ALL young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. 1
READING is the most important subject in school. Why? Because a child needs reading in order to master most of the other subjects. It’s extremely difficult to do word problems in math if you can’t read the words. How can you answer the questions in social studies or science if you can’t read and understand the textbook? 2
LEARNING or reading skill losses during the summer months are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient students. By the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two– year lag in reading achievement. 3
REGARDLESS of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer. 4
IT is estimated that the “Summer Slide” accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle- and upper-income peers. 6
READINGas a leisure activity is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary and reading speed. 7
3RD graders who can’t read on grade level are four times less likely to graduate by age 18 than a proficient reader. 8
HAVING reading role-model parents or a large book collection at home has a greater impact on kids’ reading frequency than does household income. 9
AN overwhelming 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish a book they picked out themselves. 9
1. White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004.
2. Ten facts parents should know about summer reading: Jim Trelease.
3. Summer Reading and the Ethnic Achievement Gap, Jimmy Kim, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2004
4. Ameliorating summer reading setback among economically disadvantaged elementary students, Richard Allington, April 2007
5. Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap, Karl Alexander, Doris Entwistle, Linda Steffel Olson, April 2007
6. Why Summer Matters in the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap, Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Frazen, August 2009
7. The Power of Reading, Stephen Krashen, Libraries Unlimited., 1993
8. Annie E. Casey Foundation, Hernandez, Donald J., 2011
9. The Kids and Family Reading Report™ 4th edition conducted by Harrison Group and Scholastic, 2012.
The sixth graders embarked on a journey at Ponderosa Lodge for their Outdoor Science School (OSS)! It was an experience that they were not very used to doing, but I am extremely proud of them for taking up the challenge of sleeping on a bed that was not theirs, learning from a teacher they did not know until that Monday, and going on adventures that may have tired their feet. OSS definitely kept the kids on their feet, with occasional times of rest in their cabins. The 6th graders tried so many different activities, such as making a candle, climbing the rock wall, learning a dance, performing a skit (in front of all six schools!), and going on night hikes with their trail group and Naturalist. Climbing the rock wall was a definite experience to be shared! About half of the 6th graders were really nervous about climbing the rock wall and ringing the bell at the top because it was high and the only control they had was their hands and feet. They had to place their complete trust in their Naturalist in keeping them safe. All of them, but a few, took up that challenge and climbed up to the bell. Some climbed half way, yet took another turn in climbing the wall with the goal of reaching the bell. A few even climbed the wall blindfolded! They trusted their instincts and trusted their Naturalist in keeping them safe. Overall, I would describe the experience as exhilarating and a life lesson to be learned in placing our trust in the Lord. Even though we take part in some “control” or responsibility in our lives, God is in control of everything. We can trust that He will take care of us!
Preparing for Science Camp took a lot of hard work; however, seeing how much fun the 6th graders had made everything worth it!
Jeremae Reyes, Middle School Science Teacher
Baymonte 4th and 5th grade band students performed at the the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Festival held at Santa Cruz High School. The band performed for a panel of three professional adjudicators and music directors, and received a unanimous rating of “Excellent”. Afterward, they received a clinic workshop which focused on strengths and suggestions for improvement.
Overall, God blessed us all with a great experience, and a fun way for our Baymonte music students to perform out in the community along with other bands from all over the California Central Coast. A huge thank you to the students for their hard work and a special thanks to the parents for their support and generous help with the event.
Jason Braun, Baymonte Music Director
Baymonte 7th Graders Bennett Cocherell, Ashlyn McDaniel, Sam Freeman, and Nicolette Negrete were recognized at the awards ceremony for the Santa Cruz County Science Fair last night. Bennett received a Project of Merit Award. Ashlyn placed second in her division and earned a special award from the Botanical Society. Sam placed first in his division for his project about removing E. Coli from water. Nicolette placed first in her division and was the overall runner up, winning a cash prize of $250 for her project on leaf yeasts. Ashlyn, Sam, and Nicolette were also invited to represent Santa Cruz County in the California State Science Fair.
Baymonte students showcased their musical talents at the annual Christmas Concert. Sounds of merry melodies filled the sanctuary at Santa Cruz Bible Church. Mr. Braun, Music Program Director, delightfully lead the students as they played, sang and strummed songs of the Christmas season. Mr. Patterson noted in the welcome that most of these students only began playing these instruments in September. It is exciting to see their progress in a few short months. Thank you to all the family and friends that came out to support our students. Save the date for Baymonte Celebrates the Arts on May 10th.
This past Sunday, 7th grader Caelan Gilliam competed in the Region 14 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Caelan’s team, Los Gatos Running Club, finished in first place in the girls 11-12 division. This qualified the team to compete in the National Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships on December 9th, in Tallahassee Florida.
Caelan was the 4th runner on her team, finishing the 1.86 mile course in a time of 12:38, which was a personal best. She was 20th overall (11th against other teams).
The Los Gatos team won with a combined score of 48 points, besting second place McFarland, from the movie “McFarland, USA” who had 62 points.
The team qualified for the regional meet by coming in first place at the district meet held November 18th, in Folsom.
Caelan will be flying with her 6 teammates to Tallahassee for the race on December 9th.
We’ve been learning all about the human body in second grade. We have studied the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, muscular and skeletal systems! Our culminating event was “Surgery Day”. Students were given some “emergency situations” and they had to perform surgery on the skeletons provided for them. It was fun, challenging and luckily all the “patients” made it through surgery!