Great news! Your student is expected to read this summer because reading over the summer prevents the "summer slide" or a drastic loss in reading skill. See below for FAQs about this year's program:
All students entering middle or high school are required to read one novel this summer from their grade-level or course list* and complete one activity (*high school students only).
Where can I find the books?
- Heatherwood Middle School Library has at least twenty copies of each title that will be available before school is out and during summer library hours (listed on the middle school brochure)
- Jackson High School Library has multiple copies of each high school summer reading title. Please see the Jackson High School brochure to find out summer library hours
- Mill Creek Library has extra copies of all of the Everett Public Schools summer reading titles
- Students can download titles onto a device for free through Mill Creek Library (using Overdrive)
- Students can purchase all the summer reading titles at our local bookstore: University of Washington Bookstore-Mill Creek
- Students can purchase titles through any local or online retailer in print or electronically
What are the books about? How will I know which one to choose?
- Mrs. Herber has read every title and will visit every middle school Block or English class during the month of May to “booktalk” every title and talk about the summer reading assignment specific to the class.
I’m entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade next year. What am I required to do? See "Summer Reading Guidelines" on the back of the Middle School brochure
- Incoming 6th grade students are required to read Wonder by R.J. Palacio and complete one activity (a-f)
- Incoming 7th grade students, who are entering 7th Grade Block, read one book from the 7th grade reading list, and complete one activity (a-f)
- Incoming 7th grade students, who are entering 7th Grade Honors Block, read one book from the 8th grade reading list, and complete one activity (a-f)
- Incoming 8th grade students, who are entering 8th Grade Block, read one book from the 8th grade reading list, and complete one activity (a-f)
- Incoming 8th grade students, who are entering English I, read one book from the English I reading list in the High School brochure, and complete one activity (a-f). You are meeting the "English I" requirements, NOT the "English I Honors" requirements--English I Honors is not offered at the middle school level
I’m entering high school next year. What am I required to do?
- All high school students are required to complete one activity (a-f) after they read one required book from their course level list. To look at the directions, select “Summer Reading Books & Directions” from the menu on the library home page. Select “High School Summer Reading Brochure” to read about each activity option.
- Incoming 9th grade students who are entering English I, read one book from the "English I" reading list or review the "English I Honors" requirements. Complete one activity for each required book (a-f)
- Incoming 9th grade students who are entering English II, read one book from the "English II" reading list or review the "English II Honors" requirements. Complete one activity for each required book (a-f)
When do I turn in my summer reading assignments?
- Turn in your summer reading assignments and brochure to your Block or English teacher by Friday, September 15, 2017. Your teacher will decide how to assess the assignment.
How do I qualify for “Summer Reading Incentives”?
- Most students will read more than one book this summer. For each additional book read, complete one activity of your choice. Students may choose to try different activities or complete the same activity for each additional book. There are incentives for students who read two, three, or more than three books. Make sure each activity is clearly labeled with the title of each additional book. Students should turn all of the activities in to their Block/English teacher by Friday, September 15, 2017. Please refer to the middle or high school brochure for more detailed information.
I'm entering an Honors English class in High School. Am I required to read more than one required book?
- Yes. See details in the Jackson High School Summer Reading brochure. Find the course you will enter in the fall, for example, "English I Honors" and follow the directions.
I have other questions. Who do I ask?
- Please contact Mrs. Herber, Heatherwood’s Teacher-Librarian: