West Springfield High School Summer Reading (2016)
Q: What can teachers, parents, and educators do to instill a love of language in young people so that they appreciate the power of the word in a culture that is increasingly dominated by the visual?
A: Hand them a book, that's all. (from an interview with Ray Bradbury, 2003)

There is no single way to read well, though there is a prime reason why we should read. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?
(Harold Bloom, from How to Read and Why )

Assignment Rules
 Summer reading at West Side is a decades-long tradition that reflects our commitment to books and lifelong learning.  Why? Simply put, we love books. We believe that the habit of reading is of great value, and that knowledge and wisdom are developed over a lifetime, 365 days a year. Summer reading fosters:
  • Higher Literacy: we know that students who read over the summer maintain or increase their reading skills and knowledge.
  • Healthy Mental Habits: we know that the more students repeat the habit of reading, the more likely they are to continue reading--and thinking.

    • On the pages here you will find the assignment for the grade you are entering in September. Complete your assignment according to the instructions on the assignment sheet.
    • In September, during the first week of school, all students will participate in various activities to help review reading, and create a project, or compose an essay.
    • All special assignments related to the readings are due on Day One of class.