To get the academic year off to a good start and to undergird our community values, we would like to encourage students to spend a portion of their summer holidays enjoying some good books. For the former, we would like students to read as much as they can to develop or enrich reading habits. Reading is a wonderful individual experience for understanding and developing self-awareness. For the latter, reading can also be a communal experience to discuss issues and values that are important to this community.
To that end, all Upper School students and faculty will have one book in common this summer: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – a story about perseverance. English classes and advisory will discuss this communal read.
Over the summer, each grade level must read at least three books, as detailed in the table below. For the chosen reads, a list of suggested books is provided for each grade level. These are books that students have enjoyed, but students should feel free to look elsewhere as long as the books chosen are at or above their reading level.
Our hope is that students view summer reading as a way to explore topics, genres, and time periods that are new to them and pique their interest.