Summer Reading for Secondary Students
In an effort to keep students engaged with learning over the summer, the West Valley School District has implemented Summer Reading for Secondary Students.
For 2016 Summer Reading, the Middle School Library is open Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and the Junior High Library is open Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts include the following standard: “Students will read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.”
Research from the Northwest Evaluation Association has shown that, for many students, there is a dip in student reading skills over the summer months. Many students will score lower in the fall on the same assessment they took in the spring.
In West Valley, our Summer Reading Initiative has been implemented to address the loss of reading comprehension skills over the summer.
Ideally, students will read many books over the summer. We encourage family members to have their child read 20 minutes per day for at least 20 days every month of the year.
For the Summer Reading Initiative, students are accountable for reading one book. The teacher-librarian at each school is available to assist students to choose a book with the appropriate reading level.
Of course, students are encouraged to read more than one book over the summer but they will be held accountable in August for reading one summer reading book.
When students return to school in August, they will be held accountable for reading their book by receiving a score in their Language Arts or Humanities class.
The Summer Reading Initiative helps to keep students to stay engaged in learning during the summer. The Summer Reading Initiative helps to create a culture of high expectations for students in West Valley. Reading is an essential skill for success.