"Educating Productive Citizens"

The mission of  the Coffee County School System is  to provide its students with the skills necessary to become well-rounded, productive citizens.  To ensure this, the system will provide a challenging curriculum presented by a dedicated staff in a safe, clean, and stimulating environment.

Therefore, we feel the responsibility for educating young minds must be shared among parents, educators, and the student himself.  The learner will benefit when there is a clear understanding of each participant’s role in the educational process.  But, the learner will suffer if any person fails to take that responsibility seriously.




School Begins Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Coffee County!

For Information on Start of School Events Click on Your School 










Thursday, August 6, 8:00 a.m.

Administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, media specialists, aides, and nurses will report to the Central Office in Elba for Teacher Institute.

CNP staff, secretaries, bookkeepers and custodians will report to their respective schools.

Friday, August 7, 8:30 a.m.

Bus Drivers will report to the Central Office in Elba.







Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

All students enrolled in grades 7-12 for the 2015-16 school year are required to read at least one book over the summer.  Students enrolled in the Honors track in grades 11-12 are required to read at least two books.  A list of books for students to choose from is attached.  Students are expected to choose books from the grade level they will be entering in August 2015.  Students will be tested on the book(s) read during the first week of school in August.  The tests will be averaged in the first nine weeks English grades.

Information about the summer reading program for students is included in this packet. 

Parents are encouraged to review this packet thoroughly with their children, research the books on the list, and help the child choose an appropriate book (based on content and difficulty).  The reading levels of the books vary and the content of some may require parental discretion for some parents and students.

Also, please remember that summer reading is a requirement for all students in grades 7-12 enrolled in the Coffee County School System.  All readings must be successfully completed by the due dates.

After reviewing the enclosed information, please contact the school with any questions you may have.  We appreciate your support of our summer reading program.  Have a great summer! 

This document will be located on the Coffee County Board of Education website at





What is the purpose of the Summer Reading Program?

The Coffee County Schools Summer Reading Program is designed to promote year-round learning and the reinforcement of reading skills.  Reading over the summer break exposes students to the classic novels and helps students exercise reading comprehension skills.  Summer reading enables the student to maintain or improve his or her reading ability before entering the next grade level.  The program is also designed to better prepare students for entrance into college, as well as improve scores on standardized tests such as: the ACT, ACT Aspire, Explore, Plan and WorkKeys.

What do I do?

Select a book(s) from the list enclosed.  Contact your English teacher if you have any questions about the assignment.

How do I obtain a book?

Students are responsible for obtaining their own summer reading books.  Many books can be ordered or purchased “used” through and local book stores such as Books-a-Million or Barnes & Noble.  Some of the books are available for download on e-readers, such as the Nook and Kindle Fire.  Students are also encouraged to utilize their local libraries.

Originality and Plagiarism

Students will complete their own work.  Students who rely on someone else’s work or ideas as their own risk failure of the assignment(s) and disciplinary action. 

Due Date:  Books must be read by August 12, 2015

Note:  The Coffee County Summer Reading Program is based on information from teachers at Kinston High School, New Brockton High School and Zion Chapel High School. 







Seventh Grade


Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit

The Devil’s Arithmetic - Jane Yolen

Holes - Louis Sachar

Pictures of Hollis Woods - Patricia Reilly Giff

The Forbidden Schoolhouse - Suzanne Jurmain

Becoming Joe Dimaggio - Maria Testa

Ancient Voices - Kate Hovey

The Underdogs - Mike Lupica

Shakespeare Stealer – Gary Blackwood

Clemente’s Dream – Jefferson Spurlock


Eighth Grade


Missing May - Cynthia Rylant

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

So Yesterday - Scott Westerfeld

The Watcher - James Howe

The Cay - Theodore Taylor

Red Badge Of Courage - Stephen Crane

A Soldier’s Heart - Gary Paulsen

The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

Fever 1793- Laurie Halse Anderson


Ninth Grade


If I Stay – Gayle Foreman

Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain

Raven’s Gate – Anthony Horowitz

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

Stealing Home – Shawn Durkin

Eragon– Christopher Paolini

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas


Tenth Grade


The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

The Stranger – Albert Camus

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Rip Van Winkle – Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green


Eleventh Grade


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey

Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Having Our Say:  The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years – Delaney, Sarah and Elizabeth

Coming of Age in Mississippi – Ann Moody

The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brian


Twelfth Grade


Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Emma – Jane Austen

Grendel – John Gardner

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford

48 Days To the Work You Love – Dan Miller

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make – Sean Covey



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Prevention of Harassment

The Coffee County Board of Education prohibits harassment against any employee based upon race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, disability, political or religious beliefs, or social and family background. As outlined in Board Policy 3.31: Prevention of Harassment, employees, whether victim of or witnesses to sexually offensive language or action, shall report such offensive language or action to the individual or individuals designated in the policy. Additionally, employees may report to any supervisor, if they so choose. However, notice to any supervisor does not relieve the employee from reporting to the individual or individuals designated in the Board’s sexual harassment policy.  Please select the following link to view Board Policy 3.31:  Prevention of Harassment