Keep kids learning
"A message from the Superintendent"
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 5:00 PM
The 2013-2014 school year has officially come to an end, but that does not signify an end to learning. We are fortunate in this age of technology to have a variety of on-line resources available at our finger tips as well as resources easily accessible through traditional venues. Four of these programs are described here.
First, the Pershing County Library is open Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. while closed on weekends and holidays. Focused activities for students can be found through participation in the Summer Reading Program on Mondays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. through July 14th with the theme of "Fizz, Boom, Read." These sessions include a learning activity, a craft project, door prizes, snacks, and incentives designed for students 2nd grade and older. Contact the library for additional information - 273-2216.
Second, a free on-line program entitled "Find a Book, Nevada" is a tool that helps students of all ability levels to find books quickly that match a child's reading level and interests. This program can be found at http://www.lexile.com/gab/nv/ and is also available in a Spanish version at http://www.lexile.com/about-lexile/el-sistema-para-leer/. Research shows that children who read through the summer months retain more of their academic skills and are better prepared to learn at the start of the school year.
The third program is another free on-line resource that is math oriented. The program is targeted to students who have just completed grades 2 through 5 and is designed to help kids retain math skills learned during the school year. To enroll your child, just visit www.quantiles.com/summer-math. Starting on Monday, June 23rd, parents can check their inbox for daily emails with fun math activities and resources. The program ends on August 1st when a certificate will be available to celebrate your child's summer accomplishment.
The fourth program, also available on-line, is the Khan Academy. This is a multi-disciplined site encompassing a wide-range of aptitudes and diverse grade levels. From math to science to the humanities, Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org) has it all. This is definitely a site well worth visiting.
By utilizing these resources students can take advantage of numerous learning opportunities to help increase their preparedness for the upcoming school year that begins on Aug. 25. Prior to this opening day of school, the district will be hosting a "Back to School" night. On Thursday, Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. parents and students - elementary, middle, and high school - will be able to meet with staff members, receive information and materials about various programs, and get some insight about the new school year. Please plan to join us for this informative event.
Dan Fox is the superintendent of Pershing County School District.