Summer Reading and Math
At StG, we value summer as a time for students to relax, rejuvenate,and get ready for the academic year ahead. We encourage you to explore enrichment opportunities for your child, whether that is enrolling them in exciting summer camps or taking interesting family vacations. There is always so much for young children to learn by exploring the world around us!
Of course, your children have worked hard this year to reach mastery of grade-level math and reading standards. We want them to maintain this progress! For this reason, we encourage your child to complete the following:
A reading log. Research shows that students who read consistently throughout the summer maintain their end-of-year reading level as they enter the next grade. We want this for all of your children!
A summer math packet. During the last week of school, your child was given a math packet that is leveled to their math abilities. We encourage your child to work on this packet over the summer, especially during the 2-3 weeks before school starts.
The reading log and math packet are recommended but do not need to be submitted. New families will receive a welcome email that provides information about summer work, including a link to the leveled math packet that is recommended for your child.
If you have any questions about Lower School summer work, please email Kate Remillard, Director of Lower School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To protect the academic investment students and their families have made this year, the English language arts and math teachers require all students entering 5th-8th grades to complete summer assignments. This work will be graded, and students are expected to complete the work no later than Thursday, August 17th, 2023.
Please encourage your child to do their summer math and reading practice a little at a time throughout the summer. Completing all the practice at once at either the beginning or end of the summer is not nearly as beneficial to protecting the investment your child has made in learning new skills and knowledge at school this year. Just as shorter, more frequent workouts help to keep our bodies healthier than an occasional longer workout, frequent reading and math practice completed a little bit at a time every week will help position your child for academic success next year.
For math class requirements, all students rising into grades 5 - 8 must complete a summer review packet. Each student will be given one by this year’s math teacher during the week beginning May 22nd. For those students in a Standard or Advanced class section, the 10-page packet will cover basic skills, and most students should be able to complete the work without help from a tutor or parent. However, if students need help, they are very welcome to ask for it. They should make sure they show all of their written work. The completed packet will be collected by next year’s math teacher for grading. If students lose a review packet, a copy can be printed at home from this folder: Summer Math Packets.
Students rising into 5th-8th grade who were enrolled in Adjusted/Modified class sections for the 22-23 school year will complete a different packet. If you have any questions about packets for Adjusted/Modified Math students, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional, optional support for math packet work will be offered this summer for any interested StG Middle School students. Summer Math Packet Support will be provided by StG faculty, Mrs. Marcia Cooke in June and Mrs. Audrey Isaac in July. Classes will be once a week for an hour for a total of three hour-long classes in a session, and students will be grouped by their grade level. No more than 3 students will be in a group. Students will receive support in completing the summer math packet throughout the session.
- Program Fee: $150/session, billed via your FACTS account
English Language Arts
For English language arts, students must read one required novel, listed below. Students will be given a copy of this book to take home to highlight and annotate throughout the summer. They must also complete the accompanying online questions as they read through the book, found below. You may also access it from the MyStG page (passkey: Napoleon). You may print a hard copy of the questions for your child to complete should they be traveling over the summer without access to the internet from the documents in this folder: Summer Reading Questions. However, please ask your child to record their answers on the Google Forms once they return. If you have any questions about summer reading, please email Mrs. Tanya Musa, St. George's Middle School Language Arts Department Chair, at email@example.com.
Required Reading Novels:
5th = Stella by Starlight, Sharon Draper
6th = Holes, Louis Sachar
7th = The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
8th = The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
While students are only required to read one assigned book, we also strongly encourage them to read other books of their choice in order to maintain a consistent reading habit. Lists of recommended books by grade are provided on the StG Summer Work Website, and you may print an optional reading log to record any other books they choose to read.
For extra review and continued practice of language arts skills, students are encouraged but not required to work on their individualized MAP skill plan for Language and Reading in IXL, which is available through their school subscription through July 1st.