families,

It’s amazing to think that summer is just around the corner. Who would have thought that it would come this quickly? As folks are planning summer camps, summer retreats, summer vacations, and summer trips, we also wanted to make sure that we left a little room for summer reading.  

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.

At the start of the 2019-2020 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!  

 

Lura A White and Page Hilltop (K-5)

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Middle School (6-8)

Please choose one book from the list below that you haven’t read before. We provided a list to include as many different choices for you to read over the summer. Our goal is to have you read at least one book over the summer. We’ve provided a copy of a note sheet that you can use to help you organize your thoughts as you read your book. Although you will not have to turn in this sheet as an assignment, what you learn from your summer reading may be included in your first writing assignment when you return to school. Your notes should include some direct quotations from the book(s) you choose. Choose a book that sparks your interest! Feel free to check out the Ayer and Shirley town libraries, as they have some other great choices for you, too! Feel free to explore the book summaries and videos on the Summer Reading Website to help you choose your favorite book. The book summaries are compiled from goodreads.com as well as scholastic.com.

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!

9th Grade

Incoming Freshmen: Humanities I
Please read one or both:

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Please prepare notes to help you in our work the first few weeks of class. You may use this template.

10th Grade

Incoming Sophomores: Humanities II - College Prep
Students are to read and take notes on the novel of their choice.
Choose 1: 

  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

(Use this template for taking notes on these novels)

  • War Is---: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War  edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell (Use this template for taking notes on this novel)

Incoming Sophomores: Humanities II Honors
Students are to read and take notes on these novels.
Read Both:

  • War Is---: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War  edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell (Use this template for taking notes on this novel)

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Use this template for taking notes on these novels)

 You may use this template.

11th Grade

Incoming Juniors: American Literature- College Prep and Honors
Read Both:

  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone

  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Students are to read and take notes on these novels. You may use this template.

12th Grade

Incoming Seniors: World Literature - College Prep
Choose 1:

  • 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

Students are to read and take notes on these novels. You may use this template

Incoming Seniors: World Literature - Honors

Read: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Choose one Additional:

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Students are to read and take notes on these novels. You may use this template.

AP

Incoming AP Language and Composition - Mrs. Capasso
(Please access further instructions via Google Classroom)

  • Craig and Fred by Craig Grossi

  • Summer Scheme Project (access on Google Classroom - code szk611)

  • Preview Packets - Distributed in school (new students can obtain materials in the high school office during business hours)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - Annotation 

Incoming AP Literature and Composition - Ms. Wittmier

  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

  • Additional College Prep work is required; please see Google Doc

Additional info on Google Classroom; Code: o02wwen

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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