We are happy to introduce Patricia Hiner who will be joining our Middle School facility in the Math department. She will be teaching sixth grade and co teaching seventh grade math with Miss Hofmann. Patricia Hiner received her B.A. in Psychology and English from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A.T in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, and an Ed.D in Educational Psychology from University of Southern California. She has taught elementary, middle and high school for the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a mathematics coach. In addition she has taught teacher education courses for National University, University of Southern California and University of California Santa Cruz. Mrs. Hiner enjoys hiking, writing and traveling with her family.
We are happy to introduce Elizabeth Barrett as our K-8 Music teacher. Though she has roots in Davis, California, she grew up in Central Illinois and studied Instrumental Music Education and English at Wheaton College. She has fostered musicianship in students of all ages, applying her Musikgarten training in Wheaton College’s Community School of the Arts with emerging musicians and teaching advanced musicians in high school and middle school wind bands to earn her Illinois Teaching Credential. She is passionate about celebrating God’s exhortation: “Sing unto the Lord a new song” (Psalm 96:1), and in her free time, if she is not reading Debussy, Bach, or Conductor’s Scores; she is either reading the likes of G.K. Chesterton, Emily Dickinson, and Dallas Willard; or hiking, climbing, and birding in the book of nature.
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
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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.