At CRMS, we believe the act of reading is fundamental to becoming an intellectually, emotionally, and socially mature individual. Aside from being a requisite skill for accessing technical and factual knowledge, reading is more than merely digesting data; reading remains the most vital manner of accessing the tremendous wealth of knowledge—nearly 3,500 years’ worth—contained in the history of the written word. While visual media continues to grow, it's important to recognize that reading invites us into the myriad stories, fables, myths, and narratives that shape cultures and philosophies around the world. Through reading, we’re able to access worldviews and value systems that are foreign to us, and in doing so we strengthen our ability to understand and empathize with a multitude of peoples. As such, our summer reading strives to introduce students to interesting and entertaining stories that support literacy development and also foster an appreciation for the act of reading. While academic reading is an important skill to develop, we also want our students to see recreational reading as a vehicle for self-exploration, pleasure, and growth.
All students will read a “Grade Read” and complete an assignment. These books were selected by the English and history faculty and will be discussed in humanities classes during the first few weeks of school in the fall. In addition to this expectation, students will write a 5-paragraph, in-class essay about their read. Click on your grade level and course below for more information about your summer assignment.
NEW STUDENTS: This assignment is due in writing by Monday, August 15th at 5:00 p.m. MDT.
RETURNING STUDENTS: This assignment is due in writing by Sunday, August 28th at 5:00 p.m. MDT.
We also strongly encourage students to choose something that interests them from the supplemental reading list, which includes recommendations from the CRMS English faculty, academic dean, and head of school. Enjoy!
Incoming AP US History (APUSH), AP Environmental Science (APES), and AP Calculus students will have additional required summer work which can be found below or will be sent via email.