Keeping students engaged in academic work over the summer is essential to preventing “summer slide.” Continual practice in math and reading is the best way to ensure that students are prepared to continue coursework when school resumes in the Fall.
Students entering grades 3-7, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will all have math practice through IXL. This adaptive learning platform allows students to work towards mastery of skills at their own pace. The Summer Boost Skills Plan is a four-week plan that allows students to work on targeted skills each day. Students should work towards a Smart Score of at least 90 on each day’s skill.
Students entering grades 3-11 also have access to the IXL Language Arts Summer Boost Skills Plan. Students of all ages benefit greatly from reading at least twenty minutes each day, and that is suggested for all Country Day students. As students begin Middle School, summer reading books are required assignments. When students arrive back at school in August, there will be assignments in which students will be assessed on their knowledge of the text, and the text is central to the learning for the first weeks of school. Students on the University campus may not have an English course until the Spring semester. In those cases, students will be using the text in January and may want to read other texts over the summer and read the required text closer to the class start date. Students entering grades 5-12 also have Required Reading:
Students entering Grade 5- Choose a Juvenile Fiction or Literature text through Sora to read. Students may read on the app or purchase a copy. Take an AR test before school begins.
Students entering Grade 6- Choose one of the following to read: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, Alex Rider Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, or The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson. Take an AR test before school begins.
Students entering Grade 7 (Bayou Rapides Campus) and Grade 8 (University Campus)- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Students entering English I- Animal Farm by George Orwell
Students entering English II- Night by Elie Wiesel
Students entering English III- When Legends Die by Hal Borland
Students entering English IV- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
If parents or students need help accessing IXL, please contact Dana Lyles at firstname.lastname@example.org.