MS - We Read Big Literacy Initiative


As we look to the future for Southbridge Public Schools, we aim to have all students receive a world class education. As one means to that end, we are implementing a literacy initiative in the middle school, We Read Big. Research suggests that increasing reading frequency results in students’ ability to better interpret literature. Therefore, the more we read and talk about reading, then big changes will occur in our schools and in our students’ futures. These changes include an increase in state test scores (necessary for high school graduation) and communicative skills that will make our students more competitive in the global market.

Students will be asked to read a minimum of 20 mins. a day with the occasional Stop, Drop and Read being instituted throughout the building at different intervals. To help students with this goal, we purchased over 1200 lbs. of books from Scholastic Education that will be distributed throughout ELA classrooms at the end of the week. This carefully and expertly curated collection of titles contains 500 plus books of diverse authors, genres, and subjects for each ELA classroom. The diversity and volume of this collection will ensure every student can find something that will interest him or her. In addition to the installation of these classroom libraries, teachers, administrators, and other building personnel are being asked to share their favorite books with their students. Doorway posters will be provided

highlighting each staff member’s favorite book as an aid to foster passionate conversations around reading.

Having meaningful discussions around books reinforces the communal nature of reading — that it is something that we ALL do.

Southbridge High School

132 Torrey Road

tel: 508-764-5450 fax: 774-318-1687

Eastford Road School

120 Eastford Road

tel: 508-764-5460 fax: 508-764-5495

Southbridge Public Schools

Central Office

132 Torrey Road

Southbridge, MA 01550


Southbridge Middle School

132 Torrey Road

tel: 508-764-5450 fax: 774-318-1684

West Street Elementary School

156 West Street

tel: 508-764-5470 fax: 508-764-5493

Southbridge Academy

25 Cole Avenue

tel: 508-764-5415 ext. 405

Charlton Street Elementary School

220 Charlton Street

tel: 508-764-5475 fax: 508-764-5491

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Title IX Compliance Officer - Dr. Margo Ferrick, 132 Torrey Road, (508) 764-5415 ext. 416

Section 504 Compliance Officer - Karen Giangregorio, 25 Cole Avenue, (508) 764-5414 ext. 418