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H&M Summer Bridge Work

Food for Thought....

IMPORTANT INFO FOR SUMMER BRIDGE WORK FOR ALL GRADES 9-12!!

Please check all folders on the H&M page for summer work instructions.

All grade levels are required to complete an English summer assignment.

 

**Depending on the science or math course you will be taking in the fall, there may or may not be a summer assignment.

 

9th grade- there are English, science and math assignments due in the fall

 

PLEASE NOTE:  IN THE 8TH GRADE WELCOME NIGHT IN MAY, THE FOLDER CONTAINING THE SUMMER ASSIGNMENT FOR MATH (SPECIFICALLY GEOMETRY)  HAD A CODE ERROR.  FOR GEOMETRY, PLEASE BE SURE TO USE THE CODE 49RSCB.

 

10th and 11th grades- there is an English assignment, science and math dependent on course you are taking in the fall

 

12th grade- there is an English assignment

 

 

**Please note:  If you are taking an AP English class, you are exempt from the H&M summer assignment.  All AP English classes have their own summer work and you will be required to complete those assignments for the start of the school year.  You are not required to complete the AP summer reading assignments + H&M summer reading.

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Mandel or Ms. Johnson.

 

Enjoy your learning!

All Summer Bridge work is located in grade level folders in the H&M "locker"

There are folders for each grade level so be sure to check the appropriate folders for the summer work.

Remember...the summer work is to help you be prepared for the fall.  If you have questions or need to contact an H&M teacher, the assignments have the subject teacher in the instructions.

 

If this is a general question, you may contact Selina Mandel at smandel@slzusd.org or on School Loop via Loop Mail.

 

 

Students' 'Summer Slump' A Worry for Parents, Educators

Republic columnist EJ Montini and reporter Richard Ruelas discuss the difference in summer break between the "haves" and "have nots".

Cathryn Creno , The Republic | azcentral.com     

9:13 a.m. MST June 16, 2014

Valley school districts with shorter summer breaks say less time off during the summer helps kids academically.

(Photo: photos by michael Schennum/The Republic)

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Schools that have shorter summer breaks say their students improve academically

Research shows some kids can forget a month's worth of math and reading without summer help.

Affluent parents sometimes block efforts to shorten summer break.

School kids recently said goodbye to their teachers and went home for an eight- to 10-week break from early-morning alarms, classrooms and homework, but some educators question whether the summer break is too long.

For children from middle- and higher-income homes, summer break often means time for camps, family vacation and trips to the public library — activities that can reinforce lessons learned the previous school year.

Ahwatukee Foothills student Leah Norton, who will start ninth grade at Desert Vista High School in August, said she thinks a traditional break "is perfect." She is spending the summer swimming, socializing with friends and reviewing her eighth-grade pre-algebra with a mobile-phone app.

But for low-income students, summer break can lead to something experts call the "summer slump."

"I think summer break is too long," said Luisa Cruz, whose son will attend second grade at Garcia Elementary School in southwest Phoenix in August. Finding affordable childcare is a problem, she said, and her son's grades and test scores were too high to qualify for free summer school. "I think this is something our state needs to work on."

At least one national research team found that Black and Hispanic students lose about a month's worth of math and reading knowledge during a typical summer break.

Many school districts offer summer programs to help struggling students. Others overcome the slump with shortened summer breaks.

But messing with the school calendar can cause push-back from parents. Mesa recently opted to keep its traditional calendar intact after a majority of surveyed parents said they preferred the 10-week vacation.

"It comes down to what the community wants," Mesa Associate Superintendent Bruce Cox said.

However, some experts say parents often do not realize how much their children can forget during summer break.

"It can take teachers as long as four to six weeks at the start of a new school year to help kids brush up on skills they had previously mastered," said Pearl Chang Esau, who heads Expect More Arizona, an education advocacy group.

Andrew McEachin, an assistant education professor at North Carolina State University, has been studying summer academic declines and said there is a lot of variation.

"Black and Hispanic students lose about one month of math and reading knowledge over the summer, but their White and Asian peers do not. Our data does not have measures of poverty, so we ... have to use race as a proxy."

Many school districts use summer break as a chance to help struggling students catch up.

For several Phoenix-area districts, including the Dysart Unified District in Surprise, this summer's focus is to help struggling third-grade readers who might not otherwise be promoted.

"The goal of summer school is to review skills learned and to reinforce those specific skills that students have difficulties with in the normal school year," said Adriel Grieshaber, the district's K-3 literacy coordinator.

The Balsz Elementary School District took a different approach to improve academics. Five years ago, the Phoenix district moved to a 200-day school year — 20 days longer than the typical Arizona school year — and now has a six-week summer break.

Balsz has gone from a district with two failing schools and a low state ranking to one that earned a B rating from the Arizona Department of Education last year.

"With a six-week summer, students pick up the pace at the start of the school year much more quickly," said Balsz Superintendent Jeff Smith, who leads a district where 91 percent of students qualify for federally subsidized lunches.

Mario Ventura is another advocate of shorter summers. He is the superintendent of the low-income Isaac Elementary School District, which decades ago had a year-round school calendar with short summer breaks. Ventura, who has been in his job for two years, would like to return to shorter summers. He thinks about five weeks off is ideal.

For now, his district will stick to a longer break as his educators there work on other academic initiatives, including remediation during the school day and a new curriculum he calls STEAM — for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

In addition to the academic advantages, short summers can keep low-income children healthy, he said. Kids in school tend to eat more regular meals, get more sleep and stick to regular schedules.

Abbreviated summer breaks aren't just found in districts serving students from low-income households.

The Chandler Unified District, which is an A-rated district with only 25 percent of its students qualifying for federally subsidized lunches, has had a seven-week summer break since 1997.

Riggs Elementary School Principal Jan Weyenberg has worked in the district for 29 years and recalls the improvement when Chandler schools shortened their summer breaks.

"Before, we would spend most of the first part of the year reviewing and reminding students of what they had learned," Weyenberg said. "Seven weeks off is ideal. We spend much less time reviewing."

Chandler resident Lance Brown, who has two children in Chandler's Fulton Elementary School and one at Hamilton High School, said a seven-week break also is easier on parents' pocketbooks.

"The shorter summer breaks help a great deal," he said. "The kids remember more when they go back. It also can get very expensive to pay for day care for 10 weeks. With the seven-week break, you can afford to take a vacation."

Rebecca Gau, who leads Stand for Children Arizona, an organization that advocates for the education needs of disadvantaged children, favors a modified calendar with longer breaks between semesters and a shorter summer vacation.

"A few districts and charters have done this and, after the initial shock, parents I know end up liking it," Gau said.

But affluent parents sometimes block school districts' efforts to shorten their summer breaks, said Catherine Augustine, a senior policy researcher and summer-learning-loss expert at the RAND Corp., a Santa Monica-based think tank.

Many middle-class and wealthy parents want the time off for vacations and to send their kids to sports, music or academic summer programs.

In Mesa, the largest school district in Arizona, parents, students and staff rejected a proposed calendar that would have been similar to Chandler's.

The majority, in a survey taken this spring, favored sticking with the traditional calendar with the 10-week summer break.

The district governing board voted to keep the traditional summer break and have classes end later in May and start later in August. Some families had complained that the current calendar conflicted with late-summer family reunions.

Cox said the advantage to a 10-week summer break is that it gives low-income students a chance to attend summer-school classes funded by federal Title 1 funds.

And Mesa resident Carmen Guerrero, who is a mom, school volunteer and artist, said she favors longer summer breaks.

"Ten weeks is just right," she said. "You can relax, travel and take your kids to museums to learn other things than what they are learning in school."