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Teachers Recommend Keeping Skills Sharp over the Summer

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It's the last week of school for QPS, but teachers and administrators say - while they want their kids to enjoy their vacation, they want to make sure they're keeping up with their school skills.

 

Tommy Kelly says his third grade daughter continues her studies all year long - even when school is not in session.

"Me and my wife, we put a plan in progress for her to do so much every day, and after she gets through that, she can go play or do whatever she wants to," he says. 

Ellington Elementary teacher Jan Zeidler says that's a good habit for students to keep up over summer break - because it definitely shows when students head back to class.

"We do notice that when students return in the fall, if they have not kept up with their reading and their writing, we do see more of a delay as they come back in," she says. 

But some students need a little more practice, and principal Anne Cashman says that's where the summer academy can help.

"Our mailings went out a couple weeks ago, indicating that these children would be invited, and as slots open up we continue to invite students," she says. 

Cashman says it's a 5 week course, only half day, and places heavy emphasis on reading and writing.

"They will have an opportunity to work with trained QPS teachers in smaller class sizes."

Zeidler says reading and writing are key for school success.

"If they keep reading through the summer, if they  keep writing throughout the summer, it really will keep those skills." 

Bus service is provided for the summer academy, as well as breakfast and lunch.

The summer academy is held at Adams school and at Baldwin, Monday thru Thursday.

It begins the week after Memorial Day. 

 

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