Summer Reading

Valley Ridge Academy Media Center 2020

What is the Summer Slide?

The Summer Slide is the academic loss children experience when they are away from school for an extended period of time over summer vacation. This year the length of time is even more significant. Children who do not read over the summer can lose up to 3 months reading progress and that loss has a cumulative long term effect. It is critical that all children participate in some form of reading over the summer to avoid this loss of reading progress. This newsletter features reading programs that you and your child can participate in over the summer to avoid the SLIDE!

VRA's Read 6 E-books for Summer Success

Did you know that your child could avoid summer reading loss by reading just 6 books this summer? With this inspiration, the VRA Media Center is sponsoring a summer reading program for our hawks that utilizes our library’s collection of E-books on MackinVia. The school library is always open online and the summer time is no exception. We have created summer reading lists from MackinVia for each grade level. Your child can participate in this program by doing the following:

1. Log-in to the MackinVia website with any Internet connected device using your student number and I-ready password. (Username – s12345 Password – tiger123 or use the Guest login by leaving the school line blank, Username – vra, Password – hawks)

2. Read at least 6 books from the grade level list posted on the MackinVia home page or the image list below. Use the list for the grade your child is entering in August 2020.

3. Circle the books that your child reads on the summer reading form and complete the name and new teacher information.

4. Turn in your Summer Success form when school starts by August 28 and receive a Smencil, brag tag, and new book. All students who complete the 6 E-book challenge will be entered into a drawing for 6 $20 gift certificates to the Fall Book Fair.

Below are the upcoming grade level lists. They are also listed on the MackinVia home page. Each list image below is linked to the groups in MackinVia. To download the Summer Reading Form click on the downloadable forms below each grade level list.

Up Coming Middle School Students Grades 6-8

The St. Johns County Public Library

The St. Johns Public library has many opportunities for students to read and learn over the summer. Please use the links below to discover all our county libraries have to offer.


As published on Scholastic's site ...

We are excited to share a brand new kids experience in Scholastic Home Base, a free digital destination which offers full books, live events, and games in a safe community for readers! Kids will be encouraged to track their reading streaks™ to earn rewards and unlock book donations, with the goal of donating 100,000 books by July!

Scholastic's new Home Base is a fun, safe, and completely free online destination where kids can create their own avatar, interact with their favorite Scholastic characters, play games, and read books. Home Base is moderated 24/7.

Epic Over the Summer

Help prevent summer slide and give your kids a summer full of reading and exploration with unlimited access to 35,000 books and videos! Epic has allowed free at-home access for students through the media center account wrq8906 through June 30, 2020. After that, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial.

Valley Ridge Academy Media Center

The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology. Creating a foundation for lifelong learning is at the heart of our program, so that we are prepared to set sail into tomorrow’s world.