On September 4, Clayton Middle School students arrived at school carrying more than their book bags. This year, they brought with them their summer reading projects, a tri-fold board that detailed interesting facts about their summer reading book and its author. Throughout the first week of school, students shared with their classmates and teachers the literary elements of the books they had read. Along with details about the book and author, their boards contained decorative images that added interest. Students who completed the summer reading project and submitted it on the first day of school, were eligible to receive prizes and extra credit points that they could use in any subject during the school year.
“I’m extremely happy with the results of this event,” stated Superintendent Nikolaos Koutsogiannis. “Participation in this new program is greatly improved over past years, when the students returned to school expecting to take a test. Our goal was to find a way to prevent the “summer slide” when students traditionally lose a percentage of the reading gains they made during the year. The increase in the number of students who read a book and completed a project tells me we’re on the right track with this new shift. The students are excited about being recognized and rewarded for their efforts, and the extra-credit points they receive can give them a little boost when they need it. Feedback from students, parents, and staff has been really positive.”
Summer Reading projects will be on display in classrooms on Back-to-School Night at the middle school, scheduled for September 20th.