Garden City Middle School Summer 2020
A letter from Dr. Nezowitz
As we head into summer, we ask our students to make sure that they take the time to catch up with friends, spend time with family, and to enjoy all that the season has to offer. It is my hope that they can do so in person, rather than virtually. Our students, staff, and parents have endured quite a bit over the course of the past three months, so this summer will be crucial for all of us to "press the reset button" and to "recharge our batteries." Everyone needs time to take a break and to enjoy some much needed time off, including children.
However, summer break can produce a "summer slide" with some students if they do not take some time to keep sharp academically. To that end, please use the information in this newsletter to take you to our MS summer assignments for English, Mathematics, and World Languages. We do not want these assignments to be a contentious activity for your children or for them to be a last minute summer activity, but rather, they are to help maintain their skills and make for an easier transition in September.
As you will see from our summer assignments, we are not proponents of endless summer work and packets. However, the research is clear that reading over the summer is by far the best way for students to maintain their skills and even enhance them. We want children to enjoy reading over the summer and not look at it as a task. That is why in addition to these assignments, we highly encourage our students to take the opportunity to self-select books at their leisure over the summer. Choice improves motivation and participation, as does the opportunity to pursue personal interests through literature. Additional links to help with book selection are provided at the end of this newsletter.
In closing, thank you for your continued support and trust. Have a wonderful summer, stay healthy, and enjoy "recharging your batteries" with your children. It has been my greatest honor serving this wonderful middle school community this past year, despite the struggles we faced with the pandemic. As a community, we can and will get through anything!
The Middle School Library has purchased several of the summer reading list titles in eBook format. These eBooks are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. These eBooks are available to be read through a computer’s web browser and iOS and Android apps. Click here to learn more about these eBooks.
Assignment for Students Entering Grade 6
Grade 6 Novels
Assignment for Students Entering Grade 7
GRADE 7 Novels
Assignment for Students Entering Grade 8
grade 8 novel
On Monday, September 14, 2020, students will be required to submit the completed work to their World Language teacher, and the packet will be reviewed. Please be advised that this assignment will count as two homework grades. Teachers will provide opportunities for students to ask questions and, since language is comprehensive, students will be tested on this material. This will serve as a diagnostic tool to assess students' skills.
In September, the Math Department will download the aggregated statistical data pertaining to these assignments, and use this information for making a variety of curriculum decisions. The Mathematics Department hopes that the Summer Math Practice will dust off mathematical memories and help to hone valuable skills for the start of a new school year.
Resources for Independent Reading
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Fiction for Young Adults includes fiction titles published for young adults in the past 14 months.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Award for Excellence in Non-fiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
Each year the American Library Association honors books and other outstanding materials for children and teens.
Follow the School Library Journal, reviewers of children and young-adult books, digital media and more, on Twitter.