We are a Reading School
Cathedral has several reading initiatives to promote and encourage lifelong reading and learning.
Books & Bagels - a casual, once-a-month club that meets during Flex to enjoy bagels, talk about good books, and enjoy fellowship with students and staff. October's selection was We Are WItnesses by Jacob Boas, chosen by Sally Bradshaw.
Battle of the Books is a reading team that meets throughout the year to read & discuss top YA titles, culminating in a county-wide competition among local high school teams. The event takes place at Central Library downtown in April. The titles for this year's competition are: The Hate You GIve by Angie Thomas, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, One of Us is Lying by Karen McMannis, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater.
5 by 5/5 kicks off January 5 each year to encourage staff & students to read 5 books by May 5. Participants sign a contract, and report on their books as they finish each one. Those who complete their contracts are treated to a catered lunch with prizes and fellowship with reading peers.
The Breaks! Fac/Staff book club meets shortly after each school break, allowing staff to use their time off to catch up on reading. Fall Break is for Fiction, Christmas Break is for Classics, and Spring Break is for Non-fiction. This Fall Break we read The Year We Left Home, Indiana Humanities' choice for their One State/One Story title.
Title Tags -- to foment conversation and promote reading, students & staff are encouraged to visit the library for a Title Tag - a picture of the book they are currently reading, to attach to their lanyard/ID. Several teachers allow for Sustained Silent Reading time in their classrooms, and they request Title Tags for all their students.