Grades 7-12 Summer Reading ProgramTo Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,We are pleased to announce our new Wappingers Central School District Summer Reading Program for students entering grades seven through twelve! You should have received a reading packet from your child and if you did not, it is available below and or your child's teacher’s website. The thrust of our program is: Read, read, read! Reading is the key to school success and improvement in all subject areas! We invite students in the pages they devour to fall in love with characters, open doors to new worlds, and embark on wild adventures! This initiative resulted from a collaboration between our teachers, library and media specialists, professional development specialists, and reading specialists. We are very excited to implement (roll-out) the program that we know will not only enrich your child’s education but also help prevent the summer reading slide. Research shows that independent choice in reading will help your child reap academic benefits including improvement in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and verbal fluency. Most importantly, it will contribute positively to your child’s overall school success in all subject area courses. So take your child to the library or local bookstore or shop online for titles! Challenge your child to set a goal and read many pages or many books! Read together, read beside one another, read in the car, at the pool, or on vacation: Just read!Thank you for your support,
Dr. Amy Watkins
Director of ELA & Social StudiesADD IT HEREGoals for Summer Reading
-Foster a love of reading
-Advance literacy by engaging in reading activities
-Increase reading through self-selected, voluntary reading
-Enhance a sense of community
-Provide a common reading experience
-Stimulate discussion and critical thinking
Reflect on Yourself as a Reader
How do I best demonstrate that I comprehend the text?
-I reread parts of the book.
-I make predictions.
-I ask questions.
-I make connections.
-I summarize parts of the book.
When and where do I best concentrate on reading?
-In the morning
-Before going to sleep
-At my desk
-On my bed
-Lying on the floor
As you read, think about: How does the character’s personality evolve or change over time? How are themes developed? What are the important events that contribute to the plot? It is recommended that you jot notes or keep a reading journal. If the book is yours we suggest that you highlight, annotate, or use sticky notes to emphasize important or interesting parts.Parent Tips to Encourage Reading
1. Set a schedule for reading. Make it the same time every day.
2. Read with your child and model good reading habits.
3. Talk about your child’s book. Ask him/her questions about it!
4. Celebrate reading with rewards!
5. Remember that if your child reads 4-5 books this summer, they will maintain their skill level and grow as readers, which will help them perform better in all subjects.