2023 Rising Grades 5–8 Summer Learning

Required Summer Reading

A Long Walk to Water (Based on a true story)

Please read this disclaimer about the middle division summer reading.

Salva was one of some 3,800 Sudanese “Lost Boys” airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid 1990s. Relocated to upstate New York, Salva resourcefully learns English and continues on to college. Eventually he returns to his home region in southern Sudan to establish a foundation that installs deep-water wells in remote villages in dire need of clean water. This poignant story of Salva’s life is told side-by-side with the story of Nya, a young girl who lives today in one of those villages.

Meet the Author

Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard and the NYTimes bestseller A Long Walk to Water. Her most recent title is The One Thing You’d Save, a collection of linked poems.

Summer Reading Log

Read 20 minutes a day

Summer Spanish

Returning Students Grades 6–8 Required Spanish

Students will be given a copy of their chosen novel before the end of school. If students need a replacement copy of their chosen book or if they would like additional titles, they may be ordered from www.fluencymatters.com.

At the end of each chapter, students should write a three-sentence summary of the chapter on a sticky note (in English or Spanish). Students should not write in the books. Students will bring their books back to school in the fall. They will complete a project based on their reading in the first weeks of Spanish class.

Please contact:
Señora Kathryn Haggquist at khaggquist@stevensonschool.org with questions.

New (to Stevenson) Grades 5–8 Students Required Spanish

New students should complete Spanish summer work using Duolingo. From a laptop or desktop computer, click the button below to establish an account and join the 2023 New Student Spanish Summer Duolingo class. Students should complete at least 7 units. Each unit contains multiple lessons.

Returning Rising Grade 6 are required to read ONE of these novels:

Berto y sus buenas ideas

La perezosa impaciente

Isabela captura un congo

Returning Rising Grade 7 are required to read ONE of these novels:

Brandon Brown versus Yucatán

Carl no quiere ir a México


Returning Rising Grade 8 are required to read ONE of these novels:

Fiesta Fatal

Los niños detectives

El nuevo Houdini

Recommended Summer Math

Recommended Assignments

Stevenson will utilize an on-line format (Khan Academy*) for concise and cohesive math learning and understanding.

Students may ‌retake all problems and videos are provided for additional support.

At the end of summer, faculty will evaluate how much time was devoted to practicing each math topic and how well the students have mastered these review concepts.

* Stevenson Online Summer Skills Math practice through Khan Academy (All Accounts will require Stevenson Google credentials, ie. mbozzo27@stevensonschool.org)

Recommended Pacing

  • Month of July, no weekends
  • 15 minutes a day for 21 days:
  • 315 minutes = about 5 and half hours


Please contact Andy Graham, middle division mathematics program lead, with ‌questions (andygraham@stevensonschool.org)

Please note: All students were onboarded in their math classes for summer. New families will receive communication regarding summer onboarding no later than July 1, 2023.

Additional Resources

Help your student find the right books for their independent reading level.

Find direct links for these resources on your parent/guardian Pirate Pages in the digital version of this booklet. Contact our help desk at techsupport@stevensonschool.org for any login support.

View a list of faculty summer reading recommendations.

Guidelines for Successful Summer Reading Practice

Summer reading should be both fun and help children sustain reading skills! Follow these tips:

  • Give your child choice in the books they select.
  • Use family involvement to encourage and monitor reading.
  • Create a daily reading routine.
  • Promote a love of reading by balancing high interest books, audiobooks, and family read-alouds with books at your child’s independent reading level (the level at which the reader knows most of the words and can comprehend the text without too much difficulty).
  • Where to find books for your child’s independent reading level 
  • Reading Logs
  • The Best Books of the Year (2022 Edition)
  • Students in rising K-6 can use Lexia as an optional extension. Contact techsupport@stevensonschool.org for login help.