Office of Curriculum and Instruction

121 Fairview Ave.

Verona, NJ 07044

973-571-2029 Ext. 7522

Verona Public Schools

If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

~Maya Angelou


Dear Parents/Guardians:


It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction. This loss of instruction is often referred to as the “summer slide.” Summer breaks are especially devastating to the reading instruction of students. The English and Social Studies Departments at Verona High School are dedicated to helping students avoid this slide.


Students entering grades 9-12 in September of 2017 will be required to read ONE book from a list of approved books for their English/Social Studies Summer Reading Assignment (non-AP classes only). The book choices are divided into two lists.  One list is for students entering 9th or 10th grade. The other list is for students entering 11th or 12th grade.  If you have questions regarding your specific requirements for summer assignments based on your course, please click on "Summer Reading Requirements" above.


You may access the list of book choices by clicking on the above "Summer Reading Picks" tab and selecting the appropriate grade span. Students enrolled in AP level classes are required to complete separate assignments. AP related work may be accessed via the high school webpage and our "Summer AP Assignments" page.


Once students have selected the summer reading choice, please click on the tab "What are you Reading?" in our summer reading website, and complete the form.


Please note students will be expected to complete a bookmark in order to track their ideas and analysis of their reading selection. Bookmarks will provide reading and analysis instructions based on various reading approaches. Students may choose from the following approaches when reading their summer books: textual, social, topical, cultural. Each approach contains guiding questions for discussions and notes. Students will be expected to use these questions to formulate notes. Notes may be written on post-its and placed with the section of the book that they are reflecting on. These post-it notes will serve as the summer reading assignment and will be assessed by teachers at the beginning of the school year. Additionally, these notes will be used to guide discussions as part of our "book talks" in the fall. A copy of the bookmarks will be provided to students and are also available on our summer reading website under “Reading Bookmarks”.


All books chosen for the English/Social Studies Summer Reading Assignments have been approved by the Verona School Board and are directly aligned to our district curriculum. A limited number of copies of the approved summer reading books will be available in the Reference section at the Verona Public Library.


Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and support with our summer reading program.  If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me via email: sbangia@veronaschools.org  


Enjoy the summer!


Warm regards,

Dr. Sumit Bangia
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