Summer is an ideal time to rest, reflect — and read.
On both campuses, the OVS faculty have developed comprehensive summer reading lists for students across the grade levels. Students entering grades 3-12 have required summer reading and younger students in grades PK-2 have recommended books to explore.
“Vacation is the perfect time for reinforcing the joy of reading, and summer reading can be a wonderful family pursuit,” said librarian Carol Hall-Mounsey, writing on behalf of the Library and Literacy Committee at Lower Campus. “While we certainly expect children to enjoy themselves and relax during the summer months, it is also imperative that they keep their minds engaged and active in order to retain the skills developed during the school year.”
This summer reading lists include classics, such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm for 8th graders and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for 10th graders, as well as modern titles including this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead for 11th graders.
All high school students at the Upper Camus must also choose from a list of books that explore themes surrounding social injustice and discrimination. The list comes directly from a reading list assigned earlier this year by a Virginia judge who, during the disposition of a juvenile hate crime case, required that instead of serving a sentence, the teens in her courtroom read books that address “some of history’s most divisive and tragic periods.” The list includes modern fiction as well as powerful literary classics.
Most Advanced Placement students have assignments over the summer as well. AP Biology students are required to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and complete other work, while AP Calculus students have a long list of math problems to tackle before classes begin in September.
To see the full summer reading lists for the Upper and Lower campuses, visit www.ovs.org/parent-resources.