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Upper School Read

Upper School Read 2010


2010: Longitude Day

Our inaugural Upper School Read was an experiment that proved to be quite a success. Students spent the day exploring the thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century: how to determine longitude.

Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. We just knew that this engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, would provide a great opportunity for intellectual engagement and collaboration.

What is the Upper School Read?

All faculty and students grades 9-12 share the common intellectual experience of reading over the summer to prepare for an engaging day during the first weeks of the new academic year. We explore the background, themes, genre, etc. through interactive sessions planned by teachers and students. Spending the day together in mixed grade levels encourages community and builds knowledge while strengthening Severn’s mission of fostering scholarship in a community where adults model these qualities. 

Contact Ms. Carrington, Director of Library Services, if you are interested in learning more.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146