We are pleased to continue with the district summer reading expectations for students entering grades nine through twelve which was introduced two years ago. This year, the list of recommended reading selections was greatly expanded to account for a broader range of student choices that are representative of multiple genres and cover topics of current interest to high school students. Additionally, the related summer reading assignments were restructured. Students will be expected to present a “book talk” to a group of their peers some time during the first several weeks of the school year. Upon their return, all students will complete an in-class timed writing assignment based on the book that they did not select for their book talk. While all students must read at least two books, we are hopeful that the expanded lists will encourage students to read more and look forward to the luxury of time that summer will provide and allow them to experience the joy of reading books they will love.