As a middle school student in the West Bloomfield School District, your student is encouraged to engage in reading over the summer. Research shows that continual reading is a predictor of future academic success. Just 10-20 minutes a day of reading can make the difference between improving reading skills and falling behind. In order to promote daily reading, students are encouraged to participate in a summer library reading program. The kick-off for the Summer Reading Program at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library is Saturday, June 15. This reading program offers many incentives and prizes for reading for the whole family. Although there is no required assignment, students can earn an Independent Reading Credit for the 2019-2020 RAP program by reading 1 novel and completing a One Page Reader’s Response/Book Review activity. To receive credit, students need to hand in this activity to their language arts teacher sometime during the first week of school in September.
Since choice and self-selection are considered a better motivator for reading, students are allowed to choose what they read this summer. The list below offers some suggested books that are recommended for middle school students. The WBTPL will have copies of these books available for checkout. Students are encouraged to choose books that are within their Lexile range; however, a Lexile score is not the only indicator when choosing a book. Lexile levels are merely a suggestion of the level of vocabulary and difficulty of the text. Interest in the novel topic can play a significant part in a student’s success with a book. Also, if you are willing to read the text with your student or listen to an audio version of the book, the Lexile level may not be an issue.
If students continue to flex their mental math muscles over the summer, it will have a positive impact on how much math material they retain. Studies support the painful truth that students lose about two months of math ability over the summer months.
Each packet provides a set of review problems on a select number of math concepts and an answer key to check for understanding. There are 10 weeks of summer, so plan on 10-15 minutes of work per week for your student.
For parent support, you can go to www.cpm.org. This is the website for College Preparatory Mathematics, our middle school math instructional materials. Once at the website, select “Parent Guides,” select “Core Connections, Courses 1-3,” and then select the course number. Course 3 is 8th grade. Course 2 is 7th grade. Course 1 is 6th grade.
These packets are not required but are strongly recommended to support your students as they transition into the next grade level. Thank you for supporting your student this summer. We look forward to seeing you next year.