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Summer Learning Opportunities
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Find a Book, Wyoming and the Summer Math Challenge

I’m pleased to announce two new programs from the Wyoming Department of Education designed to support student learning during the summer months. Wyoming Department of Education Interim Director Jim Rose is encouraging educators and families to help students engage in reading and mathematics practice during the summer in an effort to retain the academic skills they learned during the school year.

Students in Wyoming grow in their reading and mathematics abilities during the academic school year. However, like students across the nation, their skills may slip during the summer months. This phenomenon is called “summer learning loss,” and is well documented by researchers throughout the country. The Wyoming Department of Education, in partnership with MetaMetrics and the Council of Chief State School Officers, is trying to stop the negative effects of summer learning loss with two new summer learning initiatives: Find a Book, Wyoming and The Summer Math Challenge. These summer activities are FREE and each is described below.

Find a Book, Wyoming
Research shows that when students read high-interest, ability-appropriate books over the summer, they can actually grow and improve their reading ability. The Find a Book, Wyoming tool supports and facilitates this research based solution. Find a Book, Wyoming enables students, educators and parents to build custom reading lists based on their reading ability, i.e., Lexile® measure, as well as personal interests. The tool also enables students, parents and educators to check the availability of books at their local library, as well as submit a pledge to read this summer. To access the Find a Book, Wyoming tool, visit http://www.lexile.com/fab/WY/.

The Summer Math Challenge
The Summer Math Challenge is a math skills maintenance program based on grade-level state standards and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The program is targeted to students who have just completed 2nd through 5th grade and is designed to help them retain math skills learned during the previous school year. Parents who enroll their child will receive daily emails with targeted activities and resources to help children retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. The Summer Math Challenge runs from June 24-August 2. To find out more information about the Summer Math Challenge, visit http://quantiles.com/summer-math-challenge/dashboard/ .

Attached to this email are information sheets for both the reading and math program. I hope you and your students find these fun and helpful tools this summer!

Sincerely,
Tracy


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