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2017 Common Reading

This January, the Common Read Committee set up a suggestion box in the Fisher-Watkins Library. We were searching for the next all-school summer read and we wanted the input of our entire community. It was immediately apparent, based on the heartfelt submissions we received, that students and teachers were reading an incredible variety of texts. Murder mysteries, historical fiction, magical realism...It all pointed to the simple, inherent fact that each person at Cushing is unique. Therefore, this year, students and faculty have a choice.
The Common Read Committee selected four books that we believe reflect the diverse interests and backgrounds of our community: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Students and faculty will pick one of those four books to read.
The Common Read is something that connects us as Penguins, no matter where we happen to be in the world during the summer. We will return in the fall with new stories to share and more to learn about each other. Choose the book you are interested in the most. Choose what speaks to you. But above all, choose to read.

Written Response

This year, Cushing students are required to submit a written response to their book. It will be due by the second weekly advisory meeting in the fall.
The assignment is to pick a quote from the book you read and relate it to either:
  • yourself
  • to the world
  • to another text
This is a chance for students to express their own unique reaction to what they read. Their responses will be shared with their teachers and advisors in order to fuel discussion.

The response will be one page, double-spaced and in a 12pt font.

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Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.