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MCS wants students to spend time with books
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:00 AM
Students planning on a vacation from reading are being given an incentive to spend time with books over their summer vacation.
Katie Jenner, director of curriculum, announced a summer reading project for Madison Consolidated Schools students at the school board meeting Wednesday night.
The Book Project, is meant to help prevent what Jenner calls the "summer slide" in students.
About 22 percent of learning from the previous school year may be lost during the summer if students don't read, Jenner said. Meaning teachers have to reteach students what was already taught the previous school year.
"The goal is to get books into our students' hands," Jenner said.
The school is challenging students between third-grade and senior year to read at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week. Students between preschool and second-grade are being challenged to read five books a week, or have their parents read those books to them.
During the eight-week summer vacation, students will track their reading. Students who complete the challenge will be treated to a party at Crystal Beach Pool or the pool at the junior high school, once school resumes in August, Jenner said.
Information about the Book Project is being sent home in report cards. The same information is also available on the school's website and Facebook page.
The school is making books available to students at various locations.
"Reading is the piece we're starting with, because, obviously, you need reading for all subjects," Jenner said.
"We just want our future generation to read. That's our focus."
The Book Project times and locations:
Rucker Sports Complex: 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Crystal Beach Pool: June 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Ohio Theatre: June 23, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Broadway Fountain: During the July 4 Regatta parade, 5 to 7:15 p.m.
The 4-H Fair: July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Crystal Beach Pool: July 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Walmart: July 24, from 6 p.m. on July 24.
Also at the meeting, Superintendent Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger announced that all of the district's elementary schools will be Title One schools this coming school year.
"We're really, really excited at the opportunity this offers us," Bolinger said.
The Title One program offers additional financial support for schools with a high number of low-income families to help ensure the students can meet state academic standards.
Bolinger said making all of the elementary schools Title One schools will give the elementary schools more opportunity to help all of the district's students.
In other business:
Board President Todd Bass said a special school board meeting will be held June 23 to decide how to move forward with Special Services Unit, the school district's provider for special needs education.
Angie Vaughn, the school's director of special services, said the tentative plan is to hire SSU employees who work with MCS as district employees. The school would still retain some services from SSU.
That way, the services provided and the people working with students and parents would remain the same, Vaughn said.
"The school board will still have to vote on that though," Vaughn said.
Vaughn said this type of arrangement is becoming more common between school districts and special service providers.
The board approved the purchase of 300 iPads for $133,700 for kindergarten students. The board also approved the purchase of 330 iPad cases for $8,415. Funding for the iPads come from the school's book rental fees.
The board approved six eLearning days next school year.
The board approved new handbooks for elementary, junior high and high school students.
The board approved a new contract with Jenner, Pattison, Hensley & Wynn for legal services. Payment will be changed to a quarterly fee of $3,000 instead of charging the district at an hourly rate.
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