Park Ridge School District's Mission Statement
The Park Ridge School District is committed to the mission of educating all students to achieve the New Jersey Student Learning Standards at all grade levels. The district will nurture all students to be life long learners, ethical and responsible citizens, and independent, productive members of a global society.
Summer Reading 2017
Two titles have been selected for their relevance, reading accessibility and interest.
Incoming grade 7-8 students/faculty will be reading Rules by Cynthia Lord.
- Brief introduction to Lord's fictional novel: Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence, but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.
- Brief introduction to Robison's memoir: The author describes life growing up different in an odd family, his unusual talents, his struggle to live a "normal" life, his diagnosis at the age of forty with Asperger's syndrome, and the dramatic changes that have occurred since that diagnosis.
The book must be read by the first day of school in September. During the first week of school, students will be assessed on the reading, and the assessment will count as English grades for the first marking period.
To assist them with their reading comprehension, students are encouraged to take notes and use post-its while they read. For the first week of school students must complete at least ONE graphic organizer (see the links below).
BELS - School Library
A digital copy of both books can be borrowed through BELS using student ID.
For access, go to the BELS library catalog, sign in and search for the book.
Username: firstlastname (no spaces)
Password: last 4 digits of student ID
BCCLS- Park Ridge Public Library
Audio books of both titles can be checked out from the public library.
A digital copy of Look me in the Eye can be borrowed through BCCLS, Cloud Library, using your public library card.
PLEASE NOTE: College Prep Seniors, Honors and AP students have additional summer reading requirements (see links below)
Fundamentals of English (grades 7-12)
English 9 Honors Reading List
American Lit Honors Reading List
AP English Language & Comp Reading List
AP English Literature & Comp Reading List
English 12--Themes in World Literature