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But not the way you think. Summer can be a stressful time for parents, especially for parents who work and struggle to keep their kids active and engaged through the long summer days.
The research is clear - kids who aren’t active and engaged and learning new things in the summer lose two to three months of reading, writing and math skill. Every fall, teachers actually have to re-teach, for an average of four to six weeks, just to re-do the work students have already done.
While kids resist the old “summer school” model, they love modern summer learning programs, which combine the fun of day camp with the structure and purpose of learning. Parents across the state are stunned as their middle schoolers actually rise early to get to their program on time. They smile at the excited stories that they hear at the end of a busy day. And they are amazed when the school year starts again and their kids have a whole new outlook on learning.
Your school leaders need to hear why you want a summer learning program at your school site. Read more at summermatters2you.net .
PTA takes a strong stand in support of summer learning
California State PTA strongly supports summer learning and adopted a resolution titled "Summer Learning Loss" at the 2013 annual convention urging federal, state and local policymakers to create and fund summer learning programs, especially for disadvantaged youth. Learn more online at www.capta.org.
‘Talk it out’ with teens this summer
California State PTA shares in the sadness over the tragic loss of life in the recent school shootings. We extend our sympathies to those who lost loved ones and those who were wounded.
We encourage parents to be aware of the mental health resources and information that is available to you. This summer, talk to your pre-teens and teens about anxiety, depression, self-harm and other struggles.
Find more information at these reputable websites:
Congratulations to our wonderful Principal, Dr. Chad Mabery, who was recently honored with the 2014 Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 14 Administrator of the Year Award, Secondary Principal. Dr. Mabery works hard every day to ensure that students come first by continually striving for our Richardson Middle School motto: “Excellence of Mind, Strength of Character”. ACSA’s mission is to ensure the creation of communities of learning and teaching that serve both the aspirations of individual students and the greater good of society, through this unique and indispensable coalition distinguished by:
• bold and authoritative advocacy;
• dedication to the highest personal and professional ethics;
• inspirational networks of discovery and sharing of knowledge;
• mutual commitment to excellence; and
• universal accessibility to learning.
Dr. Mabery fulfills the mission of ACSA and truly is deserving of this honor. Congratulations Dr. Mabery!
We need your support again - Please Direct Donate to Richardson Middle School PTSA!
Another school year has arrived and with it another drive for your school donations. Each and every year a new budget must be created to meet the upcoming school year needs. Do you fully understand the role of PTSA and the hard work that parent volunteers put in each and everyday for our great school?