In his first address to students, Head of School Matt Levinson P '21 shares his perspective on what it means to "hit the brakes."
With summer fast approaching, it is time to plan for some relaxing reading!
At the close of each school year, we ask our students to take advantage of the summer months for thoughtful exploration of books. Acquiring knowledge, exercising intellectual curiosity, and reading for pleasure are activities that should continue, even when school is not in session.
Pingry's English Department has put together a selection of both required and suggested readings for all incoming Middle and Upper School students. In the fall, Middle School students will have an assignment that is based on their summer reading, which is due by the first day of class. They should also be prepared to discuss and complete a creative project on their additional book of choice within the first few weeks of school. Upper School students will be assessed on their required texts at the beginning of the year as well.
Lower School students can find their lists of recommended summer reading here (separate lists have been compiled for students in K-1, Grades 2-3, and Grades 4-5). And don't forget Lower School librarian Ann D'Innocenzo's "Postcards to the Library" summer reading program, in which students submit a postcard throughout the summer for every book they read. See the summer reading list links for more details.
In addition to any required reading, we ask that all students explore other books that are simply of interest to them. We also encourage Pingry parents to join their children in reading and talking about many of the books on these lists. Our hope is that you will read far beyond the list, enjoying the freedom of the summer to read as much as you like.
Letter to Upper School families about summer reading
Upper, Middle, and Lower School Summer Reading Lists
Have a wonderful summer, and happy reading!
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