Summer Reading Program 
Karen Appollo
Director of English and Language Arts, K-12
(631) 504-5805
Summer Activities
Reading Lists
Please refer to the following suggested reading lists for your entering grade level to find recommended titles.
7 - Mystery
8 - Science Fiction
9 - Graphic Novels
10 - Dystopian
11 - Memoirs
12 - Historical Fiction

Table of  Activities for students entering:
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
10th Grade Gateway
11th Grade
12th Grade

  June 1, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

Summer is a wonderful time for students to discover and develop individual reading interests. For this reason, The West Islip Summer Reading Program continues to offer students the opportunity to self-select at least one of two books based on their personal preferences. (Students in our upper-level courses will be asked to complete specific assignments.) Our elementary students may choose any two titles based on their own interests. While we are providing Suggested Reading Lists for grades K-2 and 3-5, students are not limited to those titles. At the middle school level, students may choose titles from specific genres assigned to their grade level. To support this choice, suggested book lists for nonfiction (grades 6-8), mystery (grade 7), and science fiction (grade 8) have been provided. Genre study is also our focus at the high school: incoming 9th grade students will read a graphic novel; incoming 10th grade students will read a dystopian novel; incoming 11th grade students will read a memoir; incoming 12th grade students will read historical fiction. It is our hope that by exposing students to different genres, they may discover something that piques their interest and motivates them to continue reading beyond the prescribed summer reading activity.

Links to all book lists and assignments are to the left. Students will receive a copy of the appropriate grade level assignment from their classroom teacher. If you have any further questions pertaining to our summer reading program, please contact me via telephone at 504-5805 or via email at .

Thank you for your continued support of our Language Arts Program. Together, I am confident that we can foster a love of reading, which is a vehicle to the future success of our students. Have a healthy and happy summer filled with family, friends, and great books!


Karen Appollo
Director of English Language Arts, K-12