Norwood Public Schools believes strongly in our summer reading program. By setting high expectations for summer reading, we are supporting our school system’s district-wide literacy initiative and our efforts to improve our students’ performance on the MCAS, PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, and other tests of achievement and aptitude. Also, the 2011 Common Core State Standards require that all students be able to read and understand informational text of increasing complexity so that all students are career and college ready.
Parents, siblings, relatives play an even more critical role for those students who may not be strong independent readers yet. These students will need your help. If your child has learning differences or challenges, please know that most of the books on our summer reading list are available in audio and visual formats digitally as well as in print. Use your free town public library (Morrill Memorial) to help you find book formats that will work best for your student; it is a great resource and has a great summer reading program! You can contact the Morrill Library at www.norwoodlibrary.org or by calling 781-769-0200.
At each grade level the English/Language Arts Department has developed information and grade level specific reading and writing assignments with a variety of options. They have worked hard to pick books that your child can enjoy. Please take the time to read and understand the summer reading requirements and assignments for your child’s September grade level, found on the accompanying web pages in the navigation bar to the left and on your school’s website, so you can assist your son or daughter in completing this important requirement.
Lastly, and most importantly, this is only a minimum requirement. We strongly encourage all students to read more,as much as possible, this summer than what is required of them. We hope they will pick books on topics they are interested in and will enjoy. Use a dictionary frequently: vocabulary is power. Have fun as a family learning and using new words together. If you want your child to succeed, make sure he/she reads a lot this summer, and beyond.