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It's Important to Read During Vacation

Reading is a skill that needs to be practiced just like any sport or musical instrument.  We encourage students to read a little bit everyday over the vacation.  Research shows that students who read over the summer maintain or improve their reading achievements from the school year.  Most students who do not read during the summer show a loss in their reading achievement from the previous year.  


What the Research Says


Below are two findings from studies used by the California Library Association:

  • Research done by Harvard professor Jimmy Kim states: "Similar to prior research on summer learning… I found that the volume of summer book reading was positively related to fall reading achievement independent of prior reading and writing skills and student background characteristics…. The benefits of reading books during summer vacation were also consistent for all ethnic groups. In particular, reading four to five books had significantly larger effects than reading three or fewer books." (2004) 1
  • In another study done by Barbara Heyns, it confirmed that children who read at least six books during the summer maintain or improve their reading skills, while children who didn’t read any books saw their reading skills decline by as much as one grade level. 2

To support our students in this area, if you are returning to CDs next year, we would like to ecourage you or your student ot check books out for the summer.  The policy is as follows:

  • Prep-2nd grade must come in with their parents and can check out a maximum of 10 books.
  • 3-5th grade can turn in a parent signed permission slip/note and check out a maximum of 5 books
  • 6th -12th grade & parents can check out a maximum of 10 books.

All summer check out books are due Friday, August 23rd, the Friday the week classes start.  If any book is lost or damaged, the person responsible will be charged the cost of the book.  Students will not be able to check out during the school year until all books are accounted for.

Summer check out is June 10th-13th.

1) Kim, Jimmy (2004) 'Summer Reading and the EthnicAchievement Gap', Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 9:2, 169-188

2) Barbara Heyns, Summer Learning and the Effects of Schooling (New York, NY:  Academic Press, 1978).

And our names are...



Lawnmower Blenny is named Bubbles



Sugar & Spice                                            
Fire Goby are named Sugar and Spice         

 The Sleeper Goldenhead Goby is named George

Our soon to come clownfish are Nemo & Dory
The clownfish will be named Nemo and Dory

Thank you to all who took the time to vote!!

MS Reader Leaders


This year in the Library, the school wide theme was "World Readers, World Leaders" encouraging students to read in preparation to be leaders in making the world a better place.  One way to show that leadership is recognizing those who took on the challenge of the 30 Book Challenge.

At the beginning of the school year, the students were introduced to the challenge to read 30 books by May 31st.  However, not just any 30 books, but genre specific books. This year the students were challenged to read:

Fiction - 2 Fantasy, 2 Realistic Fiction, 2 Traditional Literature, 2 Historical Fiction, 1 SciFi, 1 Classic, 1 Mystery, 6 Free Choice

NonFiction - 2 Biography, 2 Informational, 3 Free Choice

Miscellaneous - 1 Graphic Novel, 1 Poetry, 1 Audiobook, 1 Caldecott Award winner, 1 Newbery Award winner, 1 Coretta Scott King Award winner

Total = 30 books!

I'm proud to announce that this year there were 19 students that finished the challenge:

Grade 5 - 8 students

Grade 6 - 7 students

Grade 7 - 4 students

The grade 5 students were celebrated last week at the ES Biblioawards.  The 6th & 7th graders will be celebrated this week at the MS Sports Assembly and be taken to the Book & Toy Company on Wednesday.  Permission slips will be handed out for the trip on Monday.