Summer Reading Letter to Students & Parents / Guardians

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Summer-ReadingDear Students and Parents/Guardians, Summer reading is an essential element of a good education. It has been proven that students who read four or more books over the summer are far more likely to score higher on rigorous reading-comprehension tests than their peers who read one or no books. The “summer slide” of reading comprehension skills is cumulative, meaning if your child does not read throughout the summer, his or her literacy skills could fall more than two grade levels behind by the time they reach school in the fall. That being said, over 90% of students claim they are more likely to finish a book if it is a book they choose themselves. Understanding all of this, we are encouraging our students to select two or more books to read for pleasure this summer. During the last days of school, students will visit the library to hear book talks about potential summer reading titles and to check out summer reading books. We strongly feel that students should choose books that interest them in the hope that it will encourage students to become lifelong readers. You can see a list of recommended titles by visiting the Cazenovia High School’s summer reading website by visiting PLEASE NOTE:  Students in Honors/AP English classes must select books from an assigned reading list.  Click on the appropriate grade level to learn more:  9th Grade Honors, 10th Grade Honors and 11th Grade AP and 12th Grade AP. When we return to school in September, students should feel prepared to share their summer reading experience. It is important that students be able to discuss the books they chose to read with their teachers and peers. The high school library will be hosting book chats when we return to school in the fall, and all students are encouraged to attend and participate. Finally, we ask for your help. We ask that summer reading be a shared experience in your homes this summer and that you value the positive effects family literacy has on your child’s education. Please take the time to learn something new with your child this summer –  read a book together and discuss what you have read.  Encourage your child to start a “book club” with his or her friends.  Make family trips to your local library a part of your summer routine! Enjoy your summer, get lost in some great books, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Kristina Chiarello (English Department Leader) at, Emily Whalen (Library Media Specialist) at, or your student’s English teacher!   See you in the fall! The Cazenovia High School English Department

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