HVS Counselor Newsletter
As we move into the summer months, the school routine is set aside in lieu of sleeping in, relaxed afternoons, and homework-free evenings. While students anticipate this leisurely break, parents are still planning vacations, scheduling appointments, and searching for opportunities to keep their children active and engaged during the summer months. This edition of the HVS Counselors Newsletter affords parents many options for summer enrichment.
Avoid the Academic Slump
Teachers all agree that students’ reading, writing and math skills regress over the 10 weeks of summer vacation. However, there are fun, interactive websites available to keep your children’s skills sharp while still enjoying the review. Try one or more of these on a rainy summer afternoon or whenever your child claims he/she has “nothing to do”:
Math: Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org)
ELA: Ready Theory (www.readtheory.org). Reading and writing improve with practice! Here are a few ideas:
- Read 6-10 novels for practice and enjoyment - Post thoughts and reactions on the Summer Reading Padlet Blog
- MobyMax (sign in with your hvs.org account) - You can continue to use your MobyMax account to practice Grammar, Reading, and Writing skills and complete lessons through the summer. For ELA, focus on the following buttons: Blue - Reading Level Assessment, Reading Stories, Reading Skills Literature, Reading Skills Informational. Orange - Language, Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing Workshop, Writing Assignments
- CommonLit (sign in with your hvs.org account) - Read short stories, plays, poems, articles, speeches, etc. and take practice quizzes to gauge your comprehension. Awesome searchable database of texts for you to find something great to read.
- Newsela (sign in with your hvs.org account) - Join one or more of the Newsela Summer Reading Clubs for Summer 2018 by following the Club Link or by entering the Club Code on your settings page (to find your settings page, sign into Newsela.com and click your name in the upper right corner). Newsela can be accessed on an internet browser or by downloading the Newsela app from iTunes or from the Google Play store (if students have limited internet access, they can read offline with those apps). Questions about Summer Reading Clubs can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Animals Reading Club https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/READ01 - READ01
- Sports Reading Club https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/READ02 - READ02
- Technology Reading Club https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/READ03 - READ03
- Space Reading Club https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/READ04 - READ04
- Movies Reading Club https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/READ05 - READ05
- Comic Books Reading Club https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/READ06 - READ06
- Art Reading Club https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/READ07 - READ07
- Activism Reading Club https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/READ08 - READ08
Give a Little!
Volunteer work builds character, develops empathy and connects children to their community. Depending on your family’s schedule, your child may be able to volunteer on an on-going basis or at a one-time event. Check out the following list of volunteer groups for you and your child right away before your calendar fills up:
Bringing good people and good causes together
Find a cause that lights you up. Get in touch with a nonprofit that needs you
Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce – Parade, golf outing, Milford Memories
Wreaths Across America – Place wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans
Out of the Darkness Walk – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Relay for Life – American Cancer Society
Holiday Hope for Kids – Holiday party hosted for children with special needs
Toys for Tots
Regional Area Coordinator: Rebecca Perelli Yarbough
Tutoring – Opportunities available to tutor students from grades K-5
Contact: See your counselor for contact information
DMC Huron Valley Hospital
Volunteer Services has many service projects available for outside volunteers: knitted baby hats, nursery blankets, pediatric blankets and puppets. Instructions for each are available through Volunteer Services (248) 937-3314.
Meet Up & Eat Up - Bringing free, nutritious meals to children 18 and younger around Pontiac through a summer food program
S.H.A.C. – Village Fine Arts Association. Decorate and assemble for the haunted house, etc.
Contact: Andrea Perry at 248-797-3060 or email@example.com
Detroit Public Television - Answer phone for fundraising telethon
Gleaners Food Bank
Grace Centers of Hope
A faith-based residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in southeast Michigan.
Contact info at: http://www.gracecentersofhope.org/content.cfm?id=3092
The Rainbow Connection Michigan – Making dreams come true for Michigan children with a life threatening illness
Michigan Humane Society
Try Something New!
When you hear “I’m bored,” it’s time to try something new. Several organizations in the local area offer classes your child may really enjoy!
- The Huron Valley Recreation and Community Education offers a wide variety of classes for adults, teens, and children. Check out their summer programming at the following link: http://www.hvs.org/activities/hvrce.
- Oakland Schools Technical Campus (Wixom) offers STEM Camp for students in middle school. Check out the dates at OSTC’s website by visiting https://ostconline.com.
- The SHAC (Susan Haskew Arts Center). As part of the VFAA (Village Fine Arts Association), SHAC offers art classes, studio space rentals, facility rentals for events (such as birthday pARTies and Brews & Brushes), and $5 drop-in and create days! To view current class listing, click on the following link: https://www.milfordshac.org.
- More local programs available for children can be found at https://huronvalley.macaronikid.com/
- The Huron Valley Council for the Arts affords cultural experiences for families within the Highland, Milford, Commerce and White Lake communities. Visit them at https://www.huronvalleyarts.org.
- What about a trip to your local library? They offer reading programs, crafts, and other group activities for children of all ages. Find your local library by clicking on one of the following links:
Milford - http://www.milfordlibrary.info
White Lake Township - www.whitelakelibrary.org
Highland Township - highland.lib.mi.us
Commerce Township - www.commercelibrary.info
Brush up on Academics!
Summer is the perfect time to review and refresh children’s academic skills. For children who have struggled to understand a concept or need curriculum taught in a one-on-one setting, Huron Valley addresses both of these needs.
Summer school has gone digital! All HVS summer school classes are offered online this summer. Middle school classes are offered for review purposes only, while high school classes help students in need of credit recovery. Summer school information can be attained by contacting your child’s counselor or online at Huron Valley Summer School Packet.
Summer tutoring is available as well. Contact your child’s counselor to receive tutor’s names and contact information.
Consider what a local learning specialty center may have to offer for their summer programs.