In an article titled “Slowing the Summer Slide”, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development noted that “elementary students’ performance falls by about a month during the summer…Most disturbing, it appears that summer learning loss is cumulative.” This means that students who do not spend time reading and thinking in the summer can return to school having lost skills developed during the previous year. Over time, the amount of information lost increases (http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec11/vol69/num04/Slowing-the-Summer-Slide.aspx). According to researcher Richard Allington, the best thing students can do to prevent the summer slide is to continue reading throughout July and August.
To prevent the “summer slide”, students who attend the Ewing Township Public Schools are challenged to read, write, and think each summer. This year, summer reading letters and logs were sent home with students during the week of June 11th. Happy Reading!
Summer Reading for Students Entering 1st - 5th GradesAntheil, Lore and Parkway Elementary Schools
Do you remember when your principal celebrated your summer reading accomplishment with his or her crazy stunt? Principal Harris, Principal Whitner, and new Lore Principal Kawalek will do just about anything to keep students reading in the summer, so start reading and prepare for the craziness!Last year, every school easily exceeded its reading goal. In fact, students entering grades 1-8 read more than 550,000 pages! Can that happen again? If every student in your school reads the number of pages specified below between the end of this school year and the start of school in September, your principal will AGAIN choose something wild and crazy to do to celebrate your accomplishment.
* Entering 1st Grade
* Entering 2nd Grade
Entering 3rd Grade
Entering 4th Grade
Entering 5th Grade
June 21st –
100 pages *
150 pages *
200 pages* Students entering grades 1 and 2 can choose to read independently or can enjoy listening to a book being read aloud.
Students Entering Grades 1 and 2 - Summer Reading 2018
- The books chosen by students in grades 1 and 2 can be read independently or can be read with someone else. The goal is to read...read...read, so reading together counts! You can even read books in another language!
- Also for students entering grades 1 and 2, websites such as Storyline Online (www.storylineonline.net) and Raz-Kids "count" as reading.
- The books you choose to read can be from those you have at home (but have never read before), books that you purchase, or books borrowed from the Ewing Township Public Library on Scotch Road. Mrs. Kawalek also has books that can be borrowed; her contact information is included in the Summer Reading Letter below.
Students Entering Grades 3, 4 and 5 - Summer Reading 2018
- Students choose their own books. Whenever possible, the book should be one that he/she can read independently. To make sure the book is “just right”, open it to a page in the middle and begin reading. If he/she makes too many mistakes (2 or 3 mistakes for shorter books, 3 or 4 mistakes for longer books), he/she needs to select a different book. That many errors may make it difficult to understand the book.
- The book must be one the student has never read before.
- The book can be one you have at home (but haven’t ever read before), one that you purchase, or one borrowed from the Ewing Township Public Library on Scotch Road. Mrs. Kawalek also has books in her office at Lore Elementary School which she is happy to lend to students; her contact information is included in the Summer Reading Letter below.
Summer Reading Log
- Students will record the pages read and provide brief reflections using the Summer Reading Log below.
- The Reading Log must be brought to school on the first day.
- For your principal to do something wild and crazy, your school needs to read a certain number of pages.
- Parkway School is the smallest elementary school in the district, so Parkway students need to read at least 45,000 pages.
- Students who attend Lore School need to read 61,000 pages.
- Antheil School is the largest elementary school, so Antheil students need to read at least 70,000 pages.
For a copy of the Summer Reading Letter and Log for students entering grades 1 and 2, CLICK HERE.For a copy of the Summer Reading Letter and Log for students entering grades 3 - 5, CLICK HERE.Fisher Middle SchoolStudents Entering 6th - 8th Grades
How would you like to see Dr. Hanna, Assistant Principal Dwyer, or Assistant Principal Sheplock perform some WILD AND CRAZY stunts? What about Mrs. Freeman or one of Fisher's guidance counselor? This madness can be yours! All you have to do is…READ!If every student in your grade reads the number of pages specified below between the end of this school year and the start of school in September, your principals, dean, and counselors will gladly participate in a WILD AND CRAZY school event; the student in each grade who reads the most pages will be given the opportunity to participate in the madness! What an incentive!
Entering 6th Grade
Entering 7th Grade
Entering 8th Grade
June 22nd -
300 pages** Students entering 7th or 8th grade Humanities must read an additional 50 pages.
Summer Reading 2018
Students choose their own book(s), but they cannot choose books they’ve already read.
The self-selected book(s) must be read independently. To make sure the book is “just right,” open it to a page in the middle and begin reading. If you don’t know or misunderstand 3-4 words on one page, you need to select a different book; that many errors may make it difficult to comprehend.
The book can be one you have at home (but haven’t ever read before), one that you purchase, or one borrowed from the Ewing Township Public Library on Scotch Road. English Supervisor Kelly Kawalek also has books in her office at Lore Elementary School; her contact information is provided in the Summer Reading Letter below.
Summer Reading Log
Students will record the pages read and will provide brief reflections using the Summer Reading Log, which can be downloaded below.
The completed Reading Log must be brought to school on the first day and will count as the first homework grade for English Language Arts or Humanities class.
For your principals, dean, and counselors to be WILD AND CRAZY, your grade level needs to read the number of pages specified below. These page totals were calculated based upon the number of students in each grade.
Students entering 6th grade must collectively read 50,000 pages.
Students entering 7th grade must read 60,000 pages.
Students entering 8th grade, the grade with the most students at FMS, must collectively read 65,000 pages.
Ewing High SchoolStudents Entering 9th - 12th GradesEach student enrolled in an honors level or Advanced Placement (AP) English class is required to read selected titles and complete a summer reading assignment, which is due to his or her English teacher on the first day of school. Summer Reading meetings were held during the week of June 11th, and all students pre-registered for Honors English were given the summer reading assignment. Students who were unable to attend the mandatory meeting received a copy of the assignment in homeroom. Summer reading assignments can be downloaded below. Any student who needs to borrow a book can contact the EHS Guidance Office at 609-538-9800, ext. 2111.Students enrolled in all other English courses received a recommended summer reading list on June 11th. The Ewing High School recommended summer reading letter and list can be downloaded below.For additional information related to Summer Reading 2018, you can contact the district English Language Arts supervisor, Kelly Kawalek, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 609-538-9800, ext. 6156.