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Summer reading

View our various reading lists

Between books to enjoy over the summer to some of the classics, we’ve put together a few different lists for students to stay engaged during the off months and after school. Some of these may be required as assignments with the goal to provide a basis of knowledge for discussion as we compare author’s styles, techniques, and connect to the plot of books read in class.

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Assignments for the start of school

Summer Reading & i-Ready Math for Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

6th Grade

Summer Reading Assignment

For the summer students will read one novel that will be used throughout the 6th grade year in the English and Literature subject areas with an assignment to complete before the first day of school.

View Summer Reading Assignment6th Grade Summer Math Assignment

7th Grade

Summer Reading Assignment

For this assignment students will read one novel that will correspond to the curriculum taught in the English and Literature for 7th Grade and are asked to write two typed responses to bring to class.

View Summer Reading Assignment7th Grade Summer Math Assignment

8th Grade

Summer Reading Assignment

This summer, we are assigning all incoming 8th graders to read one book and create several chapter summaries.

View Summer Reading Assignment8th Grade Summer Math Assignment

Join Us the Month of June

Summer Program

June 3rd – June 27th

Program objective: to provide a safe, meaningful experience for a variety of ages. Incorporate structured activities, with play, crafts, games, reading, writing, math, science and history.

Offered for the currently enrolled or newly enrolled incoming
Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade J. E. Cosgriff students.

Students must be potty-trained

Half Day and Full Day Options

Choose Between

Half Day Options

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

Half day weekly fee – $180


Full Day Option

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Full day weekly fee – $310

Full day participants bring their own lunch


Choose one to four weeks

Week One: Monday, June 3rd – Thursday, June 6th

Week Two: Monday, June 10th – Thursday, June 13th   

Week Three: Monday, June 17th – Thursday, June 20th

Week Four: Monday, June 24th – Thursday, June 27th


Each week will have indoor and outdoor activities structured around a theme. 

Weekly Themes Click Here

Daily Schedule Click Here

Summer program coordinator:
Sarah Stalder
925 – 255 – 6864

Summer Program Registration

Cosgriff Classics

Classical Reading Lists

Even though summer vacation means it is time to relax, we’d love to hear that students continued to read every day. Whether it’s a novel, magazine, interesting news topics, short stories, non-fiction or poetry we believe reading helps to become the best writer a student can be. Here’s a couple lists put together divided up by reading ability levels.

If you’re looking for additional reading, check out New York City Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books below. If you need more information or have any questions please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist or point you in the right direction.

Third – fifth GradeSixth – Eighth GradeNew York City Library List