2019 Summer Reading

A summer reading program in all divisions has long been a tradition at Fort Worth Country Day. Keeping students reading over the summer and fostering a love of reading are essential goals. The School works toward these goals by choosing books with literary value that are also popular with the readers. Both the Lower School and Moncrief Libraries will be open throughout the summer on most Wednesdays, beginning on June 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The library will not be open on July 3.) Visit the 2019 Summer Reading webpage to learn more.
 
K-4 students in the Lower School enjoy blackout bingo, which is designed to encourage students to read a variety of books over the summer break. The grade-level specific bingo cards include categories of books to encourage all students—even the newest of readers—to use the library catalog or browse the shelves to find books of interest and to promote reading in different genres. Summer reading commences for Lower School students on Wednesday, May 22, with all cards being submitted by Tuesday, August 27. Students who complete the card are granted a highly coveted Out-of-Uniform Day on Friday, August 30.
 
In the Middle School, students are responsible for reading three books. Each grade level has one required book and two “choice” books. All grade levels have lists of books from which to choose for their choice books. The required books are:
 
Fifth Grade: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Sixth Grade: One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Seventh Grade: Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Eighth Grade: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff
 
Accelerated Reader (AR) tests will be taken on each book read over the summer. All AR tests are due by the end of the first week of school. Students may take the AR tests on Wednesdays when the Moncrief Library is open, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. On June 19, July 17 and August 14, the Moncrief Library will also be open from 4-6 p.m. to allow Middle School students another opportunity to check out books and take their AR tests.
 
Upper School students are required to read three books: a universal book, a student choice book and a grade-level required reading. They will participate in discussions during the school year related to the universal and student choice books. Students have already made their choice book selections, and the lists can be found on the Upper School Summer Reading website. Students will complete an English assignment on the grade-level required reading when school resumes. This year’s universal book is Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. 

Grade-level required books are:
 
Freshman: Reading packets are available from Jocelyn Cipolaro, Laura Hayes or in the Upper School Office.
Sophomore: The Essential Odyssey by Homer
Junior (Regular): Being Logical by D.Q. McInerny
AP Literature (Junior): The Bible: King James Version with the Apocrypha by David Norton
AP Language (Senior): Reading packets will be available from Daniel Lancaster or in the Upper School Office.
 
FWCD faculty and staff also participate in summer reading and will take part in a book discussion during the August in-service. Books on this year’s list have an inspirational theme. Click here for the book choices.
 
For a complete listing of books for all grades, as well as the Lower School Blackout Bingo cards and faculty/staff selections, visit the 2019 Summer Reading webpage or contact Tammy Wolford or Kim Gardner. Faculty and staff may contact Tammy Wolford with questions about the faculty/staff selections.

Happy reading!
 
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.