What is our Upper School Read?

Beginning in 2010, the Upper School celebrates reading by taking a break from classes to discuss a book (or books) chosen and read by all faculty and US students.
2010 Longitude Day: Longitude by Dava Sobel
2011 Beyond Hunger Games: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2012 Moore United: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore and Outcasts United by Warren St. John
2013 The Other Side of the American Dream: The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez
2014 A Twist on Tradition
2016 Fahrenheit 451

Although the format changes from year to year, for every USR we dive deeply into a new topic, weigh the relative strengths and weaknesses of the literature, and recreate activities portrayed in the books. We often invite speakers and experts from the outside to help us explore subjects in the book, and we always discover that our faculty and students have hidden talents. In recent years, workshops have been led by upperclassmen with special interests. US Read Day usually brings films, music and art into our lives. Finally, the mix of teachers and students collaborating to explore new territory together builds a great feeling of community.

"The Upper School read emerged from the US Academic Chairs group as a way to stimulate the intellectual engagement of and collaboration among the entire Upper School community. Teachers are working together, breaking down barriers between academic disciplines to model scholarship and a passion for life-long learning. We also see a great opportunity for hands-on learning." ~  Upper School Head Bea Fuller

What Makes A Good USR Book?

A book that ...
  • students want to read
  • all readers can understand
  • that touches upon Severn themes: character, conduct, scholarship or leadership
  • crosses several disciplines
  • encourages a day-long exploration of the book
  • draws in the larger Severn Community
  • is written by local author or one that we could involve electronically
  • has many layers - interesting plot with deeper meaning revealed as you study the novel
  • has a plot that moves along
  • has a main character that inspires
  • appeals to different learning styles: one that lends itself to physical and intellectual exploration.
  • allows us to have lunch based on the book
  • is available in multiple formats: paperback, audiobook and/or e-book.

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