The last couple of months of the school year are exciting times for our students. The warm weather brings with it many outdoor activities and field trips that not only enhance the curriculum, but also add fun to the school year.
Our students ought to feel proud of all they have learned and accomplished this year. Our teachers and parents can share a tremendous sense of pride as they work together to guide our students on a journey that offers knowledge and leads to maturity.
Although the last day of school is June 21, it is not the last day of learning. July and August can provide ample time for our students to learn in less formal settings. Summer reading is imperative, and without it students are likely to experience “summer loss.” This refers to reading at a lower level when returning to school in September than when school ended in June. Reading one hour per day will deter summer loss.
Family excursions, vacations, and day trips are also wonderful opportunities for children to learn outside the classroom. Reading about future destinations can be informative and make the trip more enjoyable.
Teachers will be working over the summer to begin the work of creating a district curriculum that reflects the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math. I encourage you to visit our website and follow the link “Parents’ Guide to Student Success.” This will provide guidance related to the new Common Core State Standards.
As I complete my first year as Hardyston’s Chief School Administrator, I am grateful to the entire community for your support. Parents, students, and teachers make our district superior. It is my privilege to serve this community.
Richard R. Corbett
Principal / C.S.A.