Principal Corner

Plan now to avoid 'learning loss'
Mrs. Jessica Ringgenberg

It is hard to believe that another school year has come and gone already!  I want to start by congratulating the graduating class of 2019.  High school comes with many unique challenges and the earning of this diploma should not be taken lightly.  Be proud of your many accomplishments!  I hope that you all will reflect fondly on the memories gained here at the Frederick Area School and return to be supporters of future graduates.

In speaking of diplomas and the many skills needed to earn it, I want to remind our readers about the dangers of summer learning loss.  The statistics are alarming.  Although summer time is a much needed break from the routine and structure of school, you may not be aware that on average students lose a whole month’s worth of total learning over the summer.  This adds up quickly and those students who suffer from summer learning loss can unfortunately, by 6th grade, fall up to two years behind their classmates!  This month of loss takes about six weeks of recovery time when students return to school in the fall, so instead of learning new material, much time is spent getting students “back up to speed.”

So what can you as parents, families, or caregivers do to prevent summer learning loss?  First, read…read…read!  Visit your local library, allow children to check out books of their own interests, and find creative ways to make reading fun.  Try having children read in the morning, before the craziness of the day/evening takes over.  Even 10 minutes a day will have a huge impact!  To make reading more fun, take a book to the beach or park to read, or have students make videos of themselves reading a book to share with you (or grandparents!) later, or read while you eat breakfast, or read the billboards aloud as you travel.  The important thing here is to make sure that students continue to read regularly over the course of the summer.

Math skills are important too!   Doing things like counting the coins in your pocket every night, telling you the time on an analog clock and determining what time that fun summer movie will be over, or adding up the amount of money you will be spending to get your family in at the pool are ways to practice learning without students even knowing it.

I hope you all have a fantastic summer, filled with fun and learning!   I am excited to see what next fall brings for you all.