Summer Reading Reminders

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This year, BHS is launching a new summer reading program to promote reading for enjoyment and involve more members of our community. Last spring, students, faculty, staff, and community members had the opportunity to choose one text from a large selection of books to read over the summer. In the coming weeks, we will spend time reflecting on those books and engaging in discussions about what we read. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Students have been assigned a book and a book talk group. By the end of the day on Friday, September 6th, English teachers will confirm with students their book assignment and inform them of the location of their book talk. English teachers and homeroom teachers will also post the book talk groups and locations in their classrooms.

  2. Any students who are newly enrolled in BHS and did not receive a summer reading assignment should talk to their English teacher about their options. These students will have the choice of selecting a book from our list to read before the book talks on September 13th OR reading a provided New York Times article and participating in a discussion of that article during the book talks on September 13th. 

  3. Students need to complete their Reader Response Form and show their English teacher in English class by Wednesday, September 11th. English teachers will review this information with students in advance. 

  4. Any students who did not complete their summer reading assignments will have an opportunity to receive partial credit by participating in an alternate discussion on the day of the book talks. Students should see their English teachers for more information on this opportunity. 

  5. Book talks will take place on Friday, September 13th. BHS will follow a special bell schedule on that day. Book talks are TECH-FREE DISCUSSIONS.

  6. Students must BRING their completed Reader Response Form to their book talks. Their book talk leaders will collect the forms at that time. 

  7. Each student is expected to participate in the book talk discussion by sharing original insights and questions. 

    If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Janovitz

    (room 320) (

Shannon Janovitz